ed note–as always, LOTS to ‘unpack’ here’, ladies and Gentile-men…
First, before we get into dealing with the steaming, stinking pile of mental defecation left on the floor by our deranged Hebraic author, we’ll start with a little history that must be understood within the context of everything that is going on right now, and by ‘everything going on right now’, we mean nothing less than what are the early stages of WWIII/Armageddon.
Judea has been conquered and occupied many times, the most notable of those conquerors/occupiers being the Greeks, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Arabs, and Byzantines.
At no time, repeat–NO TIME–were any of these conquests/occupations prevented by the almighty ‘Yahweh’, the violent deity to whom the followers of Judah-ism have sold their wretched souls.
Despite his supposedly commanding the creation of this ‘Jewish state’ and of its capital in Joo-roo-salem, all those magical and miraculous powers supposedly bestowed upon the ‘children of Israel’ against the anti-Semites/Nazis of Egypt as recounted in all those silly stories in the Torah (Old Testament) have been absolutely absent when powerful forces, including the Greeks, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Romans, Arabs, and Byzantines, etc, decided to ‘move in’ and ‘lay down the law’.
In fact, on 2 of those occasions, the very ‘capital’ of this commanded ‘Jewish state’–Joo-roo-salem–was completely destroyed, first by the Babylonians and then by the Romans.
And, as already stated, throughout all of this, the mighty Yahweh was nowhere to be found.
Now, these historical facts are not merely ‘incidentals’ or matters of small importance within the context of the same WWIII/Armageddon unfolding right now as we speak, and for the simple reason that those primarily responsible for the same WWIII/Armageddon unfolding right now in real-time absolutely refuse to consider the important historical implications associated with those prior destructions of Judea and of its planned ‘capital’, Joo-roo-salem.
And the ‘important historical implications associated with those prior destructions of Judea and its planned capital in Joo-roo-salem which the followers of Judea (and most of the Christian world as well) refuse to consider?
That the mighty ‘Yahweh’ is a work of fiction dreamed up within the diseased and demented Hebraic brain that is seeking some religious source/justification for engaging in every conceivable act of theft, murder and criminality against non-Hebrews, plain and simple, and the sole reason for the creation of this ‘Jewish state’ is so that these bandits-by-nature have a lair, a hangout, a hideout and a base of operations from which they may plan and then execute their eternal war against those neighbors around them, and certainly not for any lofty goals such as giving the creator of the entire universe a place to hang his hat and to rest his weary feet.
However, the fact that this deity does not in fact exist does not mean that belief in him is a harmless matter on the same scale as children who believe in Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy.
As events are proving at this very moment, whether it is in Gaza or the recent US military strikes against targets in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, the fact that there are people who believe in this violent deity and who are out to fulfill what they believe to be his desires viz the creation of this ‘Jewish State’ with Joo-roo-salem as its capital–THIS is the deciding factor as to whether or not God’s green earth and the 8 billion people living on it will continue to exist or whether the entire thing will go up in a giant mushroom cloud, exactly as these ‘yahweh-ites’ believe must take place.
In short, what we are dealing with here, as exemplified by the essay below concerning the very word ‘Palestine’ being ‘genocide’ is a group of people so detached from reality that they might as well be arguing against gravity itself.
And remember, these are not just the average street crazies with no power or influence. They are literally the singular most powerful group of people in the world and who could–at ANY moment of their choosing–set the world on fire with the same ease as someone lighting a mere match.
One of the more irritating and frankly offensive developments in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war has been the infection of the public discourse by the word ‘Palestine.’ Slogans like ‘free Palestine’ and the openly genocidal ‘from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ are now common, and many otherwise well-meaning people refer to ‘Palestine’ without giving it a second thought.
At first glance, this can seem relatively benign. To many, ‘Palestine’ simply refers to a controversial region of the world. Certainly, activists can use it in a tendentious and strident manner, but this is true of most political rhetoric. Why not let the ultras have their fun?
This is a comforting delusion, but it is a delusion all the same. The truth is that ‘Palestine’ is a monstrous term, the product of a history of genocidal violence that dates back some 2,000 years.
While ‘Palestina’ has been used as a general reference to parts of the Levant since antiquity, it did not become the official designation of a demarcated territory until the second century C.E. as the culmination of an exterminationist war against the Jews.
