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September 5, 2016 7:04 am

Exposing Palestinian Hatred Doesn’t Make Me a Racist

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Palestinian rioters. Photo: Wikipedia.

Palestinian rioters. Photo: Wikipedia.

In a column provocatively titled “Racism-as-Zionism. Don’t Call It ‘pro-Israel.’ Call It What It Is: Disgusting,” Haaretz.com senior editor Bradley Burston accuses me of being a revolting racist.

Burston bases his vulgar claim on a paragraph from my previous op-ed, in which I stated, “There is irrefutable evidence of the barbaric and genocidal nature of Palestinian society. Indeed, the reality is that despite maintaining a ‘moderate’ stance to the outside world, internally the Palestinians and ISIS are birds of a feather — although the Palestinians are probably more corrupt.”

I also pointed out that while Arab hostility to Jews prevailed even during the period of the British Mandate, it was not comparable to the culture of death and evil which saturates dominant aspects of Palestinian life today.

Let us review the bare facts:

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The Palestinian leaders have stated explicitly that their state would be Judenrein and that Jews would never be permitted to live in their ancestral home, even if they were willing to accept Palestinian jurisdiction Those deemed to have sold land to a Jew are brutally executed. Surely such behavior must be considered racist.

The charter of Hamas, which emerged as the largest faction in the only election held, explicitly calls for the genocide of Jews and Israelis.

The Palestinian Authority depicts Jews as “the offspring of apes and pigs” and calls for their extermination. This is communicated every day by the political leadership, including mullahs in the mosques and the state-controlled media. It is a society in which children from kindergarten are brainwashed into believing that the highest goal in Islam is to achieve martyrdom in the course of killing Jews.

The demonization of Israel and promotion of the culture of death incite individuals to strike out and kill Jews in concert or randomly. The “heroic” scenes of youngsters stabbing Jews, the praise by Abbas himself of martyrs “with holy blood” and the totally contrived religious frenzy accusing Israelis of planning to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque, coalesce into a witch’s brew of primeval rage and hatred.

The PA provides generous state salaries to terrorists apprehended by Israelis and if they are killed, their families are remunerated — partly from funds provided by Western countries. The religious and political leadership at all levels sanctifies terrorists as heroes and national martyrs. City squares, schools and even football clubs are named in their honor.

Barbarism is reflected in Palestinian street celebrations that erupt spontaneously with murders of Israelis. Even more nauseating are the repeated displays on TV of mothers expressing pride that one of their children had become a martyr and usually expressing hope that her other children would follow the example.

Is it racist to describe such a society as evil and criminal?

Most of us seek to separate ourselves from our Palestinian neighbors, but to create a neighboring crime-permeated state in the current circumstances would be insane. Aside from the turbulence in the region and the threat from Iran and ISIS, we would be creating an adjoining state pledged to our destruction or a candidate for an ISIS or Iranian takeover.

And we should be under no illusions. Most Palestinians favoring a two-state solution consider this only as a step toward achieving the ultimate goal. The Arafat/Abbas indoctrination process has radicalized successive generations into believing that the only solution to the conflict is the permanent termination of Jewish sovereignty in the area.

Burston descends to personal smear tactics to deflect from the reality that our neighbors have created a barbaric society sanctifying death.

On what basis can he allege that exposing such truths represents “disgusting … racism”? Besides, since when are Palestinians a race?

The Nazis transformed the majority of Germans into genocidal barbarians and imposed a widely accepted evil criminal culture on the nation. That does not imply racial prejudice against individual Germans under Nazism any more than against Palestinians living under the barbaric culture imposed on them by their leaders.

A personal aside: I oppose a one-state solution because this would transform us into a binational state. I have no simple solutions, but the status quo — accompanied by social and economic progress — appears to be the only strategy on which to operate until the Palestinians come to their senses and produce leaders reconciled to coexist in peace with us.

Finally, I take pride in the fact that my record speaks for itself. I can testify to having fought racism and engaged in the promotion of human rights for the bulk of my political life in the Diaspora as well as the 17 years since I made aliya. It is outrageous that Burston, a senior editor of Haaretz.com, accuses me of racism because I truthfully state that our neighboring Palestinian society is evil and based on a death cult. His article is a prime example of reverse McCarthyism.

This article was originally published by Haaretz.

