Friday, June 30, 2006

We will fight them on the beaches....

So, now that we are getting to see his ears plastered all over our TV screens again, who is this Mark Regev bloke anyway? Officially he is the Chief Propaganda Officer for the Israeli Government, appointed to spew forth on how the righteous Israeli Government is playing its part in the War on Terror. Basically, I just turn off when he is speaking because the smarmy lies are just so revolting that it does my anger levels no good.

The thing that troubles me though, is his accent - yes he has spent time in Australia and the US according to his bio - but I reckon there is a hint of East Joburg in the boytjie's voice. King David High perhaps? Or maybe somewhere in Durbs?. If he grew up in Apartheid SA it would certainly explain how he learnt double-speak so well. Although, if he grew up in Australia, that's not so far off either.

Defending the indefensible is not something that comes naturally to most people; you've got to be a real schizo if you can sleep at night when your day job is lying through your teeth to the world. That probably goes for a lot journalists too these days, as well "embedded" (or should that be "inbedded"?) as they are with only one side of the story that they are reporting on:

"The killing by Palestinian militants of two Israeli soldiers and the capture of a third from an army post close to the Gaza Strip set the scene for Israeli "reprisals" and "retaliation", according to the reports of BBC correspondents in Israel and Gaza yesterday.
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We can ignore the weeks of shelling by the Israeli army of Gaza, the firing of hundreds of missiles into the crowded Strip that have destroyed Palestinian lives and property, while spreading terror among the civilian population and deepening the psychological trauma suffered by a generation of children.

We can ignore the deaths of more than 30 civilians, and dozens of horrific injuries, in the past few weeks at the hands of the Israeli military, including three children hit in a botched air strike last week, and a heavily pregnant woman and her doctor brother killed a day later as a missile slammed into the room where they were eating dinner.

We can ignore the blockade of Gaza's "borders" by the Israeli army for months on end, which has prevented Palestinians in the Strip from trading goods at crossing points with Israel and from receiving vital supplies of food and medicines. As a captive population besieged by Israeli soldiers, Gazans are facing a humanitarian catastrophe sanctioned by Israeli government policy and implemented by the Israeli army.

We can ignore Israel's bullying of the international community to connive in the starving of the Hamas-led government of funds and diplomatic room for manoeuvre, thereby preventing the elected Palestinian leadership from running Gaza. So desperate is the situation there that Hamas officials are being forced to smuggle in millions of dollars of cash stuffed in suitcases to pay salaries.

And finally we can ignore the violation of Palestinian territory by Israeli commandos who infiltrated Gaza a day before the Palestinian attack to kidnap two Palestinians Israel claims are terrorists. They have been "disappeared", doubtless to be be held in administrative detention, where they can denied access to lawyers, the courts and, of course, justice.

None of this provides the context for the Palestinian attack on the army post -- any more than, in the BBC's worldview, do the previous four decades of occupation. None is apparently relevant to understanding the Palestinian attack, or for judging the legitimacy of Israel's imminent military "reprisals".

In short, according to the BBC, we can ignore Israel's long-standing policy of unilateralism -- a refusal to negotiate meaningfully with the Palestinians, either the old guard of Fatah or the new one of Hamas -- with its resort to a strategy of collective punishment of Gaza's population to make it submit to the continuing occupation." More...

The Israeli Government has no intention of negotiating with anyone in good faith. If they could exterminate the Palestinians and get away with it - they would. They are damn well trying at the moment. They are not going to rest, even after the last Palestinian has been disposessed, until the greater portion of the Middle East is under their thumb. They are doing this with the aid and abbetance of the Western powers and some serious frikkin' fire-power supplied by American Taxpayers.

Israel is a state that was founded on terrorism. It is a state that thrives on terrorism.

If you want to stop terrorism, stop Israel.

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