The True Face of Zionism

By Jacob L Bane
Twitter: @jacobleebane

I need to make a clear distinction before I proceed. I am addressing Zionism, not Judaism. My viewpoint comes not from a pro-Palestine, pro-Muslim, anti-Israel, anti-Jewish standpoint, but from the side of justice. My thoughts in this piece are not driven by politics, race or religion but let us instead get to the heart of the matter: what we’re seeing everyday in Gaza is unjust, it is clearly genocide and what needs to be changed is the mindset of those who are blind to these atrocities, by appealing to their consciences.

During the last 21 days I’ve been working feverishly to share the reality of what’s been happening to innocent people living and dying in Gaza. I’ve quoted death tolls and numbers in previous articles and on countless tweets, Facebook groups and other social media outlets, but now is the time to get to the nuts and bolts of what’s happening and, more importantly, why it’s happening.

The content of this video is all the evidence we need to vindicate our beliefs and temper our resolve to continue fighting.

Help us to oppose this hate-speech. It doesn’t represent the good people of Israel, good people who want peace on all sides. Thousands have already publicly condemned their government’s actions. I am sure Michael Ben-Ari and those involved don’t speak for YOU and it is not what YOU want, but for those whose beliefs it favours, we must urge them to look not only at current events in Gaza but also observe closely the actions of the Zionist government whose plan of extermination is evident.

I’m appalled and disgusted by what this video contains and the calls for the extermination of the Palestinian people are utterly reprehensible, as is the mob mentality and fanaticism of the throng gathered around Prime Minister elect, Michael Ben-Ari, who said:

“Good evening, Good Jews and to you all, leftist traitors.
We now demand: Let the army destroy. Let the army exterminate!”

“Let’s not confuse: NO INNOCENTS IN GAZA”
“No negotiations anymore, no agreements, we force them to kneel and beat them.”

“ERADICATE GAZA! ERADICATE GAZA!”

“What? Only 15 killed? We want 15 plus 2000 bodies. We want all Gaza in graves.”

“Security means to annihilate Gaza. Yes, eradicate Gaza, ERADICATE GAZA!”

“People of Israel are alive.”

If you still believe that Israel is the victim in this, you are wrong. If you still feel that Israel’s intention is only to remove Hamas, you are wrong. Let’s be clear, the Zionists seek the complete eradication of Gaza and its inhabitants – you have it here, straight from the horse’s mouth.

If you feel as so many of us feel and wish to help, please share this video with as many people as you can. Spread it far and wide, post it on as many local, national and global news sites, twitter feeds, Facebook groups, Reddit pages and personal websites as possible.

If we can show the world how ugly the Zionist plan is we have a strong chance of stopping them by turning those on the fence in the direction of justice. In doing so we can destabilise Benjamin Netenyahu’s position and weaken a regime hell-bent on bloodshed, but more importantly bring about peace on both sides.

We all want peace and peaceful means are the best way of achieving our aims. We have the energy and the numbers to make vital changes, so please, take a few moments of your day to share this and help save the lives of the innocent people of Palestine and Israeli soldiers who have been made to believe that what they’re doing is just, despite many now starting to question it.

It has been sitting heavy on my chest for the last two weeks or so, and I haven’t been really in the mood to sit down and mull all my ideas into a single cohesive strand, although I am confronted by it every single day for the last two weeks.

I’ve been following the international news as normal, and I was plagued by the barbarism of humankind all over the globe. Saddened that things can go so far, and that we, the normal average person who go about our daily lives can allow things like this to happen.

Now, looking back on the last two week I feel that I have to do my part, or else, I will be just as guilty as those who perform these savage acts of violence against their fellow human beings.  As Albert Einstein said

“The World will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”

The catalyst for the piece is without a doubt the conflict which escalated so drastically in Israel between the Zionist Israeli Government and Hamas, but, this piece is not only about that conflict, but about the injustice happening all over the globe, and we sit by without decrying it because of man made ideological differences between us.

In Nigeria Boko Haram is running amok, killing civilians indiscriminately and all under the guise of religion.  Seleka, who are predominately Muslim rebels in CAR are waging a terror campaign on civilians and in turn, the Anti-Balaka, who are predominately Christians, have sprung up to defend themselves, in turn, also indiscriminately killing civilians on the Muslim side.

