Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Don't Eat That, Charlie, It's Bullshit.
Most of us come with a pretty good "BD" or Bullshit Detector as standard equipment. People lie, so we need it. Not that it always works but it's still pretty good. The more obvious the lie the better our BD works. White lies sometimes get past us but whoppers rarely do.
Why have we spent decades listening to Israeli leaders tell us how they support the "Two State" solution only to then authorize new Israeli settlements on land that plainly belongs to the Palestinians? Look at it this way - there are now more than 600,000 lies illegally occupying the West Bank. Why do we still believe this nonsense?
How in hell would Israel ever relocate, oh let's use the term "repatriate" all those settlers back into Israeli territory? Do you think they haven't already asked and answered that question? Of course they have. They're not stupid. And the answer is, and always has been, "we won't."
Take a look up top. Can you foresee Israel going back from Map 4 to Map 2? Of course not. So then you're pretending to believe that this Two State business is at least possibly in the cards. You're making this up in your mind. The only place it has any illusion of reality is between your ears.
There aren't many people still breathing who know the doctrine of "profit a prendre" or "long user." They're old real property terms from the days of the ancient British land registry system. Long user describes the situation where a farmer crosses your field to access his own. Over the course of 20 or 30-years he acquires a right of long user. It's sometimes a right of carriageway or an easement. Profit a prendre is a right to take something (okay, let's call it groundwater) from land belonging to another.
Israel has another term for "long user" when it comes to Palestinian lands. They call it "reality on the ground." It's another way of saying, "my tank is parked on that hill, ergo it's my hill." I don't think the Israelis have come up with their own term for profit a prendre but they don't need one, they just take the groundwater without it.
At this point further talk of the Two State solution should have your BD buzzing hard enough to loosen your fillings. So what's the point of pretending it's not? Is it because we don't like to think bad thoughts? Is it because we realize we're complicit in the armed conquest and illegal seizure of the Palestinian homeland? Is it because we don't like to trouble our beautiful minds with images of two generations of Palestinians already born into captivity with a third not far off? Is it because we know that what we're watching is slow-motion ethnic cleansing?
Whatever our excuse, it sucks.