Rocket Attacks on Israeli Civilians
by John Spritzler
August 4, 2006
The Israeli ruling class is a criminal class
that carries out ethnic cleansing against Palestinians and war crimes against
the Lebanese people and others. The Israeli ruling class must be defeated; its
Zionist government (which is
anti-democratic since it does not even pretend that its authority comes
from the consent of all of the people it rules and only the people it rules)
needs to be abolished and its Zionist military needs to be disarmed and
disbanded. OK, we agree on that, right?
Now let's discuss HOW to defeat the Israeli ruling class. Obviously, the
Israeli ruling class gets its power from having convinced the preponderance of
Jews in the world as well as many other gentiles in North America and Europe
that it is protecting Jews from anti-Semitism. This enables it to rule Israel
and build up its huge military force and get away with its ethnic cleansing.
Also, it makes it possible for the American ruling class and the Israel Lobby
to get the American public to go along with the pro-Israel U.S. foreign
policy. If Jews in Israel, and Jews and gentiles in North America and Europe,
did not believe that the Israeli government was defending Jews from
anti-Semitism, then the Israeli ruling class would be PROFOUNDLY weakened.
Since the Israeli ruling class is a capitalist ruling class that is attacking
the well-being of the Israeli working class (inequality in Israel is second
only to the United States in Western nations) class struggle goes on inside
Israel. For example there was a huge general strike in 1997 against the
government. But that was during Oslo when people thought peace was at hand.
When the Israeli Jewish public, however, is extremely frightened of being
attacked by Arabs, that is when they turn away from fighting their government
and rely on it to protect them. This is when the Jews in Israel support their
govenment's warmongering and its worst atrocities, as is the case today.
Now let us consider the effect of Hamas and Hezbollah aiming rockets at
Israeli civilians in Haifa and other towns. How does it help the Palestinians
to defeat the Israeli ruling class?
Answer: Zip! Nada! Zero! Zilch!
I challenge anybody to show how attacks on Israeli non-combatants help defeat
the Israeli ruling class. It is as clear as day that it only strengthens our
enemy. If the Israeli rulers didn't have rockets landing in Haifa and other
civilian targets, they wouldn't have nearly the support for their war on Gaza
and Lebanon that they unfortunately enjoy today from the Israeli Jewish
population and much of the North American and European population, gentile as
well as Jewish. If Hamas and Hezbollah didn't fire those rockets at Jewish
civilians, then I am sure Israel's Mossad or Military Intelligence would
arrange to make
it seem as if they did. Absolutely. The Israeli ruling class NEEDS those
rockets to be fired (or suicide bombers to attack people at bus stops etc.)
Without attacks on Jewish non-combatants carried out in the name of the
Palestinian people, the CORE Israeli ruling class strategy for staying in
power would COLLAPSE. Think about that, very very hard. Please. [Also, see
this analysis of the relation between Israel and Hezbollah, especially
Incidentally, there is a huge difference between directing violence against
Israeli combatants versus non-combatants. If Hamas and Hezbollah only attacked
Jewish combatants, the Israeli ruling class would not be nearly as able to
persuade Jews and others that it was protecting Jews from anti-Semitism. It
would be far more clear to people that the Israeli military was being attacked
by people who were defending themselves against ethnic cleansing. Dissent
inside Israel and inside the Israeli military would grow because the public
would see the truth instead of being blinded to it by attacks on Jewish
children at bus stops or old people in hospitals. Eventually the Israeli
ruling class would face the same problem that the U.S. ruling class faced in
Vietnam, which caused it to retreat: it could not rely on its own army to
It is a CRIME that somebody is ordering those rockets to be fired on Israeli
non-combatants. It is a crime against the Palestinian people! It is a form of
collaboration with the enemy, far far worse even than, say, the crime of some
Palestinians who inform on their people to the Israeli government.
But this particular crime is, unfortunately, not obviously a crime in the eyes
of many people trained by our elite rulers and leaders to view conflicts in
terms of religion or race or ethnicity instead of class. People have been
trained to think, "If the Israeli ruling class attacks us, then the logical
thing is for us to attack Israeli civilians." Just like Israelis have been
trained to think, "If Palestinian organizations attack us, then the logical
thing is for us to attack Palestinian civilians." That is why these criminals
(both Israeli and Palestinian and Lebanese) can get away with it. We need to
speak out nonetheless. We need to say out loud that whoever orders an attack
on non-combatants in the name of the Palestinians, is a traitor to the
Palestinian people. It is impossible to win a fight when one's own leaders are
John Spritzler is the author of
The People As Enemy: The
Leaders' Hidden Agenda In World War II, and a Research Scientist at the
Harvard School of Public Health.
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