the whole world had sent aid to the tsunami-hit South East Asia,
Israel forwarded a team entrusted with unique task. Not many
Israeli tourists were swept away by the giant waves – official
death toll stands at three, with some twenty missing; not many
comparing with hundred thousand Indonesians or even with three
thousand Swedes. Still the Israeli teams were very active on the
ground. The highly trained experts led by Rabbi Meshi Zahav did
not go to save trapped survivors or alleviate suffering of
millions; their job was to save dead Jews from fate worse than
death – that is to be buried with the goyim in the same grave.
The Haaretz daily[i]
reported: “The Israeli rescue teams in Thailand split up
Thursday: one team worked on identifying bodies in Krabi, while
another worked on the same task in Phuket. The Israeli crews -
from the police and Zaka (a non-profit group that specializes in
identifying victims of disasters) - are trying to locate dead
Israelis before they are buried”.
pressed upon the Thai government to postpone the mass entombment,
though it was necessary to prevent spread of epidemics; and
Bangkok gave in. Every dead Jewish body should be taken to Israel,
or at least buried separately from impure non-Jews. Witty Gilad
Atzmon remarked: “the ‘altruistic’ Jews … are in a state
of panic, as we all know, dead Jews are precious, they deserve a
special burial. The fact that 5-10 Jews might be lost forever
among some other 125.000 gentiles is pretty horrifying, I am sure
you can see it.”
is a part and parcel of Jewish faith, the pinnacle of “The
Nation Shall Dwell Alone” commandment – Jews are not supposed
to live or to die with non-Jews. Their separate burial is
necessary to guarantee their bodily resurrection when Messiah
comes. A Jewish body defiled by gentile proximity won’t be
resurrected, according to the Jews. Even irreligious Jews follow
this separation rule without giving it a second thought.
squeamish attitude is particularly unpleasant: whenever the Jews
discover that a person of doubtful Jewishness is buried among
their lot they remove the body and dump it elsewhere. It happened
to an Israeli citizen Teresa Angelowitz. She was buried in the
Jewish cemetery; later on the religious authorities discovered
that she was a wife of a Jew, but not a Jew. They exhumed her body
at the dark of the night and re-buried on the dumping ground. It
happened to many Russian soldiers who died defending the Jewish
character of Israel and were refused the burial. Now, in face of
the huge tragedy in South East Asia, this insistence of ‘not
being counted among the goyim” is especially offensive,
bordering on denial of our common humanity. What is so bad about
Thais, French, Chinese and other people who found their death in
the catastrophe that you can’t leave your dead lying next to
nasty exclusiveness has to be taken into account while trying to
comprehend the long-running show of Israeli redeployment in Gaza.
Sharon’s government wants to withdraw its troops from within the
strip to its perimeter. Fine and good: this is a reasonable (from
his point of view) decision: it is cheaper to keep Gaza under lock
and key, surrounded by Israeli troops. The redeployment is not
good neither bad for the Palestinians – the Jews will be able to
kill whoever they wish from their bases outside the narrow strip,
but this act is presented as an important step on the way to
creation of a Palestinian state.
instead of redeployment, Israelis discuss the fate of some
(probably two thousand) Jewish settlers in Gaza strip. Sharon
wants to evacuate them and pay them hefty compensation; they
object to evacuation. The whole Israeli society discusses whether
they can be removed; how much force should be applied; whether
‘Jews may remove Jews’; whether the ruling of the Rabbis
forbidding the evacuation takes precedence over the government
but absolutely nobody is ready to consider an obvious (for a
non-Jew) solution: remove the army and leave the settlers where
they are. If they want to stay in Gaza, let them. Do not pay a
penny for their removal: they are free men and women; they knew
what they did when they accepted the lands and houses in Gaza.
