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“Our grief is that of a society that wishes to live, a society that educates our boys to life, to be humans, to behave as human beings, to strive for peace…And opposing us is a society that yearns for death, as we can see around us in the happiness of a boy in becoming a martyr — a society that does not respect anything…Our society chooses life and does not seek out wars, but strives for peace and sees war as [a] necessary [evil]…On the other side of us is an element that desires death and causes devastation, not only against us but against itself.” — Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon last Tuesday at a conference with members of Yad Labanim, an organization of bereaved Israeli families.

Chief of police Ronnie Alsheich echoed the same feelings at an event for bereaved families in Eilat, also reported by the Times of Israel:

“There is a difference between our grief and their grief…It’s impossible not to tell the difference between the grief we see in your faces and the grief we’ve seen expressed by some of our neighbors in recent years…Our enemies chose to sanctify death; the message they preach is that life is meaningless and that pressing a button or pulling out a knife, you will be transported to a better world. This is the antithesis of Israeli values”, he said.

The leaders’ comments come against the background of an interview where the veteran Army radio host Razi Barkai “dared” to pose a “provocative” comparison to Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who advocates withholding bodies of Palestinian attackers:

“Imagine Israeli families — and sadly we know cases like that, Protective Edge [Gaza, 2014] for example, waiting and waiting for the bodies of their loved ones to return.”

Barkai was alluding to the bodies of two Israeli soldiers which are believed to be withheld by Hamas.

Erdan was enraged: “That’s the comparison you’re making?…The comparison is irrelevant.”

The father of one of the two dead soldiers, Simcha Goldin, father of Hadar Goldin, confronted Barkai on an Army Radio program the next day (again, as reported by the Times of Israel):

“We’re in a struggle to convince the world that there are huge differences between us and our enemies”.

Just two days earlier, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said on a radio interview with Nissim Mishal (‘Radio Lelo Hafsaka’- Non-stop radio’) that bodies of “terrorists” should not be released for burial, but rather buried “in an anonymous cemetery in Israel, as we have done in the past”. Bennett opines as well, that if a ‘terrorist’ comes out of a particular village, which happens to have in it ten illegally built houses, these should be immediately demolished on the night after the attack, so that the village residents would understand that there is a price for terror. (Hebrew source – Arutz Sheva)

Indeed, Bennett’s words are very reminiscent of Moshe Dayan’s from 1955:

“The only method that proved effective, not justified or moral but effective, when Arabs plant mines on our side [is retaliation]. If we try to search for the [particular] Arab [who planted mines], it has not value. But if we harass the nearby village…then the population there comes out against the [infiltrators]…the method of collective punishment so far has proved effective.” (In Benny Morris, Righteous Victims).

Bennett further opines that the “terrorist” is “prepared to give his life and he is promised a paradise with virgins, his family is promised a stipend from the Palestinian Authority and he will be listed as a Palestinian hero”.

Bennett, in his chauvinism, apparently sees no need to relate to Palestinian females in his appraisal of motives – such as for example 13-year-old Ruqqayah Eid Abu Eid from Anata who attempted to stab a guard of a Jewish settlement and was shot dead on the 23rd of January – or Hadeel Al-Hashlamoun on September 22nd, who shot dead from a safe distance by soldiers at a checkpoint in Al Khalil… But these are supposedly “aberrations” which would complicate Bennett’s portrayal. The “terrorist” is not a child, it’s not a “she”. At best it’s a “he” with hateful, barbaric and also sexist fanatic motives. Maybe it’s not even a he – maybe it’s just a thing.

Indeed, Arabs for Bennett are “things”. In a cabinet meeting on the 26th of July Bennett (then as Economy Minister) was arguing with National Security Adviser Ya’akov Amidror about the prisoner release.

Bennett: “If you catch terrorists, you have to simply kill them.”

Amidror: “Listen, that’s not legal.”

Bennett: “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there’s no problem with that.”

(Source – Yediot Aharonot, Hebrew edition 29th July, also at 972.)

So, folks, let’s sum this up. Palestinians love death. They sanctify it. We’d practically do them a favor by killing them – lots of them – and there’s no problem with that. And if we can’t kill them fast enough, let’s enact collective punishment, it’s the only thing that works. The Arabs understand only force.

Jonathan Ofir

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  1. Kay24 on February 26, 2016, 10:52 am

    The hasbara certainly likes to give the world that impression. The Palestinians are taught to hate, they enjoy being occupied, and yes, loved death too.

    I wonder if the nazis made similar statements too.

    • Talkback on February 26, 2016, 3:37 pm

      Of course. The Nazis had their version of ‘They brought this upon themselves’, too. The bigger the crime against humanity ones commit, the more one blames the victims.

  2. Froggy on February 26, 2016, 12:34 pm

    Kay24 :: “I wonder if the nazis made similar statements too.”

