Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

July 29, 2014

The Mole People

Filed under: Palestine — louisproyect @ 1:20 pm

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“It takes us a little bit to our childhood fairy tales of demons,” said Eyal Brandeis, 50, a political scientist who lives on Kibbutz Sufa, a mile from where 13 militants emerged from a tunnel at dawn July 17. “It’s a very pastoral environment I live in, the quiet, the green grass, the trees. It’s not a pleasant thought that you sit one day on the patio drinking coffee with your wife and a bunch of terrorists will rise from the ground.”

My email to Eyal Brandeis after reading this article in today’s NY Times:

Terrorists rising from the ground?

The real terror is IDF jets blowing up schools, power stations and hospitals; murdering Palestinian children playing soccer on the beach.

You fucking Israelis make me sick to my stomach, worse than the Afrikaners.

I say that as a bar mitzvahed Jew and the son of a woman who was president of her local Hadassah chapter. God damn your eyes.

Louis Proyect


  1. Thank you for this apt analogy.

    Comment by David Green — July 29, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

  2. Thank you for your impassioned retort to Eyal Brandeis and savage denunciation of Israel’s slow, genocidal “Palestinians be gone” attacks and oppressions in terms that I–a gentile–cannot use. Israel has become an abomination, a horror, and an overwhelming tragedy, and I’m not very far off the mark when I state that Israel would now represent a delayed triumph of the Nazis over Judaism–save for persons such as yourself.
    I’ve hated anti-Semitism and racism for all of my long life, and now we have Israel and Barack Obama. I can’t stand this shit, and it’s becoming all there is.

    Comment by Joe Barnwell — July 29, 2014 @ 6:50 pm

  3. Has a frightening line been crossed? People all over the world are horrified at the killings of civilians, especially children, and the IDF proceeds to attack a playground, killing 8 children, with a couple of them sliced to death while they were playing on the swings. In Lebanon in 1982, the IDF relied upon surrogates to do this sort of thing. Now, the Israeli populace sings songs to celebrate the killing of Palestinian children.

    Is there a limit to the death and destruction that the Israelis will inflict upon Gaza? If there is, I can’t perceive it.

    Comment by Richard Estes — July 29, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

  4. As you so eloquently wrote Richard, we’ve seen this scene many times before with Israel. Cast Lead was only 5 years ago; the conflict with Hezbollah only 8 years ago; the 2nd Intifada; Sabra & Shatilla; the 1st Intifada; with each murder of Palestinians/Lebanese we hoped that it would be finale of Israel’s aggression and it would be their downfall akin to Apartheid.

    We’re all appalled and irate. But we cannot see the end of it.

    Comment by Joshua — July 30, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

  5. I wonder what the breakdown of the Jewish Israeli population is between the ruling Ashkenazic elite and the other and–in that scene lesser–Israeli Jews, including the poorer recent immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and the much-belittled mizrahim?

    The first group–endlessly invoking the Holocaust and claiming a vulnerability that actually is not appropriate to people with dual citizenship and virtually unlimited access to funds–seem to be pretty much purely aggressors and hypocrites, who cry endlessly about a holocaust threat that does not apply to them. Jews in Germany in 1941 were trapped and the crimes of which they were accused were imaginary. The Israeli elite are not trapped and their war crimes are real.

    The rest? Aren’t they hostages of the elite–those who will be left to suffer the consequences of the irresponsible and–yes–cowardly acts of Netanyahu and his kind, who are only in the degree of danger that they choose to be in?

    I’m not a Jew, so maybe this is inappropriate. Maybe I’m just wrong. But this thought occurs to me every time I hear the oft-repeated (and perhaps accurate) complaints that Hamas is deliberately putting military installations in the most thickly populated and vulnerable places, including schools and hospitals.

    What difference is there between Hamas doing that and Netanyahu holding a loaded weapon to the head of every Jew in Israel (and by extension, the world)? Only one of scale–the Zionist crime being clearly hostage-tacking of Jews on a global scale.

    If this mad adventure ends badly, as it certainly will if the insanity goes on long enough, won’t it be Jews in the end who suffer the most?

    Comment by Fred Watson — July 30, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

  6. “But this thought occurs to me every time I hear the oft-repeated (and perhaps accurate) complaints that Hamas is deliberately putting military installations in the most thickly populated and vulnerable places, including schools and hospitals.”

    As As’ad Abukhalil observed the other day about NYT reporter Anne Barnard:

    “Here Ms. Barnard makes a great discovery: “But it is indisputable that Gaza militants operate in civilian areas”. Really, Ms. Barnard? Where do you want them to operate? On the moon? Hamas fighters are just like Hizbullah fighters: they are the people of the area under occupation who volunteered to resist occupation. Where would they operate from? Should they all gather say in a stadium and invite Israel to bomb them? And where did the French resistance or Algerian resistance operate from? Another planet?”

    Comment by Richard Estes — July 30, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

  7. Estes’ quote of As’ad Abukhalil is on to something here reminiscent of Trotsky’s “Their Morals and Ours”. Despite all the vitriol & scorn heaped upon the UN over the years from both right & left camps — to the UN’s credit they’ve never ever to this day been able to establish a definition of “Terrorism”.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — August 2, 2014 @ 12:37 am

  8. “Operating in civilian areas” is not really the same thing as putting gun emplacements and rocket launchers in schools and hospitals so that any attack on those places can be called an attack on civilians. You can “operate in civilian areas” without doing either of those things.

    Of course, if Hamas is in fact doing those things, that fact in no way justifies the deliberate slaughter of hundreds, if not thousands, of civilians by the IDF.

    One can be on the side of justice without winding up in the Islamist camp. This can be so even if history decides that Hamas is to be what we laughingly call a “legitimate government.” That would still not render them incapable of crime.

    The point would be to take the side of what the Internationale calls “the human race”–which no mere nationalist or religio-political movement ultimately can be.

    Comment by Susan Kline — August 2, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

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