Blinded by white culture and privilege – Middle East Monitor
The front page of a national newspaper in Scotland speaks volumes about the difference in how the media covers the war in Ukraine and the more than 70 years of undeclared war inflicted on the Palestinian people, from the Israeli-occupied West Bank to the -Besieged Gaza Strip and refugee camps in neighboring countries.
Many media analysts and liberal observers will dismiss all of this as naked racism at play, but it actually stems from something far more corrosive and deeply rooted in Europe; something much more insidious than being “simply” influenced by the color of someone’s skin. It’s called white culture, and it encompasses all the power, privilege, and access that comes with it for the chosen few.
White culture is where the establishment — including royalty — hides and thrives largely unseen. Personalities who own global media, mega-corporations and industrial giants are urged to toe the specific lines of the establishment. In media terms, this is manifested, for example, by a Ukrainian civilian standing in front of a Russian tank with a rocket launcher or a Molotov cocktail, hailed as a hero, while a dark-skinned child like Faris Odeh, who was shot by Israeli troops for throwing stones at an Israel Defense Forces tank in 2000, is labeled a terrorist.
There are thousands of Palestinian children like Faris Odeh in the cemeteries of the occupied Palestinian territories, but don’t expect tears to be shed by those in power in the West. Many of those privileged by white culture are Zionists and have nothing to do with Judaism, but everything to do with promoting the rogue state of Israel. Much to the fury of Tel Aviv, Israel has been confirmed as an apartheid state by human rights organizations – Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and B’Tselem – for which there is abundant evidence. and compelling evidence, if evidence is still needed. Ukraine has exposed the hypocrisy of Western Zionists, who don’t care about human rights if they encroach on their interests.
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Israel’s racist policy has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with white culture. To fully understand this, one need only look at the racial origins of the politicians surrounding British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to realize that white culture has nothing to do with skin color or race. It’s a state of mind.
Someone who broke the rules of the “club” is Baroness Sayeeda Warsi who broke political ranks during Israel’s 2014 military offensive against Palestinians in Gaza and resigned on principle. There is no place for principle or honor in the world of white culture, however, the former Conservative Party co-chairman has been thrown into the political wasteland. Any chances she might have had of a quick return or rehabilitation were dashed when she spoke out against Islamophobia within her own party.
A casual glance at Boris Johnson’s front benches in Britain’s House of Commons reveals people of color, but they’re not there to promote diversity. People like Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Health Minister Sajid Javid, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, Climate Change Minister Alok Sharma and Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi are simply catalysts of white culture. They do it so well that they have been propelled into the ranks of the Conservative Party and are allowed to sit at the top table. Ability is at the bottom of the list of qualifications for such status.
There is a similar story playing out in the opposition benches where Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer would have you believe that he too promotes ethnic and religious diversity by pointing out the number of black, brown and olive skin surrounding it. Again, this is not about diversity: access is not the same as acceptance; not the same as equal opportunity; not the same as integration on an equal footing.
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Socialist voices will have you believe that this is truly an “us and them” affair, but it is much more complex than that. Do they really think the likes of Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg are watching Robert Grady, the Scottish thug on the front page of the Daily recordingand identify closely with him simply because he too is white?
Grady, from Edinburgh, is now in Ukraine brandishing an assault rifle and taking part in a recruitment video with his new comrades urging other volunteers to sign up to fight the Russians. His Facebook posts include a boast that he intends to kill as many Russians as possible. Known to his friends as Rab, the Hibernian Football Club fan was the victim of a football banning order for violence after a cup final in 2014.
This thug is now one of the good guys according to the new media narrative. If Grady had decided to volunteer to help the Palestinians fight the Israelis, he would not have gone to the airport check-in counter; instead, it would face the full weight of draconian anti-terrorism laws. In his warped worldview, Grady might think he’s a white supremacist fighting Putin’s Russia, but in reality he’s cannon fodder for the propaganda machine that has sprung up to promote the West. and demonize anything Russian.
The attack on Vladimir Putin’s Russia is unprecedented, with instant global boycotts, account freezes and trade bans affecting all aspects of Russian life, from sports to industry and even once untouchable oligarchs. Imagine if the same level of sanctions and support had been given in favor of the Palestinians at all times during their 74-year struggle for freedom and democracy; Palestine would now be a prosperous independent state.
The Palestinians will no doubt continue to despair of the injustice of it all, but at least they now know that the discrimination they suffer from the great and good members of the international community has nothing to do with color of their skin. It’s people blinded by white culture who abuse the privileges it gives them.
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