I’ve written before about the attacks of the Israeli state and
politicians from all the Zionist parties – (with the partial exception of
Meretz) on Haneen Zoabi, the incredibly brave Israeli Palestinian Member of the
Knesset for Balad/Joint List.
As readers of the blog will be aware from previous posts eg. The Witchhunt Against Arab-Israeli Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi Haneen Zoabi is subject to what can only be called a lynch mob mentality inside
the Knesset, Israel’s ‘parliament’ from Zionist MKs.
The reflection of this attitude outside the Knesset is, not surprisingly
even worse. If the campaign continues it
can only be a matter of time before an attempt at assassination of Zoabi
occurs. And if that takes place the responsibility
will lie not just on Jewish Home (Habayit HeYehudi) or Likud but on the Israeli
Labour Party/Zionist Union and Yesh Atid, the ‘moderate’ Zionist parties.
Frankfurt synagogue set alight
Mosque set alight by settlers
Despite all their fulminations against Islam and Islamic fundamentalism,
the Zionists demonstrate that what they really fear is Arab nationalism and
secularism, not least a woman who isn’t the caricature female in a Burka but an
unveiled woman from a Muslim background.
As I’ve often documented on this blog, despite its attacks on Islam, Israel
is most happy with Islamic fundamentalists and in spite of its rhetoric it
played a key part in the foundation of Hamas.
Haneen Zoabi first aroused the Zionist ire when she was a passenger on
the Marvi Marmara, the ship that Israel attacked killing 10 people on the high
seas as it tried to break the Gaza blockade.
When she challenged the view that the killing of 3 settler youth last
year was ‘terrorism’ as opposed to individual killings she was suspended for 6
months by the Knesset from effectively being an MK. When the ‘Justice’ Minister posted genocidal
comments on her FB page calling for the murder of Palestinian mothers to stop
them giving birth to ‘little Palestinian nakes’ there was no comeback. Israeli racism is acceptable, Palestinian
opposition is always unacceptable.
Below is an interesting article comparing the pogrom against Germany’s Jews
in November 1938 to the attacks on Haneen Zoabi.
MK Haneen Zoabi fights back against attacks on her by Israeli Jewish rightists
Haneen Zoabi attacked during election campaign
Palestinian MK Haneen Zoabi is once again stirring up a hornet’s nest among
Israeli Jews. For those not well versed in how she is perceived, imagine
Malcolm X in the year or two before he died, when he was reviled by white
America as a white-hating firebrand and inciter of racial violence. She
has been threatened with death too many times to mention, including a Facebook
group which put a bull’s-eye right above her forehead.
(credit: Jewish Voice for Peace)
Invited to address a
Dutch Jewish leftist group, Platform Stop Racism and
Exclusion, in Amsterdam on the anniversary of Kristallnacht,
Zoabi took the opportunity to link the victimization of European Jews by
the Nazis to the suffering of Palestinians under Occupation. Zionists
insist they have a monopoly on suffering and the world’s sympathy and
exploit the Holocaust regularly for this purpose. Having a Palestinian
probe the issue and point out both the flaws in the argument and the
implications racial hatred may have in today’s Israel-Palestine conflict is
Synagogue burning in Kristallnacht
the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, near Tiberias
is why Zoabi is not just vilified, but under constant police investigation and
repeatedly scolded by her Knesset colleagues who strip her legislative
privileges for her temerity. Another impact of her activism is to rebut
the Likudist meme that Palestinians are the modern incarnation of Nazis
false claim that the Mufti told Hitler to “burn them”?). Zoabi, in
effect, turns the tables and notes that it is the Israelis who are adopting
many of the practices of the Nazis, if not yet the cardinal one of genocide.
coverage of Zoabi’s speech is incomplete. Most Israeli news outlets
paraphrase bits of it. And I don’t yet have a transcript of her remarks (UPDATE:
I do now here).
But a Dutch newspaper published
an interview with her just before she spoke this evening. In it, she
goes over the points she would’ve likely made in her talk:
with criticism from Netherlands, Zoabi said by telephone, they can “just
used to it, that I am accused of being anti-Semite or Hamas supporter. The fact
is that I stand up for the Palestinian people. This makes many Israelis, and
apparently others angry. That is the real reason for the sedition against my
you understand that Israelis feel that you undermine the state?
“For Israelis, the Palestinians have no right to resist. After all, they find
that there is no occupation of Palestinian territory. In their eyes, the
Palestinians do not suffer humiliation, arrests, land grabbing and so on.
