This piece was written by Pilar Rahola and published at Israpundit.
A big Tip 'O the Kippa to Ted Belman.
Why don’t we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in London, Paris , Barcelona ?
Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship?
Why aren’t there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live without any legal protection?
Why aren’t there demonstrations against the use of children as human bombs where there is conflict with Islam?
Why has there been no leadership in support of the victims of Islamic dictatorship in Sudan ?
Why is there never any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed against Israel ?
Why is there no outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism?
Why don’t they defend Israel’s right to exist?
Why confuse support of the Palestinian cause with the defense of Palestinian terrorism?
And finally, the million dollar question: Why is the left in Europe and around the world obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the United States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the planet? The two most solid democracies, who have suffered the bloodiest attacks of terrorism, and the left doesn’t care.
And then, to the concept of freedom. In every pro-Palestinian European forum I hear the left yelling with fervor: “We want freedom for the people!”
Not true. They are never concerned with freedom for the people of Syria or Yemen or Iran or Sudan, or other such nations. And they are never preoccupied when Hamas destroys freedom for the Palestinians. They are only concerned with using the concept of Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Israeli freedom. The resulting consequence of these ideological pathologies is the manipulation of the press.
The international press does major damage when reporting on the question of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they don’t inform, they propagandize.
When reporting about Israel, the majority of journalists forget the reporter code of ethics. And so, any Israeli act of self-defense becomes a massacre, and any confrontation, genocide. So many stupid things have been written about Israel that there aren’t any accusations left to level against her.
At the same time, this press never discusses Syrian and Iranian interference in propagating violence against Israel, the indoctrination of children, and the corruption of the Palestinians. And when reporting about victims, every Palestinian casualty is reported as tragedy and every Israeli victim is camouflaged, hidden or reported about with disdain.
And let me add on the topic of the Spanish left. Many are the examples that illustrate the anti-Americanism and anti-Israeli sentiments that define the Spanish left. For example, one of the leftist parties in Spain has just expelled one of its members for creating a pro-Israel website. I quote from the expulsion document: “Our friends are the people of Iran, Libya and Venezuela, oppressed by imperialism, and not a Nazi state like Israel.”
In another example, the socialist mayor of Campozuelos changed Shoah Day, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, with Palestinian Nabka Day, which mourns the establishment of the State of Israel, thus showing contempt for the six million European Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
Or in my native city of Barcelona, the city council decided to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, by having a week of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Thus, they invited Leila Khaled, a noted terrorist from the 70′s and current leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization so described by the European Union, which promotes the use of bombs against Israel .
This politically correct way of thinking has even polluted the speeches of President Zapatero. His foreign policy falls within the lunatic left, and on issues of the Middle East, he is unequivocally pro-Arab. I can assure you that in private, Zapatero places on Israel the blame for the conflict in the Middle East , and the policies of Foreign Minister Moratinos reflect this. The fact that Zapatero chose to wear a kafiah in the midst of the Lebanon conflict is no coincidence; it’s a symbol.
Spain has suffered the worst terrorist attack in Europe and it is in the crosshairs of every Islamic terrorist organization. As I wrote before, they kill us with cell phones hooked to satellites connected to the Middle Ages. And yet the Spanish left is the most anti-Israeli in the world.
And then it says it is anti-Israeli because of solidarity. This is the madness I want to denounce in this conference.
I am not Jewish. Ideologically I am left and by profession a journalist. Why am I not anti-Israeli like my colleagues? Because as a non-Jew I have the historical responsibility to fight against Jewish hatred and currently against the hatred for their historic homeland, Israel . To fight against anti-Semitism is not the duty of the Jews, it is the duty of the non-Jews.
As a journalist it is my duty to search for the truth beyond prejudice, lies and manipulations. The truth about Israel is not told. As a person from the left who loves progress, I am obligated to defend liberty, culture, civic education for children, coexistence and the laws that the Tablets of the Covenant made into universal principles.
Principles that Islamic fundamentalism systematically destroys. That is to say, that as a non-Jew, journalist and lefty, I have a triple moral duty with Israel, because if Israel is destroyed, liberty, modernity and culture will be destroyed too.