In 132 CE, the Jews of Judea rose up against their Roman oppressors for the second time in a century. In the initial stages of what has come to be called the Bar Kochba Revolt, the Romans got the worst of it. So the legions adjusted their strategy. Rather than concentrate on suppressing the rebels, the Romans decided to destroy the entire Jewish population of the Land of Israel.
The results were horrific. Ancient historian Cassius Dio wrote of the Jews: ’50 of their most important outposts and 985 of their most famous villages were razed to the ground. 580,000 men were slain in the various raids and battles, and the number of those that perished by famine, disease and fire was past finding out. Thus, nearly the whole of Judea was made desolate.’
The early Christian historian Eusebius confirmed Dio’s narrative, writing succinctly, ‘Jerusalem was completely destroyed and the Jewish nation was massacred in large groups at a time, with the result of them being expelled from the borders of Judea.’
The Talmud states simply, ‘For seven years the gentiles fertilized their vineyards with the blood of Israel.’
It was only then that the Land of Israel was officially given the name ‘Palestina,’ replacing the term ‘Judea.’ Clearly, the Romans were making a point: Judea, they were saying, is dead; and it is dead because its people dared to challenge the power of Rome. The word ‘Palestina’ was, in effect, the last nail in the crucifixion of a people. It was genocide.
The same is true today. This is proved by the simple fact that ‘Palestine’ does not exist. That is, there is no sovereign nation-state called ‘Palestine.’ Nor, in fact, has there ever been one. To refer to ‘Palestine’ as if such a nation did exist is rather like referring to France as ‘Gaul’ or Iraq as ‘Babylon.’
The only reason to use the term is as a statement of intention. That is, people refer to the Land of Israel as ‘Palestine’ in order to assert that the real country on that land—the Jewish state—should not exist and that eventually, through their efforts, that it will not.
In this sense, ‘Palestine’ is not a geographic term but a weapon. It is used to imply that any country in the Land of Israel other than ‘Palestine’ is so illegitimate that its name cannot be uttered. Instead, it must be replaced, in classic imperialist fashion, with a term preferred by foreigners.
This sinister absurdity may reach its apex in the risible term ‘Israel/Palestine.’ This is a remarkable formulation that succeeds in a) putting an existing country on equal footing with a nonexistent one, and b) delegitimizing the existence of the former by designating it as nothing more than one-half of a fantastical entity.
This is especially specious because not even the most fanatical Palestinian ultra-nationalists believe in ‘Israel/Palestine.’ They make no attempt to conceal what the word ‘Palestine’ means to them: An Arab supremacist state ‘from the river to sea’ that has erased its Jews as effectively as its Roman predecessors did. To them, like the Romans, ‘Palestine’ is genocide.
Even those who claim to advocate a binational ‘Israel/Palestine’ are not innocent. They are very clear about the fact that this binational entity will preclude the existence of a Jewish state. Given that ‘Israel’ is the name of the existing Jewish state that is to be precluded, it is obvious that ‘Israel/Palestine’ will at best render the ‘Israel’ half of the term irrelevant.
In practical terms, moreover, all the bi-nationalists acknowledge that their state will have an Arab majority or quickly acquire one through the ‘return’ of the descendants of Palestinian refugees. In others words, ‘Israel/Palestine’ will be ‘Palestine’ in all but name.
It is true that, while of fairly recent vintage, Palestinian nationalism as we know it today is a genuine nationalism, and those who subscribe to it sincerely believe that the Land of Israel is a ‘Palestine’ to which they have an absolute right. But today’s Palestinian national identity, one regrets to say, is inextricably tied to its name’s long tradition—dating back to ancient Rome—of dispossessing and annihilating the Jews. This is simply what ‘Palestine’ has always been: A negation of Jewish rights, Jewish history, and Jewish existence.
All of this may seem pointless nitpicking. Political terms and slogans come and go; they are usually disingenuous or simply silly, and we should not expend too much effort debunking them, if only because another will always arise in short order.
Unfortunately, this is not true. Deconstructing the word ‘Palestine’ is not nitpicking but an absolute moral imperative, because the long and bitter legacy of ‘Palestine’ provides an object lesson in how genocides happen. It teaches us that such atrocities never occur spontaneously. The writ is always drawn up beforehand.
Words must precede the bloody work of extermination. The history of humanity is littered with these demonic words. ‘Palestine’ is one of them.