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Now the Likkud and Israel Beitenu are in a competition on who's the better fascist, so they're going back to investigating left wing NGOs because they're left wing.

Not to mention bringing up the idea that the Knesset would decide the judges of the Supreme Court, i.e less judges who are likely to oppose laws such as this.

Not to mention the MKs being quoted as saying "don't they [the Supreme court] dare interfere with the boycott law".

The US makes sure to point out that if the Israeli left is hoping for intervention from outside forces before all hell breaks loose (and perhaps,after), we're gravely mistaken.

As does the European Union. Oh, no. They're worried. That's alright then.

On other news, new instructions from the Minsitry of Education say preschool children would have to be taught to sing the national anthem by heart.

When Yediot start to sound like HaAretz, we're in deep shit.

On other news, we ended up at work with a conversation that compared Lieberman to the Human Centipede. It's more complicated than you think!
Basically, HaAretz always put the scariest photos possible of Lieberman when they have something related to it. SO I had the HaAretz page open, and Tanya saw that and commented that they're always doing that, probably trying to scare the public of him etc.
And here's the Human Centipede connection. When HC2 was banned in the UK, there were all the people who commented on how the government cannot be allowed to censor art, that they shouldn't interfere, etc etc. My reaction was that generally I agree with this sentiment, however the HC is not the movie I'd start protesting over this.
Same with Lieberman's pictures. Yes, it's not good that they're trying to affect public opinion by putting on the scariest photographs possibly of him, (and god can the man look scary in pictures!). But he's not the one I'd start protesting over this.

The more scared people are of Lieberman, the better.
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Fuck them. Seriously.

Well, I've been boycotting products from the settlement and shops and such whose main factories are in settlements for years now.

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Warning: this post is getting very angry, bitter and whiny.

Already we have Jerusalem police arresting a left wing protester for being a left wing protester, and then trying to throw some bogus charge on him. How surprising, they got everything on tape... except for the bit he allegedly struggled and bit a cop. A second view surfaced... which doesn't have that bit as well. Call me sceptic, but a week after a different article was published on excessive and unwarranted police brutality... yeah.

And then there's this. In addition to bringing up the attempted bill to start a parliamentary investigation of left wing and human rights NGOs for no other reason than them being left-wing and human rights NGOs, now they don't want to let people do their national service for them. The plethora of qualifying right-wing/ settler organisations, of course, remains untouched.

About these things I'm beyond angry. I'm just getting more exasperated and depressed each day.

I will tell you what still angers me, though. That in most cases, no serious media outlet outside of the English version of HaAretz and sometimes Yediot is reporting these things outside Israel. I have a while ago already reached the conclusion that the Israeli left has been betrayed by the international left. That the people who are supposed to be our allies in these cases find it easier to ignore us, silence us, to pretend we're not here, and to ignore their own part in contributing to our disappearance (and yes. There is a connection between the international left/liberal discourse about Israel to the diminishing left within Israel. The continuous attitude of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" and "we've got to do something, even if it does no good and a lot of damage" within a lot of the so-called human rights activists leads to the kind of attitudes within Israel that's very hard to fight. How do you fight claims of antisemitism when the people who are supposed to be your allies have adopted antisemitic discourse? How do you explain human rights issues when what people see are "activists" who care more about being anti-Israel than they do about being pro-Palestinian? (pro-tip: when you're being told and shown that your actions/the line of actions you support are not only unhelpful but actually hurt Palestinians and the Palestinian cause and your reply is "yes well but we have to do something", it doesn't look like the Palestinians' welfare is at the top of your list. Just sayin'.)

Don't get me wrong, we're taking every opportunity to shoot ourselves in the foot, beginning with adopting that same stupid discourse that does its best to ignore us in the first place. Beginning with the complete and utter lack of critical thinking about everything. But many, many more things). So yes, this, as bitter as I am about it, is something I've already come to accept, as much as it angers me.

