May 17, 2018

Trump and Israel Belong Together

Photo by Jordi Bernabeu Farrús CC BY 2.0
The white supremacist Trump administration and apartheid Israel make a contented couple.

Throw is the gulf monarchies abroad and the local police and Evangelicals at home, and one can see the recipe for Trump's ad hoc axis of repulsives.

From Saree Makdisi at CounterPunch:

Two spectacles unfolded in Palestine on Monday. In Gaza, Israeli army snipers shot and killed 58 Palestinians—including six children—and injured almost three thousand others amid scenes of smoke, fire, teargas, dust, agony and blood. At exactly the same time, to the tinkling of champagne glasses at a glittering reception barely fifty miles away in Jerusalem, Jared Kushner and an elegant Ivanka Trump oversaw the opening of Donald Trump’s new embassy there. The juxtaposition of these two contemporaneous scenes encapsulates at a single glance the entirety of Zionism’s murderous conflict with the Palestinian people.

Decent people should oppose all support of Israel in American policy, as Israel's continual assault against civilization persists.

Israel is not worth another Palestinian life, another massacre of real human beings, regarded as sub-human in the raciology of the lunatics of the Trump administration and apparently a solid majority of Israel's population.

Notes Makdisi at CounterPunch:

The demographer Arnon Sofer of Haifa University is the architect of the current isolation of Gaza.  In 2004, he advised the government of Ariel Sharon to withdraw Israeli forces from within Gaza, seal the territory off from the outside world, and simply shoot anyone who tries to break out. 'When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it’s going to be a human catastrophe,' Sofer told an interviewer in the Jerusalem Post (11 November 2004); 'Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.'  He added that 'the only thing that concerns me is how to ensure that the boys and men who are going to have to do the killing will be able to return home to their families and be normal human beings.'

This imperative to kill and kill and kill human 'animals' explains the violence taking place at the gates of Gaza.

Kill, kill, kill "animals" all day, every day.

It's a historic irony, Israel has become the inheritors of the Holocaust as perpetrators, with Trump and religious Evangelicals scurrying to keep up to the slow-motion destruction of 2.5 million people.

Meanwhile, at home, here at the homeland, Trump is carrying on his white supremacist dreams.

Note Juan Cole at TruthDig:

So Wednesday Trump again called some undocumented migrants in the US 'animals.' Calling people animals has been a parlor sport with Mr. Trump, and he has often gotten things wrong, as when he used his wealth to persecute the falsely accused Central Park 5.

Calling people animals is not just the use of an ugly epithet. It is not merely impolite.

It is a call to mistreat the class of people so designated, to fear them and blame them and ultimately to seek to wipe them out.

Animal functions similarly in this regard to the Nazi technical term Untermensch or underman, subhuman.

Richard A Etlin in Art, Culture, and Media under the Third Reich translates passages from the infamous SS pamphlet of 1941, entitled Der Untermensch:

It is a frightening creature, a mere shadow of a man, with humanoid racial features, yet spiritually and psychologically more base than any animal. Within this being rages a vile chaos of wild, uncontrolled passions, a nameless desire for destruction, the most primitive desires, and naked vulgarity.
The pamphlet goes on to be more specific about the identity of this horrible category of apparent human beings, who are actually animals or worse. It specifies eastern Slavs (Russians and Poles) and Jews, among others. Not even some members of those groups, but all of them. The pamphlet functioned as a call for and a justification for the genocide against the Jews, Gypsies, gays and other groups as well as the slaughter of Russian boys at the eastern Front.
The question for Americans is how well have we become the inheritors as by-standers.

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