Saturday, 14 July 2012

Israeli man self-immolates and...


An Israeli man immolated himself during a rally because, according to him: "The state of Israel stole from me and robbed me. It left me helpless."

He blamed the government for humiliating him and for "taking from the poor and giving to the rich."

Do I have to point out the irony in his complaints or can you see it?

It must be so difficult to be an Israeli who enjoys more rights and privileges than Palestinians. Israel, sponsored by the US, takes and takes and takes from Palestinians, subjugates them to cruel apartheid and military occupation...yet this man believes he has legitimate grievances? He, an Israeli, is humiliated? This is as brazen as a man complaining about a paper cut on his finger to an armless man. It is really unfortunate that he has done this to himself, that he felt he need to self-immolate, but he is no Bouazizi either. 

The Israeli J-Street protests have hardly acknowledged justice for Palestinians. Protesters are shaking their fists at the Israeli government, but they are ignoring the Palestinian plight - the elephant in the room.