What About Left Wing Incitement?

Why the writer doesn't buy the current Israeli indignation over "right wing incitement".

Giulio Meotti

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Hilltop Youth, Lehava, Bentzi Gopstein, "the settlers", the yeshivas, "the right wing violence", the vigilantes...These days, the Israeli mainstream is very busy in finding the monster to be imprisoned and burned at the stake. But what about the Jewish leftist incitement to "kill the settlers"? 

The extreme Left, a tiny minority in the Knesset but a majority in the media, harps on the threat of “Jewish civil war” and believes that the army’s most important mission in Judea and Samaria today is to fight Jews, not terrorists. They always perform a cynical dance on Rabin’s grave to incite against Israel’s majority, those that opposed Oslo and paid the price in blood for that agreement. 

The Israeli Amira Hass of Haaretz wrote that “throwing stones is the right and the duty of anyone living under foreign rule".

Hebrew University and Israel Prize Awardee Prof. Ze’ev Sternhell 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 also 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 former 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". 

Publicist Eyal Levi recommended a way to get rid of the "Yitzhar extremists": "Why not do this to the extremists from Yitzhar? Let the military people, who are there for days and nights to watch over that group, put some of them in the adjacent Arab village and leave them there without even signaling with a blinker. Gathering the bones the next day will be on them".

There is also ex-MK Uri Avneri, who called on the IDF to kill Jews in Judea and Samaria. "If IDF soldiers accidentally killed Arabs, then let them accidentally kill settlers". 

Ayal Nir, a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University, on his Facebook page, called to “break the necks of right-wing activists.” 

After Palestinian Arabs sadistically bashed the skulls of two “settler" children in the Judean desert of Tekoa, Israeli psychiatrist Ruchama Marton declared that “the settlers raise little monsters.”

That is why I don't buy the current Israeli indignation for "right wing incitement". The contrary is true: there has been a long and working demonization of the national religious public. Israel is infestated with journalists, intellectuals, writers and academics who despise the country in which they reside, but unlike "right wing activists" (read patriots), these traitors, along with their legacy of paranoia, tribalism and obsession, are rewarded with employment and social prestige.