Pouring out our wrath

Haaretz, 14.04.14

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For example, what is the meaning of the government’s sanctions against the Palestinian Authority? You are turning to the United Nations regarding your freedom, that’s why we are suffocating you more, because we are the ones who decide what you are allowed and not allowed to do about your freedom. We are strong, and we are allowed to break into your homes, to spread out over your land and your water. And all that is part of the normal situation, of “negotiations.” And it will go on and on. [...] That’s the normalization process. Everything is “temporary” and everything is permanent.

Sometimes a little scandal that has yet to be normalized erupts. Settlers set military equipment on fire. The soldiers were helpless, they didn’t fire their weapons, the public is told, and good that they didn’t. The Shin Bet, they hint to us, does not torture settlers to get them to sign a confession, to convict and imprison them, and good that they don’t. And the settlers were also careful not to beat the soldiers.

Such are the rules of grammar: A Jew cannot be arrested without trial, the law of habeus corpus is valid here, beating is forbidden, torture is forbidden. On the Arab corpus, it’s permitted. They are imprisoned, without a problem, for years in nonsensical procedures, on confessions extorted by force, they are closed behind walls — let them push their way to the fences to make a living, to be healed, to live, to be dependent on us. [...]

Meanwhile, the prisons are packed in, our soldiers lay siege to the villages, Gaza is surrounded by fences. Our freedom is the imprisonment of others. That’s how a normal nation became a nation of prison wardens. Perhaps even sadder: For hundreds of years, the Jew called out to his God at the Passover table, “Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations.” The Israeli rose in rank, pours out the wrath himself, plays God, collects prisoners. Africans too. Greater Israel is being redeemed.

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