Once upon a time, Jewish groups committed terror acts very similar to the ones perpetrated until recently by the Palestinians, complete with charred vehicles, body parts scatterd all over the sidewalk, etc. This creates a problem for the Zionists, since "nothing, but nothing, can justify terrorism." In order to rationalize the acts of those Jewish murderers, three basic claims are made. As far as I know, they have never been debunked simultaneously in one and the same article. Here we go, thus:
Claim #1: Only the Irgun and the Stern Gang resorted to terror. The Haganah, which was the mainstream Jewish resistance group, didn't.
This is a departure from established fact, or, euphemisms aside, a lie. The Haganah committed numerous terror attacks, sometimes in reprisal for Arab bombings, but always killing innocent civilians. Here you can access the archives of the Palestine Post (today's Jerusalem Post); in the January 6, 1948, issue you'll find the following article (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE):
If you browse the following day's issue of the newspaper, you'll find out that at least 10 people were killed in that Haganah terror bombing, including a boy aged 15, the hotel owner's son and two Sudanese waiters (talk about Darfur). (You will also find the British authorities' denial that the hotel had been given any military use by the Arabs.) You can find many more examples of Haganah terrorism in this book.
Claim #2: Jewish terror was mostly directed against British and Arab military objectives, and did not intend to kill civilians.
This claim exploits the fact that the best-known Jewish terror attack is the one on the King David Hotel, where the Headquarters of the British Forces in Palestine and Transjordan were located. First of all it must be noted that of the 91 victims, only 22 were Britons, so that the overwhelming majority were innocent civilians, including 17 Jews. But even if the intention of this particular attack was to harm the British military, most attacks carried out by the Irgun and other Jewish terror groups targeted Arab civilians. Here's one example:
Here's yet another:
See here a list of 42 Jewish attacks on Arab buses, automobiles and carts in just three months.
Yes, Jewish terrorists WANTED to randomly kill civilians. These were not collateral damage.
Claim #3: After Israel's independence, Israelis who had engaged in terrorism paid a heavy price for their acts and were marginalized from the country's political scene for several decades.
I don't need to present any evidence to debunk this claim, because it's an assertion, and the burden of proof falls on the one who affirms something, not on the one who denies it.
Yes, Menachem Begin, one of the most famous Jewish murderers, wasn't elected Prime Minister until 1977. But what evidence is there that he wasn't elected because of his terrorism against the Arabs? Peoples don't decide their vote out of empathy for other peoples, much less their enemies. There is a much simpler explanation: Israel was established by European Jews who were politically left-leaning. They created an all-powerful labor federation, the Histadrut, through which jobs could be obtained, since it controlled most industries. And handing out jobs is a great way of getting votes. Israel became thus a hegemonic-party state, like Italy under the Christian Democrats, or Japan under the Liberal Democrats.
Only when the impoverished Sephardi population, who didn't benefit from the Histadrut pork barrel, grew to outnumber the educated, well-to-do Ashkenazi sector did Begin's rightist, populist discourse take hold among the electorate.
The reality of Jewish terrorism will continue to haunt the Zionist camp. No matter how hard they try to spin it, it was terrorism, it did target civilians, and while it in no way justifies Hamas terror, it proves that Palestinians are no more evil than other peoples who believe themselves morally superior.
El País (Der Stürmer)
14 years ago