Inch Allah. Its a game of inches. Do people who write and make films that glorify through the narrative of “humanization” aid and abet forces helping to destroy, stonewall, or indefinitely postpone the possibility for peace, instead turning the conflict into a one-state, winner-take-all affair? It does appear, judging from the latest reactions to the Fayyad resignation that the settlers and the one-staters, BDS advocates, anarchists and pseudo-Marxists that their collective state of joy bordering on ecstasy, near messianic, is evidence of how odd bed-fellows are alarmingly similar once under the sheets and with the lights turned down. The shared glee is a fascinating glimpse into the basic definition of insanity of repeating the same responses ad infinitum and expecting a different result. By that definition, insanity is generously sprinkled across the claims and counter-claims that deny responsibility, criminal negligence, due to mental issues, congenital defects or old fashioned nihilism.
Inch Allah is just another iteration of the psychotic aesthetic of the abject. It affirms, inexorably, that the side of morality, whether the deeply secular innate human core goodness, or Allah’s merciful benediction and ultimate justice points and an outstretched arm for the Palestinian, contradictions and moral relativity aside, it is still holy war and jihad a few standard deviations down the road, couched in the humanism of a Heidegger, as the act of being and affirmation is above and guiding the neo-romanticism of a tit-for-tat terrorism. Ultimately, again, encouraging extremism instead of advocating for, ironically, turned on its head, a “tyranny of the majority” that is not violently disposed and wants a practical, workable, entente. Terrorism is hardly a birthright or viable strategy for national liberation. It coerces Israel to adopt the strategy of the unconvinced, weedling of Shimon Peres to the contrary, that they are not parting with Judea and Samaria until they have well certified the risks of putting their citizen’s in harm’s way. Can the Palestinian’s ever adopt a non-violent approach to the solution? Why should they if they perceive themselves in the moral right; maybe it touches the raw nerve of national pride, humiliation, and ego where strength is asserted through non-peaceful intentions, which is also a sign of helplessness. Its doubtful that israel is going to be driven into the sea; time to change the worn-out rhetoric of permanent war, Trotsky’s permanent revolution, rather than working towards a just solution, instead of using the resulting fallout of israeli restrictions and severe responses as “proof” of their superiorly perceived status as victims, borrowing fragments from the Israeli playbook.
Inch Allah feeding on the opium intellectual aesthetic, another “Society of the Spectacle” offering in the cultural industry that posits the Palestinian conflict as the patron saint of the new world proletariat of angst-ridden Marxists. The film is very polished, well produced, slick, fitting like a glove into the award category of Islamo-Leftist a la flavor of the moment. …
(see link at end)…No matter how liberal an Israeli you are, if you have not experienced it in some way, first hand, the concept of Israeli occupation has an entirely different meaning to you than someone who has.
This fact separates the majority of Israelis from the tiny minority of activists, journalists and NGO workers who have experienced it. I remember the first time I was in a West Bank village when the IDF entered and started shooting live gunfire. I remember the first time I saw little children in settlements no older than 8 or 9 throwing stones at Palestinians and myself and other Israeli activists; the first time an IDF soldier laid his hands on me and pushed me and repressed my right to protest. I remember being in the Bedouin village Al-Arakib (demolished over 40 times) when dozens of special army forces showed up at dawn in tanks, fully armed, to dismantle the homes of these citizens of Israel.
I remember when IDF soldiers stood and monitored Palestinian youths trying set up a little soccer field in the South Hebron Hills, just to make their presence known. I remember being arrested and watching countless other Palestinians and Israelis being arrested over and over again, for breaking absolutely no laws and causing no one harm.
These are incidents I had to see to believe. Once I experienced the plausibility
ncidents that seem so implausible, they became a part of my working assumptions and impacted how I read every news item in the media about life here. I was an anti-occupation leftist before these experiences, but after them, I actually had a cognitive and physical understanding of just a bit of what it is like to be a Palestinian living under Israeli control.
…Most Jewish Israelis either don’t know what the government and army are capable of, or more likely are in denial about what the Israeli occupation is. Without actually spending time in the West Bank, it is impossible to comprehend how much violence Israel inflicts against Palestinians on a daily basis.
…Hass’s empathy with the Palestinians’ right to resist Israeli control is deeply rooted in her exposure to and knowledge of the implications of that control, which she has been writing about for two decades. Her article addresses all those Israelis who have not crossed the geographic, ethnic, national, political and cognizant lines to see Israeli occupation with their own eyes. Out of sight really is out of mind, even in this tiny place. This is what ultimately separates the majority of Israeli society from the paucity of citizens who can see her article as an honest depiction of Palestinian life under Israeli rule. Jewish Israelis may have forms of resistance they prefer but it is ultimately not up to us as the occupier to decide how the occupied can resist.
Read more: http://forward.com/articles/174880/israelis-who-dont-know-occupation-cant-preach-to-p/#ixzz2Qidm3o7R