Cross Post: Rachel Moore You are the racist, actually, not me

I’m an Orthodox Jewish settler raising seven children in the West Bank. I’m also an American citizen and I voted for Donald Trump. Yeah, I’m that lady. I opened a local business here, and I did so on purpose — to respond to BDS anti-settler activities by encouraging Jewish West Bank residents to work in the West Bank and keep their own businesses local in the West Bank. I believe in annexation and I do not support a two-state solution.

And that makes me a peace-loving, Palestinian-respecting individual. I’m not the racist. You are.

You, my liberal, anti-settler, anti-Trump friends who hate my views — if not me (yet) — are the racists. I have spent a lot of time particularly in the past three months being told by US Democratic voters and UN supporters what a monstrous racist group of people we are, those people “like me.”

I’ve finally had enough. I’ve invited so many of you to engage and hear from real people instead of judging, and you show no interest. Apparently, it’s preferable to let television and the New York Times inform your views on my little corner of the world.

I want to start with the US elections. I have read post after blog after article telling me why Trump voters voted for him. What we think, how we feel, what matters to us (and what doesn’t, like women and/or minorities), and who we are. With some serious name calling. But you didn’t ask me. And you don’t actually know what I think or feel or want or why I voted. So you are pre-judging me. Based on a whole lot of stuff. But it’s prejudice, no matter how you slice it. And I have tolerated — just barely — eight years of a president who not only told me what to think and feel, but told the world assumptions about me as a white person who grew up with “privilege” that just aren’t true. I watched as my life choices and values as a person living in the West Bank of Israel were summarized, judged and assumed by the leader of the free world in a way that is just false, and offensive to my sense of fairness, justice and humanity. I have been misjudged and mischaracterized, in fact penalized, without a proper understanding of what reality looks like over here.

I have watched a president grab executive power while Congress screamed and the citizens ignored it. I watched a president on the political left, who was democratically elected and is entitled to his views, create a culture of demonization of the Right in a way that is unprecedented in my lifetime. I saw policies that moved the US towards socialism. And I voted against any more years of that. Not that you asked. But when you — or he, or Hilary — call me a misogynist or a racist or a pig or “deplorable” for voting the way I did, you are judging a whole band of “them” that isn’t you. And I know how much you hate it when other people do that.

As for being an Israeli settler? I live and work with and among Palestinians. They are my neighbors, my colleagues, my friends, and yes, my threat. They, their dignity, pain, reality and families are in my face and consciousness daily. I don’t presume to claim to know what all Palestinians as a group think or believe. What I do know is that there is a very wide spectrum and a whole lot of shades of gray without much black and white. Let me start by asking you: do YOU know that?

While the world watches Aleppo burn and Syrian children slaughtered in the thousands every year without so much as single protest or call to action, the same world is out to show that Israeli occupation of another people is the true evil in the world.

And that same prejudiced world has been living with democracy for so long that I think maybe you have all forgotten what it really means not to have it. Here is the problem I need you to grapple with for a moment: there is no Palestinian leadership option that will give people a voice, empower and educate women, create and build freedom for the individual. Palestinian citizens of Israel today (many of whom call themselves proudly Arab Israelis and not Palestinians, but not all, it’s part of the shades of gray and a different blog post) have access to subsidized education, universal health care, can open a business, sit on the Supreme Court, and be members of Israel’s Parliament. They can fight the system lawfully and from within and stand up in our parliament, the only democracy in the Middle East, and explain why Israelis need to improve the situation today for Palestinians.

Do you actually know what “racist” reality exists today? Israelis are bound by law, including in the “West Bank” to obey and uphold the laws. That makes us culpable legally and financially if we cause harm to anyone or anything. But a resident in a territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority, just a few miles from my home can smash into the side of my car, laugh and walk away. A Palestinian can buy land and build on it. A Jew cannot. In fact, a Jew cannot travel into Palestinian controlled areas at all, without fear of lynching, beatings and murder. Which will not only go unpunished, but when they happen are celebrated in the streets. That makes ME the victim of racism and apartheid over here in the West Bank. Arabs living in Israel have more freedom, more education, more democracy, more of a voice and more opportunity than in the thousands and thousands of miles of stretches of the many Arab countries in the Middle East. Jews no longer exist in those countries because of the racism/apartheid against them that is so rampant, so commonplace and yet, has not warranted a single speech in the UN or from the White House condemning it.

