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Today I saw a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic bag of meat: it was his son

Posted by on Aug. 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM
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Today I saw a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic bag of meat: it was his son

Brian Eno . Posted in News

I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, says Brian Eno, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.



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Brian Eno speaking at the National Demonstration for Gaza, London, 26/07/14

Brian Eno's letter to America: WHY? I just don't get it

Brian Eno is an artist, musical innovator, record producer for artists ranging from David Bowie to U2 and Coldplay. He has been a consistent supporter of Stop the War Coalition since it was first founded.

Dear All of You:

I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more. 

Today I saw a picture of a weeping Palestinian man holding a plastic carrier bag of meat. It was his son. He'd been shredded (the hospital's word) by an Israeli missile attack - apparently using their fab new weapon, flechette bombs. You probably know what those are - hundreds of small steel darts packed around explosive which tear the flesh off humans. The boy was Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra. He was 4 years old.

I suddenly found myself thinking that it could have been one of my kids in that bag, and that thought upset me more than anything has for a long time.

Then I read that the UN had said that Israel might be guilty of war crimes in Gaza, and they wanted to launch a commission into that. America won't sign up to it. 

What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But - for Christ's sake! - it's not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don't get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC… for if that's the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don't think that's the reason… but I have no idea what it could be. 

The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. You, my close American friends, symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can't work it out: I know you're not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren't heard or registered?

How come it isn't your spirit that most of the world now thinks of when it hears the word 'America'? How bad does it look when the one country which more than any other grounds its identity in notions of Liberty and Democracy then goes and puts its money exactly where its mouth isn't and supports a ragingly racist theocracy? 

I was in Israel last year with Mary. Her sister works for UNWRA in Jerusalem. Showing us round were a Palestinian - Shadi, who is her sister's husband and a professional guide - and Oren Jacobovitch, an Israeli Jew, an ex-major from the IDF who left the service under a cloud for refusing to beat up Palestinians. Between the two of them we got to see some harrowing things - Palestinian houses hemmed in by wire mesh and boards to prevent settlers throwing shit and piss and used sanitary towels at the inhabitants; Palestinian kids on their way to school being beaten by Israeli kids with baseball bats to parental applause and laughter; a whole village evicted and living in caves while three settler families moved onto their land; an Israeli settlement on top of a hill diverting its sewage directly down onto Palestinian farmland below; The Wall; the checkpoints… and all the endless daily humiliations. I kept thinking, "Do Americans really condone this? Do they really think this is OK? Or do they just not know about it?". 

As for the Peace Process: Israel wants the Process but not the Peace. While 'the process' is going on the settlers continue grabbing land and building their settlements… and then when the Palestinians finally erupt with their pathetic fireworks they get hammered and shredded with state-of-the-art missiles and depleted uranium shells because Israel 'has a right to defend itself' ( whereas Palestine clearly doesn't). And the settler militias are always happy to lend a fist or rip up someone's olive grove while the army looks the other way.

By the way, most of them are not ethnic Israelis - they're 'right of return' Jews from Russia and Ukraine and Moravia and South Africa and Brooklyn who came to Israel recently with the notion that they had an inviolable (God-given!) right to the land, and that 'Arab' equates with 'vermin' - straightforward old-school racism delivered with the same arrogant, shameless swagger that the good ole boys of Louisiana used to affect. That is the culture our taxes are defending. It's like sending money to the Klan.

But beyond this, what really troubles me is the bigger picture. Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents 'The West'. So it is The West  that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy. I fear that all the civilisational achievements of The Enlightenment and Western Culture are being discredited - to the great glee of the mad Mullahs - by this flagrant hypocrisy. The war has no moral justification that I can see  - but it doesn't even have any pragmatic value either. It doesn't make Kissingerian 'Realpolitik' sense; it just makes us look bad.

I'm sorry to burden you all with this. I know you're busy and in varying degrees allergic to politics, but this is beyond politics. It's us squandering the civilisational capital that we've built over generations. None of the questions in this letter are rhetorical: I really don't get it and I wish that I did.

