Opinion

The 'Trump Massacre.' A Reason to Be Ashamed

Anyone who is not ashamed of his country today ought to be ashamed

Palestinians carry a wounded protester near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia on May 14, 2018.
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Anyone who isn’t ashamed of what should already be called the “Trump Massacre” should be.

Let anyone who is not ashamed be ashamed at the wanton firing at unarmed demonstrators while the VIPs, the leaders, the lords and masters and the rabbis attend a vacuous and tasteless celebration.

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Let anyone who is not ashamed be ashamed of the grotesque, satanic, corrupt sight of hundreds of self-important celebrants filling the air with false clichés, while thousands of unarmed demonstrators “find their death” or are wounded by the unrestrained rifles of courageous snipers, some of whom probably rejoice every time someone is hunted down.

Let anyone who is not ashamed be ashamed of the yawning, cold, evil indifference with which Israeli citizens are accepting the “Trump Massacre."

Let anyone who is not ashamed be ashamed of the contemptible, pathetic, fawning friendship between two incorrigible narcissists. One – a racist lecher, homophobe, misogynist, demagogue, and a coarse and inveterate liar. The other – a chauvinist, toady, cynic, inciter, demagogue and liar, whose talent for mendacity is equal to that of his friend from overseas.

Let anyone who is not ashamed be ashamed of continuing to believe with total gullibility the heaps of lies and excuses of the various army spokespersons, in the military or the media, who have been working for days and weeks to create excuses and learned explanations for a predictable massacre.

Let anyone who is not ashamed be ashamed to swallow, with herdlike obedience, the official fairy tales that a starving nation in Gaza constitutes any kind of threat, even the smallest, to the State of Israel, to the entire Jewish people, or to the troops who are surrounding their prison and shooting them like fish in a barrel.

Let anyone who is not ashamed be ashamed at the sight of the air force bombing a holding pen of two million people from the air.

Let anyone who is not ashamed be ashamed of the sight of the cynical jesting of He who sits in the heavens, when sending the Philistines from Gaza to fight against the Israeli Goliaths, with only smooth stones and the burning tails of flying foxes in their hands. As though He suddenly had a desire to return to the Bible, but in reverse.

Let anyone who is not ashamed be ashamed of the contemptible fence that has suddenly acquired the sacredness of Mount Sinai, with anyone approaching it doomed to die. A temple of barbed wire, surrounded by a strip of death that is worse that the strip of death of the Stasi secret police along the Berlin Wall.

Let anyone be ashamed who is not ashamed of his country’s constant and egregious lying, as though all it wants is peace and not territories. As though it’s army were the most moral in the world. As though it isn’t one of the most monstrous tyrannical occupiers in the world. As though it doesn’t aspire to carry out ethnic cleansing in the occupied territories. As though there really is no one to talk to. As though its settlers are not greedy and unrestrained wild men. As though it’s a democracy. As though it has no nuclear weapons. As though it really fears Iran, and isn’t using it as a scarecrow to preserve the seat of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As though the leftists, the New Israel Fund and the bike riders are to blame for everything.

In short, anyone who is not ashamed of his country today should be ashamed.

And we, those who are ashamed, can only ask, like poet Natan Alterman and like Tamar the sister of Amnon in the Bible: And we, where will we take our disgrace?