“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Israel’s deceptive ‘surprise attack’ an ‘absolute body blow’ to Hamas


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    The proposed evacuation of six Arab families from their homes in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, where they have lived for decades, is, admittedly, a complicated legal issue. The houses belonged to Jews before the 1948 war and were confiscated by Jordan. An Israeli court offered the Palestinian families an arrangement: minimal rent for residence in perpetuity. Some agreed, but most did not, insisting they were the rightful owners. Those refusing to pay rent are now facing eviction.

    In the end, though, the issue isn’t complicated at all. Restitution claims on both sides will need to be resolved in a peace agreement. Until then, Israel must freeze not only Palestinian but also Jewish claims resulting from its founding.

    The court case was initiated by a settler organization whose goal is to strengthen the Jewish presence in Jerusalem, even if that means undermining our moral credibility. Israel must not allow the far right to impose its agenda on the state.

    While fighting Hamas is unavoidable, reclaiming Jewish property is not. Doing so only ensures that when we are forced to fight another round against terrorism, we risk losing the sympathy even of our friends."

    "absolute body blow" to Hamas eh? Even if Hamas were eliminated the problems would remain. The more one learns about the history of Israel and the Middle East the less one is sympathetic to the Israeli position. The Israelis do not occupy the moral high ground. Their treatment of the Palestinians has been immoral and the US is complicit in this horror.

    1. SO I guess by your statement you are in favor of the 26 arab nations that ethnically cleansed the Jews from their homes from 1948 - 1967 and their businesses should get a redress from the the Arabs as well?

      BTW, I agree, Israel should stop using F16s and smart munitions and do what the Palestinians do, use cheap rockets fired at the civilian population of the disputed territories that way it's "fair". As for moral HIGH ground? Ash, ask yourself Israel sits on 1/900th of the arab occupied Middle East. It's population includes 1 million+ arabs where full citizens of the state. The arab occupied Middle East (not counting Iran which is Persian not arab) is the other 899/900th of the lands with almost zero Jews left.

      Who has the moral high ground for ethnic cleansing?

      As for a good solution? The PA/Hamas's solution is the destruction of the Jewish state and the death of all the Jews (world wide), Isarel has offered (and been turned down several times) A path for Palestinian self determination and statehood.

      Who has the moral high ground?

      How many water wells, hospitals, sewage plants, infrastructure could the PA/Hamas have accomplished if they didnt direct substantial portions of their budget to weapons and pay to slay...

      So please take you MORAL high ground and shove it...

    2. By the way....

      Moral High Ground?

      The TRC builds a case that leads it to conclude Canada committed cultural genocide
      APTN National News
      Canada is guilty of committing cultural genocide against Indigenous people, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission said in a summary of its final report released Tuesday.

      The TRC builds a case that leads it to conclude Canada committed cultural genocide against Indigenous peoples and used Indian residential schools used as its main weapon.

      “These measures were part of a coherent policy to eliminate Aboriginal people as a distinct peoples and to assimilate them into the Canadian mainstream against their will,” said the TRC report. “Residential schooling quickly become a central element in the federal government’s Aboriginal policy.”

      The TRC unveiled two volumes and a summary of its final report which is expected to be released later this year. One volume was titled, What We Have Learned, and the other was titled, The Survivors Speak.

      The TRC was created as part of the multi-billion dollar settlement agreement between Ottawa, the churches and survivors. About 150,000 Indigenous children went through Indian residential schools throughout the systems over century-long existence.

      The TRC’s report said cultural genocide is defined as the “destruction of those structures and practices that allow the group to continue as a group.”

      States that engage in cultural genocide aim to destroy political and social institutions by seizing land, persecuting spiritual leaders, banning languages, outlawing cultural practices, restricting movement and disrupting families so cultural values can’t be passed on to successive generations, said the report.

      “In its dealing with Aboriginal people, Canada did all these things,” said the report.

      The TRC report said Canada’s negotiation of treaties with First Nations were “marked by fraud and coercion.” The report said the federal government continues to stall on the implementation of treaties to this day.

      The TRC suggests the only reason Canada bothered to enter treaties was because it couldn’t afford to subdue the Indigenous population through war. In 1870, the total of Canada’s budget was about $19 million. Across the border during the same time period, the U.S. was spending $20 million just to fight its “Indian Wars,” said the report.

      Early post-Confederacy Canada had one goal in mind when it began negotiating treaty, said the TRC.

      “The intent of the government’s policy…was to assimilate Aboriginal people into broader Canadian society,” said the report. “At the end of this process, Aboriginal people were expected to have ceased to exist as a distinct people with their own governments, cultures and identities.”

      Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald told the House of Commons in 1883 that residential schools would be one of the main weapons used to eliminate the “savage” before it grew to become incorrigible.

  2. Can you imagine the death toll of Gazans if the enemy was Assad of Turkey, Putin of Russia or Ederon of Turkey?

    Since 1948 (1948-2014) (68 years) the total Palestinians killed by Israel is 31,227 fatalities.

    How does that compare to Russia, Turkey, Syrian deaths in the same period..