The Right to Exist: Who Has It? Where Is It? Why?

Does Israel Have a “Right to Exist”? Do We?

by Gary Corseri / June 5th, 2010

It’s a shibboleth of the Zionist entity: “Israel has the right to
exist!”

But what is this “Israel”?  What is this “right to exist”?

Where is it written?  Is it in Holy Scripture?  “The Song of Songs”? 
“The Book of Job”?  “Proverbs”?  “Ecclesiastes”? 

Is it written in stone on two tablets by the finger of God?

What does it mean when a people declare that they have the “right to
exist” as they please because they are a “democracy,” but other people
have no such right?  I solemnly declare my elections legitimate — the
will of my people –, but …  it is obvious that you people over there (in
Gaza, in Turkey, in Iran, etc.) do not have the capacity to choose
leaders who can represent your true interests! 

What does that mean?

Israel refuses to negotiate with Hamas — will not recognize the
political leadership that the Palestinians chose in internationally
monitored elections — because, Israel declares, Hamas will not recognize
Israel’s “right to exist.” 

And why should Hamas recognize that “right”?  What is always unspoken
are the words, “the right to exist as we are now, as we have been, and
as we shall become.”  Recognize me, and suffer all my faults!  Recognize
my right to exist as I am, have been and will be —and forfeit your
right to challenge me legally for illegal seizures of property, for
expropriations and appropriations, for illegitimate detainments,
incarcerations, torture, homicides.

In effect, Israeli commandos unilaterally declared that Aid Activists
on a flotilla in international waters had no “right to exist.” 

When Ahmadinijead of Iran quoted the Ayatollah Khomeini that the
Zionist entity would wither away and disappear from the page of history,
the entity and its media stooges in the U.S. and elsewhere accused Iran
of threatening to “wipe Israel off the map of the earth.”  Israel
declared Iran an “existential threat” and threatened, in turn, to
destroy the Iranians with the 200 nuclear weapons that they will neither
confirm nor deny possessing (even though everyone knows they have
them!).

Orthodox Jews, including the ultra-conservative Hasidim, are among
those most loudly proclaiming that the state of Israel has “no right to
exist.”  Their viewpoint is hermeneutical: they believe that Israel will
be established among the nations after the Mashiach (the Messiah)
comes.  They believe it is heretical for politicians to reverse the
process.  First the Mashiach, then the state.  That’s the way they read
the Hebrew.

Then, do Orthodox Jews have the “right to exist”?  (At last report,
Israel had not threatened them with its nuclear bombs).

 “We the people”, in the infant republic of the United States, did
not think much about the existence of Native Americans, women or
slaves.  Some three score years after our founding, we did not think
Mexico had a “right to exist” north of the Rio Grande.   We did not
think Hawaii had the right to exist as a sovereign nation.  Nor, in
spite of promises made at the time of the Spanish-American War, did we
think the Philippines had the “right to exist” as anything other than a
U.S. colony in Asia (we needed the coaling stations!). 

Is it simply power that determines the “right to exist”?    

During the Cold War, the US and its allies decided the Soviet Union
had no right to exist.  We were prepared to obliterate the world to
prove our point — certain nutjobs among us were.  One of our soldiers, a
Lieutenant Calley, thought he was “just following orders” when he
decided that hundreds of villagers in a hamlet called My Lai in
Vietnam—unarmed men, women, and children — had no “right to exist.”  He
“wasted” them.

Does the U.N. determine who has the “right to exist”?  Does Tibet
have that right?  Does Palestine?  Does Kurdistan?

Suppose the good people of Vermont decide that they are sick and
tired of bank bail-outs, oligopolies, kakistocracies, phony American
elections, our media of the absurd, oil-slick corporations with more
legal rights than “persons,” and artery-clogging, greasy fast food?  In a
sterling, transparent, democratic election, the vast majority of the
state elects leadership that claims its place among the nations of the
world as “The Glorious, Independent, Technicolor, Outstanding Republic
of Vermont” (which a media wag soon dubs the “GIT OUT of “R” Vermont
republic).  Does the Glorious, Independent, Technicolor, Outstanding
Republic of Vermont have the right to exist?

The Zionist state demands the right to exist as a Zionist state — a
non-signatory of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, bristling with
nuclear weapons.  Did Yahweh come out of the clouds and declare that
this state alone can break all the rules of international decorum with
impunity, without censure?

When did Yahweh make that announcement?  Was it on the Rachel Maddow
show?  Was it on Larry King?

If there is a “right to exist,” is there not an equal right to
resist–occupation, oppression, thievery, rape, duplicity?

Suppose we started from the other end?  Suppose we assumed that no
one had the “right to exist,” but that everyone — and every species —
could enjoy the “privilege” of existence?  How would we order the world
then? 

The Zionist zealots ask, Why don’t the Palestinians produce a Gandhi,
a Martin Luther King to lead them?  But where is the Zealots’ Martin
Buber — a Jew who exhorted the Jews, and all humankind, to live in
harmony with others — with different species, too — with God, too —in an
“I and Thou” relationship? 

The Zealots have raided the Kingdom of Heaven.  Like Lucifer, the
Angel of Light, they will be transmogrified by their pride and
arrogance, and lust for power.  And … they will fall, corrupted from
within.

Gary Corseri has had his work published at Dissident
Voice
and hundreds of other venues, performed at the Carter
Presidential Library, had dramas on Atlanta-PBS and elsewhere. He has
taught in prisons and universities. His books include Holy Grail,
Holy Grail
, A Fine Excess, and Manifestations
(edited). He can be reached at: gary_corseri@comcast.net. Read other articles
by Gary
.

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