The Nice-as Vegan Israeli Military

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Hey remember that time you agreed with the war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu and you threw up into your own mouth a little? The guy that Spain just issued an arrest warrant for over the 2010 Gaza flotilla attack?

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Hey remember that time you agreed with the war criminal Benjamin Netanyahu and you threw up into your own mouth a little? The guy that Spain just issued an arrest warrant for over the 2010 Gaza flotilla attack? 

Recall the Israeli Embassy in New Zealand trying to sanitise their image by marching in the Pride parade? An example of pink-washing? Well they’re trying to vegan-wash their image as well and that is an international effort. It’s all part of that push to re-brand themselves as socially progressive, forward focused, do-gooders. Right now there is a massive wave of veganism sweeping the ranks that has become popular with Israelis due to the ‘Best Speech You Ever Heard’ by one of the more heinous vegan activists Gary Yourofsky. Yourofsky is renowned for that famous video along with a huge barrage of atrocious statements about women deserving to be raped and murdered for wearing leather, eating meat, etc. I could go on for a long time about that dude. He’s not very nice, and he’s particularly misogynistic to women. Anyway, the speech is OK, I mean I’m vegan, I agree with at least some of it, despite some of the average quality appeals to nature, general uncomfortable sense of arrogance, etc.

Then comes this article published by The Atlantic and I have to say the intention of it bothers me. Is the intent to gain consent for the occupation? In this article we hear about the fact the military is now catering to the dietary and clothing requests of vegans and it is said that Benjamin Netanyahu himself is well into all of this and has adopted a “Meatless Monday” and was “reading up on the topic” quoted as saying “[I] understood that animals are more conscious than we thought, which is bothering me and making me think twice,” he said at a cabinet meeting. This was shared on vegan.com which is a vegan news media site with 500,000+ followers on Facebook.

OK whut? Stop right there. My consent isn’t about to be manufactured is it? Because it kiiiiiiind of feels like you’re trying to tell me that this guy – sorry I mean war criminal – is somehow being won over by a new epoch of vegan compassion and might just be a cool dude! Man! They are reeeeeeeeally progressive over there.

I feel like saying “Bro, do you know who else is also more conscious than you may have thought? OTHER PEOPLE.” I’m just imagining this wannabe future vegan ordering the attack on the Mavi Marmara while spreading messages of peace inspired by the most heinous vegan Gary Yourofsky. My blood curdles.

This is not my veganism. In my mind this is a philosophy that understands the forces that cause oppression of all kinds are interconnected. It is a stance based on ethical political awareness, environmental awareness, compassion and public health. It is intellectually and ethically well-founded and ought to be self-aware.  It’s not to be used as a political tool to rubber stamp some atrocities.

You will never hear me saying I don’t want to be vegan. I have a strong belief in animal compassion. I want to see an end to the exploitation of humans and animals in accordance with strongly founded values. I’m genuinely glad some Israelis have given thought to animals, but I would be very careful about congratulating that vegan-washing administration any more than I’d congratulate a pink-washing one. I will be aware. Your war crimes are still morally wrong and no amount of tofu eating makes any difference.

I’ve heard so many things said about this “C’mon! Emphasise the positive!” and by vegan.com “There’s probably no step towards veganism that is impossible to critique in some way.” Actually I’m sorry but that’s a massive cop out. You’ll excuse me but calling yourself a vegan news media organisation and promoting information like this can never be said to be a-political. By the time you’re communicating as a news media source and repeating information to over 500,000 people you can be damn sure your actions are political whether you like it or not. I would be shocked if this organisation was not self aware and assume have some base critical analysis. I assume that they have an ‘at all costs’ approach. And I feel it, I really do. I’m not saying you need perfection from your heroes and I can see the huge conundrum animal rights activists face. We want so desperately for animals to be liberated. But I’m saying we can still pick and choose what we support. So perhaps not like so “yay” about the new epoch of war criminal vegans in a way that seems to sanction the colonisation of that area. And perhaps don’t act as a mindless relay station for this PR piece intent on sanitising the occupation without at least some kind of thought. It’s not good.

There is a significant difference between being grateful about individual Israelis who have become vegan and being positive about that particular military and Netanyahu of all people.

 

 

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15 Comments

  1. countryboy says:

    Psychopaths lie. That’s what psychopaths do best and that’s what makes them immensely dangerous to the human interests of greater society. Greater society becomes fertile hunting grounds and if the hunting grounds are affluent ? Well , hello all you Netanyahus
    donald trumps, jonky-stiens, michael fays, david richwhite’s, alan gibb’s, roger douglas’s etc.
    The trick is, how to spot them coming.
    Once mentally healthy people become ensnared in the psychopaths environment it becomes particularly difficult to identify the psychopath. It’d be very difficult to spot a leopard hiding amongst spotty vegetation but put the bugger on an ice shelf.
    Netanyahu’s become invisible within his war zones while profiteering from the slaughter of his own making because hey Arabs right ? And we all know about them arabs, the filthy, dirty, crazy, mad bomber bastards . Sand niggers , towel heads , camel jockeys.

    Or is that filthy beneficiaries , lazy, useless poor people, ugly lumbering fat people and as for women ? Dress conservatively or get raped and serves you right.

    Worryingly , if NZ / Aotearoa was a healthy, brave and vital little country where art took precedence of dollars we could spot the psycho a mile ( 1.6km ) away. It’d be like seeing jonky dressed in a leopard print onesie wandering about down at Scott Base ( Still your beating little heart cameron slater )
    But jonky has financialised us all. We’re all trapped into an ever spiralling nightmare of working harder and longer while sinking faster. We work so hard and so long for 4.3 million people in a rich country we just have to watch our lives speed by for the psychopaths profits and pleasures .

