To be Jewish, I was raised to believe, meant understanding oneself as a member of a tribe that over and over had been cast out, mistreated, slaughtered. Millenniums of oppression that preceded it did not entitle us to a homeland or a right to self-defense that superseded anyone else’s. If they offered us anything exceptional, it was a perspective on oppression and an obligation born of the prophetic tradition: to act on behalf of the oppressed and to cry out at the oppressor.
For the last several decades, though, it has been all but impossible to cry out against the Israeli state without being smeared as an anti-Semite, or worse. To question not just Israel’s actions, but the Zionist tenets on which the state is founded, has for too long been regarded an almost unspeakable blasphemy.
Yet it is no longer possible to believe with an honest conscience that the deplorable conditions in which Palestinians live and die in Gaza and the West Bank come as the result of specific policies, leaders or parties on either side of the impasse. The problem is fundamental: Founding a modern state on a single ethnic or religious identity in a territory that is ethnically and religiously diverse leads inexorably either to politics of exclusion (think of the 139-square-mile prison camp that Gaza has become) or to wholesale ethnic cleansing. Put simply, the problem is Zionism.
“Political speech is largely the defence of the indefensible… Villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification… Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them.”—George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”
Even worse is how the mainstream media adopts this same speech. I once read a Newsweek interview with Dana Perino that obediently went along with her phrase “enhanced interrogation techniques,” never once calling these techniques what they were — torture. (via spaceships) (via retropolitics)
On Tuesday, March 17, Splitting the Sky, a Mohawk activist from Six Nations now residing in Chase, BC, evoked international law and the Canada War Crimes Act by asking the RCMP to arrest ex-US-president G.W. Bush for crimes against humanity as he spoke at the Telus Convention Centre in downtown Calgary.
When police refused his demand to uphold the law, Splitting the Sky attempted to carry out a citizen’s arrest of Bush, pushing his way through the police line with his hands over his head yelling, “I am not touching anyone.” He was arrested and beaten, sustaining a partial concussion and massive hernia. Splitting the Sky was charged with assault and released on $500 bail after being held in jail for 24 hours.
Splitting the Sky is charged with three counts of assault and obstruction of justice. He must return to Calgary court on March 25th at 9:30 a.m. He plans to launch a legal campaign to indict the RCMP, Mayor of Calgary and others for complicity in war crimes for allowing Bush to enter without arresting him.
On Tuesday, March 24, Splitting the Sky will speak in Calgary about his arrest and pending trial, focusing on his campaign to draw international attention to the need for indicting and arresting G.W. Bush for crimes against humanity.
Arrest Bush For Crimes Against Humanity!
Also, note how the cops look exactly like storm troopers. Fascist much?