Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mike, Oh Mike, Tell Me You Are Kidding!?



This guy is fully delusional. Really. Seriously.

"How many people in America would tolerate it if Israeli politicians told Americans what neighborhoods they could live in."

"Segregation is a policy that doesn't promote relationships and healing."
"We ought to be worried about Iran."

"It's unrealistic for Jerusalem to become a divided city, it needs to become a united city."

"We all want to see peace in the Middle East...most Americans understand that people have a right to live where they want to live, it's a part of liberty, it's a part of freedom. We understand that in the United States"

"Israel is the closet thing to a true-pure democratic government in the Middle East, almost the world."

"It's unrealistic to say that Israelis shouldn't live in the context of their country where they wish."
Oh Boy, this guy really is delusional. I won't comment fully on this video, I don't have the energy. But his last sentence requires a rebuttal. Ok...Israeli Jewish settlements in the West Bank ARE NOT ISRAEL. Gaza and the West Bank are the PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES, not Israel. Those territories are under brutal Israeli occupation.

Using the analogy that people would be angry if foreign lawmakers told U.S. citizens where they can and cannot live is really a terrible analogy. It's can't even be called an analogy because it's not close to analagous.

Huckabee also said during his recent trip to Israel said that the international community should consider establishing a Palestinian state some place else.

"The question is should the Palestinians have a place to call their own? Yes, I have no problem with that. Should it be in the middle of the Jewish homeland? That's what I think has to be honestly assessed as virtually unrealistic."

On the contrary the Jewish homeland was established in the middle of Palestine, and in the 61 years since, Israel has developed a strategic system of removing the remaining Palestinians from the land (Slavoj Zizek recently commented on this "ethnic cleansing" ). Israel has also maintained a brutal occupation for the last 42 years.

And lastly, what does the 'context of their country' mean. Mike, if your definition of 'their country' wasn't contentious, couldn't you have just said, 'their country.' The whole 'context' language just leads me to believe you are stretching the truth a bit. A little less John Hagee and Tim Lahaye, you nutcase.

6 comments:

Andrew said...

Although Jewish settlement occured in Palestine, Palestine was occupied and created by British Gov't in 1917. Before which, Muslim Arabs, Christian Arabs, and Jews occupied the area. As more Jews migrated to the area and with the aftermath of WWII, UN recognized the need to create a Jewish State. Once the British left, the Arab Legion emmediately attacked the newly recognized state within Palestine. Once the Arab Legion was defeated along with Egypt and Iraq, none of these Arab countries made an attempt to create or support a Palestinian State, regardless of their controlled lands of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This is obviously much deeper than simply having everone live together and get along.

Samuel Nichols said...

And then 700,000 Arabs were displaced, chased from their homes because of Jewish settlement and Jewish militias. See Ilan Pappe's, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Now these 61 year refugees number in the millions, and it is the longest standing population of refugees.

The West Bank and Gaza Strip are now under brutal occupation and siege, respectively.

Andrew said...

As 700,000 Arabs were displaced so were an eaqual number of Jews displaced from Arab nations to Israel. Not that there is an easy answer to this problem but its good to stay balanced in your view. Many of those Arabs fled pending the attacks soon to be made by the Arab Legion as well as Egypt and Iraq with the hopes of a return upon Israels defeat. As I dont agree with brutality from either side, the Gaza Strip and West Bank are suffering unjustly. With that said, I find it odd that none of the Arab countries after the attacks on Israel came to the defense of the "Palestinian People" by creating a Palestinian State. They had years to do so.

Andy said...

I'll be the first to admite that my knowledge of Mid-Eastern history is lacking... but I'm surprised that you criticize the statement that "Segregation is a policy that doesn't promote relationships and healing."

From my limited knowledge reconciliation may be the only hope in situations where hate is so strong.

Samuel Nichols said...

I didn't offer any direct criticism of Huckabee's statement, "Segregation is a policy that doesn't promote relationships and healing." But I will now. He uses this, and has at other times to say, that there cannot be a 2 state solution because that would be segregation. 2 distinct populations being officially segregated. Yet, Huckabee won't consider a one-state solution with Jews and Arabs living side by side. He has suggested Palestinians all moving somewhere else.

The fact is that segregation is rampant within Israel's borders. Being an Palestinian (with Israeli ID) living within Israel could really be a case study on segregation. There are not equal rights for Arab Israelis. It's a democracy for Jewish Israelis, but not the same democracy for Arab Israelis.

It's incredibly contradictory that Huckabee calls for no segregation, because establishing a 'jewish' state for jews, and forcing all arabs to leave is segregation in its rawest form.

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