The fundamental principal of the Justification Meme is that no land inhabited by people is allowed to be taken. So, if you want to steal the land from a native population, you must first de-people it. This is an easy task; all that is necessary is that you give the inhabitants a good nickname such as redskin or wog and a few negative adjectival and verbal associations. It helps if you are far richer and technologically advanced than the targeted population and if a large lot of them can be terrorized to death. After that the land is devoid of people and all is copacetic. The theft is now moral and the use and conquering of the land is now a noble act done in fulfillment of the obligations of good stewardship of the earth and duty to God.
It is not easy for a normal person to steal from one’s family and neighbors because one can experience empathy and guilt for the act. Stealing from a dog engenders little regret. Thus, if a people seek to oppress another people and steal their birthright land, they first must dehumanize them to the equivalence of dogs or monsters; hence, nicknames are assigned. Secondly, some adjectival tag must be attached that further minimizes the victim’s worth, like being lazy, dirty, cowardly, or the favorites, evil and savage. Thirdly, the adjectival tag must be paired with some worthy characteristic of the oppressor for comparison such as civilized, skilled, or heroic. Similarly, the land of the native needs a characterization such as untamed wilderness or barren land. Finally, an oppressor’s act with respect to the native’s land must be described in some positive way like tamed, swamp drained, or desert made to bloom. Together, these adjectival and verbal tools can be assembled to create a myth or meme that justifies the theft and grants the oppressor a warm and satisfied feeling of accomplishment and religious fulfillment.
Any student of North American history will easily be able to apply this analysis to the “conquering” of the continent. The dirty, lazy, heathen, redskin, Indian savages in the untamed, empty wilderness were driven out and the noble and hard-working settlers who tamed and cultivated the land to create the exceptional American civilization as a City on a Hill pleasing to God.
This principal applies today in Palestine as it has throughout human history. The present dehumanization of the Palestinian people started in the classes at Cambridge, Oxford, Woolwich, and Sandhurst where the British officers were educated in the standard operating procedures of British colonialism with a history stretching back to the sixteenth century. Some sense of a romanticized version of these procedures can be discerned from two great movies, Khartoum and Lawrence of Arabia and some of the links in the Wikipedia article on Mohammad Ahmad.
Fundamental to the colonialist Justification Meme is the idea that the native was not really human, but some sort of inferior being. In Palestine, the “poor” and “worthless” Arabs became wogs, the term is not capitalized like Indians, just wog, like dog.
wog (n.) c.1920, "a lower-class babu shipping clerk" [Partridge]; but popularized in World War II British armed forces slang for "Arab," also "native of India" (especially as a servant or laborer), roughly equivalent to American gook; possibly shortened from golliwog. Many acronym origins have been proposed, but none has been found satisfactory. Related: Wogland
golliwog (n.) "grotesque blackface doll," 1895, coined by English children's book author and illustrator Florence K. Upton (1873-1922), perhaps from golly + polliwog.
Prior to World War I, as most of you already know, Palestine was a province in the Ottoman Empire and not colonialized. The area was populated with a variety of people, including native Palestinian Arabs, Palestinian Jews, Zionist Jews, Christians, and a smattering of others. The land was inhabited and land tenured under the land laws of the Ottoman Empire. Many of the residents were tenants of absentee Ottoman landlords under a feudal like land tenure system.
Concurrently with this circumstance, another civilized western people in Europe, the Jews, were having real problems because they lived as a minorities in other cultures who hated them for a wide variety of complicated cultural reasons. They too, had nicknames all of you know which need not be listed here. This derogatory-name-experience did not, however, exclude the Jews from membership in the category of “civilized” westerners or from being subscribers to the Justification Meme. In response to the difficulties flowing from their nicknames and the fact many just hated them with a murderous passion, the Jews slowly developed the meme of Zionism crystalized by the writing of Theodore Herzl who wrote The Jewish State as his manifesto promoting a national homeland for the Jewish People. ( English translation and interesting read)
In The Jewish State manifesto, the words Arab and Palestinian never appear. It is a manifesto for the settlement of a land devoid of people. Herzl wrote in the manifesto’s only discussion of the possible inhabitants in the “neutral” territory of Zion:
Should the Powers declare themselves willing to admit our sovereignty over a neutral piece of land, then the Society will enter into negotiations for the possession of this land. Here two territories come under consideration, Palestine and Argentine. In both countries important experiments in colonization have been made, though on the mistaken principle of a gradual infiltration of Jews. An infiltration is bound to end badly. It continues till the inevitable moment when the native population feels itself threatened, and forces the Government to stop a further influx of Jews. Immigration is consequently futile unless we have the sovereign right to continue such immigration.
