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Hentikan Kezaliman, Tegakkan Keadilan: Penyelesai Isu Perpaduan Melayu dan Islam.

Untuk kesekian kalinya, isu perpaduan Melayu ditonjolkan oleh UMNO lagi. Parti yang bernafas lama hasil luapan sentimen perkauman ini amat menyedari bahawa kedudukan politiknya adalah semakin terdesak dan terancam. Sokongan orang Melayu terutamanya generasi muda semakin menurun. Sokongan orang bukan Melayu pula kini amat terhakis. Gelombang sokongan rakyat di Sabah dan Sarawak jelas sudah beralih kepada Pakatan Rakyat. Lantaran, UMNO sedang menggunakan politik michevelli yang dianutinya. Isu perpaduan Melayu dikumandangkan lagi sebagai strategi perang psikologi memecahbelah Pakatan Rakyat. Ini dilakukan selepas gagal menggunakan fitnah ‘liwat’, membeli wakil-wakil rakyat PR dan menuduh Anwar Ibrahim sebagai pengkhianat Melayu, agen Yahudi, CIA dan Amerika Syarikat serta berbagai tuduhan lagi. Dalam masa yang sama media penyampai maklumat kepada rakyat cuba disekat dengan harapan ‘psywar’ yang dilancar ini menjadi.

Sebenarnya, perpaduan yang dijaja ini hanyalah untuk menyelamatkan politik UMNO itu sendiri. UMNO ditolak rakyat bukan kerana perpecahan kepimpinan Melayu. Ia diakibatkan oleh segala kemungkaran dan kezaliman yang dilakukan oleh mereka sendiri. Segala khazanah negara sedang di ‘faraid’ sesama sendiri dengan pelbagai cara. Tabung simpanan felda susut teruk dan yang terbaru ini harta Petronas pula sedang dikeringkan. Seluruh instrumen pentadbiran negara telah dikembirikan demi menjaga survival UMNO. Ekonomi negara sedang menguncup dan para pelabur semakin menjarak diri dari kita. Kehidupan rakyat semakin tertekan dan tersepit. Kita semakin bimbang bagaimana nanti rakyat miskin di bandar-bandar dan luar bandar terutama di Sabah dan Sarawak dapat meneruskan kehidupan mereka yang sudahpun sengsara sekian lama. Menyedari rakyat semakin meminggirkannya, UMNO melagang isu perpaduan Melayu.

Hakikatnya, pelbagai agenda perpaduan politik Melayu telahpun dicuba sebelum ini. Namun, semuanya berakhir dengan kegagalan. Paling jelas, gabungan PAS dan UMNO di dalam Barisan Nasional pada tahun 1971 berkesudahan PAS di tendang keluar dari BN. Kegagalan ini mencetuskan percubaan bentuk baru oleh Anwar Ibrahim, apabila beliau dan rakan-rakannya dari ABIM berijtihad untuk aktif dalam UMNO. Ia berakhir dengan satu kemelut besar yang paling menyayat hati dalam sejarah politik Melayu Islam. Beliau disingkir dari jawatannya sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO secara cukup hina dan mengaibkan. Tidak pernah berlaku dalam sejarah Melayu seorang pemimpin hebatnya dijatuhkan dengan fitnah ‘liwat’ seperti ini. Begitu pelik dan luarbiasa, namun ia boleh berlaku di dalam budaya politik UMNO.

Jelaslah, perpecahan politik Melayu tetap berlaku meskipun para pemimpinnya berada dalam wadah yang sama, sama ada UMNO atau BN. Lupakah kita dengan peristiwa pembunuhan Allahyarham Dato Mohd Taha di Gemencheh Negeri Sembilan? Apakah kita lupa dengan pergolakan politik di antara Team A dan B di dalam UMNO hingga menyebabkan UMNO di bubarkan pada tahun 1987 dan kemudiannya mengakibatkan tertubuhnya UMNO Baru dan Parti Semangat 46? Meskipun kemudiannya Parti Semangat 46 dibubarkan dan kembali bergabung di dalam UMNO, namun isu perpaduan Melayu tidak juga berkesudahan. Malah, penggabungan Semangat 46 ke dalam UMNO seakan-akan sengaja dirancang sebagai persediaan untuk mencipta krisis baru politik Melayu dengan peristiwa penyingkiran DSAI dari UMNO beberapa kemudiannya.

