Originally I started out here to describe some of the basic underlying causes of on-going bitterness that has been welling up in the hearts of many people in Israel-Palestine due to the grim contrasts between the wonderful freedom and abundance enjoyed by so many educated, well-off Israelis and the chained, controlled, life-threatening poverty endured by their Palestinian neighbors.
"The dramatic tide-line between wealth and poverty in Israel-Palestine seems to closely resemble the wealth-and-poverty tide-line that existed in the nineteenth century in Dickensian England," I told a friend yesterday. "It's like when poor orphaned Oliver Twist dared to ask for more."
Or else it's like when American Indians' lands were brutally stolen and they were herded like animals down all the roads and into reservations, where they lived in poverty and were severely cut off from any chance of having the freedom to search for a better life.
Many Israelis have swimming pools these days, while many Palestinians only have access to enough water to take one bath a week. Many Israelis have access to grand universities. Many Palestinian children go to sub-standard schools. Yes, it is very much like Dickensian England -- with its "Haves" and "Have-Nots" living close enough to each other so that the "Have-Nots" can see the wealth and comfort and freedom of the "Haves" -- while Israeli neo-con characters similar to Mr. Limbkins laugh at them, call them outlaws and attempt to delegitimize them if they dare to say, "More, Sir?"
Then I got to thinking that perhaps America too has its "Haves" and "Have-Nots" -- with the terrible grinding poverty of the ghettos, where children join gangs, commit crimes and are tried as adults because there are so few other avenues open to them, acting harshly because their lives are so harsh.
And then I got to thinking about Wall Street and our recent housing foreclosures and our current 10.2% unemployment rate and our decaying schools -- which are rapidly creating new kinds of "Haves" and "Have-Nots" in America. And then I started wondering, "Why is it only Palestinians, ghetto dwellers and Native Americans who are demanding access to more freedom, better education, better jobs and a bigger slice of the pie?"