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BY WILLIAM C. HENRY I just finished reading a column in the New York Times by Stanley Fish titled “What’s up with the Jews?” The article poses the question of whether it’s ever possible for any of us to completely eliminate anti-semitic characterizations of Jews from whatever opinions we may form, or conclusions we may draw, with reference to any particular Jewish affected action or stance. In conclusion he offers this statement with respect to the Israeli/Palestinian situation: “Those who offer the criticism can never quite be sure that their distaste for Israel’s actions with respect to the Palestinians is entirely innocent of the influence of centuries of vilification.” Well, I think I can. The only thing I see that could possibly even remotely effect the scores-old, tried and true, let’s-get-this-whole-thing-
Let’s begin with: Why does the Jewish state have any more right to exist than the descendants of the original Native American tribes have the right to retake possession of the United States? Both suffered similar diasporas. Both believed their lands had been entrusted to them by their God. Both had inhabited their respective lands for millennia (actually a damn site longer in the case of the Native Americans). Should one be considered more “deserving” than the other? Is it simply a matter of one having the “right” God? Should the western world’s collective guilt about the Holocaust have overridden any consideration for the rights of those who had actually inhabited Palestine for the previous millennia and more? The only truth I can see evident here is that might rarely makes right, but it’s almost always effective. It should be noted that while American reparations in the aftermath of its own pitiless genocide of Native Americans is nothing to write home about, they have had the unintended benefit of providing us with some of the world’s most lavish gambling resorts.
Likewise, I’m wondering why it’s so perfectly OK for Israel to possess nuclear weapons but so definitely NOT for Iran. Assumed intentions are one thing, reality offers a much more predictable outcome. What Iran “could” do with a nuclear weapon is no different from what nine other current nuclear weaponized nations “could” do with theirs. Besides, there isn’t a moderately informed person on the face of the earth who doesn’t know full well that were Iran to unleash a nuclear weapon on Israel, it would instantaneously be nuked back to the Stone Age. All their pro-forma Israel-bashing may produce the occasional self-
And, then there’s that pesky little matter of why Israel gets to continually fire a middle finger (with our acquiescence and without consequences) toward EVERY United Nations resolution they deem to be the least bit detrimental to their paranoid schizophrenic ‘best interests.’ Let’s skip over the other some 70-plus similarly “birded” U.N. resolutions that have attempted to resolve the Palestine situation and concentrate on just ONE! It’s titled U.N. Resolution 194 and it states that Palestinian refugees are guaranteed the “right of return” to their homelands. It has been re-affirmed by the U.N. on no fewer than 122 OCCASIONS! That’s the same Right of Return that’s guaranteed under Humanitarian and Human Rights Law including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights. Yet, after 60 years, the refugees (some 400,000 of them in Lebanon alone!) continue to suffer under some of the most squalid conditions to be found anywhere on the planet simply because this so-called Christian congress of ours lacks the plain old political guts to face down the far-out-of-proportion-power-wielding financial powerhouse Jewish political lobby. Can I get an Amen?!?
So, how DO we (with all due respect to our highly esteemed neighbors to the south) end this proverbial “Mexican standoff”? Well, after months of exhaustive examination of literally every conceivable solution to this heretofore acknowledged all but winnable tug o’ war, I believe I have come up with a solution that comes as close as humanly possible to satisfying the needs and demands of both ends. Here it is: the Palestinians (all of them) get ALL of Palestine (including Israel). The Israelis, in turn, get half of Manhattan Island and half of Washington, DC. I mean, they already own half of them anyway, right?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Fed up early stage septuagenarian who has actually been most of there and done most of that. Born and raised in the picturesque Pocono Mountains. Quite well educated. Very lucky to have been born into a well-schooled and somewhat prosperous family. Long divorced. One beautiful, brilliant daughter. Two far above average grandsons. Semi-retired (how does anyone manage to do it completely these days?) and fully-tired of bullshit. Uncle of the Editor-In-Chief.
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