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Op-Ed: Why Are They in Love with Arafat?

The call to kill Arafat became the top news item of the day. The radio and television networks competed with each other on who would condemn us in the staunchest terms. They interviewed every possible Leftist. Yossi Sarid and Uri Avneri filed complaints with the police and called for immediate charges to be brought against us. Israel was in an uproar, far greater than any turmoil caused by the dai
Published: Thursday, July 26, 2001 6:47 PM


Two weeks ago, Professor Ze'ev Sternhal published an article in Israel?s Ha'aretz newspaper, calling on the Palestinians to direct their ?operations?, i.e., acts of murder, against the settlers. The article being a clear case of incitement to murder against an entire population, a few na?ve settlers filed a complaint with the police against the writer, expecting that Professor Sternhal would be brought to trial and charged with incitement. The State Attorney?s office naturally rejected the complaint out of hand and the learned professor continues to propagate his teachings undisturbed. Last Friday, Zo Artzeinu ran an ad in the Hebrew weekly Makor Rishon. The ad called on every responsible person, who has the opportunity to do so, to kill PLO leader Yasser Arafat. The advertisement read:

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Tamuz 5761

"Woe unto those who call evil, good and good, evil; darkness, light and light, darkness; bitter, sweet and sweet, bitter". (Isaiah 5:20)

YOU KILL A SNAKE BY SMASHING ITS HEAD

In these times of violence and bloodshed, when under direct orders of the arch-murderer Arafat, Jewish lives are sacrificed every single day as an offering to the false god of "peace" and "restraint", instead of smashing the snake?s head, and preventing essential supplies from reaching his terrorists, the Israeli government is allowing Arafat to continue to slaughter Jews to his heart's content.

We call upon every man of justice and integrity, if presented with the opportunity,

TO KILL ARAFAT.

You, the IDF soldier who sees Arafat or his helicopter through the sights of your rifle or of your tank; you, the Shin Bet agent or ordinary citizen, who sees Arafat?s motorcade, if you can attack him - don't hesitate to do so. Kill Arafat!

In these times, when every day the arch-murderer takes the life of another one of our people, eliminating Arafat is the most moral, just, and effective act you can do to protect your people.

There is no doubt that the hero who will smash the snake?s head will save the lives of many Jews.

As expected, the corrupt Israeli judicial establishment, which allowed weapons to be given to the assassins, and allowed the release from jail of those who are now murdering us, will bring you to trial. And first, they will charge us for the very publication of this call.

But our call is directed to the heroes amongst us. We hereby declare to those who have the opportunity to do so, that justice and morality are on your side. We will stand by you and provide you with all the assistance we can.

We call upon you, the hero of the people, who, like the Biblical figures Nachshon and Pinchas, is standing at the crossroads of the historical decision, and has the opportunity to do the deed:

Don't hesitate. Do the just and moral deed. Kill Arafat!

Signed:

Moshe Feiglin - Karnei Shomron
Prof. Hillel Weiss - Elkana
Michael Fuah - Mitzpeh Netofa
Ohad Kamin - Tel Aviv
The Zo Artzeinu Movement
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The daily murders of Jews and the calls of incitement to murder settlers hardly receive any significant coverage in the Israeli media. However, the call to kill Arafat became the top news item of the day. The radio and television networks competed with each other on who would condemn us in the staunchest terms. They interviewed every possible Leftist. Yossi Sarid and Uri Avneri filed complaints with the police and called for immediate charges to be brought against us. Israel was in an uproar, far greater than any turmoil caused by the daily murder of Jews.

Why did our logical call for the elimination of the person responsible for dispatching the assassins, who commit daily acts of murder, arouse the wrath of the Israeli Left?

The answer is that Arafat is the elixir of life of the Israeli Left. They need him to help them erase the Jewish identity of the State of Israel. They need him to help them give up the Temple Mount, Rachel's Tomb, Hebron, and Beit El. They need him because they hate themselves. They need him because they need an enemy of the Jewish people who can be used to justify their self hate.

They need him because they hate Jews.

When Ehud Barak was about to give up the Temple Mount, I was invited to participate in a live television debate with Gush Shalom head, Uri Avneri.

"But the Temple Mount is important to the Jews," the interviewer said to Avneri, "The Jews have a two-thousand year link to the Temple Mount. How can you expect them to give it up?"

"Nonsense," replied Avneri, condescendingly, "they will forget about it in half an hour."

The interviewer then turned to me, "What do you think? Perhaps, there is no alternative? After all, you also want peace, don?t you?"

?You're right,? I replied, "I also want peace, but Uri Avneri doesn't!"

"Uri Avneri doesn't want peace?" the interviewer retorted, in astonishment.

"Precisely!" I answered, "He doesn't want peace and he doesn't like Arabs. He simply hates Jews," I added, as a silence of bewilderment descended on the studio.

One who hates Jews needs Arafat like oxygen. It was therefore not in the least surprising that Avneri was the first to file a complaint against me with the police for our call to eliminate Arafat.

Happy is the one against whom a complaint has been filed for calling to kill Arafat.

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Moshe Feiglin, founder of Manhigut Yehudit, The Jewish Leadership Movement, led the campaign of mass civil disobedience against the Oslo accords. Feiglin is championing the registration of thousands of new members to the Manhigut Yehudit bloc in Likud, in order to create a Judaism-based leadership for the State of Israel. For other articles by Moshe Feiglin, visit manhigut.org .