FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Parching the Palestinians

by ANTHONY GANCARSKI

More of the same from the land without people. The October 22 HA’ARETZ reports that “Infrastructure Minister Effie Eitam, head of the far-right National Religious Party, on Tuesday ordered the Water Commissioner to stop all drilling for water by Palestinians in the West Bank, as well as a freeze on the issue of permits for future drillings.” Way to go, Effie! You seem to grasp what some in the world community don’t; namely, that the construction and usage of wells is tantamount to terror. When those Palestinians demand hydration, what they’re really saying is that they hate freedom.

Indeed, Herr Eitam, you understand a central fact of defending democracies. You understand that the Palestinian Authority’s failure to build water treatment facilities is tantamount to a “water intifada.” Assuming the PA erected said facilities, one can’t imagine a circumstance in which Israeli pilots would bomb said facilities from warplanes provided by the US government. One can’t imagine a circumstance in which some Sharon lackey would come forth and allege, in the gravest imaginable tones, that those water treatment facilities are really breeding grounds for suicide bombers. Or, better still, that those facilities are in fact being used to pollute the Israeli water supply. Holy water, really, given that it belongs to the UN mandated Chosen People. Looked at in that context, one can see the Palestinians as they really are.

The Palestinians are nothing more than common water thieves, jacking the fluid of life from those newly-minted Jews from Lima, from those imports from Brooklyn, from all of those poor bastards sold a bill of goods to come over and settle an allegedly unoccupied swath of land. In HA’ARETZ’s words, “Eitam said that some 250 unauthorized water drillings for agricultural purposes were reported this year in Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank. He added that every day reveals new illegal connections to water pipes, used by Palestinians to irrigate their land, which prevents the water from reaching Jewish settlements.” Illegal connections! Why, the Palestinians are just like those folks in the US who steal cable television! Stop them or they’ll water their crops!

It speaks volumes about those who serve in the US government that they are so willing to subsidize the state of Israel. Time and time again, folks with more credibility than I have compare Israel to South Africa at the height of Apartheid, or to Germany in the 1930s, and there is very little offered in the way of counterargument beyond “Israel has a right to defend itself.” But even in American educational institutions, it is still possible to learn that history rarely regards measures of ethnic cleansing as defensive measures. Until we find a way to impart that historical knowledge to those thugs and miscreants in Congress, the elimination of the Palestinian people will proceed apace, prodded along by a thousand measures similar to the no-drilling rule, all designed to deny the Palestinians the barest necessities of life. ANTHONY GANCARSKI’s CONCERNED CITIZEN is currently being serialized on Counterpunch “

More articles by:

ANTHONY GANCARSKI is a regular CounterPunch columnist. He can be reached at Anthony.Gancarski@attbi.com

Weekend Edition
November 24, 2017
Friday - Sunday
Jonathan Cook
From an Open Internet, Back to the Dark Ages
Linda Pentz Gunter
A Radioactive Plume That’s Clouded in Secrecy
Jeffrey St. Clair
The Fires This Time
Nick Alexandrov
Birth of a Nation
Vijay Prashad
Puerto Rico: Ruined Infrastructure and a Refugee Crisis
Peter Montague
Men in Power Abusing Women – What a Surprise!
Kristine Mattis
Slaves and Bulldozers, Plutocrats and Widgets
Pete Dolack
Climate Summit’s Solution to Global Warming: More Talking
Mike Whitney
ISIS Last Stand; End Times for the Caliphate
Robert Hunziker
Fukushima Darkness, Part Two
James Munson
Does Censoring Undemocratic Voices Make For Better Democracy?
Brian Cloughley
The Influence of Israel on Britain
Jason Hickel
Averting the Apocalypse: Lessons From Costa Rica
Pepe Escobar
How Turkey, Iran, Russia and India are playing the New Silk Roads
Jan Oberg
Why is Google’s Eric Schmidt So Afraid?
Ezra Rosser
Pushing Back Against the Criminalization of Poverty
Kathy Kelly
The Quality of Mercy
Myles Hoenig
A Ray Moore Win Could be a Hidden Gift to Progressives
Gerry Brown
Myanmar Conflict: Geopolitical Food Chain
Matthew Stevenson
Into Africa: Robert Redford’s Big Game in Nairobi
Katrina Kozarek
Venezuela’s Communes: a Great Social Achievement
Zoltan Grossman
Olympia Train Blockade Again Hits the Achilles Heel of the Fracking Industry
Binoy Kampmark
History, Law and Ratko Mladić
Tommy Raskin
Why Must We Sanction Russia?
Bob Lord
Trump’s Tax Plan Will Cost a Lot More Than Advertised
Ralph Nader
National Democratic Party – Pole Vaulting Back into Place
Julian Vigo
If Sexual Harassment and Assault Were Treated Like Terrorism
Russell Mokhiber
Still Blowing Smoke for Big Tobacco: John Boehner and College Ethics
Louis Proyect
The Witchfinders
Ted Rall
Sexual Harassment and the End of Team Politics
Anna Meyer
Your Tax Dollars are Funding GMO Propaganda
Barbara Nimri Aziz
An Alleged Communist and Prostitute in Nepal’s Grade Ten Schoolbooks!
Myles Hoenig
A Ray Moore Win Could be a Hidden Gift to Progressives
Graham Peebles
What Price Humanity? Systemic Injustice, Human Suffering
Kim C. Domenico
To Not Walk Away: the Challenge of Compassion in the Neoliberal World
Kollibri terre Sonnenblume
Giving Thanks for Our Occupation of America?
Christy Rodgers
The First Thanksgiving
Charles R. Larson
Review: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “We Were Eight Years in Power”
David Yearsley
On the Road to Rochester, By Bike
November 23, 2017
Kenneth Surin
Discussing Trump Abroad
Jay Moore
The Failure of Reconstruction and Its Consequences
Jeffrey St. Clair - Alexander Cockburn
Trout and Ethnic Cleansing
John W. Whitehead
Don’t Just Give Thanks, Pay It Forward One Act of Kindness at a Time
Chris Zinda
Zinke’s Reorganization of the BLM Will Continue Killing Babies
David Krieger
Progress Toward Nuclear Weapons Abolition
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail