Saturday, March 15, 2014

Mark of Cain

GUEST: Jeff Cohen, media critic, director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, and founder of the media watch group FAIR, talks about Palestinian nonviolent resistance against Israeli apartheid in the West Bank. (prerecorded)

Jeff spoke at a movie the Middle East Crisis Response showed in Kingston. He will be returning for a full presentation on Friday, May 2nd. 

This picture gives a glimpse of what Jeff talked about, the caging of millions of Palestinians based on their ethnic identity. Jewish immigrants from Brooklyn get immediate citizenship and are paid a sizable stipend to settle in the occupied West Bank. Here they turn into racist gangsters, encouraged and backed up by the Israeli Defense Force. They tear down Palestinian houses, burn their fruit trees and throw rocks at their children going to school. In short they become like animals, grabbing for more land and houses from an oppressed people. 

If you want to know how "good Germans" lived with themselves during the persecution of Jews prior to and during World War II, all one has to do is go to the West Bank. There is something about ethnicity, greed, and violence that brings out the beast in people. It is always there, waiting for the right circumstances to emerge. It is ugly beyond comprehension, and we can only return to our normal lives by averting our eyes and coming up with excuses for the suffering. 

But Germans never returned to that normal life, and neither will Israeli Jews. The mark of Cain will forever be part of both peoples' legacies.

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