In Iraq and Syria the ISIS which is aspiring to create a caliphate in the region has suddenly appeared on the map and are brutally slaying everyone who does not side with them, including fellow Muslims.

But, this is not much different from the Spanish Inquisition, or the Crusades to the Holy Land in which the Church was the main culprit of all these atrocities.  The only difference is that this is happening now, during our lifetime on Earth, and, we can either choose to stop it, or allow it to go on.

Many people would think that this is about religion, but, religion is only the guise for the these atrocities.  It is a means to an end, and it works.

Following comments posted on News24, and actively engaging with people who commented on the forums I realized something.

“Divide and Conquer” Sun-Tzu, Art of War

We are allowing ourselves to be divided because of pity differences in our believes, our outlook on life, our political parties and by our perceptions on what we get fed by the mainstream media.

In an article on News24 which was about a woman who had a post up on her Facebook page, where Hitler says ” I could have killed all of the Jews, but I left a few so that you will see then for what they really are” one could see the divide growing bigger and bigger, pro-Palestinian pitted against pro-Isreali, with a good mix of racism thrown into the mix and dash of hate speech to get things boiling over.

This, is where our humanity starts fading, where we as a people start disappointing ourselves and severely diminish our chances to survive the onslaught of our Governments and the powers behind those Governments. Where we as humanity are failing the generations to come after us.

I’ve seen Muslim people wishing for all Jews to be wiped from the Earth, not only in Isreal.

I’ve seen Jewish people wishing the same fate upon their Muslim counterparts, celebrating each bomb strike into the open air concentration camp from atop a hill overlooking the Gaza strip.

I’ve seen Christian people getting into the fray who are supporting a Jewish led Government bombing of innocent Palestinian civilians, who seemingly forget the words of the Jesus of Nazareth, who was by blood a Jew, but by birth a Palestinian.

This man, this Jesus of Nazareth, who was a good example for people of any faith of how a decent human being can be like said the following:

“30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31

That is what sets us apart from the beasts who live besides us on the Earth.  Our humanity.  The quality of state of being kind to other people and/or animals.

How can we still call ourselves human if we have lost what it means to be human, that which sets us apart from the animals which roam the Earth with us?  Surely, when we condone acts of violence from one group upon another group of our same kind, then we are no better than the animals who live beside us?

The same stands true when we say nothing about crimes against humanity in general, against us.  The normal man on the street.

We all must try and remember, that fanatics are everywhere, fanatics who are being fueled by hidden agendas from World powers to keep us as a race, as a people from achieving unity at all costs, because, there is no money to be made from peace.

So, decided for yourself today, are you going to give up your humanity or are you part of the solution who are willing to look past the differences in color, culture, language and religion to catapult the human race into the future.

Frustration, how it can breed hate

Yesterday when I spoke to my mother she was truly fed up and it got me thinking about how a big contribution failed service delivery and inapt AA and BEE candidates made towards white on black racism in South Africa.

So, a little bit of history to explain where I am coming from on this.

The Old Lady gave about 30 years of her life to hundreds of children teaching maths, 10 years at white schools, and 20 at a black school.  Before she retired, the Education Department told her she would be getting X on a monthly basis, but it turned out that she is now getting Y, and the difference is big, being a lot less than she budgeted on.

Today she can’t come right with the Education Department’s “helpful” staff, because none are willing to really do something about her problem or are just to incompetent to do something about it, and that accompanied by the Mangaung Municipality’s dodgy water and electricity readings are driving her up the walls to the point where she, as a liberal aunty who always taught me to have respect and understand for people of all colours and social standing are making racial slurs.

She NEVER used the “K-Word”, and she even scolded me something fierce when I popped out of my car and shouted obscenities to taxi drivers who think they are above the law for some strange reason and drive on the shoulder of the road while the rest of us law abiding commuters are stuck in traffic, sometimes kicking up small boulders that chip windows and dent panels.

Well, never, until her trouble started with the above mentioned government, and partially government owned institutions.

I myself have experienced it, loads of times, especially when you go into Pretoria central and you see the inefficient way things are being done at the State departments, and it is always a mission to get something done.

