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‘Israel and Zionist Enterprise were Born in Sin’: Yaakov Sharett, son of first foreign minister of Israel

September 20, 202

Palestinian refugees were forced by Zionist militias to flee their homes during the ‘Nakba’ – The Catastrophe – of 1948 . (Photo: via UNRWA)

In a remarkable political conversion, Yaakov Sharett, the heir to an iconic Zionist family and son of Israel’s second Prime Minister, Moshe Sharett, has turned his back on the founding ideology of the occupation state.

“The State of Israel and the Zionist enterprise were born in sin,” said Sharett in an interview with Haaretz. The 95-year-old spoke at length about his journey from a faithful servant of Zionism in the state of Israel to one of its harshest critics

“This original sin pursues and will pursue us and hang over us,” said Sharett referring to the ethnic cleansing of Palestine prior to Israel’s creation in 1948.

Yaakov was born in 1927 and served Israel as a member of the Shin Bet, the country’s security agency. His father was Israel’s first foreign minister and one of the country’s leaders who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1948.

Ending his days in Tel Aviv as an anti-Zionist, Sharett predicts dark days for the country he spent nearly his entire life serving.

Sharett recollected the history of Zionism and its rise within Jewish communities. He argued that the moment Zionism called for the Jews to immigrate to Israel, in order to establish an ethnic-nationalist state, a conflict was created. “I see in this whole transformation of the majority [Arab] to a minority and the minority [Jewish] into a majority as immoral,” explained Sharett.

“Have you seen anywhere in the world where the majority would agree to give in to a foreign invader, who says, ‘our forefathers were here,’ and demands to enter the land and take control?” Sharett rhetorically asked.

“The conflict was inherent and Zionism denied this, ignored it… as the proportion of Jews to Arabs changed in favor of the Jews, the Arabs realized that they were losing the majority. Who would agree to such a thing?”

(Actually, the British mandated power refused to hold municipal elections because the Palestinians were the majority and the Jews constituted only 20%. This led to the first Intifada in 1936 and lasted 4 years)

Lamenting his continued presence in Israel he said that he sees himself as “a collaborator” against his will.

“I’m a forced collaborator with a criminal country. I’m here, I have nowhere to go. Because of my age, I can’t go anywhere. And that bothers me. Every day. This recognition won’t leave me. The recognition that in the end, Israel is a country occupying and abusing another people.”

Sharett also railed against Israel’s turn towards religious fundamentalism and ultra-nationalism.

“When I see the prime minister with a kipah on his head, I don’t feel good,” he added. “This is not the Israel I want to see. How did it happen that this new place, that was to have brought innovations, became the blackest place, controlled by the nationalist ultra-Orthodox? How is it that here of all places, there’s reactionism and zealotry, messianism, the desire to expand and control another people?”

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Living amid the rocket? What about the phosphorous bombs and depleted uranium that Israel drop?

By NOAH MICHAELI  

 SEPTEMBER 27, 2021

The first time I visited Israel in 2013, at age 15, I didn’t particularly like it. The Jewish youth trip I was on had taken us first to Europe, where we toured Auschwitz, glimpsed the strangely familiar shtetl life that my ancestors left behind, and were imbued with a sense of awe at the fact that they had miraculously survived so much, for so long, all the while yearning for their Jewish homeland.

(Israel organizes these trips for Jewish youth as a propaganda tool for their lobbies overseas. Actually, the Jews were Not yearning to go to Palestine: it is the colonial powers that selected this land for them to control the Middle-East)

I expected Israel to be this magical place where I, as a Jew, would instantly belong. I expected to feel at home there. The Israel I first encountered didn’t look much like the Jewish homeland I had imagined.

Everything was hot, bright, loud and strange. This was supposed to be the center of my Jewish culture, but I didn’t speak the language, I didn’t understand the customs and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why every meal was served in a pita. 

The scariest thing was that somewhere between the shop owners shouting their tour group discounts at me in the shuk (souk), and the well-meaning Israelis correcting my pronunciation of the few Hebrew words I’d grown up with like mazel tov or menorah, I began to feel that I was a tourist in my own land. (Funny. It is Not your land. This land is for the Palestinians)

If this was my Jewish homeland, the object of my family’s 2,000 years of longing, why did I feel so foreign here? (Because you are a foreigner?)

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This question bothered me throughout high school, throughout college, until finally I simply had to do something about it. I’m a Jew, that’s who I am, but in the land of Jews, the home my ancestors have been talking and dreaming about for millennia, I’m a foreigner? That can’t be right!

Finally, in 2019 at age 21, all alone but determined to make my homeland into my home, I made aliyah. The first time I went to set up a bank account as a new immigrant in Israel was terrifying. I was almost confident at first, armed with the tiny pamphlet they gave me when I got off the plane and a rapidly failing belief in beginner’s luck.

Finally, after a four-hour wait, the mean-looking bank teller called me up to the booth, took all my financial information, handed me a pen and a contract, and said something completely nonsensical in a language I didn’t understand.

