Ynet manufactures new threat to promote Ben White book

Israel’s self-delegitimization campaign intensifies as Ynet, the website of Israel’s second largest daily, publishes a news article headlined, “Zoabi Endorses Anti-Semitic Author.”

The article, which also appears in print in Hebrew, is a shocking exposé that reveals that Palestinian-Israeli Knesset member Haneen Zoabi actually wrote a four-page foreword to Ben White’s new book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy.

My God, it even says so on the book’s cover:

Zoabi book cover

Ynet reporter Yaniv Halili explains that Ben White is “a British author considered an anti-Semite” by “Jewish leaders” who remain unnamed in the article (Ben White has responded to the article on his EI blog).

According to Halili, Zoabi’s foreword refers to the Israeli settlement enterprise as “racist” and premised on “ethnic cleansing.” The Ynet article places “racist” and “ethnic cleansing” in quotes, though Zoabi does not use the term “ethnic cleansing” in her foreword. On the other hand, Ynet does not enclose “anti-Semite” in quotes, presumably because the unnamed Jewish leaders transcend quoteness.

Furthermore, writes Halili, Zoabi “refers to Israelis as the people who took away Arab land.”

Not revealed in the Ynet report is that Zoabi’s foreword employs other offensive words such as “full equality among citizens” and “justice”—words antithetical to the state she purports to serve.

Zoabi
MK Haneen Zoabi, whose fight for equality is the latest threat to Israel’s existence

The Ynet report is catergorized as news, perhaps because the opinion section has enough Zoabi-bashing articles, such as “Clear and Present Danger,” which proclaims Zoabi a “grave threat to our security;” and “Punish Zoabi the Traitor,” which explains that “we may end up being wiped off the face of this earth, because we helped our enemies [Zoabi and her comrades] destroy us.”

In these articles, notice the frequent use of words such as “we,” referring to “we” Jews, and “our,” referring to “our” Jewish country, which is contrasted with the traitorous Arab Zoabi, who is not one of “us” and does not belong here (despite being an Israeli citizen with deeper roots to the land than most Israeli Jews).

A Ynet opinion piece published the same day, “Beware the Humanitarian Racist,” does not relate to Zoabi, but nevertheless links to the Zoabi/White piece under the heading “Humanitarian Racist?”

Zoabi humanitarian racist

According to the opinion piece, “humanitarian racists” refers to people who defend the actions of non-whites against whites. (Defenders of Israel are fond of coining new terms because there are so few existing words that can be used to defend Israel’s actions.) In this case, the “whites” are presumably the white Jews of Israel, and the non-whites are those who threaten Israel.

Meanwhile, other Israeli news outlets, such as Channel Two and the financial news site Globes, have picked up on the Ben White “scandal,” demonstrating just how desperate the Israeli press is to come up with new threats to frighten Israel’s Jewish population. Recall that last month, Haaretz reporter Barak Ravid conjured up a story of how “every week, hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists” protest at an imaginary “Jewish supermarket located in Brooklyn.”

Just looking through Ynet’s opinion page reveals all sorts of hitherto unknown threats against Israel. Thus it was fitting that at the same time that Ynet was featuring Zoabi’s foreword of doom, the Ynet opinion page looked like this:

Zoabi opinion

When I saw this, my eye was immediately drawn to the second article, “The Threat of the Weak,” which I mistakenly (but not inaccurately) read as, “The Threat of the Week.”

(h/t: Boom-Boom)
 

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  1. seafoid says:

    Some day the Jewish people will be able to look back and laugh at this disaster.

  2. MLE says:

    We can’t forget the most dangerous threat to
    Israel… Dinosaurs

    • MLE says:

      I’m sorry, I also forgot… UFO attacks. I think extra terrestrials have some claim over the temple mount that’s 100,000 years old. I guess everyone wants that piece of land don’t they?

      Zombies are another potential threat. Zombies are known antisemites. Israel would be surrounded by hostile zombie neighbors. There aren’t enough bullets to shoot all those oncoming zombies in their heads

      Vampires are also antisemites. Werewolves are equal opportunity devourers.

