Israel’s High Court of Justice commits yet another injustice
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In its narrow meaning, Double Bind is an emotionally distressing dilemma in which an individual receives two or more conflicting messages, in which one message negates the other. A successful response to one message causes a failed answer to the other, so that the person will be automatically wrong regardless of response. The classical example is of an employer telling his employee to do a job, but doesn't allow enough time for that. If the employee is in danger of losing the job by questioning the situation, then the employee is in a Double Bind situation. This can be expanded into a whole range of daily situations. Look at the picture above; it was taken from the Matrix. A grandmotherly lady is offering cookies. At first sight, everything looks good and nice. Then, one notes that the cookies are shaped as Nazi Swastikas. This is disturbing, on the verge of being defined as horrific by some. There is a double bind, a double message implied in the event. The only target of this double message is to disturb the victim. This can be easily implemented by governmental organizations, effectively creating a torture that cannot be complained about in the type of courts existing nowadays.
In this context, Vanunu’s words quoted above: "I was freed, and … they still won’t let me go," get a new meaning. He is in a Double Bind torture illegitimately imposed by the Israeli government and its organizations.
Last month, Tim C.—a reader of this website and of deLiberation—put forward the concept of Diaspora Jews publicly renouncing their illegal “right of return” and giving it back to the Palestinians. deLiberation took up the call, creating on May 26 a page called “Transferring the Right Of Return” (see http://www.deliberation.info/transferring-the-right-of-return/#comments). I was approached by Tim, and deLiberation on the issue; this is easy to understand, after all I still am an Israeli citizen. Inadvertently, a potential Double Bind was created here towards the State of Israel. Poetic justice may be achieved; a counterweight to Israel’s immoral and criminal torture of Vanunu and others.
On the most basic level, I must say that renouncing citizenship implies recognition of the State of Israel, a state that at best, can lay claim only to a very incomplete sovereignty (see Is Israel Sovereign?). That alone forces us to consider such a step carefully. With every renouncement of the “Right of Return,” Israel would be able to claim "that person recognizes me." Instead of giving such a gift to the Zionists, can we transform the situation into a Double Bind? Can we force the Israeli Administration to face an ambiguous situation in which no matter how it reacts, it would be wrong?
There are plenty of people in the world who fall under the categories defined by the Israeli Administration of having the “Right of Return.” Most of them have no interest in it, and are publicly inactive. They should publicly renounce their Right of Return.
Then, using military terms, there are a few persons that are "force multipliers." Due to their circumstances, they have additional public weight. Mordechai Vanunu is one of them. The son of Rabbi Meshulam and Shahar Hlinovski are two others. Rabbi Meshulam protested against the Israeli administration's crimes against Yemenite Jews. His son managed to escape Israel after the protests, and is leading a quite vociferous campaign in Canada. Against all odds, one of the police officers sent to attack Meshulam became a refugee himself and has faced persecution also in Canada and Austria. I have also experienced violence by the State of Israel in several countries. Other Israeli refugees exist. As of now, we are spiky thorns in Israel's flesh, hurting it with every move it makes towards us. Agreed, we cause little damage. We are not weapons of mass destruction. However, we exist, and damage Israel’s false claim of being a democracy. If we renounce our citizenship and our Right of Return, we will lose the moral weight gained by being insiders to the monster. Israel will say: “Bah, it’s just another goy speaking against us!” Why should we give Israel such a prize? I beg my Brother in Faith—Mordechai Vanunu—to stand firm despite his torture; we’ll have time to rejoice once we reach Celestial Jerusalem. Until then, we have the opportunity to force Israel to face its crimes. Until then, we will mutilate Zionist propaganda. This alone is worth one hundred years of solitude.
Let me end this article with a personal message to Mr. Netanyahu: "Here I am, being tortured by you, in La Paz, Bolivia. Can you stand in front of me as a man of honor and answer my claims? Can you justify your torturing of your citizens? Can you justify your claims of being the only democracy in the Middle East? I am here, Mr. Netanyahu, and I will keep tearing your flesh mercilessly until you recognize your own crimes and injustice."
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