Gideon Levy’s Heartfelt Apology to Haaretz Readers
Gideon Levy’s Heartfelt Apology to Haaretz Readers
Gideon Levy – Ha’aretz journalist under constant attack by the racists and Zionists
Gideon Levy is, with Amira Hass, the bravest and most
articulate of Israeli journalists. Both
have come under repeated threat from the racists who make up the majority of Israel’s
population. Incitement to attack
opponents of Zionism in Israel is considered normal
by the Zionist establishment, Labour and Likud.
Levy has had to be accompanied by body guards at times
because of the threats to his life.
Ha’aretz occupies a lonely place in Israel journalism. It is a liberal Zionist newspaper, hardly
read by any Israelis (!) but with an international reputation for printing at
least some of the truth about the ugly reality of Israel today.
Amira Hass – Ha’aretz’s other non-Zionist journalist
It puts to shame apologists for Israel’s racists like Jeremy
Newmark of the Jewish Labour Movement and the oafish deputy leader of the Labour
Party Tom Watson. Indeed it puts to
shame Jeremy Corbyn who has completely forgotten what he campaigned for for
over 30 years.
To all offended readers, I apologize for the one-sidedness.
How could I not maintain a balance between the murderer and the murdered; the
thief and his victim; and the occupier and the occupied?
Dear Orna and Moshe Gan-Zvi,
I was saddened to read in Tuesday’s Hebrew edition of
Haaretz that you’ve decided to cancel your subscription. I don’t know you, but
I will miss you as readers. As someone who is partly responsible for your
decision, as your article indicated, allow me to apologize. To apologize for
writing the truth all these years. I should have taken into account that this
truth wasn’t palatable to you, and acted accordingly.
It was not pleasant for you to read the theory put forward
by me and my fellow Haaretz correspondent Amira Hass about the occupation. You,
who are active in Rotary Israel, who come from the business world, who are so
proud of your children and the fact that they live in the West Bank. Your son
was educated at the Eli premilitary academy, and your granddaughters proudly
carry the last name Sheetrit. You, who are so pleased with yourselves and your
values, with your children and your morals, don’t think you should be forced to
read unpleasant truths. You simply don’t deserve it.
Israeli forces firing tear gas toward Palestinian protesters during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, April
17, 2017. AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP
Indeed, how could I have spent all these years publishing
articles that even you, generously, admitted were touching, without ever, to my
shame, checking how these Palestinian families ended up in their serious
predicaments? Really, how did that happen? Of course it was their own fault,
but I keep blaming the Israel Defense Forces – how could I? And how could Amira
Hass be so one-sided and lacking in perspective that would explain how a people
could prefer the elimination of another people over a democratic society?
Really, how could you, Amira?
I assume, Moshe, that if they were to lock you in a cage for
years, you would continue your Rotary membership and refuse to back a struggle
against your incarceration. I assume, Orna, that if foreign soldiers were to
burst into your home in the middle of the night and arrest your Moshe before
your eyes, kick him, force him to his knees, blindfold him, handcuff him, and
beat him in front of your children who study in Eli – and then snatch him from
your home for months without trial – you would be looking for some “creative
leadership” for your people.
I assume that you, who come from the business world, would
lovingly accept those who confiscate your property and ban you from your own
land. I’m sure it would never occur to you to struggle against those who have
tortured you with such evil for so many years.
What can we do? The Palestinians are different from you,
dear Orna and Moshe. They were not born in such lofty heights as you. They are
human animals, bloodthirsty, born to kill. Not all of them are as ethical as
you and your children from the Eli academy. Yes, there are people who fight for
their freedom. There are people who are forced to do so violently. In fact,
there are almost no nations who haven’t acted this way, including the chosen
people you’re proud to belong to. Not only do you belong; you are the pillar of
fire that leads the camp, you’re the best, the moral elite – you, the religious
I apologize for the one-sidedness. How could I not maintain
a balance between the murderer and the murdered; the thief and his victim; the
occupier and the occupied? Forgive me for daring to turn off your joy and pride
in the land flowing with milk and Mobileye, and cherry tomatoes, too. There are
so many wonderful things in this country, and Haaretz – with its “moral
deterioration,” as you call it – is ruining the party. How did I not see that
you don’t like to read the truth, and didn’t take this into account when I’d
return from the occupied territories every week to write about what I’d seen
with my own eyes?
But now it’s too late. The call to boycott chocolate spread
was too much even for you, so you’ve decided to boycott Haaretz. From now on,
the only paper on your coffee table will be the weekly, right-wing Makor
Rishon. They won’t write about how IDF soldiers sprayed five Palestinian car
passengers with bullets three weeks ago, and I’m sure your Shabbats will be a
lot more pleasant from now on.