Thursday, March 23, 2006

How much is a Palestinian child worth?

From jews sans frontieres, the Israeli government has finally set the official bounty amount for dead Palestinian children.  How else would you read an official government payment to a soldier for forcing him to go through the inconvenience of an investigation for having shot a child?  Needless to say, nothing was done about the atrocity other than going through the motions of a whitewash hearing.  This is just more of the easy racism which forms the basis of Israel, the same easy racism that allows Israeli officials to refer to the forced starvation of the Palestinians in Gaza as a ‘diet’.  The underlying idea that the Palestinians are untermenschen is a necessary precondition of die Endlösung of the Palestinian Question. 

But note how well the Israelis have learned from the Nazis.  "It's like an appointment with a dietician. The Palestinians will get a lot thinner, but won't die."  That’s the trick. The Nazis didn’t show enough restraint.  The Israelis have learned well.  By murdering their children one by one, paying bounties to the murderers, depriving them of (almost) all food, encircling them with walls and then stealing the land captured by the walls (remember how six months ago you were a vicious anti-Semite if you claimed Israel was going to do this, and that the wall was just for ‘security’, and Olmert is now announcing that Israel is indeed going to steal all the lands captured by the wall?), cutting them off from their agricultural lands and water supplies, forcing them to endure checkpoint harassment and delays, and caging them in the bantustans, the idea is to gradually make life so intolerable for the Palestinians that they will ‘voluntarily’ leave, thus achieving Nazi results without the PR problems that the Nazis had.  The key to modern ethnic cleansing is to do it systematically, but slowly and quietly, limiting the overt acts of violence to the minimum required to do the job.