When I am castigated for supporting the annexation of land that some of you wrongfully identify as “occupied” (it’s disputed, not occupied, based on International Law; look it up.), you are telling me that Palestinians, whose current situation is far far less than ideal and is causing anger and sadness and needs improvement, all want to live under an oppressive, dictatorial, thug-like regime that embezzles, doesn’t provide girls with proper education, trains in hate, and has no democracy, because it is comprised of Palestinians. (Picking leaders by ethnicity? How racist of you!)

You are telling me that “they” desire this over living in 100% freedom and democracy in a “Jewish” state that has Arab/Muslim religious rights, education, healthcare, and the ability to make change legally and effectively through serving in the government. And if you aren’t telling me what they want, you are telling me that you know that this is what is best for them. That this is the best alternative of those that are out there waiting for them. It is most definitely the alternative that John Kerry just laid out.

You are telling me what they want, what they prefer…. Or at least that you know, sitting over there in Massachusetts and California (and Herzliya) what they SHOULD want. What’s best for them. You are taking your Western ideals and assumptions and choices and imposing them on people here without a true understanding of peoplehood, of the history. You are swallowing political rhetoric about a group of people – about them, and about me. And that is your prejudice — your racism.

Annexation would end the dispute over disputed territories. It would give full rights to those living in the areas known as “post 1967” lines. It would allow Jews and Arabs to buy land and build where they live. And to argue and disagree and VOTE. And make the system better over time. With a real democracy. It would allow women to become doctors and lawyers and famous news anchors, just like the Arab female role models Israel already has! It would allow Israel to throw out and deport all terrorists. Freeing the Palestinian people of the terrorists in their midst just as much as it would free Jews. Equal opportunity banishing of bad guys. Because I believe that non-terrorist Palestinians don’t want to live among terrorists, or be ruled by terrorists, or have to shelter terrorists. Or be labeled by the world because of those terrorists. I think better of them than that. Do you?

Annexation would yes, “water down” my Jewish demographic. But that doesn’t bother me and it doesn’t scare me. You have just assumed that it would because of your racist prejudices against me. I would rather see people of all faiths live on the one island of democracy, freedom and hope that exists in the middle of an insanely mad world of violence, death, clitorectomies, child brides and much worse that is the Middle East today, than hand Palestinians over to the hands of thug leaders they don’t like or respect, they only fear and have to obey. Which is what those not blessed to be in Israel proper today have to suffer from.

The Palestinians living in Gaza are raised on hate. They have missiles in their kindergartens and children’s bedrooms. Girls and women can be beaten, as in most of the Middle East, because of prevailing culture and the leadership. While you seem quite ready to create an official state in a “Two State Solution,” where that is where the bar is set, I don’t have such little regard for Palestinian lives. For little Palestinian girls. I want better for them. Israel can give them better — because Israel already does, for many.

I think they deserve as rich and wonderful life as I am blessed to have. And Israel is the only place in the Middle East that can give it to them. You want to give them Gaza? How about Aleppo? Or Saudia Arabia, where women can’t drive and there are tutorials on televison on how to use makeup to cover up their beatings? That’s all you think that they are worth?

If you are fighting so hard for a reality where that is the best they can get, then take a look in the mirror because the racist sure isn’t me, it’s you.  

First published in The Times of Israel. (HT: Denis)

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48 Responses to Cross Post: Rachel Moore You are the racist, actually, not me

  1. Snoopy

    Thank you for the cross post.

  2. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    Saudia Arabia, where women can’t drive and there are tutorials on televison on how to use makeup to cover up their beatings? That’s all you think that they are worth?

