I Love The Internet was picked up soon after its release and now moving poems.com are running Genocide Is My Man United.
A nice site to feature on.
And here's what they say:
Irish poet Kevin Barrington is doing interesting things with spoken-word video these days — here, with the help of filmmaker Mark Cantwell. The poem’s cynicism may be a little on the heavy side, but it works for me. (For Americans and others who may be clueless about soccer/football, “Man United” is Manchester United Football Club, one of the most successful teams in English football.) Cynical about genocide though. That's a curious one. What are you supposed to be? Rever-fucking-ential? I dunno. Go figure.
I appear to be blocked from the Israeli embassy Facebook page.
Wonder why? Because I don't recall ever writing on the
page. A decidedly pointless pursuit. With Ambassador Boaz and his Madame Ngu-like missus, it would be liked peddling pacifism at Nuremburg.
So I must have come to their attention
otherwise. Perhaps it is because I am a signatory to the IPSC boycott list.
(They were the first to approach me as
an "artist."I have to admit I was flattered by
their good taste. Finally recognised as a poet. Had it been the Hare Krishnas,
I'd be shouting Vishnu to you)
But seriously, it was either that, or perhaps some of my other writings on Israel highlighting its policy
of politicide and its subverting of all
prospects of peace, in the Village magazine or on my blog.
This brings me to my point of this rant
cos some of have asked why Israel? Why the attention on Israel? It’s a
fashionable question. And I read recently an opinion piece that talked of the 'unjust' concentrationfocus on Israel. The issue also seems to have
become one of the talking points
of Israeli apologists.
Why not Syria? Why not ISIS? Why not
Well, at least we are making some
progress here. Because these seem like ‘against the ropes’
counter-punches. These now underline the validity of seeing Israel, in the same light, as these other backward, racist,
fundamentalist or pariah states. Yes, it's a sign
that the “oasis of democracy in a sandstorm of
savagery”tropeargument is getting threadbare. Israel struggles
to keep peddling that myth in the face of social media
erosion of it. And it directly targets - like the Yanks did before them - significant media outfits like Al Jazeera, who dare to propose a counter narrative. Although an
increasingly draconian state, it does not directly target the Western press per
se. Sure, it won't cry over the odd dead
correspondent. But despite conveying animosity to all deemed “left” or “liberal” – which supposedly classifiesincludes the press- the IDF doesn’t go beheading
Western reporters on sight.
So yes, there is no doubt that we get
more news out of Gaza than we do out of Mosul. SupposedlyApparently there were no US correspondents in Iraq
when ISIS launched their barbaric blitzkrieg. The press corps was
subsequently rushed from Turkey into Kurdistan to give us some datelines. And
any Baghdad-based stringers were quickly in demand.
But even counting the ISIS upsurge, there is much more reporting out of
Israel/Palestine than out of Syria/Iraq. And greater coverage means greater
engagement and therefore greater public interest. Social media has played a
novel role here too. Social media played a pioneering role in the last Gaza
conflict but this time round it has gone mainstream. Social media usage has
grown to the point that it has amplified the engagement and given it profound
depth. Here's Paul Mason on the subject: Social networks change our
perception of war. I’ve written about this before, but seeing both journalists
and Gaza citizens at work on Twitter and Facebook, spreading real-time,
verifiable imagery of arbitrary killing of civilians has, most probably, been
as big a shock to the global audience as, say, movie pictures of the trenches
were in the first world war, and the first anti-war novels of the early 1920s.
Many people say they can “feel” what it must be like: this is a big change from
Iraq, where we saw the war through the nose-cameras of missiles, or satellite
imagery from Centcom, or the occasional live-feed from the top of a hotel on
24-hourTV”. Before we raise a toast to Twitter, this novel conveyance of emotional intelligence can lead to ugly
implication. Mason argues: "Genocidal
thoughts are spreading on both sides. I’ve heard secular, modern Palestinians in
the Arab nationalist tradition, previously wedded to the two-state solution,
say “after this we can’t live on the same planet”. Likewise, in the Israeli
media, parliament and Twittersphere, the rhetoric of ethnic cleansing, “camps”
and anti-Arab racism is rife” - See more at: http://blogs.channel4.com/paul-mason-blog/gaza-prove-gamechanging-event/2118#sthash.pNJMa1sg.dpuf
Israeli apologists argue that the
percentage of negative coverage Israel receives is unjust and
some further suggest that it reflects growing anti-Semitism in Europe. But
whatever about Europe I believe there is a far more pertinent issue at play
here. It is certainly the one that motivates me. Then to top it off ISIS
don't have an ambassador and his wife down in Ballsbridge who personify and represent of the issue. And the issue is the
racist consequences of Jewish supremacy and Zionist ethnic cleansing.
Here we have a pair of malicious bigots
who argue that Israel is fighting for "us" against "them'. In doing so they have become a global laughing
stock - although that term minimises their sinister role. They are also a source
of shame and concern to that dwindling, endangered tribe: the Israeli left.