There are hundreds of American Jews who want to buy their houses,
there are Palestinians who will be willing to buy – so there is
no problem, whoever wants stays, whoever wants to leave sells his
house and leaves. If they will be nasty to their neighbours, they
will flee; if they will be good neighbours, they will flourish.
when the British Empire left Palestine, or India, or Africa, they
did not evacuate their citizens by force. Whoever felt that he
caused too much grief to the natives, left for England; whoever
preferred to stay – stayed.
is a good case to consider. The country had a sizeable English
settler community; there was also very active Mau-Mau native
resistance, much more violent than the Palestinian; still, when
Kenya was granted independence, the settlers stayed. I have met
them in the Highlands near Lake Rudolf: prosperous farmers, strong
and sunburned, similar to old-style Israelis, they speak local
language, are involved in local life. Many of them have their
small airplanes and pop into Nairobi for an evening drink whenever
they get tired from watching pink flamingos at the lakeside. The
settlers try to be good neighbours to the native people – after
all, the political power in hands of native Kikuyu; and RAF is not
likely to defend them.
is the example for the Israeli settlers to emulate, while the
Israeli government should not tell them what to do and where to
live. Their settlements won’t be ‘for Jews only’. They will
have native neighbours, not only farm hands, but native officials,
native police and native judges – but this consideration did not
stop thousands of Brits and French, Portuguese and Spaniards,
Russians and Germans to remain in the newly independent countries.
The evacuation discourse that brought Israel to the verge of civil
war can’t be comprehended outside of the general nasty picture
of Jewish exclusiveness.
people, who can’t bear the thought of being buried in one grave
with a goy, can’t imagine the possibility of staying as equals
without the army and colonial administration to enforce their
superiority. Azmi Bishara, our MP from Nazareth, was right when he
refused to support Sharon’s initiative; while the Labour party
of Peres and Barak added another shameful deed to its long roll of
shame when they joined Sharon’s government to carry on the
‘disengagement’. The case of the Gaza settlers may be used to
undermine and destroy the “Jewish character of the state”.
There is no reason to play into the game of Jewish exclusivity,
whether in Thailand or in Gaza.
From John Allan Davies
Dear Israel Shamir, wishing you all the blessings of
the seasons, and thanking you for this brilliant disclosure of
truth. When I read in the media that the Israeli teams
were first on the scene, my thought was kind, of my
recollection of the liberal humanitarian aspect of Jewishness.
The way you have used the Jewish separateness and superiority
in death as a metaphor for the same in the living and applied
this to the Gaza settlements issue, and contrasted that to
non-Jewish colonists was credibly brilliant. The understated
conclusion proven, that it it Jews who have difficulty being
normal people instead of "chosen", and refuse to get
along with as equals with other peoples, rather than vice
versa is in antisemitic theories, is a great antidote to the
nauseating zionist message of victimization/superiority.
I sent this to a friend who has a large mail list, and
is at times reluctant to send out material about Jews because
of the personal attacks he receives back (as I did when I did
a large list), but he forwarded this instantly to all.
From Raja Chemayel, Netherlands
Great stuff, Shamir, as usual!!
reminds me of the final scene in "The life of Brian"
when a ding Jew on the cross asks for "more privacy"
meaning he wanted an "exclusive crucifixion" ,
alone. You surely saw that film....
Robert Rose, Moscow
Hi Israel, it's a hoot! I laughed so hard the neighbors probably think
something funny's going on.
All the best,
Another brilliant light shining from your heart. Well said!
At one time your comments would not have drawn much notice -
would have said: "Well, it's just common sense, what he
said". What ever
happened to "common sense"? Now it takes uncommon
valor to even speak
common sense. You have both in large supply. Thank you, my
with SCALE and PERSPECTIVE, as always...
offer of "help" in the tsunami region should also
include helping everyone, by shipping all of its
bulldozers there to help the Living.. with REconstruction,
instead of using them to continue their policy of the killing
and DEstruction. Shalom…Beverley
When will you be putting the excellent "Tsunami
in Gaza" on your website?
If Americans Knew
am not impressed by this article. You try too hard to
make a point.
cut right through all the cant - well done! Someday people in
will wake up and pay attention. Don't hold your breath, but
don't give up
I look forward in the New Year to your clear-cutting thru the
forest of lies
that we're faced with.