For both internal and external reasons Russian patriotism is now high currency and Putin’s administration, fully cloaked in it, wishes it to stay high. Reminiscent of any of Hollywood’s rash of patriotic movies of the 40s and 50s, the Kremlin-subsidized movie “The Death Match” recounts the story of the football match between Russians (Soviets) and the German Nazi team in the Ukraine under Nazi occupation.
The Russian team had been told by the Nazis to throw the game (“Lose or die”) but they refused, emboldened by the strong leadership of their heroic goalkeeper and captain of the team:
But they’ll kill us,” warns a teammate.
That’s a minus, but we’ll get over it,” quips the captain of the team.
They won and were then sent to a concentration camp where most of them were shot. There are objections to the movie but not from the Russians. The Ukrainians dislike the way they are depicted as Nazi helpers.
Others claim the footballers were not deported and killed as punishment for their defiant victory but for other, unspecified, reasons. ‘History or part legend’ is not a question to be settled by a movie but the movie serves to bring history up for discussion.
History is not a dogma but rather a retelling of the past in a constant process of revision, rarely as radically as a palimpsest thoroughly razed of its previous writing to make room for a new story, but rather edited to accommodate new findings and the changing perceptions and self-perceptions of the historians.
Freely discussing history is always a plus, and they’ll “get over it.”
To be clear we support the principles of BDS but were puzzled when we came across this video, which features Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the BDS movement admitting he might sound a little bit racist….What do you think?
For some peculiar reason Omar Barghouti, BDS’s leading activist makes some biologically determinist remarks. He for instance declares that he won’t take a lecture from a “white person”. But Barghouti doesn’t stop there, he clearly makes a connection between ‘skin colour’, political stand and violence. It seems as if Barghouti is also aware of himself making a racist statement when he suggests that “the white race is the most violent in history of mankind.”
Barghouti’s embarrassing comment must raise a few questions. Is there a a new emerging conflict between Palestinians and White People or the ‘White race’? Why does Mr. Barghouti chose to employ racist, and biological determinist terminology? Clearly he could express the same idea by referring to Westerners culture, history or even Western expansionism . Is it possible that Barghouti, being a student in the ‘Zionist’ Tel Aviv University (which he pleads us to boycott), has managed to internalise the Zionist racist manner of speech?
But there is also another acute question that deserves our immediate attention. Why exactly the ‘socialist’ crowd in Chicago is so exited by Barghouti’s Racist remark? Is it possible that our so-called ‘progressive’ panthers have changed their spots, are they now in favour if racism?
I guess that Ben White, another spokesman for the BDS movement, may have an answer to offer. In a recent New Statesman article he foolishly admitted that that BDS “is a strategy, not a principle.”
I guess that this is indeed very concerning about the BDS . It is not principled at all. A BDS prominent leader happens to spread racist remarks while enrolling to a ‘Zionist’ academic institute which he expects us to boycott. Another BDS prominent spokesman admits that the BDS is “not principled”. Meanwhile in the UK BDS attempts to destroy Israeli Habima theatre but does nothing to promote a Palestinian theatre from Ramallah. As the BDS buying itself a name of a dedicated book burning institution, we learn that trade between Israel and Britain grew last year by 34%.
If BDS is an important humanitarian call and, we in Deliberation believe it is, it better be managed and represented by people who are slightly more principled and certainly more clever and astute.