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  • squeakywheel3

    Palestinian hatred, viciousness, and barbarity are not a function of ‘race’ — but of CULTURE.

    Their culture REWARDS terrorism.

    Teaches it.

    Feeds it.

    Promotes it.

    Lionizes it.

    Celebrates it.

    Sanctifies it.

  • lover of Jews and Israel.

    Haaretz is no better than used toilet paper.
    Why has this rubbish not been closed down?
    Imagine a paper like Haaretz in an Islamic state. They would not last 5 minutes.
    They are treasonous and playing into the hands of those who want to see every Jew/Israelis murdered.
    The imams are the most evil preachers in the world.
    It is these preachers who “educate” the so called Palestinians to commit murder.
    The children are taught how to kill Jews/Israelis.
    What kind of people are these?

    It seems to me (and the God fearing world) that these imams will never see heaven. Neither will those who murder Jews
    Savages like Abbas who calls murderers of Jews/Israelis
    heroes, and names parks, schools etc after murderers.
    will meet their god, called satan, unless they repent and ask GOD for forgiveness.

    What I find interesting, that they call Jews, “sons of pigs and apes”
    They seem to forget that they too are sons of Abraham.
    So, they must also be “sons of apes and pigs)
    We must pray to GOD to destroy these savages.

    Lover of Jews and Israel.

    I aM A FOLLOWER OF ISI lEIBLER.
    I READ EVERY THING HER WRITES

    I HAVE NEVER READ ANY RACIST COMMENTS IN ANY OF HIS WRITING

  • September 6, 2016
    2:43 am
    Racism is a tool used by Islam to fight their enemies. There seems to be Phobia about being called a racist even if the reverse is true. The world is full of people who only have race cards to play as they do nothing good and are themselves the most savage racists. The Western Media love to accuse people or nations of ‘racism’as they have no ‘good news’ to report. We have two phobias now. Islamophomia that is used to protect Islam against criticism and Raceophobia that serves the same purpose. Islam, Hamas and many Muslims are racists of the worst order and need to be recognized as such.What is a racist really? Certainly not a Jew!! Africa and the Middle East is the home of Race Cards and is used to blame everyone else for the ills of bad governance or even no governance at all.

  • Racism is a tool used by Islam to fight their enemies. There seems to be Phobia about being called a racist even if the reverse is true. The world is full of people who only have race cards to play as they do nothing good and are themselves the most savage racists. The Western Media love to accuse people or nations of ‘racism’as they have no ‘good news’ to report. We have to phobia now. Islamophomia that is used to protect Islam against criticism and Raceophobia that serves the same purpose. Islam, Hamas and many Muslims are racists of the worst order and need to be recognized as such.What is a racist really? Certainly not a Jew!! Africa and the Middle East is the home of Race Cards and is used to blame everyone else for the ills of bad governance or even no governance at all.

  • Exposing Arab hatred does make you a realist. The one-state solution deserves consideration, as the 1947 UN Partition Plan was deeply flawed. Perhaps Arabs could come to their senses after the PLO terrorist gangsters are deported back to Tunis. The status quo strategy failed, and it’s time for Israel to consider its options.

  • Ephraim

    Unfortunately, in the political dialog of the day, telling the truth is frequently racism to the politically-coerced censorship set. To tell the truth is to admit that the Palestinians are not the innocent victims of oppression, who merely wish to live in peace. This Big Lie continues to be the basis for much of the left-wing mantra (the rest go with ‘palestine will be free from the river to the sea’). When times are bad for Jews, the self haters come out in force, be they Ha’aretz, Zuckerberg, Blumenthal, or worshipers of the sinister cult of Obama. Some of the very worst Jew haters on the planet call themselves Jews.

  • Jay Lavine

    Pride is the domain of the secular ideologue, who seeks self-validation, as opposed to the Jew, who seeks to serve God and who considers pride to be a negative trait.

    Seeking separation from Palestinian neighbors is unhelpful. I recall Rabbi Shlomo Riskin’s relating years ago how he would meet with the Muslim imam or sheik of the neighboring Palestinian village, drink tea together, and discuss mutual concerns. This is the way of peace.

  • Gee

    Ha’aretz is the racist in the article. Their constant anti-Semitic attacks make them worse than Al Jezeera

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