Bagaimana mungkin UMNO mengemudi perpaduan Melayu sedangkan perpaduan itu tidak wujud dalam tubuh badannya sendiri? UMNO kini adalah bagai enau dalam belukar, melepaskan pucuk masing-masing. UMNO umpama sebuah bangunan yang kelihatan besar dan hebat, sedangkan segala tiang, rasuk dan gelegarnya telahpun hancur luluh dimakan bubuk dan anai-anai. Ia bakal runtuh bila-bila masa sahaja. Dengan pelbagai perkembangan mutakhir yang berlaku, kita meramalkan satu krisis baru yang amat menggemparkan akan berlaku di dalam kepimpinan UMNO tidak berapa lama lagi. Percayalah!

Perjuangan para pemimpin UMNO bukanlah untuk menegakkan agama dan keadilan kepada rakyat. Asas perjuangan mereka adalah kecintaan kepada dunia dan ketakutan kepada mati. Maka, amalan rasuah, kronisme, penipuan, khianat, memfitnah sesama sendiri dan jatuh menjatuhkan merupakan suatu kemestian demi merebut dan mengekalkan kuasa. Dana dan sumber negara di mana jua akan diperah dan khianati semahunya. Maka judi sukan yang jelas haram menjadi halal demi memperkayakan mereka yang sudah kaya dan menjadikan rakyat yang miskin semakin papa kedana.

Hakikatnya, perpaduan sejati apa jua kelompok tidak akan wujud apabila tiadanya nilai-nilai teras yang merealitikan perpaduan itu iaitu keikhlasan, kejujuran dan keadilan serta saling menjaga rukun dan adab dalam muamalah dan perhubungan. Inilah yang dapat kita fahami dari firman Allah yang bermaksud:

“Dan berpegang teguhlah kamu semuanya kepada tali (agama) Allah dan jangan bercerai-berai…..” (Ali-Imran: 103)

Isu perpaduan Melayu dan survival Islam di Malaysia ini tidak akan dapat diselesaikan jika kita masih melihatnya melalui teropong UMNO dan para kuncunya. Ia perlu dikaji dari perspektif baru dalam fenomena baru realiti politik berasaskan demokrasi di Malaysia. Jika UMNO benar-benar ikhlas, hentikan segala kezaliman, penindasan dan kemungkaran yang diamalkan selama ini. Suburkanlah iklim demokratik di Malaysia berasaskan perlembagaan negara yang ada. Wujudkan ruang persaingan yang terbuka dan sihat dan berasaskan syariat yang ditetapkan Islam. Ini akan menjadikan kita lebih kreatif dalam usaha menyampaikan khidmat yang terbaik untuk seluruh rakyat tanpa mengira kaum dan agama berasaskan kebenaran dan keadilan. Dengan ini Islam yang murni akan lebih terserlah. Barisan kepimpinan Islam yang bertaqwa, bijaksana dan adil akan dapat dilahirkan. Masyarakat bukan Islam akan lebih memahami Islam dan melihatnya secara objektif dan tepat. Perkara ini sedang menjadi kenyataan. Masyarakat bukan Islam tidak lagi menjadi fobia kepada Islam apabila bersedia mengundi parti Islam di dalam pilihanraya, selepas sekian lama, UMNO telah menjadikan segala berunsur Islam sebagai momokan kepada mereka. Perkembangan inilah yang amat menggerunkan UMNO sekarang ini, lantas menjadikan slogan perpaduan Melayu sebagai gendang perang terakhir sebelum terus tumbang di telan gelombang rakyat yang menuntut keadilan.

24 Julai 2010

DR MUHD NUR MANUTY
Pengerusi
Biro Pemahaman & Pemantapan Agama
Parti KeADILan Rakyat

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dalam isu Gaza kita kena bersatu

kenapa mesti kita nak mengambil kesempatan untuk menyindir sesama kita…?

memang kita berbeza pendapat dalam banyak hal… tapi dalam urusan yang kita boleh sepakat dan bersatu kenapa kita perlu kusut masaikan hal tersebut?

ngo-ngo yang mana ahli-ahlinya terlibat dalam flotilla ini harus segera memberikan kenyataan rasmi bagi mengelakkan kecelaruan dan tersebar desas-desus yang tidak sahih.  Sensitiviti, kerisauan dan privasi ahli keluarga tersayang bagi mereka yang terlibat perlu dipertahankan dan dihormati, berita-berita yang bukan rasmi hanya akan menambah kekalutan.

