Friday, December 20, 2002
A Thought On Israel Bashers In
By Steven Plaut
For many years, it has been obvious to us that anti-Israel propaganda
and Israel bashing around the world are little more than disguised
anti-Semitism. No one on earth really cares about the Palestinians, least
of all Palestinian leaders. People pretend to care about the
Palestinians because this helps them delegitimize Israel.
When King Hussein of Jordan murdered 10,000
Palestinians in September 1970, no one cared about the Palestinians,
no one noticed they were having their "rights violated" no
one thought they needed "self-determination".
More generally, the world does not care about Arabs being killed
unless it is Israel doing the killing in self-defense.
When 100,000 Algerian civilians are
murdered, no one notices.
When far more are murdered in Sudan, no one notices.
When Saddam Hussein gasses his own people, when Asad massacres
10,000 in Hama in Syria, no one cares or notices.
But when Israel kills 20 people in Jenin while hunting
down mass murderers who have murdered hundreds of Jews (many of them
children), that is genocide and a war crime.
And when Palestinians murder 1200 Israelis after signing the Oslo
accords, that is
protest against occupation.
Israel-bashing is naked anti-Semitism. The bulk of Israeli
"critics" are motivated not by a desire to see this
or that specific policy of Israel altered, a camp to which I myself
would belong in spades, but rather who seek to see Israel destroyed.
They object to Israeli military
actions because they do not think Israel should employ its military to
defend itself at all. They believe that the only legitimate response
to Arab atrocities is Israeli capitulation and self-annihilation.
Now none of this is particularly new. What is new is the following.
Why on earth should we consider people in Israel who
espouse the same anti-Israel
rhetoric as any different from these overseas anti-Semites? Why should
we believe that people whose every waking hour is devoted to
"defending Palestinian rights" are anti-Semites when they are
overseas, but simply caring liberals when they are in Israel? Why
should we regard those who insist that Israel must never use its
military to defend itself to be anti-Semites when they are in Europe but
compassionate peace seekers when they are in Israel? We regard those
people who insist that the only permissible response by Israel to
terrorist atrocities is capitulation to be in reality those seeking
Israel's destruction when they are NOT in Israel.
Why should we regard them otherwise when they happen to be Israelis?
by Avigdor Bar-Hai 30.12.2002 )