Stop living in denial, Israel is an evil state


Israel may not be Nazi, nor even a fascist state. Yet it is a member of the same terrible family, the family of evil states. Just consider these acts of evil perpetrated by the state.

ed note–as I have said before–I like Gideon Levy’s work. He is reasonable, fair, and does not seem to suffer from the same narcissistic psychosis that seems to attend every individual who has grown up in the sewer of Judaic culture.

Nevertheless, despite his very accurate, brave, and honest statement concerning Israel being an ‘evil’ state, he does not complete the picture. He lists the symptoms of the disease, but does not give an accurate diagnosis as to what the source of the sickness is, which is Judaism itself, which has functioned as a wellspring of evil, disease, and mental illness now for thousands of years, long before Israel was ever a ‘state’. 

Gideon Levy, Haaretz

After we’ve cited nationalism and racism, hatred and contempt for Arab life, the security cult and resistance to the occupation, victimhood and messianism, one more element must be added without which the behavior of the Israeli occupation regime cannot be explained: Evil. Pure evil. Sadistic evil. Evil for its own sake. Sometimes, it’s the only explanation.

Eva Illouz described its signs (“Evil now,” Haaretz Hebrew edition, July 30). Her essay, which challenges the idea of the banality of evil, considers the national group as the source of the evil. Using philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s concept, she finds a “family resemblance” between the Israeli occupation and history’s evil regimes. This similarity does not mean that Israel is Nazi, nor even fascist. And yet it is a member of the same terrible family, the family of evil states. It’s a depressing and brilliant analysis.

The evil that Illouz attributes to Israel is not banal, it cannot happen anywhere, and it has political and social roots that are deeply embedded in Israeli society. Thus, Illouz joins Zeev Sternhell, who warned in his impressive and resounding essay about the cultural soil out of which fascism is now growing in Israel (“The birth of fascism,” Haaretz Hebrew edition, July 7).

But alongside these analyses, we must also present a brief history of evil. We must present the instances that combine to create a great and horrific picture, a picture of Israeli evil in the territories, so as to stand up to those who deny the evil. It is not the case of the individual – Sgt. Elor Azaria, for example, who is being tried for the death of a subdued Palestinian assailant in Hebron – but the conduct of the establishment and the occupation regime that proves the evil. In fact, the continuation of the occupation proves the evil. Illouz, Sternhell and others provide debatable analyses on its origins, but whatever they are, it can no longer be denied.

One case is like a thousand witnesses: the case of Bilal Kayed. A young man who completed a prison term of 14.5 years – his entire sentence – without a single furlough, without being allowed to at least say goodbye by phone to his dying father; a clear sign of evil.

About six weeks ago, Kayed was getting ready for his release. A representative of the Shin Bet security service – one of the greatest agencies of evil in Israel – even showed him a photograph of the home his family had built for him to stir him up even more ahead of his release. And then, as his family waited impatiently for him at the crossing point and Kayed grew ever more excited in his cell, he was informed that he was being thrown into administrative detention for at least another six months, without trial and without explanation.

Since then, he has been on hunger strike. He is cuffed to his bed. His family is not allowed to see him. Prison guards never leave his room and the lights are not turned out for a moment. Evil.

Only evil can explain the state’s conduct toward Kayed – only an evil state acts this way. The arbitrary announcement, at the last moment, of a senseless detention is abuse, and the way he has been treated since then is also abuse.

Only evil can explain the detention last week of another young man, Hiran Jaradat, whose brother Arif (who had Down syndrome) was killed in June and whose father died two days ago. He is under arrest for “incitement on Facebook” and was not released to attend his father’s funeral. Evil.

The continuation of the detention of poet Darin Tatur – evil. The destruction of the tiny swimming pool that the residents of Khirbet Tana in the northern West Bank had built for themselves – evil. The confiscation of water tanks from a community of shepherds in the Jordan Valley in the July heat – evil.

A great many of the decisions of the occupation regime that decides the fates of individuals, families, communities, villages and cities cannot be explained without evil. The list is as long as the occupation. The extortion of sick people from Gaza to enlist them as collaborators, the blockades on cities and towns for weeks, the Gaza blockade, the demolition of homes – all evil.

Banal or not, its existence must be acknowledged and it must be recognized as one of the most influential values in Israel. Yes, there is an evil regime at work in Israel, and therefore it is an evil state.

  1. #1 by rehmat1 on 08/01/2016 - 9:34

    Gideon Levi is a “Snake Oil Salesperson”.

    In 2010, Gideon Levy wrote in Ha’aretz that the Zionist regime should stop pushing Washington to bomb Iran for Israel’s sake – and instead co-operate in in the establishment a Palestinian state under Fatah and negotiate peace with Syria (by withdrawing from the Golan Heights). This will isolate Iran from Palestinians, Syrian and bring Turkey back to Israeli lap. Thus, Islamic Republic will be left only with Hizbullah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad as is allies in the region (as all the Arab puppet regimes are afraid of Islamists).

