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GILAD ATZMON: Bravery and Morality in Israel
Thursday, 12 August 2010 19:55
by Gilad Atzmon
Gilad Atzmon (Hebrew: גלעד עצמון‎, born June 9, 1963) is a jazz musician, author and anti-Zionist activist who was born in Israel and currently lives in London.
"Anti-Semite is an empty signifier, no one actually can be an Anti-Semite and this includes me of course. In short, you are either a racist - which I am not - or have an ideological disagreement with Zionism... which I have."
He was born a secular Israeli Jew in Tel Aviv, and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. His service in the Israeli military convinced him Israel had become a militarized state controlled by religious extremists. In 1994, Atzmon emigrated from Israel to London, where he studied philosophy. Atzmon is an anti-Zionist who critiques Jewish identity issues and supports the Palestinian Right of Return as well as the establishment of a single state in Israel/Palestine. He is a signatory to the "Palestinians are the Priority Petition" which states “full and unconditional support of the Palestinian people is a condition sine qua non for activists to adopt.
Update on the flotilla enquiry developments

Israel's Defense Force's Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi testified today before the Israeli  internal probe into Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla. He defended the military from politicians' accusations that it botched the operation.

"The commandos exhibited calm, bravery and morality… Their actions were proportionate and correct", Ashkenazi told the inquiry.

Let’s, once again,  watch the video of Israeli soldiers executing a peace activist on the Mavi Marmara so we know what the words  "bravery, morality, proportionate and correct" stand for in the Jewish State's lexicon.
 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi6c10ntFZk

Ashkenazi said that the outcome of the May 31st raid, which left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead, “was impossible to predict.”

Ashkenazi is correct, it could as well have been twenty, one hundred or just six. When you unleash your top military commandos armed to their teeth against a peaceful  humanitarian aid mission it is indeed impossible to predict the exact scale of the massacre ahead.

"From the moment the operation began, it was clear that the circumstances were unprecedented." And yet, neither Chief of Staff Ashkenazi nor the Israeli government  called off the operation. They must have thought that a massacre in international waters would serve the Israeli cause.


In the meantime it seems as if Israeli leaders put the blame on each other. In testimony on Tuesday, Defence Minister Barak heaped blame on the IDF, telling the inquiry that the “failure of the operation did not stem from the decision to carry it out but from its planning and implementation by the military.”

On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also implied that the IDF, and not the  politicians, had been responsible for the outcome.

The implications of it all are pretty simple. Being dumped by Israeli politicians,  the IDF will be reluctant to follow Israeli government policies. In such circumstances Israel won’t be able to maintain the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian population for much longer. Israel is obviously on its way out.  
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