In an essay published earlier yesterday (“Moral equivalence, justice perverted--and Torah”), I spoke to you about moral equivalency. I proposed to you that moral equivalency does not lead to morality.
See that essay on my list of 'latest posts' for details.
Here now is a specific look at what happens when you employ moral equivalency. You not only elevate one who is not moral, you encourage his immorality.
The essay below is an example of Hamas at its immoral worst. It is an essay published two days ago on the Hamas news site, called The Palestinian Information Center. It is a kind of essay you will never see headlined on any of Israel’s news outlets.
Here it is, unedited but with comments:
“Disarming Hamas: Unthinkable and impossible”
16/07/2014 - 08:32 AM [July 16, 2014]
By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine [On each Hamas and PLO news site, all of Israel is termed, ‘Occupied Palestine’]
With characteristic arrogance, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is now demanding the disarming of Hamas, the Palestinian liberation group now defending the Palestinian people against the ongoing Judeo-Nazi onslaught. [calling Israel a Nazi regime—or Nazi-like, etc—is a theme that goes back to the founding Hamas Charter. It is a typical anti-Semitic label used to demonize both Jews and Israel]
Netanyahu knows deep in his heart that disarming Hamas is impossible and unthinkable; at least as far the Palestinian people are concerned since such a measure would be tantamount to inviting Israel to massacre the Palestinians en masse and complete the liquidation of their enduring just cause.
Hence, I really don't know why this racist Nazi-like animal keeps regurgitating his arrogance. Perhaps he thinks that Hamas would budge under international pressure and agree to disarm like Bashar Assad agreed to dispose of his chemical arsenal.
But Hamas is no Bashar Assad, who used chemical weapons against his own people in order to save his sectarian regime from what seemed to be an imminent western bombing campaign.
Hamas is defending, not killing Palestinians [but it is doing exactly that, though the war crimes listed in the essay below], and selflessly offering its fighters and leaders as martyrs for the sake of Palestine. [Hamas has done this by encouraging civilians to be human shields—a war crime} Hamas's fighters have been and are dying in the hundreds so that Palestinians will live and have a better tomorrow.
Hamas's leaders are not the type of people who would rob their people of billions of dollars and deposit them in their personal accounts in Switzerland. [there is significant evidence that Hamas does exactly this. See “Hamas corruption weighs heavily on Gaza”, The Daily Star, October 1, 2012)]
We all know Ahmed Yasin, Abdul Aziz Rantisi, Ibrahim Maqadmeh, Ismael Abu Shanab, Nezar Rayan, etc., died poor men. These impeccable men were and continue to serve as role model for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians and other Muslims around the globe. [how interesting to see the need to argue this case. Hamas graft is considered by those who study these things to be of Olympian proportions]
This is why the vast majority of our people will continue to embrace Hamas and rally around it because Hamas is perceived to be of the people and for the people. Hamas is the child of Palestinian suffering. It is the inevitable response to overwhelming Jewish Nazism, hell bent on annihilating the Palestinian people and stealing the remnant of its homeland. [there is evidence that Hamas wants to steal the Jewish homeland. The Hamas Charter calls to annihilate Jewish Israel.]
The Palestinians will simply continue to defend and protect Hamas to the last man, regardless of the ferocity and savagery of Jewish Nazism. [this is both dehumanization and demonization]
Yes, Israel is undoubtedly exploiting the deafening silence in Cairo and other Arab capitals. But this is only exposing these regimes as mere attack dogs against their own people. [more dehumanization]
Unfortunately, it is Hamas's destiny to fight not only Judeo-Nazi Israel but also tyrannical Arab regimes that openly collude with the Nazi-like entity against the Palestinian people and against their own peoples. The rulers of Arab countries who shamelessly collude and conspire against our people will have a prominent place in the dustbin of history.[demonization]
I have no doubt that the Arab masses will eventually rise up against these attack dogs that savage their own peoples on Israel's and America's behalf. [demonization; dehumanization]
We will continue to be steadfast and resilient despite the high price we are paying in terms of our children's lives. This is the price of freedom and we must not flinch from paying it. If we did, then we would have to pay a double price in terms of subjugation, humiliation and enslavement. [funny thing about this statement: Hamas, through its war crimes--see the essay referenced above--kills its own children; and we Jews are the ones fighting to live freely]
We must never surrender to the Nazis of our time. [if you know anything about the history of Nazi Germany, you would understand that if anyone in this war acts like a Nazi, it isn’t the Jew. The Jew does not call for the extermination of a homogeneous group. The Jew does not demonize and dehumanize its enemy. The Jew does not kill its own civilians because of ideology. The Arab, on the other hand, does all of this}
You will never find such an essay on any of Israel’s news sites. Within the Hamas-PA unity government, however, you will find such language every month, if not every week and, sometimes, every day.
These are the people the West tells us are morally equivalent to us.
The G-d of Israel watches us—and the West. He writes everything into His Book of Remembrance.