“The truth is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes.” (H.L. Mencken) In the case of Senior IDF officer Shalom Eisner, who recently got caught on video smacking an “innocent bike rider” with his M-16, the reasons are not so mysterious. Eisner is a Jew. He is also an Israeli soldier. Israel, with one tenth of one percent of the world’s population and no broad national ambition beyond hoping to exist, is a threat to world peace…
That’s mankind’s story and we’re sticking to it.
Though Eisner has been reprimanded, suspended and may face criminal charges, this is clearly not enough. Given, the gesture was brutal and, from the 2-minute video below, it seems unjustified, but the YouTube caption that accompanies the video has transformed the encounter into a Middle Eastern version of The Killing Fields:
Palestinian and international cyclists were brutally attacked by the Israeli occupation forces on Saturday as they attempted to bike up Route 90…The cyclists were demonstrating against Israeli apartheid policies in the Jordan Valley, which limit Palestinian access to roadways as part of an ongoing campaign of ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Bedouin communities of the Valley.
In just two sentences three myths are amplified, occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing, and the reader envisions a bloody military onslaught against Sunday cyclists. Maybe the author hoped you wouldn’t watch?