The Brutalization of Israel Is Well Underway–Collapse Is only a Matter of Time

MEDIA, 10 Jun 2024

Dilip Simeon | After the Truth Shower – TRANSCEND Media Service

Israeli right-wing youth activists attacking Palestinian freelance journalist Saif Kwasmi in a march commemorating Jerusalem Day on Wed 5 Jun 2024.
Credit: Hazem Bader/AFP

Haaretz Editorial 7 Jun 2024:

It is impossible to watch the photographic documentation of the ugly, violent demonstrators during Wednesday’s [5 Jun] parade of Jewish supremacy through the streets of Jerusalem without hearing Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz’s warning echoing in the background:

“The national pride and euphoria that followed the Six-Day War are temporary and will bring us from proud, rising nationalism to extreme, messianic, ultranationalism. The third stage will be brutality and the final stage will be the end of Zionism,” the farsighted philosopher said.

The process of brutalization is at its height. “The general spirit was that of revenge,” wrote  Haaretz journalist Nir Hasson, who was assaulted by a gang of teens who hurled him to the ground and kicked him.

The leading symbol on the marchers’ shirts was the Kahanist fist, the popular chant was a particularly bloody revenge song, alongside chants of ‘Death to Arabs’ and ‘May their village burn.’ The most popular minister was Itamar Ben-Gvir and the overall atmosphere was frightening.”

Nor was Hasson the only person to be assaulted. The rioters threatened, cursed, shoved and attacked Palestinian passers by and anyone they identified as a journalist or who tried to film them. The reason they attacked journalists is that they couldn’t find enough Palestinian victims, since Palestinian families were hunkered down at home. They have already learned that when the Jews are celebrating Jerusalem Day, it’s better to vacate the arena so the celebrants won’t be tempted to lynch them.

We aren’t talking about a handful of wild weeds or any of the other euphemisms used by parts of the religious Zionist movement in its full Kahanist incarnation. Brutality is no longer confined to the margins or to the settlements and settlement outposts; it has spread in every direction. Terrifyingly, it has even penetrated the military, the Knesset and the cabinet.

Cabinet ministers and Knesset members joined the thousands of marchers, and some even danced to that bloody song of revenge, “Avenge but One of My Two Eyes upon Palestine,” which speaks of the biblical Samson’s revenge on the Philistines. Ministers Bezalel Smotrich and Miri Regev marched, as did lawmakers Tzvi Succot, Simcha Rothman and Almog Cohen, and of course the king of the Kahanists, Ben-Gvir, who took advantage of the opportunity to threaten the status quo on the Temple Mount (known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, the site of Al-Aqsa Mosque) and foment a religious war.

If Israel’s political center does not act to return the extremists to the margins of society, eliminate Kahanism and remove the malignant growth of the occupation from the body politic, Israel’s final fall will only be a matter of time. The countdown has begun.



  Dilip Simeon: My blogs are non-commercial. I believe strongly in the power of ideas; and am opposed to ideological tyranny and the control of the mind by dictators or totalitarian movements of any doctrinal inclination whatsoever. My blogging has been devoted to fostering an informed and non-polemical debate in India and globally, about the crucial concerns of our time. Here’s a thought that I consider profound: ‘It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow human beings.’ (M. K. Gandhi). The title, After the Truth Shower, is from a poem I wrote for a friend.

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