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Musolini in Palestine
by Richard Hugus
Email: necdp (nospam) onepalestine.org
10 May 2004
This succint but illustrative description of the Israeli occupation of Palestine was written by Richard Hugus, member of the New England Committee to Defend Palestine, who has been visiting Palestine for some years now.
May 5, 2004
A few months ago an ambassador from France called Israel a "shitty little
country" and lost his job for these three true words. To those from
outside, Israel has imposed itself in all the ways typical of fascism. It
intentionally frustrates rational procedure with absurd bureaucracy. It puts
M-16 rifles in the hands of teenage brats, some in uniform, some not, who
make a fetish of their weapons with small decorations, and who would have no
personal power without such weapons. In totalitarian fashion, it has put
cameras in the thousand-year-old streets of Jerusalem to spy on people day in
and day out. Young Israeli police with pistols drawn stand at the entrance to
homes stolen by settlers, determined to live in conflict with their
neighbors. The settlers walk around with pistols and walkie-talkies and other
security paraphanalia sticking out of belts circling their fat asses. They
are completely at odds with the people and setting around them. One wonders
how they live with any equanimity.
The homes of the settlers are marked by dirty Israeli
flags. So often dispalyed at dusty checkpoints manned by soldiers, the flags
themselves become associated with dirt and violence. The occupation forces
each day post five male and female soldiers inside the Damascus gate. Their
assignment seems to be to do nothing more than strut, joke with one another,
and display arrogance. Occasionally they find a pretext to harrass a
Palestinian, and ask for papers. When they get food at a stand, they leave
the paper dishes behind them for others to pick up.
The day they killed Rantissi, we saw pictures of the hospital bed in Gaza
where Rantissi, covered with shrapnel wounds, was rushed to treatment,
already dead. Then we saw pictures of Sharon, a huge sloth in an expensive
coat and tie, holding a meeting in a clean, air-conditioned conference room.
Here the dirt was clean and the clean was dirty.
Recently the section of the Wall which has been constructed in Abu-Dis, just
outside of Jerusalem, prevented a man who'd had a heart attack from reaching
an ambulance waiting for him 100 meters away. The Wall is guarded by
teenagers with their fetish guns wearing the omnipresent green IOF uniform.
Fascists love uniforms. They love order. They love authority. From behind
these they indulge their taste for sadism and crassness, making the elderly
suffer in the hot sun, making women with heavy bags stand and wait, always
threatening people with guns. They are examples of barbarity --the same as
that shown by US and British soldiers at Al-Gharib. The joking soldier in the
photographs gesturing lewdly at hooded Iraqi prisoners reveals the confident
racism and sense of superiority of the oppressor. At the same time it reveals
Fascists are bullies who can't bear fineness and beauty. Thus the ransacking
of the museums of antiquity in Baghdad by ignorant yahoos from Fort Bragg.
Thus the sneaking, anonymous Israeli sniper firing at a strong Palestinian
child. No matter what they do, the fascists always lose. It is something they
carry with them.
Palestine, meanwhile, is a beautiful and large country. Many ambassadors have
This work is in the public domain