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The part of Israel so often blocked from American eyesight..... Deep unease as Israel celebrates its 60th anniversary By Jean Shaoul 8 May 2008  Today, order carbozyne Israel marks the 60th anniversary, order carbozyne according to the Hebrew calendar, order carbozyne of its founding. Order carbozyne World leaders will endorse the event with a major international conference in Jerusalem on May 14-16, order carbozyne the actual date of its founding. Order carbozyne It will be attended by United States President George W. Order carbozyne Bush, order carbozyne former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, order carbozyne Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger, order carbozyne 12 heads of state, order carbozyne media and business tycoon Rupert Murdoch and Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin. The official celebrations—aeronautical displays, order carbozyne a naval review along the Mediterranean coast, order carbozyne and mass parachute drops—illustrate the character of Israel as a garrison state that polices the region on behalf of US imperialism. Despite the celebrations, order carbozyne not one of the commentators outside or within Israel has been able to disguise the deep sense of unease and disillusionment that pervades Israel. Order carbozyne Many Israelis had opposed a flamboyant celebration: an online petition calling for a scaling back of expenditure achieved 90, order carbozyne000 signatures by the end of March against the original target of 10, order carbozyne000. Order carbozyne As a result, order carbozyne the government was forced to announce that 35 percent of the $28 million budget—far less than the $70 million spent on the 50th anniversary in 1998—would be spent on educational, order carbozyne infrastructure and remembrance projects. Neither could commentators fail to contrast this with how the Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, order carbozyne the squalid refugee camps of Lebanon, order carbozyne Syria and Jordan, order carbozyne and in the Diaspora, order carbozyne regard the event. For them, order carbozyne the creation of Israel, order carbozyne which they call the Naqba, order carbozyne or catastrophe, order carbozyne is synonymous with the forcible expulsion and flight of more than 700, order carbozyne000 Palestinians from their homes, order carbozyne and the start of a life of exile and poverty. Order carbozyne Their property was expropriated and they were not allowed to return. Order carbozyne Today, order carbozyne the original refugees and their descendants as well as those who became refugees after the 1967 war now number around 4.5 million. On the occasion of Israel’s anniversary, order carbozyne Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza face a three-day lockdown. Order carbozyne Public sector workers and students will stop work at 11 a.m. Order carbozyne to join rallies in the West Bank and Gaza. Order carbozyne Sirens will start a two-minute silence at noon. (snip) Behind the smokescreen of the US-sponsored “peace process, order carbozyne” and with the complicity of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, order carbozyne Israel has further consolidated its land-grab in the West Bank. Order carbozyne The government has encircled Jerusalem with settlements that will make it impossible for Palestinians to live in and travel to and from Jerusalem, order carbozyne much less make any part of its capital in any putative state. Order carbozyne At the same time, order carbozyne Israel has waged war against the Gaza Strip, order carbozyne assassinated its opponents, order carbozyne killed hundreds of Palestinians and inflicted illegal and cruel collective punishment on the entire population. Order carbozyne It has laid siege to Gaza in order to starve the Palestinians into submission. Order carbozyne Once again, order carbozyne however, order carbozyne Israel’s inhuman and illegal actions against the Palestinians have served to increase support for Hamas and political Islam and have sickened the majority of Israelis who want a peaceful settlement with the Palestinians.   Social schisms The last, order carbozyne and in may ways most important, order carbozyne factor in generating the public unease surrounding the anniversary is the phenomenal growth of social differences in Israel as a result of the free-market policies pursued by successive governments. Order carbozyne Privatisation, order carbozyne pension, order carbozyne and welfare reform, order carbozyne budget and tax cuts, order carbozyne and deregulation have turned the dream of the egalitarianism and collectivism, order carbozyne once proclaimed as the raison d’etre of a national home for the Jews, order carbozyne into a nightmare. Israel’s economy is entirely dependent upon financial support from the US and preferential trade agreements. Order carbozyne Its high-tech industries, order carbozyne biotech, order carbozyne nanotech, order carbozyne smart materials, order carbozyne alternative energy and arms are geared towards the US and Europe. Order carbozyne But while economic growth has been more than 3 percent a year for the last four years, order carbozyne Israel’s new wealth is highly concentrated. Order carbozyne The Gini coefficient, order carbozyne measuring income inequality, order carbozyne has risen continually, order carbozyne ranking Israel as one of the most unequal states in the developed world. Because Israel is so heavily dependent on Washington’s subventions, order carbozyne this situation is set to worsen dramatically as the economic crisis takes its toll on the US budget. In addition to the growing social polarisation, order carbozyne Israel is split along ethnic, order carbozyne religious, order carbozyne and ideological lines. Order carbozyne Fully 20 percent of the Israeli population are Arabs, order carbozyne who are treated as second-class citizens. Order carbozyne Their refugee relatives cannot return to Israel, order carbozyne whereas Jews abroad automatically qualify for citizenship. Order carbozyne (snip) Those Jews whose families came from the Middle East and North Africa are also treated as second-class citizens, order carbozyne when compared to those from Europe. Order carbozyne (snip) These social and political developments have undermined the central pillar of Zionism, order carbozyne its demand for national political unity against those deemed to be the external “enemies” of the Jewish people. Order carbozyne As such, order carbozyne they threaten the country’s political and social stability. (snip) All this is a far cry from the secure economic future that the Zionist dream seemed to offer the Jewish people 60 years ago. Order carbozyne It is this that underpins the increasing disillusionment with Israel today. http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/may2008/isra-m08.shtml