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angelaicky
by Bronze Member on Aug. 3, 2014 at 9:05 PM
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 I keep hearing from Israeli supporter's that Hamas and their rockets are to blame for this and not all Palestinian's support Hamas. Not all Palestinian's support hamas that is true, but the one thing all Palestinian's seem to support is the resistance to the occupation. Palestinian's do not want their homeland taken from them and to live in a prison under the Israelis, to be arrested and have their neighborhood's raided and their people killed. The only thing Israel needs to be provoked is the existence of Palestinian's. This is older than Hamas, Hamas wasn't in the picture until the 1987, what provoked Israel before? 

At this point I just wish I could give the people of Gaza somewhere to run.  Its time Egypt open its boarder, now here is case where if Hamas weren't involved things might different between Egypt and Palestine. What a mess.

I feel happy I live in the USA and terribly guilty at the same time.

I don't wish to fight with anyone, this is not a vent its just how I was feeling.

SadiasMomma
by Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 2:56 AM
Devastating
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Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 4, 2014 at 3:13 AM
Oh he should just produce and keep his mouth shut!
skrbelly
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 8:01 AM
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Quoting Della529: Oh he should just produce and keep his mouth shut!
Carpy
by Ruby Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 8:24 AM
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They might not be occupied if they did not wish to annihilate Israel.

Quoting angelaicky:

 I keep hearing from Israeli supporter's that Hamas and their rockets are to blame for this and not all Palestinian's support Hamas. Not all Palestinian's support hamas that is true, but the one thing all Palestinian's seem to support is the resistance to the occupation. Palestinian's do not want their homeland taken from them and to live in a prison under the Israelis, to be arrested and have their neighborhood's raided and their people killed. The only thing Israel needs to be provoked is the existence of Palestinian's. This is older than Hamas, Hamas wasn't in the picture until the 1987, what provoked Israel before? 

At this point I just wish I could give the people of Gaza somewhere to run.  Its time Egypt open its boarder, now here is case where if Hamas weren't involved things might different between Egypt and Palestine. What a mess.

I feel happy I live in the USA and terribly guilty at the same time.

I don't wish to fight with anyone, this is not a vent its just how I was feeling.



angelaicky
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Well, its not as simple as that but you didn't ask for a history lesson, you probably don't need it and I don't want to give it. Agreeing to disagree works best between some people. But.... at least we both agree that Palestine under occupation.

Quoting Carpy:

They might not be occupied if they did not wish to annihilate Israel.

Quoting angelaicky:

 I keep hearing from Israeli supporter's that Hamas and their rockets are to blame for this and not all Palestinian's support Hamas. Not all Palestinian's support hamas that is true, but the one thing all Palestinian's seem to support is the resistance to the occupation. Palestinian's do not want their homeland taken from them and to live in a prison under the Israelis, to be arrested and have their neighborhood's raided and their people killed. The only thing Israel needs to be provoked is the existence of Palestinian's. This is older than Hamas, Hamas wasn't in the picture until the 1987, what provoked Israel before? 

At this point I just wish I could give the people of Gaza somewhere to run.  Its time Egypt open its boarder, now here is case where if Hamas weren't involved things might different between Egypt and Palestine. What a mess.

I feel happy I live in the USA and terribly guilty at the same time.

I don't wish to fight with anyone, this is not a vent its just how I was feeling.

skrbelly
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 8:29 AM
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There's no outside solution to this. These people have to decide to stop, or not, on their own.
angelaicky
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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Quoting Della529: Oh he should just produce and keep his mouth shut!

It always bothers we when people say movies stars or musician's should just sing and act, not give their opinions. If that's the case should mothers just shut-up and be mothers. ... I think a few women here would like it if we did shut-up when it comes to certain issues. 

Cmgmqmmom
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2014 at 9:04 AM
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You do realize that he is just as entitled as you or I to voice his opinion on matters, right?

Without our opinions, things like this website wouldn't exist. I've written letters to state reps, newspapers, etc. to get my point heard. His just gets more publicity than mine because he's Brian Eno and I'm cmgmqmmom. There's no difference. 

Quoting Della529: Oh he should just produce and keep his mouth shut!


Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 4, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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I was being sarcastic.

:-)


Quoting Cmgmqmmom:

You do realize that he is just as entitled as you or I to voice his opinion on matters, right?

Without our opinions, things like this website wouldn't exist. I've written letters to state reps, newspapers, etc. to get my point heard. His just gets more publicity than mine because he's Brian Eno and I'm cmgmqmmom. There's no difference. 

Quoting Della529: Oh he should just produce and keep his mouth shut!

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