Nutmeg is coming to destroy Israel
Israel is currently trying to explain to the world why it was justified in slaughtering civilians aboard the Flotilla. The rationale behind the melee is that Very Dangerous Persons were bringing Very Dangerous Items into Gaza. These items included things like…cement.
You see, according to psychic David Frum, the cement wouldn’t be used to rebuild Gaza’s infrastructure, most of which was totally obliterated during the 2008 conflict (some estimate 70% of Rafah city needs to be rebuilt,) but rather to build bunkers for Hamas. We know the cement would be used for bunkers because Frum tells us so, and Frum knows this because Israel told him.
Israel harbors a plethora of prescient visions about the nefarious ways Palestinians would use all kinds of products. They even have a list! Check it out (via Sully):
These may seem like weird, arbitrary things to ban (Nutmeg?) but a sick thread of authoritarian genius ties these items together. Notice the prohibited items (seeds, chickens, donkeys, horses, goats, cattle, wood for construction). These are tools used by autonomous nations composed of a self-sustaining population.
Israel forbids these items because it wants Gaza to remain crippled and dependent upon it. There are two ways to destroy a nation and its people: absolute slaughter, which Israel demonstrated it is not above doing in short, violent bursts until the world recoils in horror and shames it into ending the siege, or slow suffocation via blockades. This list illustrates how to strangle a population.
As for newspapers and music, well, the reasons for their presences on The List should be obvious, too. An educated population is a dangerous population, and music is cathartic and motivational for human beings, particularly among young revolutionaries. Music creates solidarity, and it can be used as a way for slaves to communicate with one another. Music (especially hip hop) is considered to be so dangerous in Gaza that Hamas sometimes self-censors its own people.
The Flotilla travesty was simply the logical next step in Israel’s fascist behavior. The Jewish state has been systematically slaughtering the Palestinian people, and when it can’t get away with committing genocide, it strangles Gaza with blockades. And when the world attempts to break that blockade, the IDF storms a ship sailing in international waters, and slaughters nine civilians.
This isn’t about cement, or nutmeg. This is about Israel asking Palestinians to live impossible lives of starvation and humiliation, and then clutching its pearls in mock surprise when Palestinians — and international activists — fight back.
Update: The dangerous Flotilla cargo included “toys, some wheelchairs and a lot of used clothes.”