      Meteors. Israel may have nukes, but they don’t have a space shuttle or bruce willis to launch into space to stop it.

      I’ll think of more threats throughout the day.

      • Talkback says:

        I believe, there are more Antigentiles amongst Jews per cent than Antisemites amongst Gentiles.

      • seafoid says:

        Lego is antisemitic. It doesn’t recognise Jewish exceptionalism.

      • piotr says:

        Well, the best known zombie in the area uses name “peace process” and it kind of alternates between hostile and friendly behavior.

      • MLE says:

        Sorry I didn’t come back to add my brilliant contributions, but here they are:

        Godzilla
        King Kong
        the inevitable fight between Godzilla and King Kong
        Predator
        Ninjas
        Ron Paul
        My demographic terror plan (young Jewish women having lots of half Arab babies)
        The secret plan that all Muslims in the region are going to choose a date and time and collectively let out a tremendous fart.

  3. LeaNder says:

    Yes, threat’s everywhere. Like: A new kind of War.

    Not long ago I came across my first hijacked internet site. The perpetrators were: Team Kuweit Hackers.

    A scholar I respect had alerted me to an article he published in a new book by: Richard Landes, The Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred Year Retrospective on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

    I have read the article by my spirtual friend and all other articles by now, but admittedly haven’t managed to finish the introduction by Richard Landes and here is why – although I only noticed it now:

    Reader’s Reports:

    “The introduction is indeed a tour de force, full of strong opinions expressed by the authors in a lively and often provocative style that combines the latest in post-postmodern critical thinking with common sense analysis. Some scholarly readers might react with dismay, but I think – and I am sure many readers will agree – that the statements for the most part are not only stimulating but indeed necessary for opening up a new debate on the subject of the “New Antisemitism’s” demonization of Israel which is so often discussed in hackneyed and stultifyingly mealy-mouthed terms. …

    The book contains one article that may well be interesting in our context:
    11) Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion: An authentic document in Palestinian Authority ideology”

    Yesterday I read a longer essay by an elder Jewish emeritus citing Richard Landes on this topic that leads to Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crooks’s: Palestinian Media Watch.

    I sure would like to know more about their article from a Palestinian perspective. I vaguely remember several articles on Palestinian schoolbooks, who can’t print their own school books but seem to have to use Arab ones. Not that that this was ever mentioned. It is not mentioned in the latest article either.

    I can share my Kindle edition in case somebody wants to take a closer look, Team Mondoweiss has my e-mail.

  4. Newclench says:

    So silly. This hysterical nonsense makes it harder to point the finger at folks like Gilad Atzmon or the PA Mufti who cursed out the Jews at the recent Fatah anniversary day celebrations. (Makes you wonder if he knows that there are Jewish members of Fatah….)

    • jayn0t says:

      Newclench – do you mean when Israelis make false accusations of anti-Semitism, it makes it harder to make true accusations of anti-Semitism? That it’s reasonable to attack Gilad Atzmon, but not Ben White? That the Palestine solidarity movement should be divided into good guys and bad guys? I hope I’ve misunderstood you.

      • jaynot, my hunch is newclencher was using this opportunity to hump the hasbara about PA Mufti which is the latest talk pt EXCUSE in justifying why israel isn’t willing to play nice w/the quartet and is arresting palestinian legislators.

        these paragraphs (joined here in the blockquote) sandwich kershners nyt article about the arrests. the very last paragraph in the article is the denial. note she even links to palwatch . note she does NOT mention they are arresting the politicians after the announcement palestinians were planning on holding elections in may.

        At the same time, the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, called on the leaders of the Palestinian Authority to condemn remarks by its top cleric, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, who recently recited an ancient Islamic text at a ceremony broadcast on Palestinian Authority television advising that Judgment Day will come only when the Muslims fight and kill the Jews.

        “Whoever wants peace should not permit such incitement and should not allow calls to murder Jews,” Mr. Netanyahu said Monday.

