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December 18, 2014 12:18 am

They Hate ‘Progressive’ Israelis, Too

avatar by Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

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Respect MP George Galloway. Photo: Twitter

MP George Galloway. Photo: Twitter

An anti-Israel group called “Adalah” picketed a recent performance by the Batsheva Dance Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The most interesting aspect of the controversy is that the anti-Israel activists were undeterred by the fact that the dance troupe’s director has himself accused Israel of committing “war crimes.”

Speaking to a Canadian newspaper in 2005, Batsheva artistic director Ohad Naharin expressed anguish that “I continue to do my work, while 20 kilometers from me, people are participating in war crimes.”

Naharin is so extreme that after anti-Israel hecklers disrupted one of his group’s performances in Scotland in 2012, he declared: “If I would think for a moment this [tactic of disruption] can help the Palestinian cause, I would even welcome it — let’s disturb the show, break my house, break my windows if it can help the Palestinian cause.”

But offering up his windows, and even his entire house, was not enough for the “Adalah” demonstrators who picketed Naharin’s dancers in Brooklyn. Because their problem is not Naharin’s house. Their problem is that he’s an Israeli. No matter how far left he leans, no matter how many concessions he declares he is willing to make, Naharin is Israeli. And therefore they consider him to be their enemy. They don’t distinguish between “good” progressive Israelis and “bad” centrist or right-wing ones.

Left-wing Israeli professors are running into the same problem. Though they are among the fiercest critics of their own country, they continue to be hated around the world, simply because they are Israelis. Journalist Or Tshuva, writing last year in the left-leaning Israeli newspaper Haaretz, bemoaned the fact that Israeli professors “often find that no matter how far left or pro-peace they are, their ‘Israeliness’ remains an obstacle… Many universities [around the world] choose not to collaborate with their Israeli counterparts or offer scholarships to Israeli students. In many cases, Israelis looking to participate in student-exchange programs or pay for postgraduate studies in Europe, and especially the United Kingdom, are unable to find any opportunities.”

Tshuva continued: “While their Palestinian fellows enjoy the political and financial support of active pro-Palestinian university societies and generous scholarships designed specifically for them, the implicit message to Israelis is often: It doesn’t really matter what you say or think, because we simply don’t want to hear from you… Here in London, I have had several unpleasant encounters with people, including academics, who were unwilling to talk to me simply because I am Israeli.”

The Haaretz article noted that British Member of Parliament George Galloway recently walked out a debate at Oxford University “simply because he learned that his student opponent was an Israeli citizen,” even though, ironically, that Israeli student was just about to make the case for creating a Palestinian Arab state.

But topping the charts for Israel-hatred is the latest number-one song on the Palestinian pop music “Hit Parade.” The song, called “Run Them Over,” glorifies the act of Arabs using their cars to run over Israelis. It starts out talking about “settlers,” as in:

“Wait for them at the intersection / Let the settler drown in red blood / Terrorize them / Your heart is strong / Careful: Show no compassion … Lay an ambush on the road and run them over, Allah will aid you.”  (Translation courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch)

Who is a “settler”?  This verse makes it clear:

“The whole Arab nation is telling you:

Al-Akari, bless your [soul] / Run over the settler! / Run over the settler!”

Al-Akari is Ibrahim Al-Akari, the terrorist who rammed his car into a crowd at a Jerusalem train station on October 22, killing a three month-old baby, Chaya Zissel. A “settler baby”!

Many on the Jewish left like to think that the whole problem between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs is “the settlers.” Dismantle the Jewish communities in the territories, they say, and peace will descend upon the region. But this song, currently the most popular tune among the Palestinians, tells otherwise. After a few more stanzas about the evil settlers, the songwriter pulls back the curtain and reveals the whole truth:

“Run [them] over, destroy, annihilate, blow them up; Don’t let the Zionist live long.”

Notice that phrase: “The Zionist.” Every Zionist. In other words, every Israeli. Not just “the settlers.” Not just the “bad Israelis.” Batsheva Dance directors and left-wing Israeli professors and J Street activists, too. We’re all in this together. We’re all on the Palestinians’ hit list.

Moshe Phillips is president and Benyamin Korn is chairman of the Religious Zionists of America, Philadelphia.

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  • Mayven

    Palestinians live their entire lives in darkness because their leaders prefer them to be blinded rather than openness to reality and a better way to life itself. Such wanton disregard for the sanity of life will haunt the Palestinians for an eternity.

  • Pinchas Baram

    no, we are not all in this together, because despite the arab shmucks who lump all Jews and israelis together, I for one refuse to sit in the same room, or even cattle car,with ohad naharin, the obsequious leftist moron.

  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    people (the gentiles) never learn. Jews neither: they don’t remember that, orthodox, liberals, non religious, from the left or the right, babies, adults… had finished in the owen, or now are the target of the hamasfatha celebrated by the artist Ohad Naharin

  • steven L

    Many communist Jews, in spite of being fully aware of the atrocities committed by the communists, remained fervent supporters of communism. Nothing is new under our skies.
    Brainwashing can be fatal.


    These extreme self hating anti-Israeli individuals simply illustrate the prevalence of untreated mental illness.

  • Tom Tuey

    The article is is sad that so many have
    been lied to for so long that the lie is now the truth
    in their mind..what can be done? A one state or a
    two state or otherwise will not make any difference
    in the relations between the two advisaries..perhaps
    the only solution is the continuation of the current
    model…..PA attacks…Israel counters….over and
    over until the two simply wear each other out….to
    and realize nothing under the current model is
    accomplished and another approach is needed..
    maybe then….

  • rachel robinson

    “Adalah” is this short for Abdahlah??

  • Irving D. Cohen

    I agree with Lynne T in her display of righteous indignation concerning the picture of British MP Galloway, after he was attacked by “a goon’ who resented Galloway’s verbal attacks on Israel. However, I must admit to enjoying the sight of the evidence of the beating, in light of his repeated anti-Jewish propaganda, which has led, without a doubt, to the beating of innocent Jews.

    I will save my indignation for the suffering of one of his victims.

  • NCS

    And why don’t we all wake up to the fact that the word “progressive” is just nice-sounding name for Marxism.

  • Elliot

    Do u think perhaps its because he’s a neofascist left Jewhater?

    The consequences of What Galloway says and does in the name of his now religion Islam is far far worse than anything ever done to him

  • Bernard Ross

    the kapo traitorous and libelous Israeli left are the prime cause of anti semitism in the diaspora; it is only fitting they suffer the fruits of their labours.

  • Israeli leftists who continue to embrace the palestinian-
    arab cause despite their rejection by those whom they
    embrace are a prime example of what talk show host Michael
    Savage calls “Liberalism is a Mental Disease”. How can
    anyone, especially a citizen of Israel, identify and sym-
    pathize with an ideology seeking your destruction? The case
    of Ohad Naharin should be submitted for a thorough psychi-
    atric and spiritual evaluation.

  • NCS

    We must unite for common cause : the right to be a Jew and the right to have our homeland, Israel

  • Lynne T

    Why is this article being “illustrated” with a picture of Galloway after he was roughed up by a lunkhead with as much intelligence as the BDS loons who attack Jews?

    • Dorothy Seidel Wigod

      Good point, Lynne T.

    • Leo Toystory

      Why? Because Galloway never looked better than with his face beaten in.

    • Paul

      It suits him