A few weeks ago the Arab terrorist Sami Kuntar was released by Israel in exchange for the remains of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, two Israeli soldiers kidnapped and killed by Hizbullah. There has been much rage in Israel about the hero's welcome that Kuntar (who killed a 4-year-old girl by crushing her skull with his rifle's butt) received in Lebanon (although it must be noted that in Lebanon it is denied that he murdered the girl).
And all would be OK if it were not for the accompanying assertion that while the Arabs honor their terrorists, Israel doesn't. "Where are the official honors for Baruch Goldstein?," the reasoning goes.
In the first place we must observe that Israel is a country with an army. When you're a people without planes or tanks, it's quite hard to make a murder look like collateral damage. When you've got an army it's much easier. To put it crudely, any Israeli pilot, or soldier on a tank, can intentionally kill civilians and then claim he was targetting something else. It's his word against the Palestinians', and it is quite possible --I'm not saying certain, but possible-- that some of the soldiers who get military honors in Israel (who knows, maybe even Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser) are actually cold-blooded murderers.
But of course the point can be made that, in any event, Israeli soldiers are not honored in the knowledge that they willingly killed someone innocent.
However, before the creation of the State, certain Jews were involved in serious terroristic activity, willingly killing civilians. The Palestine Post archives can help us in finding a few examples. There, you can access scanned versions of all issues of what now is the Jerusalem Post.
For instance, on 19 Feb 1948 we find on the first page:
The bomb at the marketplace on the weekly market day was later claimed by the Irgun, a Jewish terrorist group.
On 1 Apr 1948, also on the first page, we can read:
As can be seen, the Stern gang, another Jewish terrorist group, was responsible for the mining of this train.
On 14 Dec 1947, among many stories of attacks against Arab civilians reported on the first page, we read:
This attack on a crowded lane between a movie theater and a café was perpetrated by the Irgun (in the article called IZL, Irgun Zvai Leumi).
But of course, we know that both the Irgun and the Stern gang were repudiated by the Israeli society, weren't they?
In 1980, the State of Israel honored the terrorists that killed 40 Arabs on a train and 6 Arabs in a marketplace and another 6 Arabs in the street (among countless other atrocities) by awarding them State ribbons. Here's the Lehi (Stern gang) ribbon:
And here is the Irgun ribbon:
So that Israel honors its own terrorists, just like the Palestinians do; it only hopes people won't notice. But in the Internet world, with all that scanned evidence scattered all over the web, relying on the people's bad memory may not be so good an idea.
El País (Der Stürmer)
10 years ago