And a good laugh was had by all
"I will play music and celebrate what the Israeli air force is doing."
--Ofer Shmerling, an Israeli civil defense official in Sderot speaking on Al Jazeera as images of Israel's latest massacres were broadcast around the world.
"The death of one Israeli victim justifies the killing of a hundred Palestinians. One Israeli life is worth a hundred Palestinian lives. This is what the Israeli State and the world media more or less—with marginal questioning—mindlessly repeat. And this claim, which has accompanied and justified the longest Occupation of foreign territories in 20th C. European history, is viscerally racist. That the Jewish people should accept this, that the world should concur, that the Palestinians should submit to it - is one of history's ironic jokes. There's no laughter anywhere…"
"The history of Nazi Germany reveals how pretensions to ethnic virtue created the conditions within which evil metasticized. Rampant criminality against Jews occurred within a public culture that disabled empathy for its outcasts. Bureaucratically sanctioned persecution was presented as a protective measure against Jewry, depicted as an amorphous moral danger. Individual Jews evident suffering, however unfortunate, was cast as collateral damage on the crusade for ethnic rebirth. Ethnic righteousness...faciliated the clear consciences of those who robbed, tormented, and murdered their helpless victims."
--Claudia Koonz, "The Nazi Conscience"
ORIGINAL PHOTO: Bernat Armangue. Grinning Israelis laugh and dance while taking cellphone pics of explosions rocking Gaza City, which killed nearly 300 and hospitalized 800 others. Netiv Hasara, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008.
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