Is Israel Digging Its Own Grave with Its Increasing Extremism and Settlers’ Fanaticism?
Israel has a problem, or should I say the U.S. does – problem that the Zionist-settler state itself created. While Zionists used the God argument to prove that Palestine belonged only to Jews and that therefore Palestinians had no right to it, most Jews, including those who didn’t believe in God, chose to go along with the argument that God who doesn’t exist did nevertheless, in His miraculous nonexistence, make that promise. And, promise is a promise, even if made by something or someone who doesn’t exist. Sure, the argument might be absurd, but who cares, as long as it helps bring about desired political objectives.
But, wrongs have a way of making their existence felt more than imaginary friends making imaginary promises in some secret imaginary meeting. Like a weak and shallow foundation that eventually brings down the entire structure resting on it, no matter how glamorous and impressive it looks, people’s wrong and inhumane actions, eventually, bring down their empire that’s built on lies and fraud and crime against humanity.
The racist Jewish-only state, built on ethnic cleansing and genocide, has been occupying Palestinian land, demolishing their homes and building settlements for settlers who come and settle brand new homes for free, where there used to be Palestinian homes. But, who would go and occupy such homes built on land soaked in Palestinian blood and tears? Right wing, militant, racist and hateful religious zealots, who take “God’s promise” literally and who are all too happy to kill stubborn Palestinians, who don’t just get out of their God given land and go live somewhere else, would. In fact, as far as these Jewish religious thugs are concerned, God also told them – in that same secret meeting – that they had the right to shoot and kill Palestinians, if they don’t comply with God’s order. These religious zealots aren’t satisfied with the homes they get and the citizenship rights they are given, as soon as they arrive, which the native Palestinians don’t have because they’re of the wrong race and ethnicity. They also have a claim over the natives’ places of worship.
Al Aqsa Mosque, which is the third holiest religious site for all Muslims, is located in Jerusalem which has been occupied by Israel since 1967, a city which Israel wants to make its capital to make sure Palestinians can’t claim it for themselves, despite the fact that still the majority are Palestinian Arabs. Israelis call the Mosque Temple Mount and consider the compound their own. “The Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement” is a hardline Israeli organisation that advocates removing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and organizes protests by settlers at the Mosque. According to Al Jazeera, the group has published a statement calling on Jews to protect the “Temple Mount”, which is “in the hands of Israel’s enemies”. “We will stop the Islamisation of the Temple Mount and the construction of more mosques,” it reads, according to the report. The group has reportedly organised a march on the compound for Wednesday morning.
Since Monday morning, Palestinian men under the age of 50 have been barred by Israeli occupation forces from visiting the mosque, This and provocative actions by settlers who go into the Mosque under the protection of the occupation army, has spawned a week long of demonstrations by Palestinians of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron and elsewhere. Al Jazeera reports that “in cities and villages across the West Bank, Palestinian shop owners and public institutions held a general strike for two hours in solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque compound”. Israeli forces used rubber coated steel bullets and .22 caliber bullets against the protesters, injuring dozens near Ramallah. An army spokeswoman admitted to Al Jazeera as much. They also arrested seven Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem for suspected involvement in clashes at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday, including a 14 year old boy. Nothing unusual there, according to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations, Israel routinely arrests, jails and tortures Palestinian children.
Settlers have for years been provoking Palestinians at the Mosque with the full support and protection of the occupation forces, resulting in clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli army. Provocations and the ensuing attacks by Israeli police and army, often with live ammunition, as well as arrests and incarceration of young Palestinians have been on the rise and don’t show any sign of abating, as Israel continues to settle more right wing Jewish extremists on occupied territories and fans the flames of hatred and violence.
The decision by Israeli government to bar Palestinian men under 50 from visiting the Mosque shows a willingness by the Zionist state to elevate the tensions and use the protests to put more of the Palestinian youth in jail. But, I suppose that same God who promised Palestine to Jews is also encouraging Muslim Palestinians to resist the onslaught. And, here is the problem: while Israel’s enablers and generous supporters in Washington, who keep the ethnic cleansing and genocide going in occupied Palestine for the military and strategic geopolitical advantages the settler state provides them with and who are themselves involved in several wars against Muslim countries, don’t want to incite any more anger and hatred in the Muslim world than they already have. The Frankenstein they helped create and sustain might be turning into a worrisome liability for them. The U.S. never minded a brutal and extremist rightwing government in Tel Aviv – after all, how can an apartheid settler state founded on occupation and ethnic cleansing not be brutal and extremist – but due to the very nature of the state and its long term goal and continued settling of fanatical settlers, the government might just be becoming too right wing and too extremist even for the U.S. and for its own good. But it can’t help itself. The God who supposedly made that land promise to Jews might in the end deny he ever made such a promise. He may in the end even deny he ever existed.