The question is how we support the people of Palestine from the Apartheid state they are living under. First of all, just by paying attention to and sharing the work of Pro-Palestinian journalists, you’re helping combat propaganda. But another major way to fight back is to be a part of the Boycott, Sanctions & Divestment movement, or BDS.
Ok, so if you add the word movement to it, it becomes BDSM, which something very different. I mean I guess you could do BDSM for Palestine, but I am not the right person to figure out the logistics of that. Nobody needs a 50 Shades of Krish situation, including myself.
BDS was started by African American grassroots organizations, that grew at college campuses to make South Africa not an apartheid state. And it was successful. So when this same tactic was used by Pro-Palestinian student groups across the nation in the States, the infamous Israel Lobby came back to strike against the students.
Basically they went to these campuses with their corporate infiltrators and said “Change My Mind”. It’s always nice to see full grown adults try put down children who just figured out how do laundry for the first time. The Israel Lobby is the Stephen Crowder of geopolitics.
One of the campaigns the lobby started was redefining anti-semitism. This was defined as someone who had a scathing hatred for the Jewish people. So scathing that they want to violently attack them. One famous anti-Semite was a chap by the Adolf Hitler. Some might say he was THE anti-semite. But the State Department deems anti-Semitism as anyone that Demonizes Israel and Delegitimizes the Israeli state…so history is Anti-Semitic in that context. And with this redefinition, it doesn’t make Hitler an anti-semite.
This redefinition is part of why people think Judaism is under attack when Israel is criticized and cited for war crimes. The other part is the fact that Israel’s flag is the Star Of David! They nationalized a religious symbol to claim that they are Jewish state for Jews only! Isn’t it fun when Graphic Design can be used for ethnic cleansing.
Think tanks like the The Israel Project or TIP are used in conjunction with groups like APIAC to lobby politicians to create pro-Israeli and anti-BDS laws. The goal is to make every Congressperson an agent for Israel. Now the max you can donate to a candidate is $2700. So in order to get around that TIP & APIAC will throw big parties and have everyone there donate, so by the end of it they’ve raised a hundreds of thousands of dollars for this one candidate.
Am I doing parties wrong? Because usually at my parties, we get drunk, a little stoned and sure we talk geopolitics but no one is taking money from each other…unless its for Pizza. Fuck do I work for the Pizza lobby? That’s an issue for another time!
And if politicians don’t side with Israel, they get the scorn of the Jewish American communities in America. Which was the case for Congressman Jim Moran. In 2015, Tennessee passes an Anti-BDS law which equates the movement with anti-semitism. This is like saying Black Lives Matter is a racist organization fighting for the freedom of all people. Look I won’t say it again, but if that didn’t make sense to you, it’s because you’re not letting the State Department do your thinking for you!
The goal for groups like TIP is also to attack college students, smearing them enough to prevent them from getting a job. A group associated with TIP, StandWithUs, did this to Sumaya Din at UC Berkley when she was running for College Senate. [PAL 29] Sumaya used the slogan #Dintifada for her campaign and StandWithUs used targeted social media ads to have pro-Israeli trolls attack this girl. They sent her death threats pretty much on a daily basis.
A lot of the pages were not publicly associated with StandWithUs, because they had a bad reputation within the Jewish community for being too extreme. Go figure. Attacking an innocent Muslim college student makes you unlikeable as a multimillion dollar organization. Gee who would’ve thunk it. The key to these lobbies is to keep their anonymity. They’re the Moriarty of Human Rights violations. And I can’t wait for them plummet over a waterfall.
TIP also took part in Astroturfing. This is when you pay fake protesters to yell obscene and extreme things in the face of real protesters. TIP paid a bunch of people go on campuses and scream at College Palestinian activists. Now this yielded very few results but they kept doing it to get exposure that there were “grassroots” Israel supporters too.
But BDS kept growing in popularity. So in a desperate attempt, Israel recruited black South Africans to say that BDS doesn’t work, even though it did. But this can easily be shown as a manipulative effort since Israelis don’t really care about black people.
In 2014 when Mike Brown was murdered by the police and the Black Lives Matter movement started gaining popularity, Palestinians on twitter were sharing tips on how to avoid tear gas. If you’re a Democracy of any kind, it’s imperative to use Chemical Weapons, deemed illegal by the Geneva Conventions on dissenting citizens. That’s just Democracy 101.
Their solidarity with Palestinians made BLM a target for Israel. Not only that but killer cops are trained by the IDF who show them moves like sitting on someone’s neck till they die and how to choke out a person till they die.
But we can go back even further. During the Sixth Zionist Congress, the Zionists were in talks with England to acquire land in Uganda and Kenya and call it the Jewish homeland. I guess these guys really wanted to be OG Apartheid oppressors! This shows that philosophy of Zionism was rooted in land grabs and imperialism. It also shows us that it didn’t really matter where the Jewish homeland was, just so they had one and it didn’t matter who had to get stomped out get one.
But even more glaring is what happened with Ethiopian Jews. When they arrived to Israel, Ethiopian Jews were discriminated against constantly. They’re victims of police brutality and more often than not live in impoverished neighborhoods. Is it a wonder that the United States with its racist history is such dear and close friends with Israel. Racist of a feather must stick together.
In Uganda, the Jewish population practice a very formal and orthodox version of the religion. These jews are considered outsiders and therefore not allowed in Israel. Only caucasian Jews are seen as worthy of the homeland. So if you look at the history of Black People and Israel globally you can see why having Black South Africans shit on BDS is nothing but propagandistic nonsense. It’s basically Israel saying they have black friends…but those black friends aren’t really welcome in their homes.
Things got so bad that TIP had really dig deep to smear Palestinians. So they came up with a story that Hamas was digging tunnels underground to come up into Israel and kill Israeli children and eat all their cookies! The official narrative from the Israel Project is that Hamas and the Palestinians are newest members of the Looney Toons Cartoon family. These guys were loosing so much support that the only place they could get new propaganda ideas was from Bugs Bunny, which would make the Israelis Elmer Fudd who constantly looses.
The point of Israel lobby is to control politicians, the narrative and shape public discourse. Since the brand of Israel is becoming so toxic, the Lobby decided to go with a softer approach. They created proxy Facebook pages to show pictures of girl power, kittens, puppies and then every so often post a Pro-Israel meme.
But after these recent attacks and the discourse about Israel changing so drastically, even the Lobby is having a hard time keeping up with their bullshit. Only 32% of Jews in America feel like they need to have a close attachment to Israel.
Once you look beyond the identity politics and pay attention to history and the war crimes, it’s hard to say that Israel is the victim in the non-stop war. They’re a discriminatory bunch of imperialists who support white supremacist ideologies. Odd since that’s what the Jewish people were fighting in World War 2. Israel is not connected to Judaism. That’s a manufactured perspective.
The real victims here are the Palestinian people. Average people who want to live their lives in their homes without the fear of constant rocket attacks. That’s not a big ask. Palestinians were happy to share their land with the Jews, not be colonized by them. So if this is really about human rights, then we must do what’s best for the Palestinian people. We must Boycott, Sanction and Divest from Israel. It’s really not that complicated.
Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges, DIY and house venues. With his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor, Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, immigration, while adding an optimistic, philosophical & sociological twist!