WSS: Weepy Settler Syndrome
I’ve had it. I think I’ve seen one too many images of weepy settler theatrics (and weepy settler questions on radio interviews) for my own sanity. I mean, I don’t know even know where to start with this. 2000 (by some estimates, 6000..and shame on every one of them) journalists from around the world, and the image dominating this entire period is that of weepy settlers (not, I might add, of wacko settlers shooting to death four Palestinian workers in the West Bank.)
The story is NOT about settler surfers having to leave the beautiful seashore they crave; or dismantling prized organic orchids or whatever the hell it is the settlers grow; or weeping over the agony of leaving their paradise on earth that God, according to them, said was theirs and theirs alone.
It is about 30, 000 Palestinians who lost their homes (and many times, their lives), sometimes with less than two minutes notice, sometimes with no notice at all, to armoured Israeli bulldozers-all for the sake of these “weepy settlers” who are being “forcefully evicted” from the “only homes some every knew”, to quote a recent article in the LA Times.
Sharon talks about the pain he feels upon seeing these images. I wonder if he felt any pain when he destroyed the lives of those refugees in Rafah. Or when his soldiers shot to death Iman al-Hims 17 times; or Noran Deeb while she was lining up for school; or when they ran over Rachel Corrie with their bulldozers.
The settler enterprise is unlawful, cruel, racist, perverse, and violent to name a few.
It is wrong. It must end. In their name, millions of Palestinians lives’ have been crippled, roads torn apart and sealed off; thousands of homes destroyed; hundreds of innocent lives lost; acres up on acres of fertile farm land, of trees that had been hundreds of years growing in this land, razed to the now scorched earth.
Yes, I see a lot of things to weep about in Gaza. Settlers being “evicted” from their “homes” are not one of them.