        Mr. Netanyahu described the words of the mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Hussein, as “morally heinous” and compared the remarks to those of Haj Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem who notoriously aligned himself with Hitler in the 1930s. Palestinian television broadcast the mufti’s comments on Jan. 9 and Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli monitoring group, drew attention to them on Jan. 15. An Israeli official said that the prime minister became aware of it only in the past few days.

        The mufti denied calling for the killing of Jews, telling Israel Radio on Sunday that he was only quoting the words of the Prophet Muhammad. He told Voice of Palestine radio on Monday that “these allegations come within the Israeli incitement campaign against Jerusalem and its figures.”

        link to nytimes.com

        note how this one speech is humped to kingdom come.

        thanks for sharing netanyahu’s latest hasbara with us newclencher

        WAPO:Israeli soldiers arrest Hamas lawmaker in West Bank, fifth such arrest in as many days

        wapo at least mentions this in the context of the elections.

      • Newclench says:

        jaynot – you understood me. I’m saying that false accusations of antisemitism make it harder to stand up against actual instances of antisemitism.
        I don’t know about dividing the Pal Solidarity movement. I don’t know anyone who supporters the Hadith about killing Jews or Gilad Atzmon’s ramblings. You’ll never catch folks at the ISM talking that way, that’s for sure.
        Annie, I’m in favor of peace, peace talks, talking to Hamas, not arresting PA legislators, etc. Not sure how that channels Bibi.

        • Not sure how that channels Bibi? you mean like this: “I don’t know anyone who supporters the Hadith about killing Jews”.

          you mean according to the the rtwg palestinian media watch? i don’t really know what he said. but the reference and translation is not one i would immediately trust so i wonder why you do. they are another CAMERA/MEMRI org. you are not questioning the assertion you are repeating it unquestionably. even with the man saying that is not what he said. aren’t you?

          The mufti denied calling for the killing of Jews

          but my larger point is this issue over this man’s words, for some reason or another, have been elevated to somehow conflate they are related to israel arrests of palestinian parliamentarians. these words take up paragraph after paragraph in the nyt, they are being used as a hasbara tool.

          can you imagine if the US government were arresting jewish politicians and then all the newspapers were writing about it in the context of alder’s words? as if they were connected?

        • ToivoS says:

          Newclench tries to sell himself as supporter of Palestinian rights with lines like this: I don’t know about dividing the Pal Solidarity movement.

          You have just branded yourself as a racist Zionist. They are the only people I know who use ‘Pal’ to refer to the Palestinian people.

          Imagine a white circa 1960 claiming to be a supporter of civil rights referring to the movement as the “Nig Solidarity movement”. I don’t see how anyone should engage you in serious discussion, you are at the best just a polished version of a concern troll.

        • Newclench says:

          annie, I’ve no idea why either of us mentioning Palestinian legislators. You started talking about them.
          The Palestinian mufti might not have said what some press has him saying. If so – that’s fantastic. Love put that to rest. But…. there does appear to be some video…
          link to algemeiner.com

          It’s funny. You are so keen to oppose right wing Israeli sources, it looks like you can’t tell if they are correct. Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. It sounds like you have no familiarity with the Hadiths relating to Jews and why they might be problematic.
          Why not go whole hog and oppose all religious extremism even if it emerges from the Palestinian side?

        • Newclench says:

          Toivos, that’s ridiculous. That would mean that palsolidarity.org is a racist website. Get a grip! Or better yet: use Google on “Pal Solidarity” and see how many pro-Palestinian groups use that shorthand.
          Are you a plant, here to make supporters of Palestinian rights look ridiculous?

        • i’m not a fan of any religious extremism newclench. no matter who is into it. i’m just not clear why netanyahu is mentioning it in the context of these arrests now. we all know this is not why these parliamentarians are getting arrested. don’t we? it works as a diversion tho.

          oh, and i can’t really tell how much you would Love put that to rest now that you’ve posted the video!

        • jayn0t says:

          This is an interesting discussion.

          Toivos’s comment about the word ‘Pal’ IS ridiculous. But Newclench does know several people online who do support Gilad Atzmon’s ramblings, and think he is worth discussing with – the people who run this site, and many commenters.