There’s a certain existential dread you feel when you realize that some combination of the 20 Hebrew words you know, mostly from watching Netflix’s Israeli best-hit show Shtisel, is your only shot at ever seeing your credit card or accessing your bank account.

Ultimately, however, I did manage to get my card, just as I managed to rent an apartment, make friends and even navigate the Israeli medical system to get a cavity filled (although I didn’t know how to say “more anesthetic please” in Hebrew, which was a bit problematic).

GRADUALLY, I began to establish myself in my ancestral homeland. I learned how to manage day to day, how to deal with Israeli bureaucracy (it involves a lot of yelling at random people on the phone) and how to build some semblance of a community.

Eventually, I began to realize that I no longer felt like a tourist at all. And I wasn’t

I was a Jewish immigrant in Israel, which was a step in the right direction, but I still wasn’t quite “there” yet. My Hebrew wasn’t great – half of my conversations with Israelis would end in awkward, comical misunderstandings.

More than that, I still didn’t feel that I was a part of society, I didn’t see myself as fully “Israeli,” and I still wasn’t at home here. (Israeli tourists has the tradition of stealing every thing in their hotels’ room)

Then I joined the army.

I am likely not the first immigrant soldier to notice that the Hebrew word for “to shoot,” leRot is remarkably similar to the word “to look,” lerOt and this was all I could think about as I laid prone against the concrete floor of the army shooting range, M16 pressed against my cheek, straining to understand that last, illusive part of my commander’s order.

My extensive experience in having absolutely no idea what’s happening around me in this country taught me that in these situations, when I’m probably going to misunderstand anyway, it’s usually better to simply make the decision I could best live with.

So now the question became, does it sound better to get dragged before a military court for shooting a gun when I wasn’t supposed to, or for not shooting a gun when I was supposed to?

In the end I shot, and miraculously it turns out that that’s what we were supposed to do, but that experience is a microcosm of the basic training experience for many new immigrants: They’re yelling at me! Why are they doing that? Did I do something? Should I? What’s everyone else doing?

Wait, they’re all only 18! They have no idea either! Ahhhh .Ultimately, I do get a sense for the routine of the army, for the commanders, for the demands the system puts on me and how to meet them. I make friends too, bonded by this surreal experience, and having a few people on my side throughout training proves to be extremely helpful

.Most importantly, I feel immense pride to be in uniform. (Returning to childhood wishes?)

I might not always know what I’m doing in uniform, but there I am, sworn to defend the Jewish people and our nation even at the cost of my life. (Are you that stupid?)

At my swearing-in ceremony I start thinking of my ancestors, who fled pogroms and racism in Europe, and what they would think of their great-grandson, rifle in hand, sworn to defend our people, in our homeland, after 2,000 years. (Who filled your head with all that crap?)

There was even one kid in my barracks who laughed at my foreign accent in Hebrew at first, only to discover later that our grandparents’ families came from the same village in Europe. “Brooo, our families were murdered in the exact same concentration camp in Ukraine, that’s crazyyy!”

IT SOUNDS strange, but experiences like this really did make a difference. I begin to see that I’m the same as native-born Israelis. There might be cultural differences, but we’re one people in our ancestral homeland, and here among them, I really was at home. Or at least I thought so, until the next time I ordered a kabab and forgot the word for “toppings” in Hebrew, and suddenly I felt like a total foreigner in a strange land again. (Stick to your hamburger)

Clearly, something was still missing. My girlfriend’s mom can tell the difference between the sound of a missile hitting the ground nearby and one exploding mid-air overhead as it’s intercepted by our Iron Dome. (And usually misses)

Over 11 days of non-stop bombing during my first war in Israel, (who you were bombing?) I had 4,360 opportunities to develop this skill myself. My girlfriend’s mom, who was born in the Gaza border region, has experienced this for over 50 years. She’s an expert.

When I first heard that the secure room in the house – where everybody shelters during rocket attacks – is the bathroom, I was relieved. Even during war, despite all the mortal terror, I could at least shower in peace right? Wrong. The thing about secure rooms during wartime is that every time there’s an attack, everyone needs to get into the room, immediately.

Having 4,360 rockets launched at you is terrifying. Undressing and stepping into the shower only to have your girlfriend’s whole family – dad, little siblings, and all – kick down the door and crowd around you, isn’t far behind

In all seriousness, being in a country under missile bombardment is traumatic, but when that country is your home, you do everything possible to continue living your life regardless of the circumstances.

Hamas announced that in 15 minutes they’ll rain hellfire down upon us Jews? Well that’s 15 minutes we get to sleep. I just sat down to eat a plate of watermelon when the siren goes off? No problem, I’ll run with it to the bunker; maybe someone else there wants watermelon too.

My girlfriend even completed her final medical school exams under constant bombardment, running to shelter every three minutes as missiles hit the houses around her, then back to her computer to answer a few more questions.

There, living amid the rockets, I finally felt that Israel wasn’t just my homeland, but my home as well. (Are you sane?)

