George Zimmerman’s brother stands with Israel, guess we can all go home
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is, indeed, complicated, complex, charged, overwhelming, tragic, confusing and other things that, to quote C&C Music factory, make you go hmmm.
Some people see the issue with an enviable clarity and simplicity, with views ranging from (a) Ayrabs won’t rest until they’ve killed all Jews to (b) all Jews/zionists/israelis won’t rest until they have killed all Palestinians.
But I, personally, like my world-view like my men: nuanced. So I look to the opinions and writing of people like the scholars Avi Shlaim, Ilan Pappé, Rashid, Khalidi, and the brother of George Zimmerman, Robert Zimmerman. Because, when it comes to restraint, non-violent conflict resolution, justice, trust-worthiness, and general decency, the Zimmerman’s are beyond reproach.
Brother George, of course, gets credit for murdering Trayvon Martin, but Robert Zimmerman’s racism and general disregard for human life deserves recognition. He once, for example, made an astute comparison between De’Marquise Elkins and Trayvon Martin because,
both had Elkins fatally shot a white baby during a robbery attempt and… Trayvon was fatally shot… and… whatever… the point is they were both Black and had been photographed giving the finger, which is a pretty “#uncanny” and remarkable similarity.
He also brilliantly justified his brother’s killing of a teenager who was, indeed armed (with a hoody AND skittles AND iced tea), by implying that Elkins and his accomplice, were ex-post facto responsible for making white people racist.
Given how restrained and proportionate George’s response to Trayvon Martin was, it comes as no surprise that Robert took to twitter to endorse the restrained and proportionate response of the Israel Defense Forces, last week.
As Robert himself says, “A picture speaks a thousand words. Any questions?”