On their arrival in fully populated and long-settled Palestine, the Jews proved themselves to be a talented people and allied themselves with the British who had no respect for the wogs. As an example of the regard the British had for the wogs, the British soldiers would routinely tie Palestinian Arabs to the front of their vehicles as human shields, then cut them loose when no longer needed and drive over them for sport. The Jews were quick learners and became masters of the best of the British colonialization operating procedures that are now improved upon and followed to this day.
Herzl’s words were prophetic, the native Palestinian population did find itself threatened and did fight to protect its rights and has been in revolt up to this day.
By resisting, the native Palestinians got a reputation with names like aghabs, wogs, and terrorists. The Jewish terrorists working to take the land got a name too, freedom fighters. Always, the Jews outgunned the Palestinians because by savvy political organizing, they got Britain and the U.S. to subsidize their colonization operations while they acted in a “civilized” and “heroic” manner stealing and oppressing the Palestinians into destitution.
The principal is that no land inhabited by people is allowed to be taken was fulfilled by the meme that the Jews came to a destitute, barren land of deserts and un-drained swamps. As the meme goes, the Jewish settlers worked as dedicated stewards in a promised land given by God to the children of Israel forever and formed out of a “neutral” land devoid of real people. In the land of Israel, the Jews have established an idyllic, democratic Jewish State where the people, living on kibbutzim in communal harmony making the desert bloom and in cities where industries flourish. Their dream for this un-boundaried land is to extend Israel’s sovereignty to the full extent of Eretz Yisrael which is also deemed un-peopled throughout its extent to this day as was present day Israel was in 1900. Meanwhile, the Jews always heroically protecting the promised land given by God to the children of Israel forever. The IDF has constantly and heroically defended what little the Jews have from the godless, terrorists who want to destroy them and take away their God-given land. Mark Twain is even bought into the meme as proof for the meme that the land was empty desert and un-drained swampland before the Jews arrived.
The facts do not match the destitute-empty-land myth. The claim is belied by the statistical facts. At all relevant times, Palestine was occupied by the Palestinians, a small part of the greater Arab nation.
Palestine was never the “neutral” land Herzl slavered over. Instead, to the Jews, in accordance with proper application of Justification Theory, Palestine always was a “neutral” land because it contained only wogs and aghabs, not-People. As a result, Palestine was unpopulated with a whole population of not-People. Under the myth, the actual inhabitants simply did not and do not exist as real humans who must be accorded dignity, justice, and freedom. From the Zionist view, the not-People are not entitled to be happy or to defend themselves from the Zionist theft and oppression. The program for the not-People is simple--extirpation from the land.
Now, all of the Palestinians are collectively lumped together named names like terrorist, aghabs, vipers, Hammas, and most importantly, “they”. All or the names parse to not-People--dogs. Today, all of those not-People who inhabit Gaza are hidden and invisible behind the Hamas, vipers that must all be killed. Just by being present, the invisible not-People of Gaza are now all Hamas-all fair game to shoot. Thus, people like Joan Rivers and Lindsay Graham can promote another genocide saying, “They started it” while passing on replacement ammo to be used to kill infants.
When it gets down to using “they” as a description, people are no longer visible. To the Israelis, and many, many Americans, Gaza is devoid of People and the Palestinians simply do not exist.
As the Israelis continue to bomb Gaza, killing hundreds who reside in their Protectorate devoid of People, we can be sure that they are going to appropriately honor their young war hero, Shon Mondshine, age 19, who gave his life to rid Eretz Yisrael of aghab not-People such as Najah Nafea Abu Edwan , age 85, who was probably born in Mandatory Palestine in the year of the Buraq Uprising predicted by Herzl, experienced the uprisings since, and lived under Israeli “occupier’s protection” since the Nabka and like the not-Person Shaheenaz Waleed Mohammed Abou Jamaa, age 1, who, living under Israeli protection, never had more than a flicker of a life.
It is so easy for the powerful, the well-paid, and the APACed to say “they” started it and to strive toward the extirpation of the invisible not-People who do not exist in Eretz Yisrael. The non-People myth delivers a warm and fuzzy satisfaction that God sanctions the violence in furtherance of his covenant with the children of Israel and that America, the City on the Hill, “has Israel’s back.”
It is really hard for the bigoted to see all of these unfortunate souls on the Palestinian sides of the conflict as true sentient People. The good and effective nicknames of wog, terrorist, Hamas, and aghab simply make the Palestinians invisible, not-People, hindering the Jews from having the benefit of the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel’s descendants granting them sovereignty of all of the land from the Nile on the south to the great rivers on the north and from Trans-Jordan on the east to the Mediterranean on the west.
The battle of the myths continues. The Palestinians fight for survival with their pitiful weapons. The money and ammo flow. The killing continues. The U.S. refills the ammo bucket.
When will we ever learn?