Chomsky on Gaza: Why Israel will “go crazy”

Even a single night in jail is enough to give a taste of what it means to be under the total control of some external force.

And it hardly takes more than a day in Gaza to appreciate what it must be like to try to survive in the world’s largest open-air prison, where some 1.5 million people on a roughly 140-square-mile strip of land are subject to random terror and arbitrary punishment, with no purpose other than to humiliate and degrade.

Such cruelty is to ensure that Palestinian hopes for a decent future will be crushed, and that the overwhelming global support for a diplomatic settlement granting basic human rights will be nullified. The Israeli political leadership has dramatically illustrated this commitment … warning that they will “go crazy” if Palestinian rights are given even limited recognition by the U.N.

This threat to “go crazy” (“nishtagea”) – that is, launch a tough response – is deeply rooted, stretching back to the Labor governments of the 1950s, along with the related “Samson Complex”: “If crossed, we will bring down the Temple walls around us.” .”

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Of course, there were pretexts (for the violence) – there always are. The usual one, trotted out when needed, is “security”: in this case, against homemade rockets from Gaza.

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Noam Chomsky: The Soul-Crushing Cruelties Perpetrated by America’s Number One Ally :: SACSIS.org.za.