Fascism is neither right nor left

If  in exchange for decreased world pressure for an international probe into Gaza flotilla events, as The Daily Telegraph reports, the Gaza siege will be eased, then this will be another failure of the international community to impose sanction on a government gone mad.

The Guardian published the list of casualties based on the Turkish autopsy report from which it is clear that at least two people were excuted at point blank and 5 others where shot from behind. Added to the theft of equipment and personal belongings such as money, credit cards, driver’s licence etc. it would mean that the international community accepts murder and piracy of a NATO member in international waters. Not only Israel, but the whole of the western world will have lost all moral credibility by accepting a deal here.

It will be repeated here for the millionth time, if i may paraphrase a line by Amira Hass: Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization, replied: “I think it would be a good idea.”

“Historian Zeev Sternhell has defined fascism as “neither right nor left.” Indeed, but fascism also flourishes where the differences between right and left have been erased. Netanyahu’s no-exit outlook is not new, but it is Barak who has buried the chance and hope for an alternative on the bottom of the swamp.” (Avirama Golan)

“Even now, in 2010, Israel is in many ways a settler Prussian state: a combination of colonialist policies with a high level of militarisation in all aspects of life.” (Ilan Pappé)

“While in Israeli custody I, along with everyone else was subjected to endless abuse and flagrant acts of disrespect. Women and elderly were physically and mentally assaulted. Access to food and water and toilets was denied. Dogs were used against us, we ourselves were treated like dogs. We were exposed to direct sun in stress positions while hand cuffed to the point of losing circulation of blood in our hands. We were lied to incessantly, in fact I am awed at the routineness and comfort in their ability to lie, it is remarkable really. We were abused in just about every way imaginable and I myself was beaten and choked to the point of blacking out… and I was beaten again while in my cell.” (Ken O’Keefe)

“[...] this flotilla, like its predecessors and the ones still to come, serves the Israeli goal, which is to complete the process of separating the Gaza Strip from the West Bank. The process, it will be said here for the millionth time, started in 1991 and not after the rise of Hamas rule. It’s purpose was to thwart the two-state solution, which the world understood at that time as based on all of Gaza and the West Bank, and the link between them.” (Amira Hass)

Avirama Golan:  King of the quagmire
Ilan Pappé: What drives Israel?
Ken O’Keefe: All I saw in Israel was cowards with guns
Amira Hass: Not by cement alone