Mubarak Sentenced to Life in Prison;
Is Netanyahu Next?
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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 have described extensively in The Cross of Bethlehem, and on this website. Prime Minister Netanyahu is kept busy by the settlers on a daily basis (see Summer Heats up Jewish Wars). When not dealing with ways to whitewash the settlers' crimes, he is busy threatening Lebanon and Iran (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.
At the end of each 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 their 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 arithmetical 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 systemic discrimination carried out routinely by the Israeli administration. The Israeli-Arab population (20% of the total within the Green Line) is systematically discriminated against; 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 against 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. Further awesome testimony of Israel unacceptable claim of possessing precognition powers. The list of state-sponsored grievances goes on. The state doesn’t have a constitution, thus human right violations are systemic 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 was true in 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) has 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's 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 carried out against Yemenite Jews by the State of Israel. The ground is ready and waiting for a spark.
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's violations. Don’t let the moment pass, please place six million signs against the systemic abuse, the methodical violence, the illegitimate eavesdropping, the constant Holocaust scares carried out by the Zionist regime. Put up six million signs against your being crippled by the state, against your being robbed daily by a self-serving oligarchy. Put up six million signs demanding peace and love. You deserve it.
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