The holocaust goes on for different populations. Well intentioned people declared, “NEVER AGAIN”, but it seems that if it is not your family or community, or tribe that is not suffering, it is easier to change the channel than get involved. I have angered and disappointed good Jewish friends of many years by suggesting the IDF occupation and military law exercised over so many Palestinians in what should be their homeland, free of the IDF, needs to happen, just as they would want it to happen if those affected were Jews. There are blind spots in their vision when it comes to Jews and non-Jews. And, let’s be honest, the current government of Israel has passed laws that state specifically that only Jews get to enjoy t he benefits of the Jewish state, all others get the short end of the stick. Is that the kind of democracy you would wish on the USA? That only white Christian Evangelicals get the protections of the Constitution, all other’s take shxt! That is the law of the land in Israel.
It’s reasonable to ask, what has this person ever contributed to the welfare of his constituents, or the country. Isn’t a senator supposed to do something to contribute the the general welfare of the country? Or are they elected only to act on their own narrow concerns, regardless of the larger needs of the country? What did this guy promise when he was campaigning for election? Or did he only campaign to be a person to deflect the needs of his state and its constituents? I saw a report that said he didn’t even live in Alabama!
In the midst of inflation falling, lower gas prices, higher wages and productivity, and greater GDP (over 5% annualized for the most recent quarter), the “press” seems to like bashing the President for his age, pretty much ignoring the absolute crazy anti-constitutional plans and announcements of the last guy who is under criminal indictment for attempting an insurrection against his own government. Do they not believe his own hand-picked people who worked for him and who are testifying against him? NONE of them are Democrats, NONE of them were “never Trumpers”. They gave their loyalty and efforts until reality came crashing down on them.
There are a few others who should also be shown the door — those who supported the insurrection on January 6th and the attempt to steal the election, for instance.
Let’s be clear — the leadership on both sides have blood on their hands. The ordinary people on both sides have been the victims, but the damage has been unequal. The Israelis have enjoyed the opportunity to take land that belonged to others to build their settlements, even though their Supreme Court said the settlements were illegal. The Palestinians who were promised a homeland have been cheated by their “leaders” who resisted every opportunity to say “Yes” when peace efforts tried to find a way that would have led to an accommodation. Hamas never had the interests of the people of Gaza, only their own interest of destroying the Israeli state and people. How has that worked so far? Only the people suffer. The Israeli leaders, in the person of Netanyahu, have said openly and often that all the peace efforts of the United States and others trying to find a peace, were not acceptable and never would happen. And so right he is. He, as a leader of that country, has done everything possible to frustrate the peace efforts, because he has played one faction against the other, continuously, to make conditions for peace impossible. And he said it openly after the Oslo Accords were agreed upon. He never agreed. He doesn’t agree today. It doesn’t benefit him to agree.
Again, lets be clear, only the people suffer. The leadership of all parties get to continue to play their games, so only the people suffer.
Wash, rinse, and repeat. Something has to change. The Palestinians cannot be expected to live without rights and without access to justice for their legitimate complaints. There cannot be peace without their “freedom” from the bondage of the military occupation, but they also have to play the part of responsible people, who participate in their ’freedom". Remember, it is their “leaders” who live without restraints and who bargain away the freedoms of the ordinary people for their own benefit.
Please let us agree that something needs to change. There needs to be some benefit to the ordinary Palestinians and the ordinary residents of Gaza other than more military occupation and taking of land for settlers. Keeping people under military occupation is not going to lead to real solutions. This is the time for real changes. If you swapped the labels — If Palestinians were Jews, and Jews were Palestinians — it would not take long to figure out what needs to change. And some religious zealots, led by a guy who is desperate to avoid being convicted in his own country’s court, may not be the best arbiter of where to go next.
Let us hope his intentions are backed up by solid plans and policies that won’t leave his country, with a history of damaging schemes and bureaucratic boondoggles, even poorer and weaker. They deserve better, but are they going to get just another disaster in their political life?
I can’t say the MAGA right has sunk so low as to deny the legitimacy of democracy, but they are certainly headed in that direction. White “Christian” activists working to remake the USA into a “Christian” nation…which the founding fathers rejected in clear and unambiguous language. Yet, that effort masks all of the MAGA efforts to end democracy as we have known it. They can only succeed if people don’t show up to vote. And, if people don’t care enough to vote, then we deserve what we get. Wake up America! Let’s not flush ourselves down the drain of history.
It is always the ordinary people who suffer. The “Leaders” never suffer, be they Israeli, or Hamas, or Palestinian Authority; only the people suffer. The leaders suffer not. The people suffer death and destruction, homelessness, injury, sickness, and loss of everything. The leaders suffer not. The Israeli leaders do not suffer, the Palestinian leaders live like princes, and of course, Hamas leaders live like they have won. The leaders do not suffer. Only the people suffer. Only the people suffer. Not the leaders. Only the people suffer.