My ‘desired fate/solution for half of the Jews living on earth today – those who live in Israel?’?*
Desired fate: I wish them peace, I wish them life, I wish them freedom from being oppressors, exilers, occupiers, besiegers & dispossessors of another people in their homeland.
Desired solution: a free, secular, democratic Palestine (Israeland), as I described it in lines I wrote about a year and a half ago & am now publishing here as a meme:
That’s my desired solution, still, but of course it depends on enough people wanting it, on both sides.
& if they don’t, well then, each individual “Israeli” Jew in Palestine will make their own decision: whether or not to continue living as a citizen of the colonialist Zionist State whose very existence depends on the continuing dispossession & oppression etc of the country’s native population; whether or not to continue living in false consciousness, bad faith, denial that there is an occupation, that there are Palestinians, that there is a Palestine that for non-Jewish Palestinians is not “Israel”…
I’m not religious, but I’m with the rabbi who said that when there is persecution we should be on the side of the persecuted, not on the side of the persecutors. Or, to bring that down to basics: if your privileged life depended on your having to abuse and oppress someone else every day, would you choose to continue with that, or give up your privileged position?
You may think that because I’m a Jew my solidarity should be with the state where ‘half of the Jews living on earth today’ live. Well, it isn’t, not as long as that state continues to be an oppressor. My solidarity is with the oppressed & their struggle. Palestine must be free. & when the Arab Palestinians are freed from the Zionist oppression, the Hebrew Palestinians too will be freed from having to be the agents of that Zionist oppression.
* I was asked this question in a comment to a comment I made to another post: ‘The Zionist State that occupies Palestine is based not on dignity & compassion but on Israeli-Jewish (& still primarily Ashkenazi) supremacy & privilege. & it can have no “democratically elected leader” when around half of the population of the country does not have the right to vote.’
This meme stems from a meditation after I posted two other memes today on Facebook. The first two were of quotations:
Both were triggered by posts shared by friends. Yesterday Rip Van Hippy shared a recent article about Elon Musk proposing the idea of a universal basic income (although without suggestions about how this could be achieved):
What Musk said reminded me of Marx’s words, which already inspired me when I was in my late teens — & while googling for the quotation in English I found heaps of articles going back to January 2015 saying that the idea has been spreading in & from Silicon Valley for some time… But see also http://marxistworld.net/2016/07/universal-basic-income-or-the-great-capital-labour-swindle/
& the second was triggered by Rachel Elior’s post today, as I explained in my note.
(& for anyone who has read this far, & who may also have noticed the change of venue i’m posting from: I’m in John Flynn Hospital for some tests, since yesterday, probably until Tuesday — nothing to worry about, just a couple of things to maybe find out…)