The Shalit release, basically puts the spotlight back on Israel in terms of public relations. Its a subject that receives far too much coverage, yet at the same time, the state also permits the citizens of the world to work through various identity issues and personal permutations and combinations through the bias of the State, which seems to be an almost endless source of entertainment value in this Society of the Spectacle. Naomi Klein’s writing of holocaust pornography that exploits women, rubs shoulders with the ilk of David Duke, and in general leads to the impression of Israel being a depository of the most rogue aspects of American racism, consumerism and militarism….
It poses the question of how can we get along without war? The supreme question of our time. It comes wrapped in the package of civilization which perhaps has come down to us as neither accident or ornament; an inhibition and sublimation of predatory energies capable of total nihilism, yet the rate of civilization’s rise is in tandem with the capacity to kill. So, civilization is a consequence of our killing imperative and one could not live without the other. Gaddafi’s corpse paraded in Sirte like a prize stag and celebrations over Bin Laden’s assassination show that civilization is at best a jerry-built structure, unattractive, close to being condemned and probably foreclosed….
Going back to Israel’s president Moshe Katsav doing time in prison for rape; there was a fragment out there that the accused was upset that she was promised a new car, and was peeved Katsav never delivered on the vehicle promise, as well as some other perks….
( Plaut ):Yemini’s column is titled “Judicial Disgrace.” He begins by paying lip service to feminists and to their attempts to make the public aware of sexual mistreatment of women and other grievances. (Ok, so I TOLD you he is Left of Center!) But he then reminds his readers of the long track record of the Israeli political and media establishment (meaning the Left) in bashing Katsav. It began when Katsav first beat Shimon Peres in the 2000 vote for the Presidency. Yemini recalls how numerous leftwing journalists (including leftwing ultras Gideon Levy and Ron Myberg) in Israel compared the Katsav vote victory to the murder of Yitzhak Rabin….
…Amos Oz published at the time a particularly offensive piece in Yediot Ahronot about the Katsav victory, as the triumph of unenlightened religious people and conservatives, and as the impudence of the “Second Israel” (meaning lower-income Mizrachi and working-class Jews). Israel’s leading comedy television program, “Eretz Nehederet,” essentially the Israeli “Saturday Night Live” (but not aired on Saturday night) then
“Palin-ed” Katsav, turning him into their favorite butte of mocking.
Katsav was regularly vilified by the Israeli media. After all, he is not “one of us,” not a leftwing Ashkenazi yuppie. He is a man who rose from humble origins and poverty in a religious family of Iranian Jews, living most of his life in an impoverished development town in the Negev. The three justices who just found Katsav guilty (they included two women and the radical outspoken Arab judge George Kara) can claim all they want that they were not influenced by the media frenzy and assault against Katsav (writes Yemini), but their denials are not persuasive.
…It has dragged on for so many years that most have forgotten. It began when Katsav himself filed a complaint against the woman (still nameless and referred to in the media as “A”), who had been his Office Manager, when she had wanted to return to her previous job and demanded back pay. She was extorting and threatening Katsav and he filed a formal complaint. When Katsav refused he demands, Ms. “A” hired herself a PR man and started issuing media attacks against Katsav….
…That was when the first claims of sexual harassment were made by her. Note – they were being made by the same woman demanding to
return to employment with Katsav! The PR people then linked “A” up with Shelly Yachimovich. The Shelly is the head of the Taliban wing
of the Labor Party. She is a far-Leftist and ultra-feminist, dreams of restoring to Israel the Stalinist central planning system that operated here briefly in the 1950s. The Shelly realized she had media dynamite in “A”. That led to the most disgraceful part of the whole story….Read More:http://stevenplaut.blogspot.com/2010_12_01_archive.html