    Somebody posted here about how Israel had more women jet pilots, then Saudi Arabia had women allowed to drive cars?

  3. OneWorldGovernment

    Thank you for this post Lord of The Doom Lords.

  4. Dr Fred Lenin

    Women should not be allowed to think ,that is the right of the ignorant ,illiterate muslim peasant man ,they have been doing it since the peasant merchant mohamed was told by his schizoprenic voices when his sick imagination invented allah ,you can see the results to this day . To paraphrase marx ,religion is the opiate of the ignorant,and islam portrays this perfectly. Never mind husain obama is gone and the US has an American President with a brain first one since Reagan , the leftist allies of allah are out of power .

  5. WolfmanOz

    Simply outstanding . . . !

  6. Machaggis

    Wow indeed!
    But: “You are taking your Western ideals and assumptions and choices and imposing them on people here ..”.
    Please, what they are trying to impose are not Western ideals. Perversion of Western ideals is more like it. The ideals that the West espouses are there to be emulated not to be forced upon others – those who impose their ideas are not to be trusted or praised but despised and fought.
    Try and tell that to actual and budding totalitarians.

  7. pete m

    So because 1 country has better laws the neighbouring country should cease to exist?

    That is how her argument could read.

    I don’t believe the two state will work as it would be fractured state and not viable.

    I don’t believe pallies have an area they can say is their own country given Jordan occupies most of their former lands.

    Anyway this article is saying fix their rulers first before we give them keys to a state

    Annexation is conquest without war

  8. braddles

    What we think, how we feel, what matters to us (and what doesn’t, like women and/or minorities), and who we are. With some serious name calling. But you didn’t ask me.

    One thing I have noticed about leftists is that they almost never ask “What do you think?”

  9. Beachside

    Perspective.

    Tiny Israel lies in a sea of Arab Muslim states which in turn are neighbors to many more non-Arab Muslim countries. This map does not include Asian countries such as Indonesia, the most populous Islamic country (on our doorstep) in the world.

  10. King Koala

    When miss Snowflake gives up her US citizenship then I will consider her a true Israeli. Right now she is just an attention whore and opportunist parasite who will flee Israel the moment it gets hard. She really has nothing on the line so she does not care. Living in Israel for her is the same as living in Hawaii.

  11. Fisky

    What a weird article. They claim they can hardly set foot in Arab areas because they might get lynched, but then call for another 5 million Arabs to be incorporated into Israel.

  12. Stackja

    Since 1948 what has happened? Israel survived!

  13. Jannie

    KK, so she’s a Snowflake, not a true Israeli, attention whore, and opportunist parasite who doesn’t care? I don’t know what your argument is but on the strength of your comment I would say that you need to learn how to read before declaring your opinion.

  14. Jannie

    Stackja, ten years ago I was more concerned about the survival of Israel than now. The survival of Europe and European culture is now more endangered than Israel of Jewish culture.

  15. Jannie

    Or Jewish culture that is, not of.

    BTW this moderation thing, its a bit hard not to use the word Jew, when its central to the discussion.

  16. Tim Neilson

    King Koala
    #2253563, posted on January 6, 2017 at 1:58 pm
    If a migrant here keeps their old passport as well as becoming an Australian citizen, would you say that they’re not really an Australian?

  17. Tim Neilson

    Annexation is conquest without war
    Actually they’ve already had the war*. That’s why Israel is in occupation and can annex if it wishes. At international law that concept would be totally beyond controversy if it wasn’t for the racial hierarchy favoured by middle class pinkos.
    *BTW it wasn’t Israel that started the war.
    I don’t believe pallies have an area they can say is their own country given Jordan occupies most of their former lands.
    How the flying duck do you think Jordan came into existence? Assuming (falsely, but just for the sake of argument) that the post-1948 discovery of the hitherto unknown “Palestinian people” isn’t a complete load of shit, the whole point of splitting the old British Mandate of Palestine into Jordan (about 80%) and Israel (about 20%) was to create the “two state solution” by which the Jews (then known as “Palestinians”) and the Arabs of that region (who went ballisitic if they were called “Palestinian”) each had their own country.