saya membayangkan ahli umno, pas, keadilan dan yang berkecuali membuat solat hajat atau apa-apa saja aktiviti bersama yang menjurus kepada perjuangan umat Islam Palestin… banyak kita boleh belajar dari hal ini…

Shahrul Peshawar

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FREE AZLAN – GPM send protest to Embassy of Egypt

FREE AZLAN

A demonstration will be held at 11am today infront of Embassy of Egypt in Jalan Rhu, Ampang to protest the detention of Maj (R) Azlan Muhammad Shariff in Cairo.

Dunia Kemanusiaan urged unconditional release for Mr. Azlan.  It was reported that the authority of Egypt was the party who had detained him and the Egypt intelligence had interrogated him.  Shockingly, CIA, MOSSAD and M15 was also involved in the interrogation.

This is not his first trip to Gaza and his mission to assist Palestine had been published in official webiste of Global Peace Mission a long time ago.

Egypt should be seen as a friend of Palestine and not as tools of Israel and America.

FREE AZLAN NOW!

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR, Alor Setar

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Bebaskan Azlan – menghantar bantahan ke Kedutaan Mesir

AZLAN

Satu perhimpunan membantah penahanan aktivis kemanusiaan, Mej (B) Azlan Muhammad Shariff di Kaherah akan diadakan di Kedutaan Mesir yang terletak di Jalan Rhu, Ampang pada jam 11 pagi ini.

Dunia Kemanusiaan mendesak agar Sdr. Azlan dibebaskan tanpa syarat sesegera mungkin.  Dilaporkan bahawa Azlan telah ditahan oleh pihak berkuasa Mesir dan telah disoal siasat oleh wakil agensi perisikan Mesir dan mengejutkan lagi wujudnya pembabitan secara langsung wakil dari CIA, MOSSAD dan M15.

Azlan bukanlah kali pertama berada di bumi Gaza dan misi bantuannya ke Palestin ini telah lama diwar-warkan oleh laman sawang rasmi Global Peace Malaysia.

Mesir seharusnya dilihat sebagai sahabat kepada Palestin dan bukannya sebagai balaci atau pencacai kepada Israel dan Amerika.

BEBASKAN AZLAN SEKARANG!

SHAHRUL PESHAWAR, Alor Setar

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Israel targets human rights groups

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August 11, 2009 by attendingtheworld

Israel targets human groups

Jonathan Cook, Foreign Correspondent

August 03. 2009

      Jeff Halper. co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. Alexei Kidel for The National

      NAZARETH // In a bid to staunch the flow of damaging evidence of war crimes committed during Israel’s winter assault on Gaza, the Israeli government has launched a campaign to clamp down on human rights groups, both in Israel and abroad.

      It has begun by targeting one of the world’s leading rights organisations, the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), as well as a local group of dissident army veterans, Breaking the Silence, which last month published the testimonies of 26 combat soldiers who served in Gaza.

      Additionally, according to the Israeli media, the government is planning a “much more aggressive stance” towards human rights groups working to help the Palestinians.

      Officials have questioned the sources of funding received by the organisations and threatened legislation to ban support from foreign governments, particularly in Europe.

      Breaking the Silence and other Israeli activists have responded by accusing the government of a “witch hunt” designed to intimidate them and starve them of the funds needed to pursue their investigations.

      “This is a very dangerous step,” said Mikhael Mannekin, one of the directors of Breaking the Silence. “Israel is moving in a very anti-democratic direction.”

      The campaign is reported to be the brainchild of the far-right foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, currently facing corruption charges, but has the backing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

      Early last month, Mr Lieberman used a press conference to accuse non-profit organisations, or non-governmental organisations, of replacing diplomats in setting the international community’s agenda in relation to Israel. He also threatened reforms to curb the groups’ influence.

      A week later, Mr Netanyahu’s office weighed in against Human Rights Watch, heavily criticising the organisation for its recent fund-raising activities in Saudi Arabia.

      HRW has pointed out that it only accepts private donations, and has not accepted Saudi government funds, but Israeli officials say all Saudi money is tainted and will compromise HRW’s impartiality as a human rights watchdog in its treatment of Israel.

