In Israel, there is no separation of Church and State. Israel is a Jewish state and religious beliefs are deeply engrained into every aspect of the government, the military and society in general. In any country, with any religion, this is a dangerous situation.
Jews believe that they alone are God’s chosen ones and that all other people are beneath them. If the delusion was anything but religious then it would be quickly branded as the mental illness it is and treatement would be prescribed.
The Jewish religion holds that non-jews have virtually no rights and can be treated as animals. In fact, abuse of non-Jews is strongly encouraged by Jewish religious texts and Rabbis. It is this gross conceit and complete lack of respect for non-Jews that has earned Jews the hatred of much of the rest of the world and resulted in the repeated destruction of Jerusalem.
Certainly not all Jews adhere to fundamental Jewish beliefs, just as not all Christians or Muslims subscribe the more insane portions of their religions.
In Israel, hate is the political power tool of choice and political and religious leaders use fear, anger and hatred of the designated enemies as levers to gain support and retain support. The continued hate-mongering has created an entire nation which is insane with hate and actively engages in atrocities against its neighbors.
Israel does not have any of the anti-hate laws it has imposed on the rest of the world so there is no legal mechanism to stop the insanity.
Israel’s insanity was discussed on Feb. 13th at Oranim college in a closed forum organized by the Yitzhak Rabin military academy. The testimonies from the forum were recently leaked to the press.
According to Israeli soldiers who testified at the forum, they were given literature which “had a clear message – we are the people of Israel, we came by a miracle to the land of Israel, God returned us to the land, now we need to struggle to get rid of the gentiles that are interfering with our conquest of the land”.
“The general atmosphere among people I spoke to was . . . the lives of Palestinians are . . . let’s say far, far less important from the lives of our soldiers,” Ram said. The religious literature gave “the feeling of almost a religious mission.”
“We were supposed to go in with an armored vehicle called an Ahzarit, break into the door and start to shoot inside and simply go up floor by floor. . . . I call this murder . . . to go up floor by floor and every person that we see we were to shoot.”
“At first I said to myself how is this logical? Higher authorities said this was permissible because everyone left in the area and in the city of Gaza is condemned, is a terrorist, because they didn’t run away.”
“Everyone in there is a terrorist, that’s known.” His comrades joined in, “We need to kill every person found there; everyone in Gaza is a terrorist.”
It was only after the testimony was published that Brig. Gen. Avichai Mendelblit, the Israeli army’s chief prosecutor, announced the first criminal investigation into the killing of Palestinian civilians during Israel’s Gaza invasion. However, soldiers who have murdered Palestinians in the past have been rewarded, not reprimanded so it is unlikely that any soldiers will be prosecuted for following the orders they were given. In fact, soldiers who do not murder civilans are regularly prosecuted and given lengthy prison sentences.
The orders to slaughter civilians and use inhumane and illegal weapons were given at the highest levels of government and religion, not from the lower ranks of the military.
It is the Jewish culture and entire nation of Israel that should be investigated and put on trial, not only a soldier who was merely following orders.