I then realised how through a failed policy the Government helped to polarise the country.  Instead of decent skills transfer the ANC lead Government choose to get rid of the skilled people as quick as possible and to get their Cadre deployment up and running because of the promises they made, it was first noticeable in State departments and then it spread to the private sector in the form of AA and BEE.

Simply, most of the people who now were in control did not have the skills to deliver services or maintain the existing infrastructure, and to top it all off they literary raped the Education System to churn out less than desirable candidates who were, until recently fed utter rubbish in the form of propaganda from a certain Youth League that they are entitled to the riches of the land by becoming party members, and not by working for it.

It breaks my heart to hear my Mom utter those words, but, she is running into a wall of bureaucracy, with all the people she turns to being black and not willing to help her out once and for all, and having had the same type of issue before with Home Affairs I can understand how this can breed hate and resentment.

Bottom line is, we need to educate our people, each and every one of them, give them a decent upbringing as far as possible, and get rid of teachers who are only in it for the money, then we can produce a new generation with more than sufficient skills to run a country and who will not be fooled by empty promises by the crooked spin doctors who are now in the foreground of South African politics.

This will most definitely close the gap in the racial divide and smother the breeding ground of hate, not only on one side, but on both.

Knowledge is power, and in gaining knowledge our minds will be set free, and we will be able to build an efficient country delivering more than just basic services to everyone!

Racism – The Easy Choice

We, as a Rainbow Nation were off to such a good “restart” after the 1994 elections; but sadly it looks like our Rainbow Nation might be just as racially polarised as it was before then, or it might be worse, but everyone is so politically correct that it is sickening.

I  count myself as one of the lucky ones, I escaped most indoctrination from the then National Party government, my mother was liberal, having coloured friends, whom she still has today, 30 odd years later, and my father was way too liberal for my liking since he supported the ANC movement’s goals.

My young mind was stimulated with all types of information in the form of books, television and sounds thanks to my wonderful parents.  I remember spending my younger years running around outside, dashing into the house for a quick refill when my stomach was running on empty, teasing our then maid, now domestic worker Xaba and having a quick chat with her about where she was staying, about her kids, about school, about everything really, then dashing out to play outside again.

I was taught to “Live and let live” and to treat people, regardless of race or social standing with respect, and I could see it through the way my folks and my grandparents treated people.

To this day I live with fond memories of watching the Shaka Zulu series on TV, I remember singing We are Growing by Margaret Singana over and over while practising my warriors stance outside with a self made spear and a dustbin’s lid as a shield, I remember crying my eyes out when his two brothers killed him … I remember listening to Mango Grove’s funky pop songs with their heavy African inspired sounds.

Given, through the years I have also succumbed to the odd racial outburst and I am by no means innocent, but this was mostly due to frustration, where I would say “Fok die kaffirs” when I read about a white woman who was raped, or a white family who were slaughtered, or when I read about the corruption or something as “trivial” as animal abuse.

But then, then I remember.  I remember who I am, what I’ve been taught, and how fascinated I was with the black African cultures and Kings of days gone by; I was so impressed by their sense of nobility and bravery.  I remember and I realise what was taken from my fellow African brethren, and I remember all the good black Africans that I have met through my life, I remember that I’ve read the same type of articles in the Sowetan which reminded me that violence, murder and barbarism doesn’t only target a victim of a specific ethnic group.

Sure, violent hate crimes do happen between the colour divide,  corruption seems to be limited to select few of politically and economically connected elite,  but by judging the whole ethnic group on the actions on a corrupt few out of the 50 million odd people staying in South Africa would be to take the easy way out.

That goes for both sides of the major colour divide here in South Africa.

It is way too easy to blame a whole group than to tackle a specific problem, with specific culprits it seems, and I blame the lack of exposure to different communities and cultures along with a lack of education on both sides of the fence.

I could have easily become a white fanatical zombie after a 9mm got shoved into my face by a black man, but I didn’t, and for this I would like to thank my folks for the tolerance, understanding and compassion for my fellow human being which the instilled in my heart.

Given what I’ve written here I fully stand behind education and the transference of moral fibre between generations, and I will work tirelessly towards given the children of South Africa a chance, because they will be our Rainbow Nation’s salvation.