Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Ok my fellow Lovers Of Peace International Inc., listen up.
This whole "disengagement" farce is going to end pretty soon, and in its wake is going to be a brief criticism vacuum, what I like to call the post-partum blues. The media is probably going to forget for a few days exactly who is to blame for all that is wrong in this region. And it's our job to remind them.
We've got to stay rip-roaring ready with a new set of talking points -- or, if you will, shouting points. We're going to hammer away at Israel's achilles kneecap: their flagrant violation of human rights in the "so-called" name of "self" "defense" against that quote-"t"-unquote word. So, in anticipation of that first post-pullout news cycle, I've prepared a few complaints we should all start practicing:
First and most important of all is, of course, the racist gulag wall -- but not just the wall itself. We need to carp on the whole ideology of separation. We cannot rhetorically rest as long as Israelis insist on arrogantly placing barriers between themselves and peaceful coexistence with their neighbors -- who after all share their love of this special land between the Jordan and the sea.
We cannot be satisfied until, at a minimum, the Israelis begin the following unilateral baby-steps away from separation and hatred, toward openness and peace:
- Tear down the wall, being sure to properly recycle all materials, perhaps even using them to construct peace mosques along the border so as to attract friends rather than drive away oppressed enemies.
- Disarm the brutal occupationist police force just like other civilized states have done, such as Britain and... and...
- Stop the placement of security guards outside of Israeli schools. It inculcates paranoia and fear-of-the-other in the most impressionable of young minds. And what kind of message of inequality is it sending to young Palestinian children in refugee camp schools, who have no security guards to protect them from the so-called suicide bombers?
- Remove the metal bars closing off the windows of so many Israeli homes. Can there be peace when the message Israelis are broadcasting to their neighbors is "we don't want you in our homes?" We need to make the Israelis understand that while these so-called security bars create the illusion of safety inside those luxurious homes, tragically, they only serve to imprison their Palestinian neighbors outside.
- Get started early talking up this year's "land mines" issue: barbed wire. We want to stop Israeli production of barbed wire. I can't tell you how many young males are treated in Palestinian hospitals every single day for barbed wire injuries. We need photos of the injured, their stories. We need to put a face on the suffering. Barbed wire really hurts. Plus it necessitates at least 3 extra days of training for Palestinian security forces to learn how to avoid the stuff.
Either way, there is a second brand new point we have to flog. We've done a good job tarnishing the image of the so-called "rubber coated bullets", but Israeli forces, rather than returning to the more photogenic conventional bullets, are coming up with new ways to humiliate peaceful protesters and those standing behind them: sand bullets. It goes without saying we can't let them get away with this. I'm sure many of us have grown up with the bully kicking sand in our face our whole lives. Well we're not about to let the bully start shooting sand at us from a gun now. So let's get out there and show the world exactly what kind of welts those suckers can leave on a protester. We won't rest on this one until the occupation forces are reduced to shooting nothing but powdered sugar bullets.
You're all doing a fantastic job, keep up the great work. Remember to forward this to at least five other activists. And by activist, I mean activist activists, not "activists". It's critical we maintain clear deniability of any hypothetical connections between activists and any "activists", so please pay attention on that one.
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Next year in Al Quds!