    On the other hand, Gideon Levy believes that the hawkish Jewish plan to bomb Iran would be disastrous for the Zionist entity:

    “Iran is dangerous; an Iran that is bombed will be even more dangerous. The regime in Iran is stable; the regime after a bombing will be even more stable. Anyone who wants to strengthen it is invited to bomb. Anyone who wants to unite the Iranian people even more behind its leadership is invited to threaten and attack. Anyone who wants to spur on Iran even more to get a nuclear bomb is invited to intimidate it. Even the last of the ayatollahs knows the truth: If Afghanistan or Iraq had an atomic bomb, the United States would not have dared to invade them, and their regimes would have been spared,” wrote Gideon Levi.

  2. #2 by The Equalizer on 08/01/2016 - 9:34

    “IsraHel is a murderous criminal state and a racist, supremacist theocracy run by gangsters and psychopaths”. Repeat this ad nauseum throughout the world on every blog, on every “comment” section of every website you visit.

  3. #3 by Joe on 08/01/2016 - 9:34

    “Israel may not be Nazi, nor even a fascist state. Yet it is a member of the same terrible family, the family of evil states. Just consider these acts of evil perpetrated by the state.”

    This kind of stuff just boils my blood. For one thing… the “Israeli State” is illegitimate – built upon a lie and the blood of Palestine’s indigenous people. Germany was an established state with centuries of common culture. Their militarism in the 1930s was merely nature’s attempt to cure an infection… and that infection was (and still is) the jewish virus in their cultural veins. The tribe’s history as a pathogen wherever they reside goes back to the dawn of recorded history with the pharaohs in Egypt. They will ALWAYS be despised due to their obstinacy as to their “superiority complex”. As long as that mindset prevails, they will continue down the path to oblivion – dragging the rest of us behind.

  4. #4 by James Benn on 08/01/2016 - 9:34

    Yes indeed, Gideon Levy certainly recognizes evil when he sees it. Indeed ‘pure evil’, ‘sadistic evil’, ‘evil for its own sake’. But Mark’s right … one thing is to recognize the symptoms, another is to understand the wellspring. All evil acts have one thing in common … denial. Denial of the legitimacy of life external to oneself. Followed closely by denial of the denial.

    We recognize these traits in psychopaths for whom other humans don’t actually exist. At least not as sentient, feeling beings with the same god-given life urge and validity as the psycho. Hence the psycho, typically, will simply use others to further his or her own life needs. Without conscience. Without remorse. Without responsibility.

    The verdict is out on the causative factors behind psychopathy, but I would hazard a guess that all psycho personalities begin with early childhood trauma. Trauma so great and so buried that it results in the death of the soul. For to be without conscience is to be without soul. Conscience, after all, is our conduit to God. It is the voice of God in all sentient beings. Do animals have it. They certainly do. Just google ‘guilty dogs’, hit the image button, and see what you find.

    If I’m right, then part of the Jewish ‘experience’ is a systematic traumatization of its children. Some even postulate that circumcision at the teeth of the rabbinate may serve this very purpose. By the traumatization is of course ongoing in as much as cult members are constantly reminded that they live in a world of pure evil peopled by mad, irrational ‘gentiles’ who hate their guts for no other reason than that they are all phuckin’ mad. E Michael Jones would explain this as the Jewish rejection of ‘Logos’ … the ‘reason’ of the universe. Which condemns them, he says, to life as eternal revolutionaries.

  5. #5 by 5 dancing shlomos on 08/02/2016 - 9:34

    a decent jew would not stay in palestine would not stay a jew

  6. #6 by slesser1013 on 08/03/2016 - 9:34

    I’m an American Jew and I cant believe this was written. I truly disagree with this. Israel is NOT an evil state, If you go far back enough in the Jewish history, we have had so much turmoil, oppression, exile, slaughterings, genocide, you name it.. We just want some peace and not have to fight over the land that was given to us…. the state of Israel. This really disappoints me.

    ed note–and here we see the madness of Judaism on full display.

    Israel–being the Jewish state–can do no wrong, and when she has been caught red-handed engaging in evil, her defenders/acolytes/worshippers/addicts will conjure up every conceivable excuse to dismiss the facts as they are and substitute them for a narrative that cooperates with their personal delusion.

    And of course, lest we forget, there is the ‘eternal persecution’ angle that just HAD to make its way into the discussion, as well as the ‘ALL WE WANT TO DO IS JUST LIVE IN PEACE’ bs.

  7. #7 by Bob Bacon on 08/04/2016 - 9:34

    NS Germany was top of the world, deporting the anti-Europeans and commie scum, fighting against the Reds, and advancing science and culture. That’s only “evil” to jew-worshipping American idiots.

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