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Friday, May 18, 2018

Israel, Palestine - and American Inner Cities

Yesterday, The Jerusalem Post reported  that up to 8,700 Palestinians have been wounded and around 100 people killed in the rioting that Hamas started on 30 March.

The Great March of Return that Hamas launched in Gaza on 30 March culminated on Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe) on 15 May. Fewer civil disorders occurred on 16 and 17 May.

Context and Precedent: In 1988, Yasir Arafat instituted Nakba Day to commemorate the exodus of some 700,000 Palestinians before and after the Israeli declaration of independence in 1948.

These were not peaceful protests in any sense because the participants gathered at the fences prepared for violent confrontation. The Israelis also were prepared and issued multiple warnings. The confrontation was one-sided, as it always has been. 

The Jerusalem Post published on 14 May – Israeli Independence Day -- a lengthy, cogent analysis of the Hamas-instigated movement as self-destructive and self-victimized. The so-called marchers twice burned the only border crossing point for humanitarian aid and goods to Gaza. They disrupted the power and fuel lines for the Gaza Strip which is chronically short of power. The Palestinian men sent women and children to the border fences, knowing they would be shot.

The Israelis understand the problems in great detail, but the Hamas-instigated riots appear driven by pre-modern impulses that defy modern solutions and prescriptions.

Palestinian leaders say the marches and clashes are important because they send a message to the world. For the past two weeks, the Palestinians have been heard around the world. They have raised awareness at a great cost in lives and treasure. The message has been sent. The world is aware.

h/t Andrew Price
Every time the Palestinians send their message, the Muslim and western nations say all the right words of outrage. The Israelis get blamed for excessive use of force, until the next time. The major change is that the Palestinians in Gaza make their people’s living conditions worse.

The actions of the Palestinian leadership in Gaza and the West Bank are sufficient to sustain the life of their political system, but only because they are in a power-sharing relationship with Israel and aid donors. The Palestinian component of the power-sharing system is not self-sufficient and cannot prevent the collapse of its population without help. The Palestinians are dependents of the external components of the power-sharing arrangement.

The external components of the power-sharing arrangement – Israel and the aid agencies -- provide sufficient systemic sustenance to prevent the Palestinians from collapsing but not enough to make them whole, healthy or prosperous under present management.  It has been surviving under these conditions for 70 years. This is the system preferred by various and successive generations of Palestinian leadership because dependence on them keeps them valid, important and in power. 

Comparison

There is a comparison between Palestine, and its leadership and American inner cities and Democrat Party hegemony. Keeping a class of people dependent, miserable and by controlling the aid that reaches them, insures that power continues. It's cynical, but the calculus works. The corrupt, sly, elite media in the US (and they also cover the Palestinian situation) work hard to insure that the people never understand their role as poor and dependent pawns in a money game that is played at their expense.

It is no wonder that the media in the US is so frantic - so desperate to remove President Trump from office, because he does not buy into their false narrative in the way that so many former US presidents have. It could upset the applecart in the inner cities in America - and if the dependent class are employed, and happier, who knows what might transpire among those artificially depressed people?

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  1. >There is a comparison between Palestine, and its leadership and American inner cities and Democrat Party hegemony.

    Interesting. I've been saying something like that for years. Though my angle was less on the political "leadership" than the problem of what do you do going forward, now that you have at least 3 generations of people brought up on propaganda that tells them that all their ills are due to The Oppressor. Any tradition of gainful work, self improvement and personal responsibility have been stripped away from these people, who have been alienated from their culture. There is nothing so destructive to a person, or a people, as to deny them moral agency, which is exactly what the cult of victimhood does.

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    1. The narrative (to the Palestinians and the American inner cities) has been smug, sly, and self-serving and it was swallowed whole. As you suggest, this flummery has been spoon fed for so long and it's been so damaging (to both populations) that the way back is nearly impossible for the population. We see some people breaking free here and there but the numbers of people who acquire moral agency are depressingly small.

      The key, of course, is education. Yet no matter how many hundreds of millions the government pumps into inner city schools, they remain cess pits with under motivated union teachers. The money, stolen, and diverted. Charter schools have offered a workable alternative but they are demonized by inner city machine politics.

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  2. Excellent post. Well said. And the whole lib money machine has a lot to lose, not least their media propaganda arm. No wonder they're spinning hysterically out of control. #MS13

    But maybe we'll see some IG action viz. Brennan and the coup conspirators. Please.

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    1. I don't know how the corrupt, elite mainstream media could love MS13 as much as they do. Maybe the presidents of CNN and MSNBC should move gang members into their homes. That would be interesting, now, wouldn't it? Come to think of it, MS13 isn't all that different than Hamas protesters. They could move some protesters in as well and report back in a month on how all that worked out for them.

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  3. Indeed. I am often reminded of the book "Something Of Value" by Robert Ruark, and the movie of the same title.

    Full quote--"“When we take away from a man his traditional way of life, his customs, his religion, we had better make certain to replace it with "SOMETHING OF VALUE”.

    The progs have replace that 'something' with free stuff. What is the value of that free stuff? Well, shut down the EBT system for three days and see what happens. Best vote buying system ever. Financed by your friendly neighborhood taxpayers.

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    1. When the Left and the Right took away something of value, America elected Donald J. Trump as a reaction (a pox on both of their houses) and they are none too happy about it.

      It was better for the country than a simmering insurrection with hot spots that we'd have found under a Clinton regime.

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  4. Human history is the same story over and over. Sad, few learn to think for themselves.

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    1. It's the epitaph of our species.

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  5. WsF is right, and they are literally brainwashed by Hamas...

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    1. The useful idiots provide a pool of martyrs that their leaders trade for cash. It's sick.

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  6. The academics talk about something called "the Curley Effect", named for a four-time mayor of Boston from around the start of the 20th century. You can find papers online with your favorite search engine.

    Curley used income redistribution to his poor Irish constituents to encourage richer people to move away from Boston, to shape the demographics in his favor. He deliberately trashed his city to keep winning elections.

    It has become the way these cities operate. I can't say "the way they work" because they don't work - as cities. They work as giant corruption machines. Look at the parade of Chicago and Detroit politicians who ended up in jail.

    It's universal. Hamas is trashing their population so they can be media darlings and get billions in international aid. Which goes to the leaders. I don't think any impartial observer could look at the peak protest and not ask, "why did you bring a baby there?" or "what is someone in a wheelchair doing in a dirt field?". Then you find the baby had a congenital heart defect and see a guy on crutches running normally holding his crutches in the air and start to question. It's all done for show, and the Hamas "Curley" is fine with killing women and children to make the news.

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    1. SiG -- Rhodesia/Zimbabwe springs to mind and well said.

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