Simple Truths: your cannons are for killing | your planes are for killing
On June 2, 2012, an Egyptian judge sentenced former President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison after being found guilty of conspiring in the killing of about 850 protesters during the first six days of protests that ended his rule. He was found not guilty of corruption. Together with him was convicted Former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly for the same charges; he got the same punishment. All other persons accused, including his sons Alaa and Gamal, were found not guilty. After the weak verdict, angry protestors filled again Tahrir Square, the heart of the upheaval. Yet, this is an important milestone in the Middle East: a corrupt tyrant is seen by the people behind bars.
Much better this way!
Out of the blue, we saw what looked as the strongest regime in the Middle East collapse in 18 days of peaceful demonstrations. That happened in a country were over a million people (out of a population of slightly over 80 million) formed part of a Walsinghamian secret police formidably equipped by the USA. A true 1984 type of society. The Israeli Administration was shocked; their strongest (and comfortably silent) ally had been defeated.
On February 11, 2011, Mubarak resigned. A dictator openly supported by the American government double-standards was peacefully forced out of office with the unlikely help of western social weapons: Google, Twitter and Facebook. The American president coughed several times—his thick phlegm was clearly caught by nearby microphones—but eventually America was forced to recognize the legitimacy of the Egyptian people’s human rights. Ironic, but true. North Korea, China, the USSR and Israel also claim(ed) being democracies; as them, America is being forced to face reality. Roughly at the same time of Mubarak’s fall, Secretary of State Clinton admitted that American supremacy is now only relative; showing us her mercifulness, she skipped the American tired preaching on democracy. The West and its allies are stuck in 1984; stuck in a world of systematic secret police harassment, history rewriting by the media, and thinly disguised world-wide state-terror. The Cold War is over: both the USA and the USSR lost. Other allies will follow; the only open question is the order of their fall. Winds of freedom are in the air. The real parameters of social struggle are now different; regimes failing to understand that will be replaced. Israel seems to be on this path.
Simple Truths: they don’t kills us | It is you that has brought the things for killing
Next to this fallen American ally there is another one. Beyond its benevolent façade, Israel runs a highly restrictive and discriminatory police state, as I had described extensively in The Cross of Bethlehem, and in this website. Prime Minister Netanyahu is kept busy by the settlers on a daily base (see Everything is Quiet along the Iranian-Israeli Border). Meanwhile, he failed to suppress the Jewish social protests that fill Tel Aviv’s squares since mid-2011 (see Bibi Antoinette: Guillotine in Tel Aviv). He may overcome all this with the help of brute force and his very efficient secret-police, the Shin Beth. However, certain things are beyond human power, as Hosni Mubarak recently found out. Netanyahu is dealing with the wars of Israel’s past instead of solving the problems that may lead to Israel’s last war: an inner struggle for social justice.
By the end of every year, Israel’s Bureau of Statistics repeats an annual rite, releasing the official population numbers for the State of Israel. These numbers are clearly biased. West Bank settlers are defined as full citizens of the State of Israel despite clearly living beyond its boundaries (even outside the borders recognized by this odd state; settlers can vote for the Knesset, while all other Israelis abroad cannot). This happens while the settlers’ immediate neighbors—the West Bank Palestinians—are not allowed to vote. There are other intrinsic problems with these figures. Yet, even these highly biased numbers are useful to some extent.
In their last show of awesome arithmetic skills, the bureau claimed Israel has about 7.5 million people; six million Jews (could it be any other number?) and 1.5 million Israeli-Arabs. This last term is an awkward Israeli code for Palestinians with Israeli citizenship.
The bureau doesn’t provide statistics on the systematic discrimination performed routinely by the Israeli administration. The Israeli-Arab population (20% of the total within the Green Line) is systematically discriminated; they have protested extensively in the past. The bureau doesn’t provide clear statistics on the Jewish population. The borderline between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews is unclear (there are mixed marriages, some congregations are difficult to define, international media is highly misleading on this); however, it is clear many Sephardic Jews are discriminated by the always-Ashkenazi Administration. Protests on that have been reported for at least forty years. Moreover, since the Law of Citizenship was amended in 2005, 632 requests of citizenship due to marriage were rejected by the state on the grounds that the petitioners may use their new status to become terrorists with easier access to Israel; 632 broken families; 1264 new testimonies of Israel’s inhumanity. One awesome testimony of Israel unacceptable claim of possessing precognition powers. The list of state-sponsored grievances towards the civil population goes on. The state doesn’t have a constitution, thus human right violations are systematic and widespread. Overall, there is a wide base for social unhappiness in Israel.
Considering the example given by the populations in the neighboring countries—especially in Egypt—will the Israeli population revolt? Could a civil revolt begin in the harshest police-state in the Middle East? Would the people wake up and demand their unconditionally-deserved human rights? Right now—as it was true in the pre-revolution Egypt—it is difficult to imagine such an event. Yet, everything is ready. The revolt won’t begin at any of the major Jewish cities; the epicenter will probably be between Tel Aviv and Haifa.
The Triangle (Hebrew: HaMeshulash; Arabic: al-Muthallath) is the largest concentration of Israeli-Arab towns. Umm al-Fahm is the largest among these. They occupy a strategic position along Highway 65. As a matter of fact, these towns can dissect Israel, disconnecting Haifa and the Galilee from the rest of the country. Contrary to propagandistic Israeli media editorials, the dissection can be accomplished without the use of massive military units (which the towns do not have). This explains the ruthlessness shown in the past by the Israeli police during protests. In 1999, 500 denizens were hurt in riots protesting the Israel government inhuman expropriation of lands. In September 2000, rioting during the Second Intifada left three dead and over 100 wounded. Such riots could erupt again and expand into other cities under certain circumstances; for example, if the human rights flag was to be effectively used. After all even Tel Aviv features a large Palestinian population. Jaffa—Yafo in Hebrew—is a Palestinian town that was annexed to Tel Aviv in order to avoid having a Palestinian city at the epicenter of Gush Dan, Tel Aviv’s Metropolitan Area. Jaffa, Ramle, Lod and other towns with a significant Palestinian population would join such protests. Jewish “development towns” wouldn’t be far behind. Rabbi Meshulam—a proud Pharisee—and his followers have already protested in the past against the crimes performed against Yemenite Jews by the State of Israel. The ground is ready and waiting for a spark.
Simple Truths: We don’t want this government | we don’t won’t the Americans
If such a revolution happened in Egypt, there is hope also for the Israeli state-slaves. People of Israel and the Occupied Territories, don’t let the moment pass. The price may be high, but freedom is worth it. Please, don’t let the moment pass. Go to the nearest junction and put a sign denouncing the Israeli Administration violations. Don’t let the moment pass, please place six million signs against the systematic abuse, the methodical violence, the illegitimate eavesdropping, the constant Holocaust scares performed by the Zionist regime. Put six million signs against your being crippled by the state, against your being robbed daily by a self-serving oligarchy. Put six million signs demanding peace and love. You deserve it.
Winning Without Weapons | Phan Thi Kim Phuc, 9 years old, was attacked by the USA on June 8, 1972, in Trang Bang. Eventually, she won the war.