How sick can you get?

‘Israeli citizens are paying with their blood for the media freedom enjoyed by al-Jazeera.

A zionist propagandist on the utterly biased Yediot Aharonot’s website is calling to shut down the ‘terrorist jihadist’ channel al Jazeera because… it dares to air images of suffering and dying Palestinians! In the same breath, he conveniently blames the worldwide anti-Israeli demonstrations by millions upon millions of disgusted people on… al Jazeera (notorious for influencing non-Arabic speakers around the globe). And here we are, thinking it is the near-century of Israeli bloodshedding, landgrabbing and vicious racism that got people around the world upset and angry – while all the time it was these Qatari propagandists who were to blame… Down with democracy if it results in a government we don’t like! Down with freedom of opinion if it results in people seeing what actually happens! And this joker – an academic mind you – is not alone in his disgust of democratic values. The head of Saudi Arabia’s higher legislative council, some senile sheikh or other, has just declared that demonstrations in favour of Gaza are ‘part of the corrupting forces of this world’ because they only serve ‘to keep people from praying‘… (links to an Arabic article in al-Quds al-Arabi)

So are all Israelis bloodthirsty, blinded and insane child killers? No, not all of them. There is still the worthy Ilan Pappe to explain the insanity of his compatriots: Israel is engulfed once more with righteous fury that translates into destructive policies in the Gaza Strip. This appalling self-justification for the inhumanity and impunity is not just annoying, it is a subject worth dwelling on, if one wants to understand the international immunity for the massacre that rages on in Gaza. It is based first and foremost on sheer lies transmitted with a newspeak reminiscent of darker days in 1930s Europe. Every half an hour a news bulletin on the radio and television describes the victims of Gaza as terrorists and Israel’s massive killings of them as an act of self-defense. Israel presents itself to its own people as the righteous victim that defends itself against a great evil. The academic world is recruited to explain how demonic and monstrous is the Palestinian struggle, if it is led by Hamas. These are the same scholars who demonized the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in an earlier era and delegitimized his Fatah movement during the second Palestinian intifada. But the lies and distorted representations are not the worst part of it. It is the direct attack on the last vestiges of humanity and dignity of the Palestinian people that is most enraging. The Palestinians in Israel have shown their solidarity with the people of Gaza and are now branded as a fifth column in the Jewish state; their right to remain in their homeland cast as doubtful given their lack of support for the Israeli aggression. Those among them who agree — wrongly, in my opinion — to appear in the local media are interrogated, and not interviewed, as if they were inmates in the Shin Bet’s prison. Their appearance is prefaced and followed by humiliating racist remarks and they are met with accusations of being a fifth column, an irrational and fanatical people. (…) There are no boundaries to the hypocrisy that a righteous fury produces. The discourse of the generals and the politicians is moving erratically between self-compliments of the humanity the army displays in its “surgical” operations on the one hand, and the need to destroy Gaza for once and for all, in a humane way of course, on the other. This righteous fury is a constant phenomenon in the Israeli, and before that Zionist, dispossession of Palestine. Every act whether it was ethnic cleansing, occupation, massacre or destruction was always portrayed as morally just and as a pure act of self-defense reluctantly perpetrated by Israel in its war against the worst kind of human beings.’

Joseph Massad, meanwhile, has an excellent article on the similarities between the Warsaw ghetto uprising and the Gaza ghetto uprising, between the Nazi-installed judenrat and the Palestinian Collaborationist Authority as he calls it, and between the silence of the ‘international community’ during the jewish holocaust then and during the Palestinian holocaust now: As Palestinians are murdered and injured in the thousands, world powers are cheering on. This is hardly a new development. It happens often in the context of other populations being murdered by allies of the US and Europe, and it even happened during World War II as the Nazi genocide was proceeding. On 19 April 1943, Britain and the US met in Bermuda, presumably to discuss the situation of Jews in Nazi-occupied Europe. That was also the day when the Nazis had launched their war against the remaining Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto but were met with unexpected courageous resistance. Little came out of the Bermuda Conference and the ongoing war against the Warsaw Ghetto proceeded uninterrupted. The Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto executed Jewish collaborators with the Nazis and bravely faced up to the Nazi army with what little weapons it had before being massacred. Their uprising was always inspirational to the Palestinians. In the heyday of the PLO as a symbol of Palestinian liberation, the organization would lay flower wreathes at the Warsaw Ghetto monument to honor these fallen Jewish heroes.’

2 thoughts on “How sick can you get?

  1. I totally agree with you. Al Jazeera is a news organization. It is ridiculous that Aharonot wants to shut down the site in Isreal. No society has ever benefited by limiting information of the press.

  2. Another thing that is a total travesty is this recurrent accusation expressed by various talking heads that ‘the Arab media are guilty of whipping up hate feelings by showing images of dead and dying Arabs’. The correct accusation would be to the western media for their consistent censorship of these images, which are not manufactured or forged, like Colin Powell’s pathetic photoshop efforts of ‘mobile bioweapons labs’ at the UN, but real/ They show facts on the ground. Why are the western media censoring images of the misery western armies sow in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Palestine, to name but a few? These images are available, but the western media choose to hide the facts… Instead, in the current case of Gaza, we are shown endless repeats of perfectly unharmed Israelis hysterically pointing at a tiny hole in their roof. That’s ‘fair and unbalanced reporting’ for you.

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