On Gaza and Chutzpah

The UN probe into the Israeli massacre in high seas concluded yesterday that Israeli forces violated international law and showed ‘incredible violence’ when they raided a flotilla attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. The UN fact finding mission also argues that Israel’s naval blockade of the Palestinian territory was unlawful because of the humanitarian crisis there, and described the military raid on the flotilla as ‘brutal and disproportionate.’

According to the UN probe, there is “clear evidence to support prosecutions” against Israel for “willfull killing” and “torture”.

One would expect that after a publication of such a harsh report, Israel would self reflect, repent and vow to change its attitude toward international law and humanism in general.

Do not hold your breath, this is not going to happen. It is far from a coincidence that the word chutzpah, which stands for boldness coupled with supreme arrogance, was borrowed initially from Jewish dialect (Hebrew and Yiddish). Here is what the Israeli Foreign Ministry had to say about the UN probe “biased, politicized and extremist approach.” In a statement released following the publication of the UN probe’s conclusion, the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that “ Israel is a democratic and law abiding country that carefully observes international law and, when need be, knows how to investigate itself”. Indeed, by now we all know what the Jewish State stands for. We know all about their democracy and what kind of laws they are abiding to. We also know how much they’d rather investigate themselves.

If there is any decency in the Jewish State or in the Jewish national project, I clearly fail to see it. I must admit that I find it impossible to turn a blind eye to the fact that the commando soldiers who performed this massacre were proud Hebraic soldiers, they were dropped from helicopters that were decorated with Jewish and Hebraic symbols, they followed orders made by a democratically elected cabinet that claims to operate ‘in the name of the Jewish people.’

This is very concerning, especially considering the fact that our Western politicians are funded by the ‘friends’ of this deadly state.
Source: http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/gilad-atzmon-on-gaza-and-chutzpah.html

Gilad Atzmon, a former Israeli soldier now a writer and an award winning Jazz musician resident in London, where he lives in virtual exile