Posted in Palestine and the Middle East

"Hamatzav"

While sitting in Eccleshall Road’s Caffè Nero.on Monday the story on
“hundreds of thousands” protesting over the cost of living in Tel Aviv
was picked up on in hard copy of ‘The Times’. Unfortunately, with Daniel
Finkelstein getting us to pay for the Murdoch press’s “quality journalism” no link can be provided. Still, with ‘Al Jazeera’ already
having run the same story on Sunday, there is, at least, no reason to
doubt the accuracy of ‘The Times’ report. It might, however, be pointed
out that a regular100-square-metre flat  in modest middle-class
neighborhoods in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv costing upwards of $600,000 is
not something that interests me in the slightest and why should it when
the ethnic cleansing of Palestine has long since extended to Israel
“proper”? Are we being asked to view this as a “human interest” story
when Arab families are being evicted from their homes in East Jerusalem on a daily basis and when the ongoing ethnic cleansing of what is left of Palestine continues unabated?

Of
course, this is not meant to be a “human interest” story and what it
does in fact represent, as the demonstrations in Tel Aviv itself
represents, is an example of what Slavoj Žižek refers to in his book Living in the End Times’ as
a longing for an alternate reality that as become embedded in the
Israeli’s psyche. This is an attempt to cast off what Israelis call
“hamatzav”, “the situation”; a situation which is determined by the
occupation, Gaza, the electric fence, a situation which permeates their
lives at every level. This is Israelis crying out, “we are just normal
people who want to live normal lives.” It is, of course absurd and no
matter how they loud they scream their political reality is, and will
continue to be, dominated by the ongoing ethnic cleansing of a country
that is not  theirs, by the bombing and murder of innocent men, women
and children and by a brutal occupation that has now being in existence
for forty four years. These are the questions that have to be addressed
and until they are there can be no escape from “hamatzav” and there can
be no normality.

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There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.

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