Op-Ed: Flirting with Terrorism, Condoning Genocide
Giulio MeottiThe writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book "A New Shoah", that researched the personal stories of Israel's terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He has just prblished a book about the Vatican and Israel titled "J'Accuse: the Vatican Against Israel" published by Mantua Books.
End of March 1983, exactly 30 years ago.
The Communist Party of the Soviet Union creates the "anti-Zionist committee". It has to fight against Israel's claim of "national exclusivity of the chosen people". All Soviet citizens - "workers, farmers, representatives of the intelligentsia" - are invited to participate actively in the struggle against the Jewish people. The "anti-Zionist committee" included self-hating Jewish personalities as well, like Yakov Fishman, the chief rabbi of Moscow, and David Dragunsky, Colonel General of the Soviet Army and two-time "Hero of the Soviet Union."
Thirty years later, like the Soviet Jewish leaders who betrayed their people, Jewish-Israeli journalists have joined the ranks of Arab terrorism. The ignoble list of the Israeli journalists who flirt with Palestinian Intifada is already very long.
The last entry is the Israeli Jewess Amira Hass of Haaretz. “Throwing stones is the right and the duty of anyone living under foreign rule", wrote the official Haaretz correspondent for what the newspaper labels the "occupied territories".
The point of no return for these Israeli commentators is Hebrew University and Israel Prize Awardee Prof. Ze’ev Sternhell who wrote in Haaretz - before he was chosen to receive the prize: “There is no doubt about the legitimacy of the armed resistance in the territories themselves. If only the Palestinians had a bit of sense, they would have been concentrating their struggle against the settlements, not hurting women and children and would avoid shooting at Gilo (a southern part of Jerusalem that was under daily fire, ed.) Nahal Oz (kibbutz near Gaza, ed.) and Sderot. They should also avoid detonating explosives on the western side of the Green Line. This way the Palestinians themselves would delineate the outline for a solution that will be undoubtedly achieved in the future”.
Sternhell thus approved Palestinian terrorism in the midst of the Second Intifada, when his own students were being butchered on buses and in restaurants.
Not surprisingly, then, like Amira Hass, Sternhell praised “that wonderful boy who just uprooted an olive grove or smashed a windshield”.
Sternhell wrote in the now-defunct Davar newspaper in 1988: "In the end we will have to use force against the settlers in Ofra or Elon Moreh.
Sternhell wrote in the now-defunct Davar newspaper in 1988: "In the end we will have to use force against the settlers in Ofra or Elon Moreh. Only he who is willing to storm Ofra with tanks will be able to block the fascist danger threatening to drown Israeli democracy".
The Jerusalem Post's journalist Larry Derfner, days after innocent Israeli civilians were murdered by terrorists near Eilat, wrote, on his blog, that such attacks on Israelis are a justifiable weapon for Palestinians to employ in order to overcome the “occupation.” Derfner wrote: “Whoever the Palestinians were who killed the eight Israelis near Eilat last week, however vile the ideology was, they were justified to attack". He was later asked to leave after a storm of readers' protests.
Sternhell’s and view like his lead directly to the genocidal conclusion that it is permissible for the Arab “freedom fighters” to murder Jews, be they civilians or soldiers in the Israeli “occupation army”.
And what's about Amos Oz, who got in touch with Marwan Barghouti, the Palestinian terrorist leader convicted of murdering five Israelis and planning a slew of terrorist attacks? This Israel Prize recipient sent the Palestinian prisoner one of his books with a personal inscription wishing him a speedy release from prison: “This story is our story. I hope you read it and understand us better, as we attempt to understand you. Hoping to meet soon in peace and freedom.”
Amos Oz is therefore culpable for the Fogels' murder.
Haaretz has been diligently undermining Israel’s claim to the moral high ground by placing victims of terrorism on the same plain as their barbaric perpetrators. Nahum Barnea, no rightist, of Yediot Aharonot wrote in November of 2000 that there are Israeli reporters who do not pass the “lynching test”. These are journalists who could not bring themselves to criticize the Palestinians even when two Israelis were savagely murdered by a Palestinian pogrom in Ramallah. Which journalists? Gideon Levy, Amira Hass, and Akiva Eldar, all of Haaretz.
These Israeli journalists have much Israeli blood on their hands.
I believe that almost the entire Israeli journalistic establishment is guilty of appeasement and incitement about Arab terrorism, because when during the first Intifada Palestinian Arabs attacked Israeli civilians and security forces with stones, iron bars, iron projectiles, knives, axes and petrol bombs, the terrorists were described in the mainstream Israeli media as “demonstrators” - even “peaceful protesters”, and not for what they are: terrorists.
We live in a time when a young, barbaric and demented Muslim in Toulouse shot little Miriam Monsonego, picked her up off the floor and shot her twice more in the head as she was bleeding to death to "verify" the kill. But a butcher would never use the knife if the master does not brainwash him. That's why the Israeli journalists, columnists and writers who sanitise Muslim genocidal terrorism are as guilty as the terrorists themselves - and in that sense, even more guilty.
500 years ago, the Italian Niccolò Machiavelli published his masterpiece, "Il Principe", The Prince, where he first formulated the idea that "the end justifies the means". If the end is dismantling the "settlements" and pushing the IDF back beyond the 1967 lines, then it means that every means is justified. Including slaughtering a family in a kibbutz, bombing a café in a suburb or shooting a car with "settler" toddlers inside.
The day after, the entire country can mourn, but the news may be stuck in a corner of page 14 of an Israeli left-wing newspaper: "Jewish Settler woman killed", or worse, "Jewish Settler child strangled", as if the twofold stigma of "Jew" and "settler" made the murder understandable, justified it and dismissed it from our attention.
The Italian poet Emilio Lussu wrote that "with these words, pistols fire themselves".