Saturday, January 22, 2011

The White Man's Burden

"There aren't many other places in the world where white people tell brown people what to do." Ethan Bronner*, Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times

Ah, Ethan, if only it were a matter of telling them what to do.

How about shooting them?

"During an arrest raid in Hebron which appeared to target Hamas men released from PA custody the day before, Israeli forces shot and killed a 66-year-old man in his bed, in what appeared to be a case of mistaken identity." (Hebron man executed during Israeli raid,, 8/1/11)

Or destroying their homes?

"Members of the Younis family watch while their home is demolished by Israeli bulldozers in the West Bank village of Azzun Atta near Qalqilya, January 11, 2011." (In photos: family watches Israeli forces take down home, Khaleel Reash,, 14/1/11)

Or gassing them?

"On Wednesday evening, Israeli troops threw tear gas canisters into a home in the village of Zabouba, west of Jenin in the northern West Bank, causing 11 people to suffer from [gas] inhalation." (Israeli troops tear gas house near Jenin, 5 children arrested in hebron, 4 fishermen in Gaza,, 20/1/11)

Or arresting them?

"Near the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday morning, eight Palestinians were arrested including five minors." (ibid)

Or kidnapping them?

"Also on Thursday, the Israeli navy kidnapped four Palestinian fishermen from the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis." (ibid)


[* See my 30/11/10 post Once a Sow's Ear... ]

1 comment:

brian said...

there are lots of places white people tell brown (and black) people what to do; iraq, afghanistan, pakistan, philippines....
BUT what is upsetting to the whites is wherenthe brown/black people say Eff off:

Then the US does this:
'On December 22 2010, the US government, through its Department of the Treasury, announced a new escalation of its financial, economic and ideological war upon the people of Zimbabwe by issuing a new decree against the Office of the Attorney-General of Zimbabwe in the form of Executive Order 1369:

“As a result of today’s designation, US persons (individuals, institutions and companies) are prohibited from engaging in (business or any other) transactions with (Zimbabwe’s Attorney-General) Tomana, and any assets he holds under US jurisdiction are frozen. (Attorney-General) Johannes Tomana's targeting of selected political opponents (according to the US government’s view) threatens the rule of law in Zimbabwe, harms the integrity of the Government of National Unity and counters the will of the Zimbabwean people, who have expressed their desire to build a democratic political system.”

This is an escalation of the US Government’s war against Zimbabwe which was started in 2001 by former US president George W. Bush.'