Oh my, we can only hope the priest is capable of critical reading and thinking, as the Jewish participation Shatilla incident he refers to in the text is a figment of the mentioned Palestinian’s fantasy… Also, if truly the policies against Palestinians is so cruel, so destructive, then how come the number of Palestinians is steadily growing? A mathematical mystery… More mysterious still, any mention of numerous attacks against Jews is plainly absent. It perhaps clutters the bigger picture the priest wants to paint? Palestinians are victims and Jews are monsters?
Stavanger Aftenblad 2013 03 01
Many go to Israel today to see the biblical sites. Following in the tracks of Jesus is exciting. However, tourists do not experience the systemic and brutal illegal behavior against the Palestinian population.
One morning, they came, two bulldozers, 10 trucks and 40 soldiers, razing his home. All furniture was carried to the outside; the building was leveled with the ground. A 13 years old Palestinian boy is weeping; watching the injustice against the poorest. Does he love the Jews after his, Ha’aretz asks.
Some 40 Palestinian houses are demolished every month by Israeli Jews. Why? Over not belonging to Jews? No, the Israeli Jews reply, it is because they have been erected illegally.
No, the Palestinians says, pointing to 17 illegal Jewish settlements being constructed surrounding Bethlehem alone. None of these are demolished. With more than 30 checkpoints directed at the Palestinians social and economic life is being destroyed systemic. Jews are not being touched by the barriers.
Meanwhile a representative of the “Jew police” in USA travels to Malmö in order to investigate whether the Mayor has used anti-Semite terminology
But the “American Jew police” have no interest in the Jewish anti-Semitism in Israel. Billions of dollars is being transferred in support of brutal crimes and occupation. Without this support the Jews could not possibly have been building in the West Bank.
Who is a Semite? To the Semite language groups, both Arab and Jewish peoples belong- Very many Palestinians are also of Jewish descent. They descend from the first Christian congregations in Israel (by the 7th century, all of the Middle East was Christian).
Having this context in mind, Israel is perhaps the most anti-Semite country in the world. More mosques and churches are demolished in Israel than there are synagogues destroyed in Europe.
But when Israel-Jews destroy the religious buildings in Israel they are referred to as hoodlums. When synagogues are destroyed in Europe, it is referred to as hatred of Jews. But both are anti-Semite!
The old fashioned hatred of Jews disappeared post WW2. And well is that: But a new hatred of Jews has arrived because of the brutal Jewish suppression of the Palestinians.
“I hate Jews”, a Palestinian –Scandinavian working in Norway said. “No, I hate Jewish politicians”, he corrected himself. He tells me: “We lived in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut. One day we were surrounded by Israeli Jews. Their henchmen were sent into the camps. They raped the women, killed men, women and children in a ‘Jewish mini-Holocaust’ The Israeli Jews watched that no one got away. More than 1000 innocents were killed on that day. I lost all of my family”.
No Israelis ever were held responsible over this brutal crime against the Palestinians.
Are Norwegian Jews to blame over Israeli crimes against the Palestinians in Israel? Absolutely not. But the “Jewish collective” in the world, is through its statements and its political and economic support to Israel strongly implicated in the brutal anti-Semitism towards the Palestinians seen in Israel. Here in lies the cause of the new hatred of the Jews.
In particular, the American Jews and their followers are strongly implicated. It is also tragic to see conservative Christians using the Bible to justify theft and occupation. They promote hatred of Jews! Thousands of western Jewish youth every year enlist in the Israeli defense, also Norwegian youth. A few refers to being harassed over being Jewish in their homelands.
A group of Israeli soldiers have established a group referred to as “Breaking the silence”. Because of their conscience, they intend to tell the world of what they are ordered to do as soldiers: on daily harassment, humiliation of the Palestinians and the soldiers brutality towards innocent people.
“In Hebron we had clear orders to not stop settlers from attacking Palestinians. Once we witnessed co-soldiers ravaging a Palestinian infirmary, destroying furniture and smearing the walls with excrements and invectives”, is among testimonies. They come by night at 4 am. Awaken the inhabitants of the house, crushes all furniture, and enters the sleeping rooms of frightened people, lying in their night dresses. They read a Hebrew order aloud; takes a man or a boy with them, in order for him to be imprisoned without any trial.
Torture. Thousands of innocents are incarcerated in Israeli prison. Everything takes place in order to create fear. “This is not a conflict of black and whites, but an occupation” the solder’s group’s leader says. “We occupy them; it is as simple as that”.
Eight unarmed Palestinians, of them three children and women, have been shot by the Israelis in the last two months.
Since 2006, the numbers of attacks by settlers against the Palestinians and their property has seen a dramatic increase. In 2006, there were reported 182 such attacks,. In 2011 the numbers were 411. Windows are smashed, agricultural land is destroyed, water supplies are destroyed, throwing of stones, at times even killings.
And the Jewish state does not suppress this violence, which has forced Palestinian families to leave (the Babylon periodical). There have recently been elections in Israel. None of the parties were committed to talking about the occupation.
Eli (sic) Wiesel, the Nobel award winner surviving the concentration camps, has said: “The opposite of love is not hatred, but apathy”. I would like to add: The worst is denial of facts.
And the solution? A new ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians? Reading Peter Beck’s articles in Aftenbladet, the apathy towards the occupation and the suffering of the Palestinians is visibly absent.
Perhaps unnecessary to state, anti-Semite talk-backs to this article are plenty.