As a musician, it is occasionally necessary to stand up for something, to speak out against injustice.
While mine may not, perhaps, be a popular stance, it is, nevertheless, my stance.
AN OPEN LETTER TO ISRAEL
It is most unfortunate and truly regrettable that your people have undergone such brutal treatment for quite a long history, notably, and most recently, culminating with the Holocaust. Antisemitic movements have left your people without country or home.
You have experienced fully what it is like to be treated as a sub-human species.
Yet, today, in a land taken from people already living there, we find your people doing exactly what was done to you.
What are you building with your apartheid walls but an open-air concentration camp?
When you test your weapons systems on Palestinian civilians, how are you any different than the Nazis who used your parents and grandparents as test subjects for their weapons and medical experiments?
When you destroy roads and make easy transportation nearly impossible between villages in Palestinian areas, even if it’s an emergency medical vehicle, how does this differ from travel restrictions imposed on your people throughout the 1930’s and 40’s by fascist regimes throughout Europe?
When you place restrictions on supplies, water and food with your blockade on Gaza and the West Bank, how is this better than your own treatment in the Jewish ghettos under Hitler’s regime?
When your people cheer and applaud your military bombing civilians in Gaza, how, exactly, are you any different at all than the masses who cheered on the rise of Hitler?
Have the cruel lessons of history been so poorly learned that you, yourselves must perpetuate the very kinds of violence carried out upon your parents and grandparents? Have you not learned the horrors of being regarded as somewhat less than human?
As to Iran, haven’t you been telling the world for over thirty years that Iran was days, or weeks, or months away from building a bomb? What do you gain from more war?
Do you wish to plunge the world into yet another world war?
Do you not realize that with Russia and possibly China as allies, attacking Iran would accomplish exactly that?
I call upon you to remember your families, your grandparents, your parents, yourselves, your humanity.
History has offered you a lesson in compassion, a lesson in cruelty, a lesson in the depths and heights of humankind.
Will you learn it?
Chad S. Rushing