Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Jews do do these things

On 11 March 2011, an adult couple and three of their children were stabbed to death at the Israeli settlement of Itamar. It is yet unclear who murdered them, and I was waiting for the investigation to reach a conclusion before commenting on the case. Almost one month has passed, though, and a gag order remains in place forbidding Israeli officials from releasing information on the investigation's progress. However, today, April 9, is a good day to reflect a little on this tragedy and how it has been handled.

One of the most striking aspects about the coverage of the massacre was how the Zionist media were quick to ascribe it to terrorists, despite the alternative explanations available (revenge killing by a Thai worker, retribution for the killing of 2 Palestinian children near the settlement two years ago...). Not only that, but the whole Palestinian people were dehumanized in op-ed after op-ed, despite the Palestinian Authority's condemnation of the murders. In some cases the demonization reached cosmic levels. I was particularly shocked by a Hanoch Daum article at Ynet under the title These are not humans:

Are they members of the family of nations at all? Would a human being stab a three-month-old baby girl in her sleep and kill a tender four-year-old child sleeping peacefully in his bed next to his parents’ bedroom? (...)

We can keep talking at length about painful concessions, but as long as on the other side we have blood-thirsty psychopaths capable of knifing an 11-year-old child, a four-year-old boy, and a baby who was just born, such talk would mostly be futile.

We have to recognize the following fact: Inhumane elements exist in the other camp. These are terrorists that Israel must eliminate, before they kill our children.

The desired reader reaction took nothing to arise:

15. Kill of 5 family members
The pain that is coused here is too unbearable. something must be done about it. my heart bleeds for this family- wich will have a heavy future. May god protect us from those Unhuman Living things wich act worse then animals.
Katy, Vienna (03.14.11)

30. Time to kill Palestinians (End)
Eyal, USA ISRAEL (03.14.11)

43. The Murderers are not Psychopaths
Hanoch Daum is wrong. The murderer who perpetrated this horror is not a psychopath. He is not a sick individual. He is the natural product of his upbringing, an upbringing that glorifies the spilling of Jewish blood. A society that names public squares and schools after murderers is going to produce more of the same. When are we going to wake up this reality. Bibi and all the rest talk of bringing the perpetrator to justice. The entire society is to blame. The perpetrator is simply the agent who actually carried out the horror. The society applauds him and in a few years will name a school or a hospital after him.
Moshe Tokayer, Petach Tikvah (03.14.11)

Now Ynet talkbacks are moderated. One wonders what the reaction would be if, say, The Guardian published a comment along the lines of "Time to kill Jews."

But what I take issue with most is Hanoch Daum's assertion that "the other" side is capable of horrific actions that, presumably, his side would never engage in. Yes, the old, tired argument "They hate, we don't; the Jews don't do these things."

Even if we accept, for the sake of argument, that the settler family was murdered by a Palestinian, it is utterly wrong to compare what that presumed terrorist did with what the State of Israel does and conclude that only one side, the Palestinians, intentionally kills civilians. Three thoughts arise:

1) The Palestinians can’t disguise their crimes as military actions. The Israelis can. We can’t say “the Israelis don’t kill civilians;” at most, we can say that the extent of IDF operations makes it impossible to ascertain if the civilians that they kill are intended murders or not. The recent case of an old man killed in his sleep by IDF forces provides an excellent example of a totally unnecessary and highly suspicious death in which the soldier who pulled the trigger is acquitted based on his own testimony.

2) The Israelis have at their disposal –and use– a variety of methods to punish the Palestinians, from bombing their power plants to targetedly killing their leaders (and a few bystanders in the process) to impeding the import of food and clothing. The only way the Palestinians have of exacting a price for the Israelis’ crimes is to randomly kill civilians. Again, this is not to excuse those killings; it’s simply to compare the many retaliatory options the Israelis enjoy with the only one the Palestinians have. Give them planes, choppers and the most powerful army in the Middle East and they will probably do other, less disgusting things, such as blacking out Tel Aviv, killing 120 policemen at a graduation ceremony or using Israeli minors as human shields.

3) If any valid comparison is to be established, it must be with what the Jews did when they didn’t have a State. And here's where it is worth remembering that in such a day as today, April 9, but 63 years ago, Jewish terrorists under the command of later Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin carried out the Deir Yassin massacre, in which at least 93 Arabs were murdered in cold blood -- before Israel became independent, the seven Arab armies invaded, etc.

