US Officially Recognizes Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel
Some Fear the Move Could Spark Protests
12/7/17, 1:13 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from NPR
Yesterday, President Trump announced that the United States will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In addition, the American embassy will be moved from the country's former capital, Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem. This all comes more than ten years after both Congress and the Senate voted overwhelmingly (374-37 and 93-5) for this same move, and exactly six months since they did that same thing last June (voted on this).
As if this is news (it's not (it is?)), Jerusalem is and has been the center of controversy and violence ever since Israel was first recognized as a Jewish state in 1948, replacing what was then British-ruled Palestine. And that's not to disregard the violence surrounding the city before that date (and throughout practically all of time), only to put my emphasis on modern times (or: it’s not news).
Everyone seems to have a different opinion on this matter, but there is one thing no one can deny:
If there's one thing everyone likes to get equally ridiculously offended about, it's Israel.
If we’re avoiding conspiracy theories, this is because of the religious aspects surrounding the country. It was originally created as the result of the Jewish people justifiably proclaiming that they'd been wrongfully persecuted for many centuries, a fairly big example of that happening within the previous ten years of the birth of Israel (meaning: WWII). Please note that, since its birth, areas in Jerusalem in which the Jews have control violence is stymied, whereas areas where the Arabs have control, Jewish people cannot go anywhere near for fear of violence, which is not to comment on the violence Israel produces against the Palestinians, or on any other aspect of this situation, only that, on the ground and in the day-to-day in the country itself, where the Jews have control: ‘normalcy’ seems to be the norm (at least in the sense that ‘normalcy’ is the understanding to not be physically violent towards other people no matter what your reasons (and however justified they may be).
Opinion: There are reasons for whatever ‘opinion’ you may have on Israel, or on Jerusalem, but this is still 'religion' at bottom here, and ‘religion’ in the sense that one must be ‘indoctrinated’ to ‘get it’.
By ‘indoctrinated’ I mean: necessarily in understanding that ‘this religion’ and ‘this “religious attitude” (dogma-based)’ is the only acceptable way to think.
The Religious Attitude does not care about what you feel, or what you know, it only cares about what I know and what I KNOW THAT I FEEL! because it's TRUE GODDAMMIT!
Jerusalem is violent and Israel is controversial not because religious freaks keep blowing shit up for no reason (although that is the rational way of looking at it) (and by 'blowing shit up', I could also mean ‘trying to ideologically take over the world’ (the world changes in-time (I am not pretentious), and not through any focused ideology claiming to be the one that works– we know it works as it proves that it works through time, and without words, hence the problem with ever saying, for example (and this is totally unrelated, by the way), that Marx was a total genius or that 'capitalism is amazing and hence there's no reason to think about it without being offended at the fact that someone is actually hateful enough (stupid by association) to question the godhead ($)!))), but (Jerusalem is violent and Israel is controversial) because religious freaks are blowing shit up for the most important reasons humans could ever even attempt to (albeit futilely) understand.
There's no reasoning with religious zealots about what 'religion' means, only on what their religion means.
And it always means: ‘the best one’.
Until we realize that everyone has a different understanding of what 'the best one' means, and of how it relates to subjects such as identity, metaphysics and politics, and hence what religion itself means…