In approving an effective ban on marriages between Israelis and Palestinians this week, Israel’s Supreme Court has shut tighter the gates of the Jewish fortress the state of Israel is rapidly becoming. The judges’ decision, in the words of the country’s normally restrained Haaretz daily, was “shameful”.
Other non-Jewish spouses (read mainly Europeans and Americans) will face age and income requirements and be expected to affirm a loyalty oath — not to Israel, but to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. In keeping with current policy, non-Jews are unlikely to receive citizenship but may be eligible for residency rights.
Israel is a religious state. Non-Jews can’t be full citizens. Israel’s treatment of Palestinians echoes the apartheid of South Africa. Israel as a state would not exist with the financial backing of the U.S. Israel gets more foreign aid from the U.S. – something like 5-6 billion a year – than any other country does.
The U.S. and Israel screamed at Palestinians to be a “democracy” and have a election. They did so, electing Hamas. Now members of Congress are tripping over themselves to block aid to them, saying they must renounce violence towards Israel first. Yet they never ever mention the violence done by Israel against Palestinians. Assault helicopters and missiles vs. suicide bombers . Hardly an even match, now is it? Yet public opinion is now shifting towards Palestine.
The U.S. and Israel are also blocking Palestinians from receiving their own tax money by refusing to disburse it.
The fact that Israel collects Palestinian taxes and has the power to decide whether or not to turn them over to the PNA makes the colonial nature of the relationship between the two entities crystal clear.
Instead they want to, quite literally, starve Palestinians instead.
“It’s like an appointment with a dietician. The Palestinians will get a lot thinner but won’t die,” the Israeli prime minister’s top advisor told several leading Israeli officials following the Palestinian elections in January. Among those who reportedly ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã…“rolled with laughterÃƒÂ¢Ã¢”šÂ¬Ã‚Â at this grotesque “joke” were Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, the army chief of staff and the head of the secret police. (Ha’aretz, Feb. 14, 2006)
The use of food as a weapon demolishes any pretense of Israeli or U.S. “democracy,” and illuminates the real and vicious character of imperialism.
Yet Palestinians persist. You see the Palestinian flag at demonstrations worldwide now. It’s like Che, a symbol of resistance. The tide is turning too, as word of what really happened seeps through the walls of lies and propaganda. The Palestinians were driven off their land at gunpoint, with some being put on forced death marches. Many have now lived in refugee camps for decades.
Palestinians have, under international law, the Right of Return. Seems only fair, doesn’t it, to be able to return to the land you were forced from?