I’ve been recently contemplating writing this piece as an analogy for the occupation in Palestine, made easier to understand for some of my more
stubborn, more mainstream media prone friends. I feel that perhaps it may help remove the blinders that they wear that help keep their vision focused
away from the facts. I find it is difficult for people in the States to understand the conflict in the Middle East and the genocide perpetrated by the
Israeli government and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) without making a comparison closer to home. In order to do that I will use two scenarios that may
or may not help out.
There are two schools of thought on when the Chinese discovered America. One states that the Chinese discovered America in 1421, 70 years before
Columbus but another says that the Chinese were exemplary sailors and navigators centuries before that time. In the year 499, a Chinese Buddhist monk,
Hoei-Shin, having returned from a long sea voyage, told stories of a strange land with strange people 20,000 miles to the east. He named the place
Fusang, after a plant described to be a sort of an Agave plant found in North America. Some even say that the Chinese settled North America some 1500
years ago and are the ancestors of or some mix in the Native Americans.
Some background on this for those interested.
For the sake of argument, let’s say this this is an accepted truth, the same as the Bible telling us that the Hebrews lived in modern day Israel two
thousand years ago. Now let’s say that the Chinese are in dire straits and need to seek new land – they come over to California and claim it as
their land with rights going back almost two millennia.
Over time they start bulldozing American suburban neighborhoods, pushing back the borders to what they consider the only defensible borders. (Why
would you need to defend something this is rightfully yours and not gained by an occupation?) They even bring a Holy Book that describes their rights
to this land, given to the Chinese by God. Europe and the rest of the world recognize the new borders and the right of the Chinese to take over
California and other parts of the West Coast. United States of America, of course, protests but the states are soon labeled as “terrorist states”
due to the inalienable rights of the Chinese to occupy those lands.
Americans that have been pushed into refugee camps and settlements due to losing their homes and their land cannot stand for this and are doing
everything they can, giving their lives in exchange for the hope of returning their families and friends to the place where they and their ancestors
were born and have lived for the last few hundreds of years.
In 50 years or so, New China has established good relations with countries in Europe and the markets and finances are flourishing. They are now
unanimously on their side and would look at any change in status quo as a blow to their own economy.
As an American, do you find this occupation valid? Do you think you have the right to find this occupation illegal and fight to get your land back?
How far would you go to get it done? Would you throw rocks across the border into what used to be your neighborhood or would you even perhaps form
paramilitary groups and stage more advanced attacks on the occupiers in New China? Would you teach your kids that it was all fine and to move on, or
would you tell them stories of what California used to be like and tell them that one day they would return to where their homes and schools used to
Mary is a southern gal, living in New York - but life has not been all that peachy. Her husband is an abusive alcoholic and every day is a day closer
to having her life ripped away from her. In addition to that, this is not the first time a man has abused her in such manner and she is fed up.
She often thinks fondly of her home in Savannah and of her childhood home. After the latest episode, courtesy of her husband, she says - “Never
again!”, packs up her belongings and heads back to Savannah.
Upon arrival she finds that a family now lives in the house, but thanks to some old family friends in high places she is given a part of the house and
moves in. The same friends endorse it and support it publicly, welcoming her back to what used to be her home and her town, but the feelings are not
mutually shared. The family that had made the house their home for the past three decades are infuriated, as are all the neighbors and good friends on
the street. They are screaming injustice but the screams only fade away.
Over time Mary expands her possession of the house and taking room by room, she forces the family to remain in the basement, limiting when they can go
get the much needed groceries and other supplies necessary for their survival.
Does what happened to Mary in New York, as unfortunate as it was, justify her behavior and make her the rightful resident of the house in Savannah?
Does saying “Never again!” and standing up for herself give her the right to oppress others in order to make sure her safety is never endangered
If you were the family in the basement, what would you do?
Well, take it any way you like, but I hope you find the analogies useful. I’d just like to say that I have absolutely nada against the beautiful
Jewish people of this world but only those that through political and financial gain continue to oppress and finance the genocide of another beautiful
nation and their peoples. Much of this support comes from within our own country and it makes us equally responsible in the deaths of countless
civilians and the destruction of their homes.
Until we all wake up and remove our own blinders, no peace will be achieved.
P.S. Who else thinks Israel Defense Forces (IDF) should be renamed to Israel Offense Forces (IOF)?