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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Holding Israel to Double-Standards: Zionists Are Guilty as Well

Lately I've noticed that whenever someone attacks Israel for something illicit- an IDF soldier using a Palestinian as a human shield, for example- Zionists instantly jump to the fore and cite the numerous atrocities the Muslim and Arab world commit, insinuating in the comparison that Israel's mistakes are not nearly as bad as her enemies'.

This kind of response is half-right; but I can't help but feel that these pro-Israelis are beginning to get the idea that Israel is a heavenly and pure country, and its people incapable of sin.

Remember the old phrase, 'No one is perfect.' Well, the same can definitely be said of countries and governments, don't you think?

We are always saying that Israel deserves to be treated like every other country on Earth. Enough with the double standards! Let Israel defend her people! Stop vilifying her for acting in self-defense! But we ourselves are often guilty of reversing this double-standard policy; whenever Israel (or, to be more apt, one of her soldiers) does something overtly wrong, it's as if we try to blind ourselves to the act so that we can only see Israel's good. At the same time, we bemoan the same actions committed by other countries and militaries.

This is a fatal, hypocritical mentality. As long as we think like this, we cannot hope to successfully defend Israel in our classrooms, newspapers, and streets. Instead of confronting these wrongful acts head-on, we will always be skirting them by directing attention to the wrongdoings of Hamas and extremist Muslim/Arab groups. Diversion is not the best method of defense because it can only last for so long. So, we must confront the fact that Israel has made mistakes, and that some Israeli soldiers have indeed committed the atrocious acts we don't like to think about.

The fact is that Israel IS just like any country on Earth, especially in that she is governed and populated by humans. Humans who are, after all, only human.

Let's look at an example...

There are people in the US military who have, for whatever reason, intentionally killed Afghani or Iraqi civilians, but everyone knows it is not US military policy to do so; nor is it US government or even US social policy. There is no US document propagating the genocide of the Afghanis. Anyone who genuinely desires a genocide of the Afghani people do not reflect the sentiments of the general population but that of a small minority. So it follows that a US soldier who knowingly shoots an innocent fruit vendor in Baghdad was acting on his own behalf, not that of the US; in fact, US military policy forbade him from doing such a thing, but he did it anyway; he has "broken the rules." Such incidents reflect the individual, not the greater whole. And as we always say, Israel is a lot like the US. The same logic applies to Israel.

In the Arab and Muslim world, of course, instances of abuse and torture and the like are the general norm, against foreigners and against their own people. This is the difference between the West and the Arab/Muslim world.

Let's be real... people commit evil in every country on Earth, in every city on Earth, in every house, apartment, hut, cave, cardboard box on Earth. Israel is no different, but whenever an Israeli, often an IDF soldier, commits evil in the way of shooting an innocent civilian or using a human shield, anti-Zionists blow it out of proportion and make it seem like it's the policy of the entire state, as if Israeli society functioned like a hive. In reality it's the policy of that one individual. And because so many people make such a huge deal out of it, we feel the need to totally and completely defend Israel; acknowledging that she has faults is to acknowledge defeat because the other side is so focused on those faults.

We must remember, though, that to admit fault is not to admit we are wrong. All of us have our own faults as people, and to admit to them is not to admit being a bad person because everyone has their own faults. Having faults does not make you a lesser person; it means you are normal. And acknowledging our shortcomings serves to make us stronger individuals. So if countries and militaries are made up of people with faults, it follows that those countries and militaries will inevitably exemplify some faults as well. If we are able to admit that the IDF (made up of Israeli people) has its faults and makes mistakes, we can stop being so preoccupied in pretending they don't exist. We can instead focus on exemplifying how these faults and mistakes (human shields, killing civilians, racism, etc.) do not define Israeli government and society, and are more anomalies than they are common occurrences, just as they are in every Western society. Likewise, compare this to Arab and Muslim society, where such faults have unfortunately come to define their societies and governments. Only the delusional and uninformed can believe that instances of racism and violence are isolated incidents in the Arab/Muslim world; the tower of evidence to the contrary is staggering in the behemoth shadow it casts over us.

I realize that I'm simply describing the "double-standard problem" that Israel is always subjected to, but a lot of us (me included) can easily be sucked in to believing Israel is incapable of doing wrong. It's an easy habit to fall into without even noticing, and it can stem from having to constantly defend Israel and focus on her good features.

So please, let's be honest with ourselves: instances of IDF soldiers using human shields, abusing Palestinians, etc. DO happen, (remember, the Israelis are only human) but what differentiate them from Hamas and the Arabs is that these instances don't reflect military, government policy, or social norms. Where they are anomalies in Israeli/Western society, they are common practice in the Arab/Muslim world. What's more, not only are foreigners victim to these practices in the Arab and Muslim world, but so are many, way too many Arabs and Muslims as well. But it's important to keep in mind that this is not a result primarily of religion or creed; first and foremost, it's because they're human.

As Romanian punk vocalist/guitarist/moustache extraordinaire Eugene Hutz once chastised, "It is easier to see evil as entity... not as condition inside of you and me."


at the edge said...

You obviously don't follow much of the middle-east ongoings closely. Or, if you do, you purposely want to pervert the truth. Your example of an Israeli soldier holding a "Palestinian" as a shield is taking the common cowardly action practiced by Arabs and trying to paint this blemish on the Jew.
Here's a real example of what you're talking about:

Show me one that an Israeli did.

Tinct said...

I advise looking at the rest of the blog to figure out its political stance before making accusations like that.

at the edge said...

In fact I did, thereafter, and was gratified to know you're for us and not against us.

But let me say this to you, young fellow. Speaking bad about Israelis, so much so that you say that even "... among Israelis there are those that would ..." is in bad taste. If you don't know, don't assume - such horrible things as you did say, albeit hypothetically, in your article. When I started reading this article, I actually thought a virulent anti-semite was shooting off his mouth again.

Wishing you much success.

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