Using racist stereotypes, the like of
which they themselves complain so vociferously about, the embassy tell us that
were it not for Israel, Ireland and Europe would be overrun by
(Strange that they are concerned about
us as Mrs. Bodai recently referred to the Irish as “anti-Semitic heathen hordes”.)
It is staggering, however, to think that
this locker room racism and barracks bigotry is coming from a diplomatic
But such lunacy does not strike
discordant notes in today’s Knesset.
So it is no wonder that there is a
petition going around trying to put pressure on Enda Kenny to throw Boaz Modai
and his Madame Ngu out.
Thankfully ISIS does not have diplomatic
Thankfully once again, my government is
not complicit in ISIS atrocity the way it is with Israeli politicide. ISIS does
not sit alongside us in the UN pretending to be a civilised nation.
Only when we start viewing Israel as a
dangerous rogue nation the way we
see Syria and Iraq, can things
start to change. Cut off diplomatic relations with the State of Israel, then
things can change. Until then Israel deserves our attention. Because it has
pulled off one of the best con jobs modern history has seen. And, as we can see
from the now infamous Dr. Luntz's manual, it is still very effective at
peddling the con.
Although, the 'why us not Syria' line shows the cracks in the con job. That's the
last line of defence before admitting the game is up. Israel has a far more
evolved public relations machine. It knows it is not good PR to go around
beheading people in public. And when it does shoot innocent people then finish
them off with sniper fire as they lie dying in
rubble, they don't promulgate YouTube clips. Thankfully there are other brave
people bearing witness. Israel knows that Dresden is more acceptable than
Belsen. Drone more acceptable than ISIS sword. When it comes to genocide it
seems we deem proximity to be the greater evil. Pondering the difference
between the Nazis camp and the Allied firebombing, the great Lenny Bruce said,
"the Nazis watched." Whether ISIS
sword or Israeli drone, the end result is the same for the victims of differing ethnicity.
Israel must be stopped before it
achieves its objective of bombing the Palestinians into an ISIS state of mind.
It is a testament to the Palestinians sophistication as a culture that this has
not yet happened. But in the despicable prison lab that is Gaza, in a
brutalised world without the semblance of hope, in a world of
humiliation and constant daily indignity, frightening psychological mutations
Israel wants/needs vicious jihadi hordes
to justify its barbaric repression. Israel panics at the sight of moderation.
That is why Israel originally supported Hamas. And that is why - given the
recent Hamas- Fatah reconciliation - we are currently
witnessing the IDF slaughtering its way through Gaza.
Israel prefers a bellicose status quo to
land yielding peace.
Israel has never ever wanted to give up
'Gaza' Israeli apologists will say.
But the Gaza 'withdrawal' was a mere
cosmetic move where Israel changed its role from repressive occupier to brutal
The IDF moved from one side of a wall to
another. Locking “in” instead of locking “down”.
Israel strives to repeat what it has
done with the State of
Israel its own state,
that is, to create
sufficient “fact” on the ground that it becomes indisputable. If a couple of million
Palestinians are in the way, so what.
They have a choice, it says. This is why Israel is sees itself asstrictlycompletely innocent of the crime of genocide:the Palestinians don't face certain death
if they submit or if they leave.
Furthermore, Israel is at pains to point out that
Palestinians live 'freely' within the State of Israel and even can participate
in the body politic.
Yes they can live as second-class
citizens in increasingly intolerant racist and violent society. And their
political leaders often stand accused of 'treason' for representing their
To borrow from Benny, Israel has come up
with a more “telegenic” form of genocide and that's politicide - the attack on all constructs
that bring people together as a nation, that give people identity, pride and
Under the cover of endless peace talks,
it steadfastly pursues this objective. An objective that clearly explains
attacks on schools, hospitals, power plants and universities.
Why do I agitate about Israel?
Because the west is complicit.
America enables the whole brutal
America could call a halt to this whole
quasi-genocidal show. But it has neither the courage nor the moral integrity to
do so. But that can change. The parties may be paralysed but the people's view
is changing. The change was well heralded by Pulitzer Prize winning Middle East
reporter, the late Richard Ben Kramer in his 2005 prophetic best seller How
Israel Lost. Change may be tragically slow but it is possible. Writing in
Dublin Ireland, there is very little one can do to combat the threat of ISIS.
But Israel is different. Political support, or the lack thereof, matters to Israel. So it makes sense to create political pressure.
Highlighting the issue informs people and makes them more likely to lobby.
And finally Israel, as the Dr. Luntz
manual reminds us, is fighting an information war. It
used to be very good at peddling the con. But the more it is exposed, the cruder it gets. A rabid intolerance of opposition and dissidence, is the hallmark of intolerant fundamentalists. It is important to fight
Israeli propaganda. Because there will be no progress until people understand
Then there is the selfish reason to focus on Israel: I don't want to be a victim of an act of 'revenge' by some despair-driven zealot who sees the West as instrumental in the murderous oppression
of his people.
That's why the focus on Israel.
And don't even try talking to me about