I came here for Zionist reasons, and because Israel is my homeland; but what makes it truly my home isn’t any of that. What makes Israelis Israeli, I believe, is simply that we insist on building our lives here no matter what. (Stealing other people lands and enforcing apartheid policies?)

On turning everything we encounter here into a blessing. (Are we on the same level of what blessing means?)

Understanding that, I knew that even if I still miss words in Hebrew, or don’t eat every meal in a pita, this place is my home because I know I’ll keep insisting on belonging here and thriving here, no matter what. That’s what makes me Israeli. (You will never thrive in Israel. Go back to your real Home)

Why islands and shorelines that experience devastating frequent hurricanes and tsunamis still rebuild at the same places?

Can you spread Covid-19 if you get the vaccine? The short answer is: We don’t know yet. Why?
The first reason for Not being sure on the spreading of Covid is the practical side: Vaccines’ priority is preventing exposed individuals from getting sick, so that’s what the clinical trials for Covid-19 shots were designed to determine.
We simply don’t have public health data to answer the question of transmission yet.

The second reason is immunological. From what we know so far, Covid-19 vaccines cause the body to produce a class of antibodies called immunoglobulin G, or IgG antibodies.
These antibodies are heavyweights: They react swiftly to all kinds of foreign entities. They make up the majority of our antibodies, and are confined to the parts of our body that don’t have contact with the outside world, like our muscles and blood.

But to prevent Covid-19 transmission, another type of antibodies could be more important. The immune system that patrols your outward-facing mucosal surfaceslike the nose, throat, lungs, and digestive tract—relies on immunoglobulin A, or IgA antibodies.

People who get sick and recover from Covid-19 produce a ton of these more-specialized antibodies, but we don’t yet know how well existing vaccines incite them.
Because of all that complication, it’s unlikely that immunological research alone will reveal how well vaccines can prevent Covid-19 transmission—at least, not for years.

Until then, community spread is the best way to tell if a vaccine can stop a person from transmitting a virus to others.

One of these strains—scientists call it B.1.1.7—originated in the UK. Viruses in the B.1.1.7. lineages have small modifications on their spike proteins. Instead of one set of amino acids, which are the biological Legos that make proteins, they have others—like swapping out a blue brick for a red one.

This building-block switcheroo makes the spike protein better able to attach to our cells and infect them, microbiologist and immunologist David Topham told Quartz.

Lebanon and Jordan States were created before the State of Israel in order to become “buffer zones” for the “security” of the programmed creation of the colonial powers implanted colony of Israel in 1948.

During the Spanish Flu pandemics, starting in 1920, people figured out that wearing a mask is very much a common sense protection. Still the Flu harvested over 20 million around the world. If we say that the global population increased 3 fold since then, should we expect that 60 million should die before Covid gives us a reprieve? With vaccines or no vaccines, since at least 3 billion will never get that vaccine?

Got to admit it’s really something to see Wall Street addicts have a long history of treating our economy as a casino. You have complain about a message board of posters also treating the market as a casino too Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez@AOC

Marshall plan? Two years after the war, Europeans were totally down and drowning in poverty. The plan was supposed to have “saved” western Europe, and with extreme difficulty preventing it from rallying communist Russia by extending what corresponded to a month in expense during the war or $5 bn (currently $50 bn).

Capitalist USA dispatched its surpluses, monopolized the sea trade, “looted” the minerals in the French colonies and gained global markets for her trades. Effectively, The Aid to Europe returned to the USA for the duration, even after the fall of the Soviet Union.

The Elite classes (especially Old Money) in every nation are establishing this malediction “truth” that they are a fatality for citizens to accept and bow down to.

This monopolistic class own everything, while the other classes, even middle classes, lack of everything to sustain their autonomy. Actually, after every world calamity, it is the middle class that retrograde in “wealth” and blend with the poorer classes.

Just a hypothesis, and a good conjecture too: what we eat and how we eat and how much we eat is a minor factor to obesity. The main factor is the kinds of physical exercise we undertake to allow the brain to pick up the nutrient the body needs and what to excrete: Physical exercises shake the brain out of its torpeur of minding only the necessary sugar it needs for mental tasks.

So far, all US citizens of “color” and “immigrants” who acceded to the highest political positions behaved as “sheep” and were crushed by the deep institutions, including Obama and Colin Powell and the score of women.

My deepest wish is that Vice President Kamala Harris will stand tall for international values and reverse this “sheep” trend and prevent Biden from engaging in pre-emptive wars, under all kinds of lame excuses from the “establishment”

The Incompetent Infants in charge of the community: Don’t seek management or leadership if fishing, video games, or playing golf are your greatest aspirations: Anyone who thinks responsibility is easy is irresponsible. You learn to embrace responsibility when you learn the value of doing hard things. 

The mother has the earphones in her ears, listening to whatever her mobile is saying. The daughter is communicating in what looks like silent/sign language. The mother seems to get what her daughter is saying.

A beauty that astonishes you after she is out of sight, and you reflecting on this kind of beauty.


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