The struggle of Israel, even if the world doesn’t want to accept it, is the struggle of the world.
What she writes is more impressive because she is NOT Jewish. Her articles are published in Spain and throughout some of the most important newspapers in Latin America. - Ted Belman.
A speech of hers from 2009:ReplyDelete
I'll check it out, School. Thanks.Delete
btw, I only have on quibble in what she wrote about:
"They are only concerned with using the concept of Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Israeli freedom."
That is false.
The line should read like this:
"They are only concerned with using the concept of Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Jewish freedom."
Do you agree?
I am fine with either because both may be applicable.Delete
Did you see this from Chesler:
School, thanks for pointing this one out.Delete
Chesler has more guts than any ten of us combined, I think.
And seeing how Spain's economy is terrible and the unemployment rate for college educated under 30 is close to 40% one heaves a sigh of relief that there aren't very many Jews in Spain any more. There would be another Kristallnacht if there were. Al Beeb sounds hysterical when they count 'nearly 50,000 Jews' but most other sources are <40,000. In 2012 when Spain seemed to offer citizenship to descendants of Jews thrown out in 1492 the Muslims and far left had spasms of anger claiming...of course that the Jews would soon dominate all banks, media and the government. To be honest I can't think of a single reason why anyone would want to repatriate themselves to Spain.ReplyDelete
The simplest answer is that they're bigots plain and simple. How else do you explain Jew hatred in a place like Belgium or Sweden with a total Jewish population of 45,000 out of a combined total total population of 20.5 million or ZERO point 22 percent. If someone walked around screaming about Sami-Laplanders' plot to take over the world we would all agree they are paranoid nutcases.ReplyDelete
Palestinians shooting Jews again!ReplyDelete
"Israeli man wounded in Hebron shooting attack
By JPOST.COM STAFF, BEN HARTMAN
IDF conducting sweeping patrols in area near Cave of the Patriarchs after Israeli national shot; Israeli media: Initial reports indicated Palestinian sniper targeted group of Israelis before fleeing the scene. "
In other news, no Pallywood European diplomats were roughed up in the making of this story.
If only more non-Jews agreed.ReplyDelete
"Palestinian Groups Calling For Violence This Coming WeekendReplyDelete
Posted by: Judge Dan in Judge Dan September 22, 2013 1 Comment 48 Views
This weekend, 13 years ago, the 2nd intifada was ignited.
Online groups are calling for violence and riots to mark the occasion, in all the big cities in Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem. One such group has set up a FB page, where amongst other things, has posted instructions on how to make petrol bombs."
Petrol bombs and violence from Palestinians???????????
Say it ain't so. THIS is what you Israel haters love? How does that work exactly?
Is it just me or does Palestinian violence seem to be on the upswing lately?
There is a recent uptick. Every time Israel agrees to discuss the possibility of peace they increase the violence against us.Delete
Nonetheless, Arab-Muslim violence toward the Jewish minority has been more or less consistent since that Muhammed fellow starting killing us in Saudi Arabia.
Every generation they tell one another that they have a good reason to want to see us dead.
This generation is no different except now the Jews of the Middle East have the IDF and, thus, the means to protect themselves.
I very much hope that they do so.
Art Spiegelman's "Maus" was nearly banned in Poland because he depicted the Poles as pigs with the implication that the Poles at best, did nearly nothing to help the Jews in the Shoah. While they weren't quite so evil as the Ukrainians who jumped at the chance to join the SS and Einsatzgruppen to exterminate Jews, the Poles to this day, when they talk about Polish deaths in WW2 generally exclude those of the Polish Jews.ReplyDelete
Two of Walter Laqueur's books: "The Terrible Secret" and "The Changing Face of Antisemitism" are remarkable for the richness of content he includes carefully documenting the extent to which antisemitism was open and prevalent, and in many cases, government policy and law in Europe since 1850, and in the former book, the extent to which intelligence and media services in WW2 went to ignore, downplay and cover up the Holocaust.
Note: Laqueur is not an easy read. He's more of an archivist than an historian. His books are essentially several hundred pages of lists and footnotes with little to no historical analysis or interpretation.