Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Palestinian Workers for Israeli Settlers in Gaza are Getting Zip from Israel

In the way of any kind of life-changing subsidies that the settlers are getting. But these Palestinians are losing their jobs. Nice. If any of these 3,200 throw a rock over the wall, [later edit:] or even blow themselves and a bunch of Israelis up [end later edit], it'll be because they hate all Jews, I'm sure, not because of any economic underpinning, whatever their ideological superstructure ("I hate all Jews," e.g.) might be.

Worse: these 3,200 workers were getting a third of the "obligatory" minimum wage in Israel. Thai workers, and other foreign workers (about 800 or so), were getting the full minimum wage.

According to Amira Hass, journalist for Ha'Aretz.

Lovely.

3 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...

Yeah,

Our friends always get a carte blanche to treat non-whites like shit. This administration has argued strongly against the UN resolution that equated "Zionism" with "Racism." I guess Bush argued that all those brown countries that voted for the resolution don't know anything about racism.

The US was also slow to accept South Africa as a racist state. Maybe we can't see this flaw elsewhere because of our own checkered past. Or, maybe we feel guilt for what our "race" did to Jews during WW II. Whatever it is, I don't think the United States "national interest" has anything to do with our policy. Democrats and Republicans alike accept terrible behavior from Israel. Our support is unqualified and unreasoned. It's just what one must do . . . at least until Florida is no longer a swing state.

Andrew

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 4:02:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Dude, right on.

In fact, the US was slow to accept that the US was a racist state! (I'm talking pre-1960's; I know we ain't there yet by a long shot.)

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 9:14:00 PM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Yeah,

What the world needs is a self-criticism movement. Each nation would catalog it's failures over the last 1,000 years. A sort of "truth and reconsiliation counsel" thing. You know, we get that guilt out and start fresh. What do you think of it. The Japanese and Germans are already way ahead of us.

Andrew

Thursday, August 18, 2005 1:00:00 AM  

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