      “A human rights organisation raising money in Saudi Arabia is like a women’s rights group asking the Taliban for a donation,” Mark Regev, a government spokesman, told the right-wing Israeli daily newspaper the Jerusalem Post.

      HRW recently published reports arguing that the Israeli army had committed war crimes in Gaza, including the use of white phosphorus and attacking civilian targets.

      HRW is now facing concerted pressure from Jewish lobby groups and from leading Jewish journalists in the US to sever its ties with Saudi donors. According to the Israeli media, some Jewish donors in the US have also specified that their money be used for human rights investigations that do not include Israel.

      Meanwhile, Israel’s foreign ministry is putting pressure on European governments to stop funding many of Israel’s human rights groups.

      As a prelude to a clampdown, it has issued instructions to all its embassies abroad to question their host governments about whether they fund such activities.

      Last week the foreign ministry complained to British, Dutch and Spanish diplomats about their support for Breaking the Silence.

      The testimonies collected from soldiers suggested the Israeli army had committed many war crimes in Gaza, including the use of Palestinians as human shields and firing white phosphorus shells over civilian areas. One soldier called the army’s use of firepower “insane”.

      The Dutch government paid nearly 20,000 euros to the group to compile its Gaza report, while Britain funded its work last year to the tune of £40,000 (Dh245,663).

      Israeli officials are reported to be discussing ways either to make it illegal for foreign governments to fund “political” organisations in Israel or to force such groups to declare themselves as “agents of a foreign government”.

      “Just as it would be unacceptable for European governments to support anti-war NGOs in the US, it is unacceptable for the Europeans to support local NGOs opposed to the policies of Israel’s democratically elected government,” said Ron Dermer, a senior official in Mr Netanyahu’s office.

      He added that many of the groups were “working to delegitimise the Jewish state”.

      Jeff Halper, the head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, said the government’s position was opposed to decades-old developments in human rights monitoring.

      “Every dictator, from Hitler to Milosevic, has said that there must be no interference in their sovereign affairs, and that everyone else should butt out. But international law says human rights are universal and cannot be left to individual governments to interpret. The idea behind the Geneva Conventions is that the international community has a duty to be the watchdog on human rights abuses wherever they occur.”

      Mr Halper, whose organisation last year received 80,000 euros from Spain to rebuild demolished Palestinian homes, was arrested last year for sailing to Gaza with peace activists to break the siege of Gaza.

      Other groups reported to be in the foreign ministry’s sights are: B’Tselem, whose activities include providing Palestinians with cameras to record abuses by settlers and the army; Peace Now, which monitors settlement building; Machsom Watch, whose activists observe soldiers at the checkpoints; and Physicians for Human Rights, which has recently examined doctors’ complicity in torture.

      Mr Mannekin added: “The government cannot suppress information about what happened in Gaza by shutting us down.

      “You can’t send 10,000 soldiers into battle and not expect that some of the details will come out. If it’s not us doing it, it’ll be someone else.”

      The government’s current campaign follows a police raid on the homes of six Israeli women peace activists in April.

      The women, all members of New Profile, a feminist organisation that opposes the militarisation of Israeli society, were arrested and accused of helping Israeli youngsters to evade the draft. The women are still waiting to learn whether they will be prosecuted.

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      Jordan: All-out UNRWA strike could hit vulnerable refugees

      AMMAN, 27 May 2009 (IRIN) – A pay dispute between employees and the management of the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in Jordan could affect vulnerable refugees, especially in the many UNWRA-run schools and clinics.

      Thousands of UNRWA employees went on strike 12-14 May in UNRWA facilities, members of the teachers committee who declined to be identified, said, and an all-out strike – potentially paralysing hundreds of clinics and schools across Jordan – is being threatened.

      The employees are demanding a 7 percent pay rise, in line with a promised government pay rise of the same magnitude for civil servants.

      During the three-day strike, about 124,000 students in different parts of the kingdom, including all 10 of the UNRWA-run refugee camps, were unable to attend classes, according to UNRWA.

      The strike involved about 10,000 workers, including teachers, doctors, sanitation workers and administration officials, teachers committee members say. However, some media reports put the figure at 7,000.

      Health centres and refuse collection activities also came to a halt, and the alleyways of the al-Hussein-camp in Amman filled up with rubbish during the three-day strike.