  18. Petros

    There must be some time point in the warped minds of the leftists after which invaders are considered the rightful owners of the land. The Arabs in Palestine invaded that area. The Afrikaaners have been in South Africa for over 300 years. They are treated by the leftists as occupiers. When is the cut-off for duration of occupation to be able to claim that place as one’s traditional homeland? The Arabs have no more right to Palestine than do the Greeks, Italians, or Turks.

  19. jupes

    You want to give them Gaza? How about Aleppo? Or Saudia Arabia, where women can’t drive and there are tutorials on televison on how to use makeup to cover up their beatings?

    Yes I do.

    If they choose to be Muslim then that is exactly what they deserve. To live in a Muslim state.

    I don’t have a problem with Israel annexing the West Bank or parts of the West Bank if that’s what they choose, however if they do they should boot out the Muslims. Otherwise keeping Israel as the “one island of democracy, freedom and hope” will become very difficult indeed.

  20. Caveman

    Its a christmas wish list. You know the only decider is war. Settle the argument and take everyone and no one with you.

  21. Barry Bones

    Who cares. Let them bash each other to pieces. Just leave us Aussies out of it.

  22. Tel

    It would allow Israel to throw out and deport all terrorists. Freeing the Palestinian people of the terrorists in their midst just as much as it would free Jews. Equal opportunity banishing of bad guys.

    Ahhhh yeah, about that…

    Australia can’t even get rid of people who already deported themselves, and pledged their allegiance to Islamic State, and declared war on us. They come right back to full rights and citizenship!

  23. Cradock's Choice

    Excellent article.

    The Israeli’s have already won the war in 1948, 1956, 1967 and 1973. The west bank is their land, won by force of arms. They should annex it, deport everyone there with links to muslim terrorist organisations and be done.

    Same with Samaria and the rest of Judaea. What right have Johnny-come-lately foreign colonial invader-savages have to it? There’s at least 4,000 years of J.e.wish history and continuous occupation there.

  24. Megan

    Living in Israel for her is the same as living in Hawaii.

    A statement of such breathtaking ignorance it completely invalidates any worthy comment you might be inclined to make.

  25. Rabz

    This map

    The Israelis should never have surrendered the Sinai.

  26. Roger Stannard

    One of the best articles I have read in a while. Well done.

  27. King Koala

    If a migrant here keeps their old passport as well as becoming an Australian citizen, would you say that they’re not really an Australian?

    Yes.

    Megan, I see your panties are in a bunch and in case it missed your attention, I did not say Israel is the same as Hawaii, I said that to this woman living in Israel is like living in a state of America not connected to the mainland. She can leave any time she wants. She can move, literally overnight, to any other state in America.

  28. King Koala

    To go further Tim, just becoming an Australian citizen does not make one an Australian in my eyes.

  29. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    The Israelis should never have surrendered the Sinai.

    Ninety percent of the area taken in the Six – Day returned, and Anwar Sadat, who signed a peace treaty, was assassinated for doing so.

  30. PB

    What a stinking pile of self-justifying, morally bankrupt crap. So typical.

  31. Tel

    While the world watches Aleppo burn and Syrian children slaughtered in the thousands every year without so much as single protest or call to action, the same world is out to show that Israeli occupation of another people is the true evil in the world.

    That’s pretty unfair. When Islamic State and Al Nusra (i.e. Al Quada) started taking over slabs of Syria, burning people in cages, doing their ethnic cleansing against Christians, Yazzidis, etc… there were a lot of people loudly upset about that. Yes, also when Russia pushed back and started bombing there were a lot of people upset about that too.

    Admittedly, our response to this situation hasn’t been helpful, and we slowly discovered that our supposed leadership were secretly helping IS with weapons, while our supposed allies were secretly accepting oil shipments and supplying funding. OK, we have a few internal conflict of interest problems to work through; but no I don’t believe anyone just ignored it, nor have they tried to make out Israel as morally equivalent.

