God Gave This Land to Me

2013 October 22
by Carl Watson

A tragicomic video on the absurdity of thinking that some sky daddy has given you the right to live on some piece of land. Americans support Israel based on that right, perhaps as a subtle way of justifying their own similar claim some three hundred years ago. Indeed those first settlers here in the new world also thought that God had steered them to these shores and that Manifest Destiny justified just about any atrocity including the wholesale slaughter the indigenous peoples, who no doubt thought some god had also granted them the right to live on these lands. Apparently those who buy into Israel’s sky daddy doctrine do not feel the need to respect other such claims. Maybe sky daddies are never more than political propaganda for the accumulation of resources.  And scarcity is the reality of the future.  Hearing voices anyone?.

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  1. 2013 October 28
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    Nina Paley, the creator of this video, provides the following list of chracter (inhabitants, conquerers of the middle east) as they appear in the video in chronological order:

    Who’s Killing Who? A Viewer’s Guide

    Because you can’t tell the players without a pogrom!

    Early Man
: This generic “cave man” represents the first human settlers in Israel/Canaan/the Levant. Whoever they were.

 What did ancient Canaanites look like? I don’t know, so this is based on ancient Sumerian art.

: Canaan was located between two huge empires. Egypt controlled it sometimes, and…

    Assyrian:….: Assyria controlled it other times.

: The “Children of Israel” conquered the shit out of the region, according to bloody and violent Old Testament accounts.

 Then the Baylonians destroyed their temple and took the Hebrews into exile.

 Here comes Alexander the Great, conquering everything!

: No sooner did Alexander conquer everything, than his generals divided it up and fought with each other.

: Greek descendants of Ptolemy, another of Alexander’s competing generals, ruled Egypt dressed like Egyptian god-kings. (The famous Cleopatra of western mythology and Hollywood was a Ptolemy.)

: More Greek-Macedonian legacies of Alexander.

    Hebrew Priest: 
This guy didn’t fight, he just ran the Second Temple re-established by Hebrews in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Exile.

: Led by Judah “The Hammer” Maccabee, who fought the Seleucids, saved the Temple, and invented Channukah. Until…

…. : the Romans destroyed the Second Temple and absorbed the region into the Roman Empire…

….: which split into Eastern and Western Empires. The eastern part was called the Byzantine Empire. I don’t know if “Romans” ever fought “Byzantines” (Eastern Romans) but this is a cartoon.

    Arab Caliph: 
Speaking of cartoon, what did an Arab Caliph look like? This was my best guess.

After Crusaders went a-killin’ in the name of Jesus Christ, they established Crusader states, most notably the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

    Mamluk of Egypt
: Wikipedia sez, “Over time, mamluks became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies…In places such as Egypt from the Ayyubid dynasty to the time of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, mamluks were considered to be “true lords”, with social status above freeborn Muslims.[7]” And apparently they controlled Palestine for a while.

    Ottoman Turk:
 Did I mention this is a cartoon? Probably no one went to battle looking like this. But big turbans, rich clothing and jewelry seemed to be in vogue among Ottoman Turkish elites, according to paintings I found on the Internet.

 A gross generalization of a generic 19-century “Arab”.

: The British formed alliances with Arabs, then occupied Palestine. This cartoon is an oversimplification, and uses this British caricature as a stand-in for Europeans in general.

: The British occupied this guy’s land, only to leave it to a vast influx of….

    European Jew/Zionist:
 Desperate and traumatized survivors of European pogroms and death camps, Jewish Zionist settlers were ready to fight to the death for a place to call home, but…

….: so were the people that lived there. Various militarized resistance movements arose in response to Israel: The Palestinian Liberation Organization, Hamas, and Hezbollah.

    State of Israel: 
Backed by “the West,” especially the US, they got lots of weapons and the only sanctioned nukes in the region.

    Guerrilla/Freedom Fighter/Terrorist
: Sometimes people fight in military uniforms, sometimes they don’t.

    Creeping up alongside are illicit nukes possibly from Iran or elsewhere in the region. Who’s Next?
    and finally…

    The Angel of Death: 
The real hero of the Old Testament, and right now too.

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