Opin­ion con­dones vi­o­lence against Jews

The Sunday Independent - - Dispatches -

EBRAHIM Har­vey’s opin­ion piece is wicked in the ex­treme.

He warns that the shoot­ing of Pales­tini­ans dur­ing the Great March of Re­turn will have enor­mous reper­cus­sions for Jews and may even lead to their be­ing tar­gets of phys­i­cal at­tacks.

By not op­pos­ing this ve­he­mently he is, in ac­tual fact, sanc­tion­ing it. But he goes fur­ther.

He warns that Jews op­posed to Is­rael’s ac­tions, sup­pos­edly un­in­volved, in­no­cent Jews, may even get hurt, and this he be­lieves should not be al­lowed to hap­pen.

By im­pli­ca­tion there­fore, he is le­git­imis­ing vi­o­lence against Jews sup­port­ive of Is­rael.

I, ac­cord­ing to him, am a valid tar­get. De­bate is ob­vi­ously not part of his lex­i­con.

But then he sees 9/11 as “a sim­i­lar de­ter­mi­na­tion that drove the fight­back against the US”. 9/11 – prob­a­bly the most bar­barous act of the 21st cen­tury – is de­scribed by him as “a de­ter­mi­na­tion”. Words fail me.

In ad­di­tion, the killing of 60 peo­ple by Is­rael, 50 of whom were Ha­mas ter­ror­ists, is de­picted as a “mas­sacre”.

There were 40 000 peo­ple at the bor­der, all in­tent on break­ing the bor­der fence and storm­ing into Is­rael, and 60 were killed by the IDF.

Where in the world would 60 out of 40 000 be con­sid­ered a mas­sacre?

Only to the likes of Har­vey and only when it has to do with the Is­rael-Pales­tine con­flict, and only when Is­rael has killed Pales­tini­ans, not the other way round.

But then 9/11 was a mere “de­ter­mi­na­tion”.

Need I say more?

Monessa Shapiro Glen­hazel, Jo­han­nes­burg

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