    Well, there’s always a handful who blame Israel for everything, and that’s normal and usually it gets ignored.

  32. JohnA

    pete m #2253530, posted on January 6, 2017, at 1:27 pm

    So because 1 country has better laws the neighbouring country should cease to exist?

    That is how her argument could read.

    I don’t believe the two state will work as it would be fractured state and not viable.

    I don’t believe pallies have an area they can say is their own country given Jordan occupies most of their former lands.

    Anyway this article is saying fix their rulers first before we give them keys to a state

    Annexation is conquest without war

    Please define “Palestinian” or as you call them “pallies” in terms of a national identity, history, cultural background, economic entity and currency, government structure and legal system prior to 1967, etc.

    If you can’t (and I am confident that you can’t), then maybe you can think through the artificial creation of the grouping known as “Palestinian” post the 1967 war, and maybe you will realize that the people who were trapped in the middle of the Six Day War were told by various aggressor Arab nations to stay until the nation of Israel was wiped out. They CHOSE to stay.

    The descendants of those people are the abandoned “refugees” who now populate the disputed territories of Gaza and the West Bank. And the aggressor nations around Israel demonstrated time and again, both then and now, that they do not accept any version of a Two-State Solution – they (along with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (ha!) ) want a One-State solution which excludes Israel’s right to exist.

    If you persist in supporting the existence of a so-called “Palestinian nation” you are working under false assumptions and you are one of the addressees of the cross-post.

  33. sdfc

    JohnA

    So you are all in for ethnic cleansing?

  34. What an in-depth analysis by PB.

    When critics stop turning out to be anti-semites, then they can be taken at face value. Until then, yawn.

  35. Cradock's Choice

    sdfc
    #2253995, posted on January 6, 2017 at 10:00 pm
    JohnA

    So you are all in for ethnic cleansing?

    Nope. That’s Hamas. Read their charter.

  36. Muddy

    Last week there was a podcast on Conservative Review which explained the origins of ‘Palestine’ and ‘Palestinians’ and gave a summary of the historical and legal journey of the state of Israel to this point. I found it interesting as my knowledge of that subject was previously almost non-existent. My uneducated summary would be that one of the ‘sides’ has had a fantastic PR campaign, and the other, not so much.
    Sadly, I can’t find it now to link to, and it’s way past my bedtime.

  37. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    If you can’t (and I am confident that you can’t), then maybe you can think through the artificial creation of the grouping known as “Palestinian” post the 1967 war, and maybe you will realize that the people who were trapped in the middle of the Six Day War were told by various aggressor Arab nations to stay until the nation of Israel was wiped out. They CHOSE to stay.

    I’d be interested in any reference you have for that – all the reading I have done indicates that the situation began during the 1948 War of Independence, where the “Palestinians” were told to leave the area by the invading nations of Egypt, Jordan Syria, Lebanon and Iraq – Radio Cairo was broadcasting appeals for them to leave – and they could return “when the Jews had been driven into the sea.”

    The “Palestinians” first rejected a “Two State” solution in 1938, preferring to put their faith into the total destruction of the State of Israel. They’ve followed every swivel eyed loon who promises that, ever since.

  38. Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike

    If you can’t (and I am confident that you can’t), then maybe you can think through the artificial creation of the grouping known as “Palestinian” post the 1967 war, and maybe you will realize that the people who were trapped in the middle of the Six Day War were told by various aggressor Arab nations to stay until the nation of Israel was wiped out. They CHOSE to stay.

    I’d be interested in any reference you have for that – all the reading I have done indicates that the situation began during the 1948 War of Independence, where the “Palestinians” were told to leave the area by the invading nations of Egypt, Jordan Syria, Lebanon and Iraq – Radio Cairo was broadcasting appeals for them to leave – and they could return “when the Joos s had been driven into the sea.”

    The “Palestinians” first rejected a “Two State” solution in 1938, preferring to put their faith into the total destruction of the State of Israel. They’ve followed every swivel eyed loon who promises that, ever since.

