There is something ironic about seeing that video of Danish protesters, unarmed and non-violent getting absolutely smashed silly by riot police and then juxtaposing that footage with the same ugly use of force against illegal Jewish settlers, – breaking secular rule of law- in the Gush Katif, and Amona incidents, a near pogrom. Of course, the contexts are different, the depth of convictions are comparable, the relation to the Bible, Torah and the “end of days” is ostensibly absent, but nonetheless, the corollary of state power against those it is supposed to protect, at least in a veritable democracy remains unsettling. The questioning of the nation state, and its legitimacy is also open to interpretation.
the lyrics to Hatikva:
As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,
With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion,
Then our hope – the two-thousand-year-old hope – will not be lost:
To be a free people in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem. ….the lyric to be a “free people” is part of the ambiguity behind the flag. To be free in this meaning is to be devoid of religion, to be free from Jewish tradition, to be free to create a new man and woman, but you have to be free, liberated to something, and that something has proven to be often enough unsavory and fleeting. There is validity to that view that says Zionism is a catastrophe and that it has to be totally transformed.
And does Holocaust Remembrance Day mean in all this? Gilad Shalit was released for over 1,000 prisoners, dangerous, pathological murderers for the most part imbued with the purity of evil in its most ugly design. Already, there have been a surprising number who have been re-arrested and are back behind bars for planning additional violence. Death without remorse. All this, by a prime minister who wrote a book claiming that he would never negotiate with terrorists.A “transaction” that de-legitimizes the state far worse than idiot anarchists on bicycles in the West Bank. It is also an “exchange” contrary apparently, to the rule of the Torah. It is normal that Shalit’s father Noam wants his son back, but a precedent has been set that bodes unfavorably; genocide is an accumulation of hundreds even thousands of poor decisions. It was said by Branch Rickey that luck is the residue of opportunity and design, and the opposite can also be true.
And what does Holocaust remembrance day mean in all this? That the army, hiring in some cases foreign mercenaries and training the worst goons in Israeli society from the criminal areas, the Marseille’s of Israel, beat Jewish loyalists, real Maccabees, and leveled their homes, their heads, their pride and their dignity. The whole thing stinks, and is eerily reminiscent of the Eichmann trial in 1961 when he told the Israeli court he was only following orders; the same line of defense for those held accountable for the expulsion of Jews, like Eichmanns rather vacuous assertion that “he was only looking for a little firm footing for the jews” the displaced settlers are not installed anywhere and are wandering and errant Hebes in their own country.
Its a question of time before thousands and thousands of Bar-Kohba and Bar-Kochba-ettes arise and take over what is truly theirs and the mission to bring light into the world and will throw the crap into a deep pit, and unlike St.George and the dragon, they ain’t comin’ out. Ever.