Palestinians, you ain’t that special

There are conflicts all around the world today.  From Afghanistan to Iraq to Syria to half of Africa to Mexican drug wars in South America to conflicts in the Ukraine to insurgencies in Asia.

And yet, somehow the Palestinians think their one is the most important, their one is the most vital, their one is the most brutal. Over 40,000 people died in Syria so far this year and less than a hundred in the Palestinian – Israeli conflict, and yet… we’re supposed to be more “appalled” at their cause?  And of those Palestinians that died, we’re told they are protestors… yeah protestors.  Well, here’s a newsflash for you… a protestor who hurls stones at cars of innocent travellers, and sets up burning roadblocks and tries to violently pull people out cars and laughs and drinks cola while people are screaming for help – is no longer a protestor, but a terrorist.

Palestinians, you think you’re special, because somehow you believe God created Palestine first – and then he created the earth.  Um… no.   In fact throughout the last 2000 years, since the Romans invented the word Palestine, it certainly didn’t mean you.  In fact, before 1964 when Yasser Arafat, Abbas and the rest of your cronies, formed your PLO – to “liberate” the “occupation” of 1967 (that makes sense), the term Palestinian didn’t refer to you at all.  Oh – not to say there wasn’t a Palestinian soccer team – there was.  You can even youtube it.  They played Australia in 1939 at the Sydney Cricket ground.  Only thing is that their uniforms featured a prominent Star of David.  And with team members with names such as Itzhak Fried and Herbert Meitner… yeah… don’t think they were Arabs…

And despite having the highest per capita “days of rage” of any people, you’re still not that special.  Why don’t you become special and have “days of hope” and “days of literacy” and “days of science.”  But no… that doesn’t fit into your “narrative.”    Your buzz words are not hope and a brighter future, your buzz words are death, blood and rage.

Somehow you think you are so different to the rest of your Arab brethren… well, you’re not.  You’re Arabs – who happened to steal the term “Palestinian” and make up a national cause and a story to tug at the heartstrings of the world.  But in reality there is very little difference between you and Arabs in Syria or Jordan (which is mostly Palestinian anyway) and many other Arab countries.  Somehow when the British were inventing countries, they divided up regions of land between which Arab clan could help them the most – a term that we call bribery.  Anyway… you got offered an additional country to the many other Arab countries around you – and you rejected it and launched a war.  That doesn’t make you special – it makes you stupid.

You think you’re special because you believe you’ve been “oppressed.”  Oh please… oppression – what a joke.  Where in history has an “oppressed” people had 22 Arab states created for them and even then – even then­ – it’s still not enough.  Oh, how the truly oppressed people of the world would have dreamed about that – not a place to call home – 22 places to call home!  The only place in the world where Arabs have more rights than any other country – just happened to be the Jewish State you crave so badly to wipe out.  So as to your desire for another state, that doesn’t make you special – it makes you greedy.

You don’t even understand how lucky you are to have landed your asses in the butter dish you have.  And you don’t even understand how lucky you are that the so-called enemy you face is the State of Israel.  If you happened to have landed in any one of your fellow Arab countries, well… there wouldn’t be a talk of a “Palestinian” state, because you wouldn’t even exist.  You would have been wiped out ages ago…

You also think you’re special because you happened to have duped the world into sympathy to your cause.  And you think you’re special because you happened to have your flag raised at the UN, which by the way looks the same as a bunch of other Arab countries.  That still doesn’t make you special – it makes the world naïve.

Many parents raise their kids hoping they can make a brighter future, one in which they can contribute to the world and make it a better place.  But not you – with you, we see endless videos of how proud those parents are who raise their kids, and nourish them with hatred, so that they can rise up to be a shahid and kill Jews.  Parents… sacrificing their children… to achieve… what?  That doesn’t make you special – it makes your society insane.

You think you’re special because you’ve got celebrities like Roger Waters to support your cause such as the BDS (Boycott Divest Sanctions) movement… you know BDS… the one founded by Omar Barghouti, who was born in Qatar, grew up in Egypt and moved to Jaffa where he studies at Tel Aviv University.  May I suggest the boycott of electricity and water that you’re currently receiving from Israel?  Please…I insist.  Because supporting the BDS movement doesn’t make you special –  it makes you hypocritical.

You scream of human rights, even though your dictatorial “government” arrests your own people – those brave enough and who dare to criticise the leaders – for reasons so obscure like liking a Facebook page.  You execute those who you deem “traitors.”  You ostracise those who preach living in harmony – those like Mohammad Zoabi, a proud Israeli that you are angered by.  That doesn’t make you special – it make you self-destructive by killing your own future.

You think your revolution is special – that you’re fighting for the freedoms of all oppressed people around the world.  You’re not.  All your leaders are doing is fighting for a bigger slice of the money pie dished out to your “cause” over the last few decades.  Ever wonder how your leaders get so damn rich, while your revolution gets nowhere and achieves nothing… year after year after year…an eternal conflict, and all the time your leaders accumulating more and more and more wealth…

You think you’re special because your leaders talk of “genocide” against you.  Genocide… now how I do I explain this to you… but the way a genocide works is populations go down, not up.  In the Armenian genocide, up to 1.5 million people were wiped out by the Turks.  In the Holocaust, the Jewish population went down from roughly 17 million to 11 million after 6 million were murdered by the Nazis.  About a million Rwandans were murdered, as the Hutu majority tried to wipe out the Tutsis.  And even now, the Islamic State is trying to wipe out the Yazidis. You insult the memories of real victims with your blood libels.  That doesn’t make you special – it makes you delusional.

So continue to believe that somehow you’re special.  Continue to be proud to send 12 year old children to throw rocks.  Rejoice as your 15 year olds die at the arms of security forces after being sent out to murder innocents.  Celebrate the fact you will continue to achieve nothing, while you indoctrinate generation after generation with rage, bathed in the milk of hatred.

For all of those things don’t make your society special – it only makes your society sad.

About the Author
Justin Amler is a South African born, Melbourne based writer who has lived in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.