The settlers and their friends are classic fascists


By Joe Millis
August 5, 2011
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Stein Ugelvik Larsen, Bernt Hagtvet and Jan Petter Myklebust, in their Who were the Fascists: Social Roots of European Fascism, wrote that "Fascism is a radical, authoritarian nationalist political ideology". That suits the settlers and the far right in Israel, as elsewhere down to a T.
Cyprian Blamires, in World Fascism: a Historical Encyclopedia, Volume 1, notes that "Fascists seek to purge forces, ideas, people, and systems deemed to be the cause of decadence and degeneration, and to produce their nation's rebirth based on commitment to the national community based on organic unity, in which individuals are bound together by suprapersonal connections of ancestry, culture, and blood".

That'll be the settlers' political leaders, then. Fascist to the core, Jewish or not.

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Advis3r

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 10:07

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The gift that keeps giving - let's have some more intolerance - the period we are going through in the Jewish calendar is supposed to be a timely reminder of what happened to the Jews when they became intolerant of one another as I have been trying to point out. One can disagree even vehemently on ones political affiliations but to reduce the argument to name calling which you do consistently only shows anyone bothering to read them how vacuous your arguments are.

The Qassam/Grad rockets currently falling on South Israel make no distinction between religious or non-religious Jews why should you?


amber

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 10:50

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This blog is disgusting. In calling every settler a "fascist", millis betrays his far leftist belief system, and incites against a whole swathe of disparate people.

That the JC allows a casual and repeated incitement like this beggars belief.

I wonder how much lower millis could sink.


Joe Millis

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 10:54

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I'm sure the far right were hoping for some diversion, and Hamas obliged. But it seems that the protesters in Tel Aviv, whom you and the others on the far right were deriding only earlier this week, are not deterred. No one is buying this "we're all in this together" nonsense, because - surprise, surprise - Israelis aren't as stupid as the far right settlers had hoped.


amber

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 10:56

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These tent protests are a joke. No wonder millis likes them. Completely demolished by Caroline Glick:

http://carolineglick.com/


Advis3r

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:09

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No of course you're right we are not all in it together. Because let me see we do not serve in the same units in the IDF groceries cost more in Tel Aviv than they do in Pisgat Ze'ev and someone living in Karnei Shomron pays less income tax than someone living in Haifa on the same wage. Our housing costs less? Well maybe that's due to the fact that more people want to live in North Tel Aviv than Beit El.


Joe Millis

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:19

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No, it's due to the fact that housing and other cost-heavy commodities in the occupied territories are heavily subsidised by the government, which passes on the tax burden to the middle class. No mortgages, but grants instead. New roads for settlers only. All this costs money and the middle class pays the price.
So no, the Israelis are not all in it together. And now the middle class has realised that because 40+ years of occupation and bread and circuses, they've been taken for a ride to a place they didn't want to go.
Instead of developing the periphery like all sensible governments should do (teach a person to fish, etc...), successive Israeli governments (with the honourable exception of Yitzhak Rabin's 1993-1995 one, and look what happened to him...) have spent on the West Bank like there's no tomorrow. Well tomorrow's here.
And now the far right is trying to jump on the bandwagon.
What have you ever done, kiddo?


amber

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:27

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millis, labelling an entire swathe of people "fascist" demonstrates that it is indeed you, and not settlers, who has a fascistic mindset. The first rule of fascism - denigrate entire swathes of people without distinction n order to vilify.


amber

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:28

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millis, who do you think I am? You still haven't said....


Joe Millis

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:35

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You having an identity crisis? Don't you know who you are? I have said. And the JC implictly confirmed it by moderating it. Please note which of yours wasn't moderated.
Now, if you have nothing constructive to say...to quote Hoffy: no more discussion will be entered into because there is nothing to discuss


amber

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:38

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You have not said. Say it again - who do you think I am?


amber

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:38

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You mkade an accusation, and in cowardly fashion, refused to back it up. At least be explicit with the accusation.


amber

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:39

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And are you also accusing the JC of knowingly covering up my identity? Why would they do that?


amber

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:51

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The real fascist danger comes from utopians like millis, who want to build the "perfect world" in their own image. No dissent can be allowed - and the method for achieving this is to label entire swathes of people in derogatory terms, so that it is easier to destroy and discredit them. hence, millis' disgusting use of the word "fascist" to describe every last Israeli settler.


amber

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:52

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Not one of them is any good - every single one of those 300,000 is a "fascist". No doubt he considres every Jew living in Jerusalem a "fascist" as well.

This is extremist hate speech.


amber

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 11:53

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No doubt the Fogels had it coming to them, being "fascists" and all.

millis, it is shameful.

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