Subject: Ron Rosenbaum
Date: Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:16:11 GMT
I heard part of the interview with Ron Rosenbaum, and read all of the article on which it was based.
If Israel is destroyed, it will have destroyed itself. Two ways: (1) It wants to look like, and probably wants to be, the Athens of the Middle East. It has become the Sparta. (2) The most powerful reason why Israel is losing the battle for public opinion in the rest of the world is …… Israel’s actions.
A posthumous victory for Hitler? I sometimes think of that when I see how Israel acts. Where did they learn to do those things?
Rosenbaum complains about asymmetric warfare. He doesn’t seem to acknowledge that what that means is that one side is more powerful — overwhelmingly more powerful — than the other. And of course it’s the Israeli Jews who have the power.
I am one of a growing number of anti-Zionist Jews. I am sometimes asked if I want to see Israel destroyed. No, I say. I just want to see regime change. I want to see Israel become a state of all its citizens, a phrase which is anathema to Zionists, including, I have no doubt, Ron Rosenbaum, but which describes normal countries. And by the way, by “citizens” I mean all people who are in Israel’s power, whether they call them citizens or not. Imagine what Canada would be like if all non-Christians had to live under the restrictions imposed on non-Jews in Israel — Israel “proper” — let alone the Occupied Territories. In fact, Canada used to treat its own aboriginal population the way Israel treats the Palestinians. It wasn’t OK then, and we are slowly learning not to do it any more.
I am one of a group of (mostly) Jewish women who hold a vigil every week in front of the Israeli consulate in Toronto. In June 2014 a young man came by and asked questions to which (mirabile dictu) he wanted to know the answers. He asked what life is like for Israeli Jews. “They’re fine,” I said. “They go to the beach, they go to the mall, they go to work, they go to school. The Occupation doesn’t touch them.” If that has changed — if they now are afraid to go out and about their business — well, maybe it’s high time.
How about interviewing a Palestinian who has lived under Occupation? or who is still living there (if Israel will allow them to talk to the CBC)?
Elizabeth Block, Toronto