Eden Abergil, former Israel government militant, proudly posted pictures with bound and blindfolded prisoners to her Facebook profile. She is defending her pride and went so far to say she would “gladly kill Arabs—even slaughter them”, adding: “In war there are no rules.”
Yousef Munayyer, executive director at The Jerusalem Fund & The Palestine Center, debated this is much bigger issue of racism and dehumanization with Richard Hellman, president at the Middle East Research Center on “The Alonya Show” at RT where host Alonya Minkovski goes a bit fair, asking if this is Israel’s Abu Ghraib. The images were extraordinarily graphic from Abu Ghraib, but more importantly, more people paid attention to it, yet not enough. Her point that the “dehumanization” aspect is striking and goes to the root of the problem (8:41):
A former militant of the Israel Defence Forces (I.D.F.) is defending her actions after the discovery that she posted photos in her Facebook album, “I.D.F.—the best time of my life,” of her posing with kidnapped Palestinians imprisoned by the Israeli government.
She “allegedly” went further on her Facebook page, Thursday, that she “would gladly kill Arabs—even slaughter them”, Ha’aretz reported today, adding:
“In war there are no rules,” Abergil allegedly wrote on the wall of her profile page on the social network Facebook.
Photographs uploaded by Abergil from Ashdod and labeled “IDF – the best time of my life,” depicted her smiling next to Palestinian prisoners with their hands bound and their eyes covered.
A comment attached to one of the photos of the soldier smiling in front of two blindfold men and posted by one of Abergil’s friends read “That looks really sexy for you,” with Abergil’s response reading: “I wonder if he is on Facebook too—I’ll have to tag him in the photo.”
The deeper issue is her actions displaying the sectarian interpretation of her faith. That extending principles of how women ought to be treated, or just humans in general, don’t apply to Arabs:
Abergil responded on Facebook to an image in which a women was pasted instead of the Palestinian prisoners in the original images, saying that it was not funny and that she would not let anyone ruin her “perfect life.”
“I can’t allow Arab lovers to ruin the perfect life I lead,” she allegedly wrote. “I am not sorry and I don’t regret it.”
“I am in favor of a Jewish-Zionist State,” she added. “I defend what has been rightfully mine for ages,” she wrote.
The faith of many others serves as a perceived self-justified ignorance to bullshit of “rightfully mine for ages”. An “age” is an arbitrary length of time, but the Zionist philosophy is rooted in the strict sense of multi-generational entitlement to land. In it’s most vulgar and common interpretation, that such entitlement is not only inherited from ancestors centuries ago, but from the will of the entity that they believe created humans, animals, Earth and the universe itself. In practice, human action reflects the implication that 13.7 billion years ago, the universe came to existence for the purpose of some conscious lifeform to inhabit a portion of one landmass existing in a relatively insignificant portion of the universe.
Because of this, actions to the end of fulfilling the ‘prophecy’ are predetermined and justified by the power available to achieve those conquering ends. The nihilism of Zionism is one such a stage that it’s astounding that adherents sustain the fairy tales. To which Ha’aretz added:
The head of the Public Committee Against Torture, Ishai Menuchin, also commented, saying that “these terrible photographs reflect a norm in the way Palestinians are viewed, as an object and not as humans. It is an attitude that ignores their feelings as humans and their individual rights.”
I was raised by Muslims, but haven’t attended a worship service since my early teenage years and would consider myself a deist, I guess. My name might invoke the knee-jerk reaction to brush me off as taking a sectarian stance. To those enemies of reason, extremists in the Islamic world are equally guilty in their ‘hallowed ground’ stances on Mecca, Medina and even Jerusalem.
I’d rather Zionists just act more like the average Russian, Canadian or Pakistani in terms of the geopolitics of the nation-state they inhabit and just be ardent nationalists without dressing their evil voodoo in the will of an otherwise loving and awesome god.
Nationalism is an evil categorical imperative used to justify why people are “not sorry” and “don’t regret” evil, anti-social behavior and mindsets, but nationalism accepts that such evil is the result of conscious human action and subjective preferences. These are foolishly referred to as, at least, ‘necessary evils’.
Faith-based politics is the doctrine that what is necessary is incapable of being evil because the will of their god is, by definition, always good. Hence, “In war, there are no rules,” because Ms. Abergil is speaking of a ‘holy war’, no matter what window dressing I.D.F. spokespeople splatter on the wall to cover up the writing.