But the mainstream non-Israeli media's ignoring of what's going on here infuriates me. (To point: the second story has been reported by: Ha'Aretz (Israeli), Ynet (i.e Yediot Ahronot; Israeli), Jerusalem Post (Jewish/Israel oriented, if not strictly Israeli), and People's Daily Online, whatever the fuck that is. I have no idea who they are. I'm taking this as an example because it's current. When the parliamentary investigation idea first came up, almost no one reported it, too, and what reports were published took a very long time to show up. When Profil Hadash were under investigation for 14 months, including unjustified arrests on the same week as the memorial day for soldiers/ Israeli anniversary, no one gave a damn. This isn't about big or small, this is about a pattern). And it infuriates me because the media does affect public opinion. A lot of it. They seem to think that what happens in the Jewish society doesn't matter. That it's internal issues only, that bear no connection to the big picture of the Middle East. When are they going to wake up, when Lieberman wins the election and changes the entire body of laws to become a fully fledged fascist state and there's no one to stop him? What will then be the headlines, "how did it happen?!" This is how it happens. Right here, right now, starting small - no, not starting, because it started several years ago - and being ignored. Cos it's just not interesting enough.
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Oh, fandom. Don't ever change. If you do, I might find myself actually doing stuff I'm supposed to do rather than read through wank of a fandom I don't even participate in.

I was particularly amused by this thread. Because, obviously, everyone knows that when books and Hollywood deal with the Holocaust, they do it in a not at all exploiting way and everyone surely approves of it, after all, it's Spielberg! OMG He can't do it wrong, he's Jewish!!!! I don't know, maybe it's because I grew up with it, but no, I didn't find the explicit violence of Schindler's List or The Pianist particularly respectful. I thought it was there for mainly shock value. Cos, y'know, the whole concept of the Holocaust isn't shocking enough. Or something. We wouldn't know Nazis were bad people unless we see them throwing a man in a wheelchair down 5 floors and then run him over, or see someone's head visually explode when he's being shot. Without this kind of thing, we might just think the Nazis were nice and cuddly and had a healthy interest in Hinduism.

And yet, there is still a difference between "I will now do something X about the Holocaust" which is what Spielberg and Polansky did, and "I will now write a 'dark character study' and I need a tragedy to write about so I'll pick up - the Holocaust!" I don't have a problem with writing about relevant, hard or traumatic events in the world or in human history, not even when they're my own family's traumatic events. But if you're going to write about them... then ffs, write about THEM. People's pain and suffering is not background for people who want to write fucked-up characters or 'shocking, dark and edgy' stories. I'm torn between amusement and bewilderment at the amount of people who don't seem to get that it's not the same. One is writing about the terrible event. Possibly in an exploitative way, possibly not, depends on how skilled the author is and how knowledgeable and where their sensitivities lie. The other is USING the terrible event.

It goes back to the way I look at all fiction, I think. There's the plot and there's the story and they're not necessarily the same thing. If you write about a human tragedy, it should be the story, not the plot.

Also, having read that wank thoroughly enough to pick up a prize quote... me whinging on about appropriation and personal stuff )

Leaving this unlocked because, well, I can? I'm still in the righteous indignation phase. Might change later.
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Fuck you stupid bigots go away already.

Yeah the English version doesn't quote the letter. Hebrew version does. Such a lovely mixture of chauvinism and racism.

Oh, and this, too. I need to save this link. For the next time people tell me I'm overreacting and throwing the word 'fascism' around and hey, look, the Settlers in 2005 were treated the same way! ...Yeah, I'm yet to see a single right wing protester being sent to jail for three months for... peaceful protesting. When they were evicting settlements people didn't even get prosecuted for throwing acid at soldiers. I'm a bit ragey about this attitude in particular cos I've been having a couple too many discussions with Elisheva lately. She's a wonderful person, but a) she doesn't read newspapers and b) OMG you can see she's coming from a religious right-wing background. She's actually questioning things, which is good, but... it's hard to explain. We had a discussion about stuff and at some point I said that being left-wing like I am sort of makes you feel unwelcome here anymore, and she was like "well yeah in 2005 it was pretty bad being religious too". I'm not sure how much of it is her own experience and how much is stuff people TOLD her. And I'm making a point out of it because, as someone who was firmly in the secular-leftist section in 2005, I don't quite recall it was common for people to randomly be nasty to religious people because they were religious. I'm not saying nothing ever happened... but her impression of things does seem to be exaggerated. Which is why I wonder if most of it isn't "people told me...". And that was for several months. And then things calmed down. Things aren't calming down now. And let's admit it, when the shabak calls in right wing activists for 'a chat', it's usually due to stuff like... planting bombs, murder threats, that sort of silly nonsense that had never hurt anyone. When they call in left wing activists it's for, what was it, also published this week? Oh yes. "You're not breaking the law. Yet."
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