One Voice vs. The ISM

One Voice is another misguided Grass roots efforts led by people that think that the israeli palestinian conflict is one that people are interested in solving and that could be confronted if we all were united and demanded peace. This, of course, is horse poop, because this conflict has many people who have seriously vested interests in never ending it, starting from the palestinian and israeli leaderships (Yes, that includes Fatah, Hamas, Kadima, Likus and Labour), passing by the international Jihdy groups who use it as a fantastic recruitment tool for late-teens/ early-twenties kids who have nuttin better to do than hope to die for a cause  and arab governments that would collapse if no enemy such as israel existed, and ending with so called Humanitarian organizations who would lose both purpose and funding if the conflict was ever resolved. The latter is usually comprised of idiotic Hippies from western countries who want some sort of validation for their  socialist leftists beliefs so they go to Gaza and the westbank, buy and wear Koufeyas, take pictures with smiling palestinian children to be placed on facebook later, start rowdy demonstrations and attack IDF soldiers who respond in kind, and return home with "you don't know what it was like; I was there man. The Zionazis threw teargas canisters at me and shit" stories that validate them as experts on the palestinian-israeli conflict in front of their tofu-eating-Che-Guevara-Idolizing compatriots, and leave the Palestinians to face the aftermath of their actions.  

The International Solidarity movement is such an organization, and it chose to start a fight with the One Voice people, because they didn't take an anti-Israeli position, prompting instead fo demand peace and support for a two state solution. The One Voice people were going to Organize concerts, and of course the ISM started pointing at them and screaming "Zionist agents who want the palestinian sell away their rights and cause", which lead some crazy freaks from their compatriots to send death threats to arabic singrs who were supposed to perform and got the whole thing cancelled. The ISM people, adding insult to injury, decided to have their own concert on that samee day, which singers of course were not threatened at all. 

Funny how that works out.

Comments

  1. SM,
    This is an excellent Post. I haven’t heard many people describe the situation like you, and I for one feel you are right. This situation could have been handled many years ago if theri wasn’t the massive amounts of foreign aid and back scratching going on…stay safe….

  2. Starting with “Hippies” and ending with “shit” I was LOLing. Thanks.

  3. Sad – Too sad but true – How long do you think this is going to last?

  4. Sandymonkey….

    When did you re-surface?

    Welcome back dude.

  5. Well, the concerts were cancelled in Jericho and in Tel Aviv, which sucks big time.
    I’ve been involved with OneVoice since last year and with the Boston concert and I think it’s a great organisation and has a good mission. And the main criticisms for OneVoice, mainly that it doesn’t call for all the things listed in UN Resolutions. Fair enough, I’d agree but it appeared that it would be hard to attract the israeli constituents if they did.

    And ISM, despite the hilarious description you wrote, is doing, at least partly, a good job – someone reporting human rights violations and taking photos during house demolitions is actually USEFUL.
    Yes, even if the photos end up on Facebook.

  6. egy=peter says:

    just cuz u aint shit in egypt, that doesnt mean that you have to inact the perfect revenge by teaming up with israel you ditz.

  7. Welcome back, Sam,

    Do you really think that all the political parties in Israel have a vested interest in continuing the conflict? I am currently reading (nearing the end) of Kenneth Levin “The Oslo Syndrome” and his thesis is that the wishful thinking generated by the pressure of the conflict explains a lot of Israel’s politics. I think that his arguments are quite compelling.

  8. Thanks for the post!
    It sure isn’t simple around here, like most people would prefer to believe.