Saturday, August 29, 2009

KBRM's July Letter of the Month

This little gem is currently prominently displayed on the home page of KBRM

It remains in its exalted position even through August, so it obviously struck a chord with the principals of KBRM. Problem is, it is replete with the usual religious myths recounted as historical facts and yet again paints a powerful, hegemonic war machine called Israel as victims - yes, the cult of victimhood remains alive and well in Israel. Pity the oppressor!

Anyway, please read the letter and I will respond in detail below (I have added paragraph breaks to make it more reader-friendly).

July 2, 2009
Kudos for the excellent ad in today's Herald. It is very sad, I must stay, that KBRM has to pay in order to expose dishonest reporting. Why do they hate us so much?

I have been made refugee because I was Jewish. First my ancestors were forced to leave the land of Israel after the destruction of the second temple by the Romans. They found a new home in the welcoming Iberian peninsula, where they flourished in art, science and commerce. But then King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, under pressure from the Catholic Church and their inquisitors drove my family out of Spain in what is known as the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal at the end of the 15 th century.

They managed to get out alive and settled in North Africa, in Casablanca precisely where I was born. Life was good, but the ‘euphoria’ was short lived. The French Colonialism ended in 1956 and Morocco declared its independence. As soon as the last French officer left, the Arabs turned their anger towards the Jews of Morocco. We were forced to leave everything behind us and emigrated to Israel to start a new life.

For my family , as for hundred of thousands of other Jewish families, it meant closure! It meant returning to our homeland after being abused, rejected, persecuted and expelled from every other country. We joined an extended family already residing in Jerusalem. They were there in Israel. They've always been there, a part of that land, long before Muslims came and claimed any rights. Long before Rome changed my country's name into Palestine, long before the western world got blinded by the petrodollars and dropped its moral values. I served in the army to defend my country against daily Arab aggression. Against prejudice. Against anti-Semitism. I helped build a modern and prosperous country- The new State of Israel, on what used to be the kingdom of Judah and Israel.

I contributed to the ungrateful world, in science and medicine. In arts and music. In Biotechnology and Hi-tech. In humanitarian efforts, desalinisation of water, agriculture and the list goes on. In fact we Jews and Israelis account for 1/3 of all intellectual property and patents in the world. Yet we represent only 1/4 of a percent (0.25%) of the entire population on this planet. Me thinks; Can you please tell me why they hate me so much?

Please let us know how can this household help KBRM in any way?
Best regards

I commented on the KBRM advertisement this letter referred to in my preceding post.

My objections?

Let's start with the nonsense of a mass expulsion by the Romans. Like with the so-called Exodus, so popularised by the fiction writer Leon Uris, there is no historical record of such an event by a civilisation that put great store in record keeping. It was, like the miracles of the New Testament, invented at a later date to manufacture a history.

Then there is another myth, the myth of the great biblical nation nation of Israel, for which not only does no archaeological evidence (other than distortions of dedicated Zionists) exist, but archaeological evidence does exist which disproves the biblical inventions (see my reading list).

And it is important to understand that the adherents of Judaism who lived in Palestine (always, like Christians, a tiny minority in a pagan land) were Arab Jews. If the New Testament Jesus actually lived, he was an Arab Jew, not the idealised European version we all grew up with.

The letter writer uses the Spanish expulsion of 1492 as another example of Jew's status as the most victimised people ever (a claim made, I think, more justifiably by all non-Europeans slaughtered, dispossessed and oppressed by the all-conquering Europeans), yet Spain also expelled all Muslims. And who took in tens of thousands of the expelled Jews? The Ottoman Empire, including Palestine. And again, the Jews in Spain were Mizrahi Jews - semitic Jews - not the European variety now in power in Palestine '48.

As far as the Romans changing the name of Palestine (supposedly from Israel?) is concerned, I think the truth is that Romans actually adopted the name in use in a conquered area and "Romanised" it.

Now then, don't you just love the turn of phrase of the "western world blinded by the petrodollars and dropped its moral values"?  That compliment aside, at last we have something we can agree on!

Let's have a look at some instances of the western world, blinded by petrodollars, did indeed dropped it's moral values.

IN 1953, the US and Britain organised a coup against a democratically elected government led by Prime Minister, Mohammed Mossadeq. More details are here but basically it was an argument over ownership of Iran's oil. In the words of that famous poster: how did our oil get under their sand?

Then there is the ongoing support for dictators like Mubarak (no oil to speak of, but strategically placed in an oil rich region), Saddam Hussein, and, well, any Arab regime you care to mention, really. Then we have Venezuela and their generals. And, not least, from 1967 and especially after 1973, unquestioning support for Israel, especially, and shamefully, from the United States of America.

Talking about Israel, let's move to the letter writer's defend[ing] my country against daily Arab aggression.

It is simply the genius of the Jewish propaganda machine which has enabled Arab resistance to the Jewish conquering and colonisation of historic Palestine to be reframed as aggression on the part of the indigenous Arab population.

Now I understand how difficult it is to overturn a lifetime of conditioning from undoubtedly one of the greatest propaganda exercises in history, to see through the smoke and mirrors and set the conflict in its true historical perspective.

And understand that the western world not only was complicit, but actively assisted in one last great colonising project, which, as colonising projects always do, ignore the human rights of the local, indigenous population, resulting in slaughter, dispossession and oppression.

Now let's consider the final paragraph, a long anguished cry of perpetual victimhood. An ungrateful world? What a strange comment to make about a world that has accorded Israel its dubious legitimacy in the family of nations and remains, sadly, supportive of a state that, if it was a Muslim nation, would long ago have been placed at the top of the list of rogue states.

Then the letter writer seems to be saying that a disproportionate contribution to science, technology and the arts somehow outweighs the tremendous wrong done to Palestinians. Of course it does not.

Why do they hate us so much? Read the above.

The fact is that Israelis live in a world of willful self-delusion, perpetuating gross injustice for the most base of human motivations - the greed of the oppressive coloniser.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for creating this, Luc.
    Keep up the good work