          I’d heard the thing about the ‘Mufti’ hanging out with Hitler during world war two. I’m not surprised – many religious leaders took sides in that massacre, and they were all in the wrong. They also believe nonsense today, from Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira of the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva, who believes its justified to kill babies if they will grow up to harm Jews, to evangelists, and Muslim extremists.

          But looking out for ‘anti-Semitism’ in the pal solidarity movement is self-defeating. It’s impossible to define – for example, you include Gilad Atzmon, and Zionists include anyone who ‘singles out’ Israel for criticism. Worrying about anti-Semitism is one of the main reasons the movement has been so ineffectual. Compare it with the movement against apartheid – there was a group which wanted to ethnically cleanse Africa of white people. But we didn’t whine about it, we didn’t worry about anti-whiteism, and it succeeded.

          Later, pal

        • jaynot..newclench wasn’t mentioning that mufti, he was mentioning Sheikh Muhammad Hussein (the Mufti of Jerusalem). he uses the term “PA Mufti ” here: “the PA Mufti who cursed out the Jews at the recent Fatah anniversary day celebrations” . guess who else calls him that? free republic linking to memri just yesterday. the PA doesn’t ‘have’ a mufti. memri’s or the ‘palestinian media watch’ hasbara is being used by the nyt to ‘balance’ the news against the PA, the same crap netanyahu (kershner nyt) is pushing in my 10:22 am link up there.

          it’s just for western audiences and the flock in israel to get them all hyped up for transferring the blame of israel preventing two states on to palestinians.

          the latest hasbrat sloganeering (iow all they got) is the mufti right now.. probably just a coincidence bibs/memri/newclench are on the same talking pt track lately. no biggie.

        • ToivoS says:

          Newclench I don’t care how many Palestinians use that short hand. Coming from a Zionist it is pure racism. In the US since the 1950s many black Jazz musicians, comedians, rap artists, etc have used the N word. But coming from the mouth of a white (white jazz musicians exempted) it is pure racism. You dear clench is no Palestinian and for you to use that word is not acceptable.

        • ToivoS says:

          Sorry Jaywood, my comment was not ridiculous. When I hear Zionists use the word “pals” I hear an oppressor referring to his subject. It evokes memories of the numerous terms that colonialist have used to describe their own subjects — the British in India, in Kenya, the French in Algeria, the boers in S. Africa and on and on. And now the Israeli colonialist.

        • Newclench says:

          I’m no Palestinian but I’m also not a Zionist. And equating the shorthand ‘Pal’ with the N word? Wow. Do you have any source, whatsoever, from an organization that addresses Palestinian issues in the West suggesting that ‘Pal’ is an offensive word?
          Hell…. if it turns out to be offensive, I’d stop using it. But I can’t imagine where you got this from. Again, Google “Pal Solidarity” and you’ll see it used all over the place.

  5. MHughes976 says:

    Are you sure you’re being fair to the Zombies? At least some are Zionists, I think, scattering undead accusations of anti-Semitism in all directions.

  6. Dan Crowther says:

    No such thing as bad publicity, eh?

  7. GalenSword says:

    “Humanitarian racism” is a projection of Zionist tactics.

    Rafael Medoff discusses in Militant Zionism in America the fake anti-segregationist efforts that Jabotinaskians undertook in their quest for respectability.

    In reality, Jabotinsky was so racist that he occasionally tried in the 1930s to prove that Greco-Roman period Judeans were really Aryans.