    Re draft of comment in moderation.

  39. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From sdfc at 10:00 pm:

    “JohnA

    So you are all in for ethnic cleansing?”

    A classic facile web log post.

  40. JC

    A classic facile web log post.

    Ha!

  41. .

    Please define “Palestinian” or as you call them “pallies” in terms of a national identity, history, cultural background, economic entity and currency, government structure and legal system prior to 1967, etc.

    Define Australian. Define Israeli.

    The other Arabs shafted them. They have a good reason to be independent, but direct their hatred towards Arab states and not Israel.

  42. JohnA

    Zulu Kilo Die Onuitspeeklike #2254068, posted on January 6, 2017, at 11:53 pm

    If you can’t (and I am confident that you can’t), then maybe you can think through the artificial creation of the grouping known as “Palestinian” post the 1967 war, and maybe you will realize that the people who were trapped in the middle of the Six Day War were told by various aggressor Arab nations to stay until the nation of Israel was wiped out. They CHOSE to stay.

    I’d be interested in any reference you have for that – all the reading I have done indicates that the situation began during the 1948 War of Independence, where the “Palestinians” were told to leave the area by the invading nations of Egypt, Jordan Syria, Lebanon and Iraq – Radio Cairo was broadcasting appeals for them to leave – and they could return “when the Joos s had been driven into the sea.”

    The “Palestinians” first rejected a “Two State” solution in 1938, preferring to put their faith into the total destruction of the State of Israel. They’ve followed every swivel eyed loon who promises that, ever since.

    Re draft of comment in moderation.

    Thanks for the memory correction. I wasn’t around in 1948, but was in 1967, and recall the apparently sudden (to my young mind) appearance of refugees in the disputed territories conquered by the IDF during that amazing Six Day conflict.

  43. Gerard O

    Why right-wingers worship this weird little Spartan Jim Crow state is something that still confuses me.

    Of course the Christians love it, because they think that Iran is going to start a Holy War and bring Jesus back , flying on a cloud. But the supposedly hard-headed libertarian types? It can’t really be racial, because the Mizrahi aren’t exactly the Nordic Aryan type.

    My best guess is Freemasonry, something which unites Trump, Murdoch, Judaism, Evangelicals, and the global elite that support this enterprise.

  44. IainC

    There’s the reason only a fool would countenance the “traditional” two state plan, and the Israelis have every right to go for as much as they can get to ensure secure borders. From a caption on a comparative map presenting the old division and the new plan from Israel: Traditional two-state solution – “The Palestinians would receive much greater territory and require the evacuation of up to 150,000 Jewish settlers.” Under Israel’s plan, Palestinians are welcome to stay as long as they forgo violence against Israel. Under Palestine, Jews are (once again, as they have been in the whole Middle east) ethnically cleansed. Only a morally bankrupt UN could adhere to this racist plan for so long.
    If only Jews were more like their neighbours, peace would reign amongst the rubble of the bombed out towns.
    Questions. How many Muslim Arabs in Israel? 1.5 million.
    How many Jews in East Jerusalem? A few thousand.
    How many Jews in Hamas Palestine. Zero.
    How many Jews would there be in East Jerusalem if it were ceded to Hamas? Zero.
    How many Jews in Hamas’ preferred one state option? Zero.
    Israel should not be ceding anything until the surrounding states are capitalist, educated, highly technological democracies like themselves.

  45. Jessie

    Gerard O,
    In the interest of furthering my education.

    Having looked up Mizrahi, are you referring to a political group and their policies/work?
    Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow Coalition
    https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Mizrahi%20Democratic%20Rainbow%20Coalition

  46. PoliticoNT

    Yeah, well Rachel, same in AUS – hordes of left wing dickheads screaming abuse and telling us how to think.

    My own response has been to start booking holidays in Israel. Because let’s face it, there’s utterly no point trying to engage with dickheads, and (much more importantly) nothing says ‘fuck you hippie’ like a facebook posted pic of happy times in downtown Tel Aviv at dusk.

    Go Israel!

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