Are We Being Hypocrites When We Blast Israel While We Ourselves Live on Stolen land?
by Davey D
Last night I was peeping one of my favorite talk show hosts Ray Taliafero on KGO 810. Ray's been doing the overnight slot for over 30 years and for the most part is pretty progressive on most things. He's funny. He takes no shorts and will put your ass on blast in a minute... Out of all the talk show hosts on this number 1 rated station (its been number 1 in the Bay Area for over 30 years), Ray is the only one who was not riding hard for Israel.
Anyway to make a long story short, he started out his shift by talking about the sordid history of mankind and land ownership. He maintained that most countries that exist today are the result of harsh conflict and an entire people being conquered. He said throughout our history superior gun power and military might has been the order of the day with the spoils of war going to the victor. He suggested that what we are seeing in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine is a continuation of that and ideally he wanted to see a way in which future generations could get along.
A woman from neighboring San Rafeal called up furious at Ray for his suggestion. She laid into him and told him it was outrageous that we have a group of people taking over the lands of another group of people and we should be ashamed of supporting such an atrocity. She said we should do everything in our power to correct this egregious wrong. The Palestinians have a right to their land they have been there for centuries.
Ray asked the woman how he felt about us as Americans being landowners to a place where we came in, displaced and massacred a people to the brink of extinction. The woman said she was bothered by it.. Ray asked if she was bothered enough to leave her comfortable home in San Rafael? Was she outraged enough to demand that we give land we conquered back to those original inhabitants. The woman had no answer and said she felt bad, but we need to stop Israel.
Ray pressed on by insisting she answer the question-'What is our responsibility to those we stole land from?
The woman said that was centuries ago. We now get along with Native Americans and worked everything out with them.. Ray went off and asked what date and time did we suddenly conclude it was ok for us to be here and that the slaughter of millions was now just a tragic bygone? From the Pilgrims who landed on Plymouth Rock to the Buffalo soldiers who were the descendents of slaves, most of us here in the US come from a people who in one way or another participated in land grabbing..Should we not reverse those wrongs? He noted that we are still land grabbing Native Lands even in 2008.
The woman had no answer for him. Ray left us with a hard question to answer. While we fight to stop the killings in Palestine and recognize that them losing their land his blatantly unfair, should we simultaneously be fighting for our country to honor broken treaties and should we be giving up our comfortable spots and insisting it go back to Native Peoples?
He asked us how we would've felt about Israel if they jhad made their homeland in the original site which was Uganda? What if it was Ugandians fighting tooth and nail to get Israel off their land after the United Nation put them there?
If not why not? is it really a case of the spoils go the victor of war or do we have amrol obligation to correct egregiious wrongs whenever we are confronted with it?
Peace for now Davey D
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