Israel is in total denial of the occupation, the harassment of Palestinians, of
crimes against humanity. If you demonstrate against it, you’re supposedly
agitating. They even have a problem with Europeans supporting the Palestinians,
who they seek to prevent entering the country. Israel is the one who incites
against the truth. Every critical European voice it silences by calling
it anti-Semitic. ”
do you think of the accusation that you are an anti-Semite?
is political terror. A method to impose silenced on people . Any criticism of
[Israeli] oppression is called anti-Semitism. ” But I’m not making that
oppression. I did not create the reality. How do they want me to react to
it? They expect that I should agree with it? Israelis seem to think we will not
does the commemoration of Kristallnacht for you personally?
is very important to commemorate Kristallnacht. I stand up for freedom, dignity
and human rights. Kristallnacht was an important stage on the way to the
demonization of Jews. If the majority of the Germans and the rest of the
Europeans had not demonized the Jews, there would have been no Holocaust. For
me, the silence of the majority an important role. Not everyone agreed, but
they kept their mouths shut in the face of demonization of the Jews. ”
do you explain the link between Kristallnacht and the situation in Israel and
majority of Israelis supports the suppression and demonization of Palestinians.
The message of the Kristallnacht is precisely: do not be silent. Of course we
have no problem with Jews. But in this country privileges are to be given to
one group, in this case the Jews. That is the wrong message. You can not combat
racism and oppression by handing out privileges. Racism must be countered by
equality, justice and human rights.”
Magazine journalist, Avi Blecherman affirmed Zoabi’s views about the decline of
Israeli society into a semblance of proto-Nazism in this
Facebook post I translated:
society doesn’t lose itself in a single day. For the Germans too it took
time. We’re speaking of a long process of deterioration until the
inevitable catastrophe. We [Israelis] are on the way there.
The last remnants of what morality we had are breaking down, sinking
into a mire of self-righteousness and victimhood. We’re turning our
neighbors into sub-humans, murderous beasts: we must not buy from them, live
next door to them, permit our daughters to be defiled by them. Most of
all, we must “neutralize” them, destroy and plunder their homes, and deny
them citizenship, which they only had on a conditional basis anyway.
is already deep into free-fall towards the abyss. Prime Minister
Fascist-yahu is already dripping into our brain the new comparison:
Palestinians=Nazis. MK Yinon Magal has lately been quoted telling us that
the time has come to stop talking about a single Nakba , and start
talking about future ones. A ‘Blue and White’ Kristallnacht is coming,
it’s only a matter of time, don’t worry yourself. We’ve taken on a role
much closer to the Nazis, the closing of the ultimate circle.
the first Intifada, Rabin surrendered to terror and signed the disgusting,
worthless Oslo Accord, the results of which we saw in the second Intifada and
up till today.
Oslo, most of the world was with us– [rejecting] this folly that there is a
people here, a so-called Palestinian people–there is no such people and there
will never be such a state–and we must hack away at this hope. The
Palestinians must understand that in war, whoever waves a knife–we can say
“Meet Comrade Machine-Gun and Comrade Bullet” [a reference to Haim
Guri’s 1943 poem of revenge in which he introduces Zionist weapons as
characters who offer revenge for the murder of Europe’s Jews]; that we can
count not just Intifadas, but Nakbas [a reference to the two Intifadas and one
1948 Nakba]. Whoever starts a war runs the risk of paying a very heavy
interesting about the reference to the Guri poem is that it
was written in 1943, both at the height of the Shoah in Europe and heightened confrontation
between Palestinian and Jewish militias in Palestine. The “comrades”
exact revenge not only against the Nazis who exterminated Jews, but also
against the Palestinians for making it impossible to save more Jews in
Palestine. Thus, Magal is closing a circle that Netanyahu began by
linking the Nazis to the Palestinians.
far as Israeli politics is concerned, Netanyahu has almost become a figure of
the past. A bridge between the Likudist past of Shamir and Begin and the
future of who knows? The Magals, Hotovelys, Shakeds, and Yaalons are the
Likud of the future (see JVP graphic #IsraeliIncitement). Magal has
promised Palestinians a future Nakba. He’s laid out on a silver platter the
future plans of the Jewish state to ethnically cleanse its non-Jewish
population. This is the sort of moral abyss Blecherman refers to in his
reading this who attempts to dismiss or minimize it, calling it rhetoric, is
deluded. The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin began in just such
incitement. Yinon Magal promises us a future Blue and White
Kristallnacht, an Israeli Jewish version of the Third
Kingdom, which we might just as well call the Third Reich.
seeking consolation perhaps? No, there may not be a Shoah. Small
consolation. No ashes of Palestinian corpses flying up chimneys.
Just an ethnic cleansing of a few hundred thousand or million