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Keep the march of fear alive

November 24, 2016 22:56

In the latest tabloid headline from the JC we are told that we may be next.

What is meant by ‘next’ is underlined by a huge photo of a salivating, hysterical Muslim not unsimilar in style to the salivating, perfidious Jew employed by the Nazis to demonise an entire people.

That real people, Roma, are being forcibly expelled from an EU state and that Mosques are fire bombed in the UK and the US is barely, if ever, mentioned as this would take away the special status we have as victim number 1.

The constant march of fear is a distraction from the suffering of others. Because we are ‘in fear’ we are excused the impunity with which we kill thousands of trapped Palestinians and those who wish to help them. The constant drum of fear beats out a relentless and untruthful rhythm. Whilst our safety is perhaps, maybe, might be in jeopardy real Palestinians are killed in their hundreds and their communities are broken and decimated by huge walls, incursions, air raids and illegal settlements

The fear factor suits the politicians. Not least because it excuses the occupation and the siege but also because it maintains Israel’s status as a welfare state, a state dependent on the benevolence (and the tax dollars) of the US and EU. Occupation pays.

It is dishonourable to play the victim whilst ranging first world armed forces against a trapped civilian population whose only defence is a collection of ragged fighters armed with guns and home made rockets.

The real threat, as it has been for sixty years, is the threat aimed towards the Palestinians. They have lost their homes, their land, their freedom and their dignity. It is time to recognise that they, too, are people who deserve a future, a future away from the fear of air raids, incursions, abductions and death.

There is no fear for us in the UK. Stop the hyperbole and stop the victimhood. Start preaching empathy and compassion towards others be they Roma, victims of Islamophobia or, God forbid, Palestinians. That way some more of us might begin to demonstrate similar.

November 24, 2016 22:56

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