Tuesday, July 12, 2011


When I read Bradley Burston's opinion article ten minutes ago, I nodded in agreement, but I thought, "Fascist? Don't overdo it, Mr Burston!" Then I wikipediaed 'fascism', and found the following description:

Fascism ( /ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a radical, authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists advocate the creation of a totalitarian single-party state that seeks the mass mobilization of a nation through indoctrination, physical education, and family policy including eugenics. Fascists seek to purge forces, ideas, and systems deemed to be the cause of decadence and degeneration and produce their nation's rebirth based on commitment to the national community based on organic unity where individuals are bound together by suprapersonal connections of ancestry, culture, and blood. Fascists believe that a nation requires strong leadership, singular collective identity, and the will and ability to commit violence and wage war in order to keep the nation strong. Fascist governments forbid and suppress opposition to the state.

Turn these lines into a list, and then tick each of the elements that is true for Israel today, or for at least one of the parties that form part of Israel's government today or that actively support it or push it even further into the dark corners of rightwing extremism. You will be surprised how many times you can put a √ . Mr Burston could very well be right: today Israel has become not just a bit less democratic, but also more fasist.  Also, read what Akiva Eldar wrote earlier this week. I totally subscribe to his conclusion: "Netanyahu prefers to sell hatred of gentiles. He knows that Israelis feel warm and cozy in the bunker, as long as it includes cheap cottage cheese." Mr Eldar is probably right, Bibi knows very very well what he is doing.

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