In nominally pro- two state solution Liberal ‘centrist’ circles in the so-called ‘West’ a kind of satisfied pessimism is ruling the views about occupied Palestine.
Taking the old biblical adage about the poor, it can be given this concise form: “The occupation will always be with us.”
It is not, in fact, tired ‘wisdom’ by supporters of a two state solution who would oppose the occupation. It is in fact propaganda for the continuation of the occupation, against opposition to it by people who are quite satisfied with things as they are.
In essence, it’s propaganda for Apartheid and Greater Israel. Because message that status quo is here to stay can and will only benefit the occupier and perpetuate the suffering of the victims.
As a recent good example of this kind of Liberal ‘centrist’ propaganda for Apartheid and Greater Israel we have a column in The Guardian by Jonathan Freedland. It’s one in the long line of this nature articles by him, and no doubt, not the last.
“The talking is over, the occupation goes on. Will there ever be peace in the Middle East?” is the title of this piece of Liberal ‘centrist’ sermon of how all hope for peace and the end of the occupation is gone and thus nothing should be and nothing can be done to end the occupation – bar a miracle.
It’s intended message is apathy and a call to inaction. The occupation can’t be made to end, he claims, and the message between the lines is, of course, that nothing should be even tried to end the occupation.
This is easy to see from what he doesn’t mention: The BDS, Boycott Israel -movement and overall the possibility of action by people around the world against the occupation.
He doesn’t mention these, because they are a possible game changer and are increasingly effective.
So Freedland concentrates instead solely on the inactivity and indifference of ‘Western’ and Arab governments. He gives examples of their indifference and collaboration with Israel – without explaining how Israel has been able to achieve this.
How consecutive governments of Greece have been bribed by Israel with the Fata Morgana of funding for the Cretan natural gas fields, for example. The ‘Western’ governments and organizations which have effectively colonized Greece have had no interest to plunder these natural gas fields, because they are not worth it. But to Israel they are, for geopolitical reasons.
The role of the ‘Western’ media – the liberal and conservative Jonathan Freedlands and The Guardians who don’t show to their audience what is going on – and the pressure Israel puts on both on them and the ‘Western’ governments directly and through the Israel Lobby, goes unmentioned.
These are the kind of things that Liberal ‘centrist’ doesn’t explain to his audience, to whom he offers only a world of apathy, where unchangeable things like the Israeli occupation of Palestinians’ remaining land exist for mysterious reasons that can’t be explained, challenged or overthrown.
“The occupation will always be with us” is the message of people that are actually quite content with the occupation, who have nothing personally at stage – not even their conscience, which they misplaced a long time ago and don’t even notice they are lacking it.
PHOTO: Jonathan Freedland(b. 1967)