Those misbehaving Muslims

So, the Palestinians are not behaving as planned. The West is upset. The one-state solution is becoming more likely. Jews are rebelling like never before against the Israeli occupation and its racist policies. The Middle East is becoming less friendly to Western “interests” by the day. Only a good thing, in my humble opinion.

Perhaps more ominously, however, as reported by Noami Klein, is the ability of Israel to export its “terror” to other countries. The region’s only “democracy”… must be so proud:

Since Israel began its policy of sealing off the occupied territories with checkpoints and walls, human rights activists have often compared Gaza and the West Bank to open-air prisons. But in researching the explosion of Israel’s homeland security sector, a topic I explore in greater detail in a forthcoming book (The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism), it strikes me that they are something else too: laboratories where the terrifying tools of our security states are being field-tested. Palestinians – whether living in the West Bank or what the Israeli politicians are already calling “Hamasistan” — are no longer just targets. They are guinea pigs.

Resistance to such moves are inevitable, and should be encouraged. Here in Iran, the Israel/Palestine issue, while being clearly… exploited by the authorities, is still the… major issue by which Western standards and… behaviour… are judged.

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