      Disgruntled

      One of the disgruntled teachers, Salem (not his real name), said he was also a refugee and deserved a “decent salary”.

      “People used to envy us. due to the good salaries, but as the years passed by and inflation ate into our pay, people began to pity us,” he told IRIN.

      Salem shares his two-room concrete home near the centre of the al-Hussein-camp with his wife and eight children. He said he had no option but to strike: “The salary is barely enough for 10 days. What to do for the rest of the month?”

      UNRWA provides services to Palestinian refugees who arrived in Jordan after the 1948 and 1967 wars with Israel. Together with their offspring, they now number nearly 1.8 million.

      UNWRA “needs time”

      Meanwhile, UNRWA officials in Amman said the strike, which came less than a month after a one-day work stoppage for the same reason, was “futile”.

      UNRWA spokesman in Amman Matter Saqer said he was “concerned about the fate of tens of thousands of students as well as beneficiaries of health care in the camps and outside.”

      “We made all possible efforts up to the last minute to avert the strike. We did not want this to happen, but schools were closed and health care clinics stopped working,” said Saqer, stressing that the UN agency never ignored its workers’ demands, but “needs time”.

      According to officials from the Department of Palestinian Affairs (DPA), which manages the affairs of the 1.8 million Palestinian refugees, UNRWA needs urgent financial assistance to implement its programmes and increase its budget.

      UNRWA’s camps contain 338,000 registered refugees, while the total number of registered refugees in Jordan is 1,951,603.

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      Fesyen Askar Israel yang terbaru

      http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2009/03/21/israeli-army-t-shirts-mock-gaza-killings-terrorist-fashion-2009/

      Dead Palestinian babies and bombed mosques – IDF fashion 2009
      By Uri Blau

      […]

      Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children’s graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques – these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty. The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription “Better use Durex,” next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him. A sharpshooter’s T-shirt from the Givati Brigade’s Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull’s-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, “1 shot, 2 kills.” A “graduation” shirt for those who have completed another snipers course depicts a Palestinian baby, who grows into a combative boy and then an armed adult, with the inscription, “No matter how it begins, we’ll put an end to it.”

      There are also plenty of shirts with blatant sexual messages. For example, the Lavi battalion produced a shirt featuring a drawing of a soldier next to a young woman with bruises, and the slogan, “Bet you got raped!” A few of the images underscore actions whose existence the army officially denies – such as “confirming the kill” (shooting a bullet into an enemy victim’s head from close range, to ensure he is dead), or harming religious sites, or female or child non-combatants.

      In many cases, the content is submitted for approval to one of the unit’s commanders. The latter, however, do not always have control over what gets printed, because the artwork is a private initiative of soldiers that they never hear about. Drawings or slogans previously banned in certain units have been approved for distribution elsewhere. For example, shirts declaring, “We won’t chill ’til we confirm the kill” were banned in the past (the IDF claims that the practice doesn’t exist), yet the Haruv battalion printed some last year.

      The slogan “Let every Arab mother know that her son’s fate is in my hands!” had previously been banned for use on another infantry unit’s shirt. A Givati soldier said this week, however, that at the end of last year, his platoon printed up dozens of shirts, fleece jackets and pants bearing this slogan.

      “It has a drawing depicting a soldier as the Angel of Death, next to a gun and an Arab town,” he explains. “The text was very powerful. The funniest part was that when our soldier came to get the shirts, the man who printed them was an Arab, and the soldier felt so bad that he told the girl at the counter to bring them to him.”

      […]

      Many controversial shirts have been ordered by graduates of snipers courses, which bring together soldiers from various units. In 2006, soldiers from the “Carmon Team” course for elite-unit marksmen printed a shirt with a drawing of a knife-wielding Palestinian in the crosshairs of a gun sight, and the slogan, “You’ve got to run fast, run fast, run fast, before it’s all over.” Below is a drawing of Arab women weeping over a grave and the words: “And afterward they cry, and afterward they cry.” [The inscriptions are riffs on a popular song.] Another sniper’s shirt also features an Arab man in the crosshairs, and the announcement, “Everything is with the best of intentions.”

      […]

      What is the idea behind the shirt from July 2007, which has an image of a child with the slogan “Smaller – harder!”?

      “It’s a kid, so you’ve got a little more of a problem, morally, and also the target is smaller.”

      Do your superiors approve the shirts before printing?

