By Declan McCormack, March 10, 2002
It’s open season for Jew-bashing in the West at the moment. As the Middle
East’s only democracy is subjected to wave after wave of vicious terrorist
attacks by Palestinian gunmen and suicide bombers the pious West and the
sanctimoniously ‘liberal’ Western media lay the blame firmly where it has
always lain with the Jews.
Yes, while every other democracy in the ‘free world’ claims a sovereign
God-given right to extirpate terrorism and to protect their innocent citizens from
the evil deeds of men and women of violence, the Jewish state of Israel is
supposed to take the vicious, murderous attacks on its citizens lying down and
presumably apologising for its existence, for the Jewish people’s history and for
‘going on about’ the Holocaust.
The Jews were, after all, made to be attacked, annihilated and scapegoated.
First the pogrom, then the expulsion, then the name-calling. How odd of
God to choose the Jews, indeed. But, of course, no-one even the rabidly
pro-Palestinian Western media really approves of these attacks on ordinary
Jews. No-one, that is, except the gore-glorying mobs who celebrate every
blood-bedraggled mission by dancing in the little streets of the Palestinian
We in the West would rather the ordinary Israelis who travel on buses or who
attend bar-mitzvahs or eat as a family in pizza parlours weren’t blown to pieces
by Palestinian suicide bombers because it doesn’t square with our cherished
notion that the poor Palestinian freedom fighters are being savagely bullied by
the US-backed fascist colonial Semitic superpower that is Israel. Little urchin
catapault-wielders fighting against Merkava tanks and Hellfire missile-shooting
Of course, all Palestinian violence is mere retaliation. Sure, wouldn’t you blow
yourself up right beside a mother and her small children if you had to queue
everyday at checkpoints?
Sure, we all know that Ariel Sharon is worse than Hitler. Remember the
Lebanese massacres. (How could you ever forget when they’re mentioned in
every news reports even as the blown-to-pieces bodies of Israeli children are
picked off the streets of Jerusalem.)
Don’t, of course, mention the 1997 suicide bomb which killed 13 Israelis
in Jerusalem just after Israel had given the PLO control of Hebron. It doesn’t
really fit in with this schema whereby all Palestinian violence is just the
understandable reaction of a downtrodden people to the gratuitous incursions
and the targeted killings by Israel.
Don’t mention, either, the fact that while Israel only targets terrorists who
endanger the lives of their families by using them as human shields (thus the
killing of the Hamas leader’s family last week, for which Israel apologised) while
the lovely, generous Palestinians (as described on Liveline last Tuesday) support
terrorist organisations who kill Israelis at random. But then they’re only Israelis.
Jews. And what are they doing in Zion, anyway. Zionists! Fascists! Colonists!
And so the West lends immoral support to the Palestinians and delivers
high-minded lectures to Israel about ‘how to handle terrorists without hurting
anyone’. Lesson one when, eh, we haven’t worked out the details yet. The
Swedes are very good at giving this advice. They had a great record in the last
war facilitating Nazi steel transportations.
And, of course, the UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson, formerly
President of neutral Ireland, has been getting up on her high nelly lecturing
Israel and telling them to be respectful of minorities. Especially, one presumes,
suicide bombers at bus-stops. It wasn’t that long ago since Ms. Robinson was
emoting about how she herself was a Jew. She might just show a little
consideration for the embattled and terrorised Jews of Israel now.
She might also bear in mind that someone else recently announced in public
that he was a Jew. The kidnapped Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl was forced
by his captors to say on video in a sick parody of the Palestinian Martyrs’ final
self-glorifying videos that he was a Jew and that his father was a Jew and his
mother a Jew. That said, his Muslim captors slit his throat and cut off his head.
In the ongoing Middle Eastern and potentially worldwide battle between Islam
and Judaism it is sincerely to be hoped that this time out some European
countries may learn the lesson of their obscene history and bring themselves to
say and mean that ‘in that case, I’m a Jew’.
They could start by giving moral support to the only democratic state in
the middle east as it tries to quell a coldly calculated uprising inspired by little
else except the ideology and praxis of terrorism and the undiluted anti-Semitic
hatred of the toxic wing of Islam.