Quoting Rela Mazali’s “Livable Futures”

I chose to quote Israeli activist, author, feminist and Noble Prize candidate Rela Mazali’s  “A call for livable Futures” simply because it follows the image that I have on the radicalization of Israel’s government and that it touches on the “critizing Israel is taboo” question.  What better than to get a quote from a known Israeli activist who thinks the same?    As usual, I ask that you read the entire item to guarentee context and I give full acknowledgement to Rela Mazali the author of the item.

 

What to do when the country I live in totally loses its compass? Totally loses its shame? What to do when the regime that collects my taxes uses them to deploy its high-tech military, armed to the teeth, against activists sailing to oppose a criminal siege? When this country’s politicians authorize soldiers to shoot-to-kill into a deck-bound crowd? And then tell me they are protecting me? What to do when the governments of the world are too deeply implicated to hold this regime, this country accountable?

I have watched government after government in Israel present itself as a respectable, normal member of the club of developed countries; open, democratic, cultured and liberal. Israel recently launched a major “re-branding” campaign, emphasizing diversity, richness, creativeness, to divert attention away from its warring belligerence. Israel’s leaders are deeply committed to keeping up their positive self-image.

I have noted the special privileges granted time and again on the pretext of this image. The US awards Israel billions every year for “defense” in the form of planes, missiles, guns and ammunition. Just this May, the organization of so-called developed countries (OECD) granted Israel full membership, after years of Israeli lobbying. Israel bases its equal footing in such clubs on its claim to democracy.

It is time for us all to hold it to that claim. Accountable. Not only privilege-able. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to end the occupation, reject, and actively remove, Israel’s mask of “business as usual.”

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Trots Nederlands, goed gereist en een begerige politieke centrist met een speciale afkeer voor basissen.

2 Responses to Quoting Rela Mazali’s “Livable Futures”

  1. Kenny says:

    Thank you so very much for posting this information! It is what I have been stating for a very long time and — with your permission — I would like to link this to my facebook and twitter accounts so others can read it also.

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