      “Yes, although one time they rejected some shirt that was too extreme. I don’t remember what was on it.”

      […]

      A T-shirt printed at the request of an IDF soldier in the sniper unit reading '1 shot 2 kills.'

      A T-shirt printed at the request of an IDF soldier in the sniper unit reading ‘1 shot 2 kills.’

      A shirt printed up just this week for soldiers of the Lavi battalion, who spent three years in the West Bank, reads: “We came, we saw, we destroyed!” – alongside images of weapons, an angry soldier and a Palestinian village with a ruined mosque in the center.

       

      A shirt printed after Operation Cast Lead in Gaza for Battalion 890 of the Paratroops depicts a King Kong-like soldier in a city under attack. The slogan is unambiguous: “If you believe it can be fixed, then believe it can be destroyed!”

      Y., a soldier/yeshiva student, designed the shirt. “You take whoever [in the unit] knows how to draw and then you give it to the commanders before printing,” he explained.

      What is the soldier holding in his hand?

      Y. “A mosque. Before I drew the shirt I had some misgivings, because I wanted it to be like King Kong, but not too monstrous. The one holding the mosque – I wanted him to have a more normal-looking face, so it wouldn’t look like an anti-Semitic cartoon. Some of the people who saw it told me, ‘Is that what you’ve got to show for the IDF? That it destroys homes?’ I can understand people who look at this from outside and see it that way, but I was in Gaza and they kept emphasizing that the object of the operation was to wreak destruction on the infrastructure, so that the price the Palestinians and the leadership pay will make them realize that it isn’t worth it for them to go on shooting. So that’s the idea of ‘we’re coming to destroy’ in the drawing.”

      According to Y., most of these shirts are worn strictly in an army context, not in civilian life. “And within the army people look at it differently,” he added. “I don’t think I would walk down the street in this shirt, because it would draw fire. Even at my yeshiva I don’t think people would like it.”

      Y. also came up with a design for the shirt his unit printed at the end of basic training. It shows a clenched fist shattering the symbol of the Paratroops Corps.

      Where does the fist come from?

      “It’s reminiscent of [Rabbi Meir] Kahane’s symbol. I borrowed it from an emblem for something in Russia, but basically it’s supposed to look like Kahane’s symbol, the one from ‘Kahane Was Right’ – it’s a sort of joke. Our company commander is kind of gung-ho.”

      […]

      What’s the idea behind “Only God forgives”?

      The soldier: “It’s just a saying.”

      No one had a problem with the fact that a mosque gets blown up in the picture?

      “I don’t see what you’re getting at. I don’t like the way you’re going with this. Don’t take this somewhere you’re not supposed to, as though we hate Arabs.”

      After Operation Cast Lead, soldiers from that battalion printed a T-shirt depicting a vulture sexually penetrating Hamas’ prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, accompanied by a particularly graphic slogan. S., a soldier in the platoon that ordered the shirt, said the idea came from a similar shirt, printed after the Second Lebanon War, that featured Hassan Nasrallah instead of Haniyeh.

      […]

      Shlomo Tzipori, a lieutenant colonel in the reserves and a lawyer specializing in martial law, said the army does bring soldiers up on charges for offenses that occur outside the base and during their free time. According to Tzipori, slogans that constitute an “insult to the army or to those in uniform” are grounds for court-martial, on charges of “shameful conduct” or “disciplinary infraction,” which are general clauses in judicial martial law.

      Sociologist Dr. Orna Sasson-Levy, of Bar-Ilan University, author of “Identities in Uniform: Masculinities and Femininities in the Israeli Military,” said that the phenomenon is “part of a radicalization process the entire country is undergoing, and the soldiers are at its forefront. I think that ever since the second intifada there has been a continual shift to the right. The pullout from Gaza and its outcome – the calm that never arrived – led to a further shift rightward.

      […]

      Levy: “I’m familiar with things of this sort going back 40, 50 years, and each time they take a different form. Psychologically speaking, this is one of the ways in which soldiers project their anger, frustration and violence. It is a certain expression of things, which I call ‘below the belt.'”

      Do you think this a good way to vent anger?

      Levy: “It’s safe. But there are also things here that deviate from the norm, and you could say that whoever is creating these things has reached some level of normality. He gives expression to the fact that what is considered abnormal today might no longer be so tomorrow.”

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