    Yale Professor Benjamin Harshav, who himself seems to believe Zionist racial theories writes (Language in Time of Revolution, link to books.google.com , p. 160):

    On the contrary, the ultranationalist and gifted poet and writer Ze’ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky, in his book Hebrew Pronunciation (still trying to mold the pronunciation of the new language in 1930!), opposed the Arabic pronunciation and claimed that our ancestors did not speak with an “Arabic accent” either. Canaan, he argued, was teeming with races, including the “remnants of the nations of Europe and Anatolia,” that is, Aryans (sic!), all of whom were swallowed up within Judea and Israel:

    Thus the Hebrew was formed as a Mediterranean man, in whose blood and soul several aspirations and several flavors of the nations of the North and of the West were blended. […] To set the rules for the pronunciation of the renewed Hebrew, if we must seek points of support in other languages, let us look for them not in Arabic but in Western languages, especially in those which were born or developed on the shores of the Mediterranean. I am sure, for example, that the general impression of the sound, the “prosody” of ancient Hebrew was much more similar to that of Greece and Rome than to Arabic. (Jabotinsky 1930: 6-8)

  8. Haneen Zoabi is a shining light of integrity amongst the swinish retard behaviour of Israeli Jewish MK’s. She is subject to vile propanda, smears and debasement, simply for being who she is, and what she represents. This is somebody whose family has existed in the region for centuries longer than the new immigrants who presume to rule her and her fellow countrymen and women. If there any international awards going, I hope she gets one, in order to draw attention to her plight, her integrity and what she stands for, in the face of vile racism and bigotry, with never ending threats and insults. Her existence is a testament against the Israeli fiction factory, its absurd posturing and hyper inflated claims, not to mention its inbuilt bias and prejudice against non-Jews. No wonder they vilify her.

    • Blake says:

      I saw her being grilled by Steven Sackur on the BBC Hardtalk program a while back and she came across as very eloquent and sincere. The way he interviewed her put me off BBC for life. He practically demanded of her to recognize Israel and was blunt, rude and continually interrupted her. So much so for BBC impartiality.

      • And that is the whole Israeli agenda – to colonise the media to the extent that they swallow the Israeli propaganda so that they echo and continue it, as if that was the reality. Are the BBC, or any of the rest of the cowardly sycophants, going to harass Israeli pompous bullying spokesmen about recognising Palestine or its citizens, or recognising human rights? No, don’t think so.

    • seafoid says:

      Palestinians who know Israel close up and can explain this to a wider audience are the most dangerous of Israel’s opponents. Because Israelis know their ideology is primitive and they can’t argue back against someone who knows it too.

      ” The Palestianians all fled in 1948″. Sure they did. Sabrawalla. And there are fairies at the bottom of my garden too.

  9. speaking of traitors have you heard about “the list”

    link to haaretz.com

    ‘anti-Zionist’ by campus watchdogs
    Survey comes up with the names of more than 1,000 Israelis, 800 of whom are academics but also including authors, journalists, public intellectuals, and past and present cabinet ministers.

    Israel Academia Monitor said in a statement: “We are not a right-wing organization, but rather an organization that is unaffiliated politically and that keeps its distance from politics. Our role is to protect the universities from political forces, and especially from the extreme left, that exploits the institutions for its needs and acts as if they were its private playing field.”

    University of Haifa economist Prof. Steven Plaut, one of the founders of IsraCampus, said in a statement: “Our main function is to quote what these teachers say and write ideologically and politically in order to bring it to the attention of the public. The issue is not an ideological argument, but rather publicizing the anti-Israel group that openly supports the enemy,” Plaut said.

    Members of the group include political scientist Prof. Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Israeli Film Directors Guild chairman Rani Blair; and the chairman of the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum, Uri Rosenwaks. They recently created the Blacklist website (blacklist.co.il), which invites visitors to check whether they themselves appear on the lists.

    • Blake says:

      Saw on article on that on the desertpeace website a few days back.

    • American says:

      Prof. Plaut evidently hasn’t learned his lesson yet. He’s already been convicted of libel once.