    Put jonky and Netanyahu in a board room full of bankers. How long would it take you to spot them from the crowd?

    Netanyahu and jonky should be chipped like dogs then we could down-load an app’ onto our iPhones that’d warn us of their proximity.

    Or we could just watch for them to drive by in our big black Jaguar cars past our hungry and homeless kids.

    ( I often wonder … how long will it be before the parents of those hungry and homelss kids let the penny travel its course? )

    Excellent Post @ Jessie Hume.

  2. Jessie Hume says:

    I’m not criticising the idea of veganism here, just the idea that we offer carte blanche approval without consideration of the other political factors. I know this is almost an impossible task, for example the same arguments could be used in regards to those who sell vegan products while also selling non-vegan ones and benefiting from exploitation, and it’s really hard to even know sometimes what is more abhorrent an overt act of violence or one that is concealed with hundreds of years subterfuge. There are never any easy answers or easy solutions, we can only make decisions on an ad hoc basis and at least continue to talk about what’s going on.

    • phillip ure says:

      i don’t think i would conflate news about more israelis/israeli going vegan into support for what is being done/has been done to the palestinians..

      ..and couldn’t a headline make that position clear..?..i dunno..

      ..’fascist war-criminal is thinking of going vegan’..?

      ..then you could have a polemic-blend/mix..

      ..i actually have more problems at the other end of the spectrum..

      ..i find it difficult to support ‘green’-people/organisations..(green party and greenpeace come to mind..

      ..where they so don’t ‘walk their talk’ they should all be in fucken wheelchairs..)

      ..and find it hard to take/think seriously about green/leftie/caring political-figures..

      ..who at regular intervals in each/every given day are wiping animal-fats from their lips/chins..

      ..bullshit-on-a-stick..all of them..

      ..i mean..greenpeace just appointed an animal-eater to head their organisation..who was the former co-leader of the green party..(f.f.s.!)

      ..to the animals whose torture they support..and who they chew down on..

      ..that green party/greenpeace t-shirt means naught..

      ..to those animals those who eat them are also netanyahus..writ bloody and large..how can they not be..

      ..it’s complicated..innit..?

      ..goodonya for keeping the topic in their faces..

      ..i wonder when they will start to think..?..

      ..to realise that their overblown self-worth/self-regarding/superiority to the rest..their self-belief they are caring/sharing/leftie/greens..

      ..is just even more bullshit-on-a-stick..also writ large..

      ..and it is confrontational to even bring the story up..to maybe say to the green party/greenpeace..’um..!..d’a really think we should be holding bbq’s..?..in our name(s)..?’..)

      ..but as for that confrontational-outcome..?..a little while ago i decided..fuck it!..no more softly softly..if i/we who know aren’t going to tell them..who is..?

      ..we need to actually shove their ongoing/dailybarbarism/cruelites in their faces..to make them pay attention..and maybe even maybe start to think..

      ..otherwise they will just continue on their smug-ways..with naught but the sound of animals screaming in pain..and the sound of them patting themselves on their fucken backs..for being so ‘good’..

      ..as their ongoing soundtrack..

      ..and we can’t have that..?..can we..?

      ..go well..!

      ..like i have already said twice..bullshit-on-a-stick..

  3. Sam Sam says:

    The British has its Spitfires, the U.S has its Nimitzs, we have our SAS and the Pharos had there chariots. All iconic pieces of military might and hugely enfluential in geo politics.

    And the Jews have there lies, Jewish military commanders are cited as being the best at deciption, that is there geniuses, and make no mistake, Netanyahu commanded Mossad, same with Shoran.

    It was Shoran that evolved the IDFs propaganda campaigns from paying of journalists and bloggers to write pro Israeli articles – to paying Uni students to click like on those propaganda campaigns and writing nice comments – which was all eventually automated into spam bots to cut costs, I would wager that the reader has seen an IDF spam bot at work, Ray Bands……. Cheap Raybands, this month only blah blah………

    It warmed my heart to hear that amongst all the Facebook the face book nations, New Zealand ranks amongst the highest in blocking spam and fake profiles. So keep doing what you’re doing New Zealand. The war isn’t over yet.

  4. AndyS says:

    Do you support the stabbing of Israeli Jews in Jerusalem by Palestinian Islamic Supremacists?

  5. gabrielle says:

    appros of nothing but Hitler was veggie too for mostly for “ethical and health reasons” (Veganism as we know it wasn’t really possible in the 1940’s because Vitimin B12 hadn’t been isolated and made into supplements yet) the rights of animals and rights of other humans are seperate issues and you can very easily be for one without the other. in certain circles it’s almost compulsory to only be for one or the other.

    • phillip ure says:

      just a fact-check for you..hitler was not a vegetarian.

      ..this was dreamed up by goebbels to enhance his ‘superman’-image..

      ..and i take as an authority the autobiography of his chef..who details the late-nite snacks he made every nite for hitler and eva braun..(and lists hiltlers’ favourite foods..)

      these both confirm that hitler was not a vegetarian..

      ‘apropos of nothing’.indeed..!

  6. Andre says:

    What !

    • gabrielle says:

      well I’ll just go cry into my pumpkin and swede curry then. what was the chefs name? next you’ll say he didn’t like dogs either. (just coz Hitler liked dogs doesn’t mean you can’t; socialise them properly thou)