IS­RAEL’S GOVERNMENT FU­ELS ANTI SEMITISM

Ev­ery Pales­tinian death fu­els the fire of hate that paints a tar­get on Jewish peo­ple ev­ery­where

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page - MELiH ALTINOK

THE DEAD body of ev­ery Pales­tinian, who loses their life as a re­sult of Is­rael’s dis­pro­por­tion­ate use of force, ends up fu­el­ing the fire of hate

On the eve of the holy month of Ra­madan, Is­raeli troops mas­sa­cred at least 62 civil­ians in the Pales­tinian city of Gaza. Among the in­di­vid­u­als who were killed with chem­i­cal gas and bul­lets, were 8-month-old in­fants, chil­dren and women. Ap­prox­i­mately 3,000 oth­ers have re­port­edly been in­jured in the as­sault.

The vic­tims had no other “fault” but com­mem­o­rat­ing the 1948 ex­o­dus of 750,000 Pales­tini­ans from their na­tive lands, also known as the Nakba, or “catas­tro­phe.” At the time of the at­tack, they were un­armed and in an empty plot of land, and ul­ti­mately posed no threat to pub­lic safety.

The Is­raeli government, in turn, ar­gues that the civil­ians, who or­ga­nized a protest on the same day as the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony of Wash­ing­ton’s em­bassy in Jerusalem, were po­ten­tially ter­ror­ists. Af­ter all, they voted for the elected and le­git­i­mate ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gaza. Killing them, in the eyes of Is­rael, was a manda­tory step taken in the name of national se­cu­rity.

This has been a Zion­ist maxim to which suc­ces­sive Is­raeli gov­ern­ments sub­scribed for more than half a cen­tury. At the same time, it is tes­ta­ment to Is­rael’s level of in­tol­er­ance to­ward the resid­ual crumbs of a state, which was in­vaded and taken apart with ref­er­ences to the holy scrip­ture in vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law.

Un­for­tu­nately, this pol­icy, which ru­ined the lives of thou­sands of Pales­tinian civil­ians, serves the in­ter­ests of no­body ex­cept a small group of rul­ing elites – not to men­tion that it ru­ins the lives and the fu­ture of Jews in Is­rael and else­where.

The dead body of ev­ery Pales­tinian, who loses their life as a re­sult of Is­rael’s dis­pro­por­tion­ate use of force, ends up fu­el­ing the fire of hate. It paints a tar­get on the back of Jews who live in var­i­ous parts of the world. To make mat­ters worse, it fa­cil­i­tates the brain­wash­ing of young peo­ple who are used in ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

The at­ti­tude of suc­ces­sive Is­raeli gov­ern­ments, which iron­i­cally re­sem­bles the Nazi men­tal­ity, is the rea­son why the coun­try has been liv­ing un­der dire eco­nomic cir­cum­stances since its es­tab­lish­ment.

Yes, we are talk­ing about a vi­cious cir­cle. How­ever mild, re­pres­sion keeps alive the pop­u­lar re­ac­tion. In the end, the whole episode serves as a per­fect smoke­screen to ramp up the vi­o­lence and hide eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal black holes.

Luck­ily, some de­vel­op­ments, at least in part, im­prove this dark pic­ture.

Jews who take to the streets of Jerusalem and Wash­ing­ton stand in sol­i­dar­ity with their Pales­tini­ans broth­ers and sis­ters. Re­li­gious Jews re­act to the state of Is­rael’s ex­ploita­tion of their holy book to le­git­imize mas­sacres.

Per­haps their num­bers are lim­ited to­day. But they mean a lot to the res­o­lu­tion of this prob­lem.

Af­ter all, “great hu­man­ity” alone will de­feat fas­cism as it did half a cen­tury ago.

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