Israel, the Media, and the Anatomy of a Sick Society

October 16, 2015 at 2:59 PM

 

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The video of 13 year old Palestinian Ahmed Manasrah bleeding to death on the pavement of an East Jerusalem neighborhood has been described as “shocking,” “disturbing,” and “painful to watch.” The callous verbal abuse and insults from Israelis watching the child writhe in agony are variously characterized as “heartless” and “cruel”; and indeed they are. “Die you son of a whore. Die! Die!” the Israeli onlookers can be heard shouting in the video which has since gone viral on social media.

While there has been much discussion of this video, and other similar incidents involving the extrajudicial executions of Palestinian youths accused by Israel of having stabbed Israelis (the veracity of some of these claims is disputed), there is decidedly little examination of the sociological implications. Specifically, it has become taboo to interrogate just what sort of ideological and psychological conclusions can be drawn about Israelis society – a society where such behavior is not an outlier; where, rather than being an anomaly, it is indicative of a significant, if not mainstream, attitude. Such undeniably barbaric treatment is not simple hate, and cannot be explained away or justified. But that is precisely what the corporate media does.

Suffice to say that there are many political analysts, activists, and others who are timid about outright condemnations of Israeli society and Israeli attitudes. They are, with much justification, fearful of being demonized as anti-Semitic, terrified that rather than open dialogue and critical examination, they will have their arguments twisted and portrayed as hateful and racist. While such accusations are sometimes warranted – as in the case of fascist bigots and neo-Nazis for whom “Jew” is synonymous with “evil” – more often than not these are willfully deceptive deflections designed to shield Israeli society from the criticism that it so clearly deserves.

But those whose interest is in justice and speaking the truth cannot be silent, cannot allow themselves to become the victims of self-censorship induced by fear. For muted criticism of Israel is in fact a failure to properly defend oppressed people; it is an abdication of the responsibility to speak against injustice, the brutality of colonialism, and the inhumanity of contemporary Zionism. It is equally an abandonment of the duty to deconstruct dominant narratives in the interest of social justice, to challenge the propaganda of corporate media whose primary function is to shield power from the uncomfortable light of criticism. I cannot, and will not, be silent.

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The War in Syria, Palestinian Alignment, and the NATO-Russia Battle for Influence

October 13, 2015 at 5:58 PM


Eric Draitser of StopImperialism.org appears on Community Progressive Radio Sunday with Don DeBar (October 11, 2015) to discuss the latest in Syria and a host of other topics. The conversation touches on Russia’s moves and how the US-NATO alliance is responding, as well as where this might ultimately lead. Eric and Don also discuss the question of Hamas and Palestinian leadership, and the possibility of a realignment with the new reality on the ground the Middle East. They also discuss the global geopolitical importance of Russia’s strategy in the context of the development of an alternative to US hegemony. All this and more in this in depth discussion.

CrossTalk: Russia’s Turn (October 12, 2015)

October 12, 2015 at 4:29 PM


Getting down to business – Russia’s words match its actions. There is growing evidence terrorist groups in Syria have taken a real battering from Russia’s airpower. The West, particularly the U.S., remains at loss how to react. In the meantime, Russia creates political facts on the ground. CrossTalking with Eric Draitser, Jonathan Steele, and Fred Fleitz.

On the Ankara Bombing and Erdogan’s Agenda in Turkey

October 12, 2015 at 4:12 PM


Eric Draitser appears on Press TV (October 10, 2015) to provide his analysis in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist bombing of a peaceful protest in the Turkish capital of Ankara. He notes that President Erdogan’s government stands to gain the most from this incident, and that it will undoubtedly use it as a pretext for expanding its war against Syria and domestic dissent.

Game-Changer: Russia’s Involvement in Syria Shifts Balance of Power (Interview with Sputnik News)

October 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM

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Russia’s military involvement in Syria is undeniably a game-changer in the Middle East, US geopolitical analyst Eric Draitser told Sputnik, adding that Washington will definitely try to restore its shrinking positions in the region at all costs.

It is naïve to believe that Washington will eat its humble pie and admit that its decade-long policy in the Middle East has been a complete failure; it is more likely that US hawks will do whatever it takes to bolster their shrinking influence in the region.

“Although the US may be a declining power, it is certainly not an impotent one; there are many countermeasures that Washington could take in response to the ascendance of Russian and Iranian influence [in the Middle East],” US geopolitical analyst and Stopimperialism.com editor Eric Draitser told Sputnik.

Possible US-NATO Counter-Strategy

According to Draitser, first and foremost, the US will try to use Russia’s airstrikes in Syria as a wedge to drive Turkey and Russia further apart. So far, Washington will solidify Turkey as a staunch US ally, rather than as a NATO member but also Russian strategic partner, the geopolitical analyst elaborated.

“This could take many forms, from working to undermine the potential “Turk Stream” pipeline project to motivating Turkey to mobilize and invigorate the terror networks it manages in Central Asia and China’s Xinjiang province. It is well-documented the relationship between Turkish intelligence and a number of jihadi groups including al-Nusra Front and the Islamic Army of Conquest in Syria, as well as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) of Uighur terrorists in Xinjiang and Pakistan.  The US understands the importance of Russian-Turkish economic cooperation which is worth tens of billions of dollars, and will likely use this as leverage against the Russians,” Draitser underscored.

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