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By BRIAN ENO
a tragedy that the Israelis - a people who must understand better than almost
anybody the horrors of oppression - are now acting as oppressors. As the great
Jewish writer Primo Levi once remarked "Everybody has their Jews, and for the
Israelis it's the Palestinians". By creating a middle Eastern version of the
Warsaw ghetto they are recapitulating their own history as though they've
forgotten it. And by trying to paint an equivalence between the Palestinians -
with their homemade rockets and stone-throwing teenagers - and themselves - with
one of the most sophisticated military machines in the world - they sacrifice
The Israelis are a gifted and
resourceful people who fully deserve the right to live in peace, but who seem
intent on squandering every chance to allow that to happen. It's difficult to
avoid the conclusion that this conflict serves the political and economic
purposes of Israel so well that they have every interest in maintaining it.
While there is fighting they can continue to build illegal settlements. While
there is fighting they continue to receive huge quantities of military aid from
the United States. And while there is fighting they can avoid looking candidly
at themselves and the ruthlessness into which they are descending.
Gaza is now an experiment in
provocation. Stuff one and a half million people into a tiny space, stifle their
access to water, electricity, food and medical treatment, destroy their
livelihoods, and humiliate them regularly...and, surprise, surprise - they turn
hostile. Now why would you want to make that experiment?
Because the hostility you
provoke is the whole point. Now 'under attack' you can cast yourself as the
victim, and call out the helicopter gunships and the F16 attack fighters and the
heavy tanks and the guided missiles, and destroy yet more of the pathetic
remains of infrastructure that the Palestinian state still has left. And then
you can point to it as a hopeless case, unfit to govern itself, a terrorist
state, a state with which you couldn't possibly reach an accommodation.
And then you can carry on with
business as usual, quietly stealing their homeland.
Brian Eno is
a musician and music producer.
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