"To trace the actual course of events is not to engage in hairsplitting or to even insist (as one should) that we work back historically to locate the original moment of mass dispossession in 1948. It is rather, in terms of the immediate conflict, to not lose sight of the facts as we make our judgements. We need to bring out the full history of the issues at hand and not become lost in the sleights of hand these obfuscations and ghostly rewrites employ.
"Not only are the facts lost in the mystifications of political rhetoric and the reappearance of old alibis, the current attacks on Gaza bring back the horrific and ghoulish phenomenon of Israeli spectators setting up lawn chairs to witness from afar the bombing of Gaza, as if at a Fourth of July picnic, and cheering the carnage.
"A tweet by @allansoreson72 showed a photo of this just a few days ago, with the caption: "Sderot cinema. Israelis bringing chairs in Sderot 2 watch latest from Gaza. Clapping when blasts are heard." If one had doubts about this, one can read Peter Lagerquist’s excellent "Shooting Gaza: Photographers, Photographs, and the Unbearable Lightness of War," or simply log on and watch this YouTube video from 2009. The term "theatre of war" takes on a bizarre and even crueler meaning; the alienation of human beings from their humanity takes another shape.
"Yes, history is repeating itself, but in this instance I disagree with Marx - this is no farce, it is a tragedy of epic proportions."