And it doesn't end there. When the Jews didn’t have a State, they randomly killed civilians — 42 machine-gun attacks on buses, trucks and carts in January-March, 1948, alone; Arab women, children and elderly people blown to smithereens in markets; high-ranking UN officials mowed down in the street… And remember, the most ferocious Jewish terrorist of all, David Raziel, has hundreds of streets and even a town named after him.

Indeed there may exist a peaceful people that fully rejects the killing of civilians, but it’s not the Jews.


Hussam said...

"the most ferocious Jewish terrorist of all, David Raziel, has hundreds of streets and even a town named after him."

Even a postage stamp!

Julia Riber Pitt said...

My critical thinking teacher would love to have you in class!

What I've seen with a lot of zionist propaganda is how it *rationalizes* murders of Palestinians done by the IDF and Jewish settlers and "irrationalizes" murders of Israelis done in retaliation. It always plays into the notion that the Arabs are "savages" compared to the "civil" Jews, and as such any act done by the Arabs is one of bloodthirsty savagery. It's not all that different from the propaganda that European colonists used against the peoples they invaded and stole land from.

Gert said...

‘We love life, they love death’. (‘Look at our latest batch of brain surgeons!’)

No, it’s patently clear: the Palestinians aren’t ready for anything; not for democracy, not for a state, not for sovereignty, not for an army, not with those killers in their midst threatening US, the good Jews! All that stuff will have to wait until they’ve undergone a collective personality transplant and then… maybe… maybe some day in the future we can consider some concessions. Concessions made out of the goodness of our hearts, let that be clear: we don’t own them ANYTHING, the thing was always ours to begin with.

andrew r said...

You might also mention Ibrahim that so far the Palestinians haven't depopulated a whole town. The Jews certainly did that when they didn't have a state!

Ernie Halfdram said...

You mob of hypocrites just don't understand the most fundamental principle of International Law - it's not what you do, it's who you are and who you do it to.

JD said...

"Indeed there may exist a peaceful people that fully rejects the killing of civilians, but it’s not the Jews."

Does it feel good being in the company of Nazis?

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Anonymous said...

UNESCO is going to declare lynching a Palestinian cultural practice
Lynching Israelis
Palestinians lynching fellow Palestinians
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Anonymous said...

Mocking the Holocaust is all the pathetic POS who runs this blog does. He even pretends to be an Arab “Ibrahim Ibn Yusuf” but his real name is:
Alberto J. Miyara, Facultad de Ingeniería - Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos
Note he’s a teaching assistant without a phone number
There are 2 addresses for that name in Rosario, Argentina and they both look like slums.
So does Facultad de Ingeniería - Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos.

Anonymous said...

I urge and encourage you all to obtain and read copies of the Jewish newspapers "The Yated" and "Hamodia" You might be shocked at what you read ehen its coming from their persective. Enough said.

Cricket Black said...

Very interesting. It is utterly bizarre that they can get away with exalting their own terrorists while condemning the other side. Cognitive dissonance is a powerful thing.

As an American Jew I utterly despise the seemingly Israeli influence in the US of promoting Islamaphobia and ethnic demonetization. Hey, it may be okay in Israel, but here we are still the minority. And feeding the hate hurts us. The same people who are empowered by the Islamaphobia are the same people that will use that momentum against us. It's like what Chris Rock explains when he heard the ignorant patriotism after 9/11 "I'm an American! F*ck all these foreigners (that was cool), then F*ck the French (that was cool), but then F*ck the Arabs ...and then I start to listen because I know...n***as and Jews are next!"

Nick said...

Are you sure that "the most ferocious Jewish terrorist of all, David Raziel, has hundreds of streets and even a town named after him."?

I have to ask, because the YNET NEWS says that Vladimir Jabotinsky has the most memorials and has given his name to "57 streets, parks and squares",7340,L-3476622,00.html

Jabotinsky is, of course, the legendary ex-Okhrana operative and brute who said "... Zionism is a colonizing adventure and therefore it stands or falls by the question of armed force. It is important to build, it is important to speak Hebrew, but, unfortunately, it is even more important to be able to shoot - or else I am through with playing at colonialization."

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