As I wrote in a comment on a previous post, I used to think that the talk of Israel’s fascist threat was, perhaps an understandable, bluster. Certainly Israel’s occupation feels and acts a whole lot like fascism to a Palestinian (and on this point, who could split hairs over terms?), but until recently one could say things in Israel in the mass media or Knesset that one could never say in the States (that’s probably still true, but a much more dangerous proposition than before…Uri Avnery was attacked by right-wing Zionist thugs just last night).
Israel has many political parties in the Knesset, including proudly self-described communists. But I am beginning to feel the fascist, genuine fascist, threat is a real and pressing danger. The loyalty laws enacted in the Knesset (see below for an example of that body’s current state) are just one worry. It’s not the just the racist nuts like Lieberman in the government that are the worry either. It’s the mobilized goons in the street and by all accounts there have been demonstration all over Israel, especially in the Universities, where intimidation and attacks have taken place.
As I watch these videos I can not help but see a train steaming around a bend..and gathering speed. Here’s hoping those represented by the 20,000 that demonstrated in Tel Aviv (attacked with smoke bombs by rightists) against the government on Saturday win the battle against these reactionary lunatics. At this stage it looks as if they might very well die trying.