Tony Greenstein | 16 November 2015 | Post Views:

An excellent
column from one of the very few excellent Israeli columnists,  Gideon Levy, who is unsurprisingly a target
of the Israeli far-Right.
people-hold-hands Bataclan
His message is a
simple one.  There is no connection, as
the Zionists are trying to make between the bloody murder in Paris by the
barbarians of Isis and the children who wield knives in Hebron or Jerusalem
because they see no other way of gaining their freedom.  The Paris murderers are fighting against any
concept of freedom, as we are seeing with the mass graves being uncovered in
Sinjar city.  Palestinian youth are
fighting in the only way they know, to achieve freedom from the Israeli
military state that dominates and rules over their lives.
Israel exploits the Paris massacre  –  Tel Aviv city hall lit up in French colours
Candles placed outside the Carillon cafe
Gideon Levy also
lays into the idea that you can draw an equals sign between Hamas, Hezbollah,
Isis and Al Qaeda.  Apart from the small
fact that Hezbollah is a Shi’ite group, Hamas is fighting a national resistance
campaign.  Yes they are all Islamic
organisations but that is where the comparison ends.  For example both Hezbollah and Hamas
condemned the Charlie Hebdo killings whereas al-Qaeda in Yemen, with whom Saudi
Arabia is presently aligned, carried them out.
Fans stream out of football stadium where Germany-France were playing
The far Right
and the Zionists will make common cause over the Paris bombings.  It’s all the fault of the Muslims.  Their recipe will be to wage war on Muslims
throughout Europe.  There is nothing that
Israel would love more than to export its war on the Palestinians to Europe
even if it makes common cause with Europe’s fascists.
Tony Greenstein

Before the Israeli Right Rejoices Over Paris

The Israeli right will say: We told you so.
That is how the Palestinians are, that is how the Muslims are – bloodthirsty
animals. The conclusion: There is no partner. This is of course a propagandist
house of cards.
Ha’aretz Gideon Levy Nov 15, 2015 2:50 AM
Just before the right in Israel begins to
celebrate, we must tell them: There is no connection whatsoever between the
child with a knife from Hebron and the French Muslim with a suicide bomb in
Palestinian demonstration in Paris – pro-Palestinian activity is heavily suppressed by French state
Just before the right in France and all of
Europe starts to celebrate, we must tell them: Don’t you dance on the blood as
well. The nationalism, hatred of foreigners, racism, deportation of refugees,
isolationism and the war against Islam — your magic solutions will not solve
anything. The rejoicing calls of “we told you so” from Israel and the European
right are already being sounded loudly.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Marine Le Pen are once again those who are profiting the most from the
terror. We must not fall into their trap.
The Israeli right will say: We told you so.
That is how the Palestinians are, that is how the Arabs are, and that is how
the Muslims are – bloodthirsty animals. The conclusion: There is no partner. We
will forever live by our swords. Now Europe is experiencing what we have been
experiencing for years. Now Europe will take steps toward a war on terror — the
same steps which it condemned when we took them. Now Europe may leave us alone;
after all we have a common enemy. Let’s see them labeling products now, let’s
see it condemning the settlements.
Israelis exploit the French massacre
Our daring raids on the al-Ahli Hospital in
Hebron and the primary school in Silwan in Jerusalem are part of the war of
civilizations which West is fighting, and which Israel is so proud to belong
to. Whoever does not invade al-Ahli is not fighting terror. Whoever does not
shoot a young woman holding a knife at a checkpoint gets Paris. The law for
Ahmed Manasra (the 13-year-old Palestinian boy who stabbed an Israeli boy) is
the same law as that for Jihadi John. Hamas is the Islamic State organization
and the same goes for Hezbollah, Mahmoud Abbas, (Islamic Movement leader)Sheikh
Ra’ad Salah, Joint List Members of Knesset Ayman Odeh and Ahmad Tibi —and all
of them are ISIS, all the Arabs.
This is of course a propagandist house of
cards, which is completely unrelated to reality. The goal of the knife wielder
from Hebron is completely different from that of the jihadist from Stade de
France, and so is their worldview. Here the Palestinian is battling for his
land and country, for his liberation from occupation, for self-determination
and freedom — and there the game is destroying Europe and taking control of it.
Here the main motive is national and political, and there it is religious
Palestinian demonstration in Paris
But the truth is that the Israeli right is
not completely wrong. In the end, its prophesy will be self-fulfilling. If
Israel continues with its policies, the child stabber from Hebron will turn
into the adult suicide bomber of ISIS. Already today he is looking with eager
eyes at the success of his big brothers. His despair leaves him little other
ISIS is still not here yet, but it is
possible to count on Netanyahu and his ilk to bring them here. The occupation
has already given birth to Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. A desperate West Bank
and an imprisoned Gaza Strip are the appropriate fertile grounds for growing
them. The storm troopers of the occupation and the assassins in the hospitals
provide the particle accelerators for ushering in jihadists.
The European right is wrong too. After all,
the tens of thousands of the Muslim refugees knocking on the gates of Europe
are trying to flee for their lives, escaping the very terror of the jihadists
who are now attacking Europe. They are fleeing from the people who earlier
destroyed their homelands and are now perpetrating a massacre in the Bataclan
Theater. Closing the doors in their faces, inflaming the hatred of foreigners
in Europe, along with the continued Islamophobia and the rise of the extreme
right, will only play into the hands of ISIS.
There are now quite a few Israelis who are
rejoicing in their hearts (or on the social networks) in light of the events in
Paris. In addition to the perverseness of rejoicing over the death of other
human beings, this is also a celebration of the blind. The correct lesson from
what happened in Paris is that there are no longer any local wars. The world
cannot continue to shut its eyes in the face of what is happening in Syria, and
also not in the face of the Israeli occupation. When the world pulls itself
together from the shock, maybe it will also free itself from the paralysis and
understand that it must harness itself to find a solution to these conflicts,
both in war­­­­­­­­-torn Syria as well as in the occupied Palestinian
territories. Then let’s see the Israeli right.
Gideon Levy

Haaretz Correspondent

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