      link to english.sxu.edu

      From Haaretz: September 6, 2006
      U.S.-born professor guilty of libeling colleague
      By Ira Moskowitz
      “Haifa University economist Steven Plaut was convicted last week of libeling a fellow academic, Neve Gordon of Ben-Gurion University’s Department of Politics and Government, and ordered to pay the plaintiff NIS 80,000 in compensation plus NIS 15,000 in legal fees. Plaut, who teaches in the Graduate School of Business Administration, has called Gordon a “fanatic anti-Semite” and a “Judenrat wannabe.” Such statements overstep the bounds of free speech and constitute libel, Nazareth Magistrate’s Court Judge Reem Naddaf ruled last week…
      “In his affidavit to the court, Gordon noted that he served in the Paratroopers’ and was seriously wounded during a battle at Rosh Hanikra in 1986, leaving him with a 42 percent disability. “This is an important fact because it demonstrates the depth, seriousness and severity of the injury that the defendant has inflicted upon me through his publications,” he says.”
      For complete story see:
      I had earlier complained of Professor Plaut’s frequent published descriptions of me as an “anti-Semite” and a “rogue” and his unseemly and unprofessional tirade against all DePaul University students who have matriculated in the classes of Assistant Professor Norman G. Finkelstein.’

  10. seafoid says:

    link to haaretz.com

    “The study argues that while the IDF and other state agencies have yet to alter their Zionist view on the Palestinian exodus in 1948, all history textbooks authorized by the Education Ministry since 2000 have replaced the old Zionist narrative with the critical approach. This is a ground-breaking finding on a change in Israel’s official collective memory. In effect, it’s a rejection of the Zionist narrative that “there was no expulsion in 1948.””

    The Zionist narrative/the Zionist view is FUBR. This leads to nonsense such as the Ynet panic. You can say “there is no such thing as the Palestinian nation” until the cows come home but we can see them behind you,Israel ! Oh yes we can !

  11. Blake says:

    The truth is anti-Semitic. Whenever they dislike being told some home truths they use that anti-semite slur.

  12. MHughes976 says:

    But the idea that anti-Semitism is the truth is as alien from the morality of Mondoweiss as any idea could be.

  13. Keith says:

    The full quote from YNET: “In other words, we may end up being wiped off the face of this earth, because we helped our enemies destroy us. The “certificate of righteousness” we shall receive will be thrown into the mass grave to be dug for us. Zoabi and her comrades shall be dancing among the corpses once their mission is completed.”

    It is difficult to find words to describe such hatred and irrationality. It is also difficult to avoid making the comparison with an earlier European “blood and soil” regime that dares not speak its name. How is it possible for Zionists to avoid noticing the similarity? Or to suggest that those who do are anti-Semitic?

  14. Israel’s existence threatens the existence of Israel. Look: there’s no way Israel could cease to exist if it didn’t exist in the first place.

    Ergo, the UN members who voted for the Partition Plan in 1947 are antisemitic.

  15. MRW says:

    From “Searching the Brain for the Roots of Fear”
    By JOSEPH LEDOUX, NYT, January 22, 2012

    …To make a complicated story very simple (though not inaccurate) a region in the brain called the amygdala connects the two events, forming an unconscious memory of the association. When the neutral stimulus (the rock or the sound of an airplane) later occurs, it automatically activates the amygdala like the original danger did, eliciting fear, and also triggers worry — anxiety. The automatic nature of the activation process reflects the fact that the amygdala does its work outside of conscious awareness. . . .

    In short, the capacity to fear (in the sense of detecting and responding to danger) is pretty universal among animals. But anxiety ― an experience of uncertainty ― is a different matter. It depends on the ability to anticipate, a capacity that is also present in some other animals, but that is especially well developed in humans. We can project ourselves into the future like no other creature.

    While anxiety is defined by uncertainty, human anxiety is greatly amplified by our ability to imagine the future, and our place in it, even a future that is physically impossible. . . . This raises the questions: How much fear and worry is too much? How do we know when we have skipped the line from normal fear and anxiety to a disorder?

    link to opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com

  16. ahadhaadam says:

    “self-delegitimization” is a stretch because it assumes that Israel was once legitimate. It wasn’t. Yes, it may be beyond the boundary of discourse for most people but I elaborated on the subject of Israel’s legitimacy in my latest blog post:

    link to dancingwithpalestinians.wordpress.com

    The bottom line is that Israel has yet to make itself legitimate by making itself a state of its citizens and allowing the refugees universal right of return, which can be done, but seems unlikely in the foreseeable future.