    The statements the Nazis made were just as daft.

    German officers and other lackeys of higher rank used to argue that the French should be grateful to the German occupiers because, by invading, the Germans were saving France and French culture from the Jews. -LOL-

    Like France needed to be protected against the likes of Léon Blum.

  3. Ossinev on February 26, 2016, 2:00 pm

    What appears to be (sadly) the overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews led by the likes of Gruppenfuhrer Bennett appear to be immersing themselves in a new brand of Nazism when it comes to Palestinians and Arabs:

    “The Untermensch concept included Jews, Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), and Slavic peoples such as Poles, Serbs, and Russians.[5] The Slavs were regarded as “Untermenschen”, barely fit for exploitation as slaves.[21][22] Hitler and Goebbels compared them to the “rabbit family” or to “stolid animals” that were “idle” and “disorganized” and spread like a “wave of filth”.[23]

    Biology classes in Nazi Germany schools taught about differences between the race of Nordic German “Übermenschen” and “ignoble” Jewish and Slavic “subhumans”.[24] The view that Slavs were subhuman was widespread among the German masses, and chiefly applied to the Poles. It continued to find support after the war”

    A leading Minister in a supposed “Western Democracy” openly states “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there’s no problem with that” and then whines and whinges (occasionally against a wall it has to be assumed ) with the rest of the right wing freakshows in the Israeli Government about the world singling out and “victimising” Israel and Israeli Jews who are the most moral and compassionate crap crap etc etc.

    What sad sick b—–ds these people have become.

    • Marnie on February 27, 2016, 3:42 am

      They are illiterate, violent and incredibly stupid. And now that Naftali Bennett is the education minister (and people say israelis have no sense of humor) it’s only going to get worse.

      By Edo Konrad
      |Published December 31, 2015
      The uncomfortable context of Israel’s book ban

      “The decision to prevent high schools from teaching a Jewish-Palestinian love story might sound like an innocent attempt at promoting Jewish continuity. In fact, it’s the sound of Israel’s extreme right going mainstream.

      Israel’s Education Ministry announced Wednesday that it would ban Israeli high schools from teaching a novel about a love affair between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man.

      The decision was made despite the fact that the book, Dorit Rabinyan’s “Gader Haya,” was recommended for use in advanced literature classes by numerous bodies — including a professional committee of academics and educators — at the request of a number of teachers. Education Minister Naftali Bennett has backed the ban.

      By preventing Israeli teenagers from reading the book, the ministry is hoping to instill in them the notion that “intimate relations” between Jews and non-Jews threaten what it calls “a separate identity.” In doing so, the ministry charged with deciding the content of Israelis’ educational curriculum has gone beyond the scope of its responsibilities and is now actively trying to influence Jewish students’ romantic decisions.

      Gader Haya is far from the first Israeli novel taught in high schools to tell the story of Jews who fall in love outside the religion — sometimes even with Arabs.

      To be sure, the Education Ministry’s decision has very little to do with the novel in question, and it is no coincidence that the ban pertains specifically to a book featuring a love story between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man. This is a trope that has become synonymous in Israel with the patriarchal, racist idea that Jewish women must be protected from the savage Arab — always on the prowl for his next victim — whom he seeks to convert to Islam and steal away to his village.

      If this sounds like exaggeration, it is not. A 2007 poll revealed that over half of Israelis view the marriage of a Jewish woman to an Arab man equal to national treason. Considering the country’s rightward shift over the past decade, that has likely become even more entrenched.

      The Education Ministry’s decision is all the more disturbing when we consider the fact that polls consistently show that the majority of both Jewish and Arab citizens oppose intermarriage. Novels that allegedly encourage miscegenation should thus be of no threat to a population actively opposed to marrying outside the religion. So what gives?

      The past few years have seen the rise of anti-miscegenation politics in Israel, most prominently by Lehava — an organization run by radical settler Benzi Gopstein, who most recently called for expelling the “blood sucking” Christians from the country. What started as a fringe group seeking to convince Jewish women to end their relationships with Arab partners — often using real violence against the man — has morphed into self-styled brigades that roam the streets of Jerusalem looking for Palestinians to attack. The logic of Lehava’s anti-miscegenation activities is undergirded by the total dehumanization of the Palestinian man, to the point that he remains a target even when he is uninvolved with Jewish women.

      On the face of it, the decision to ban Rabinyan’s novel could seem like an innocent attempt at molding the minds of young Israeli Jews toward a future of Jewish perpetuity. In reality, however, the man in charge of our children’s education is now adopting the rhetoric of Israel’s most unabashedly vile racists. This is how the extreme right — the one we are repeatedly told is on the margins of Israeli society — becomes mainstream.”

      Jake Brigance from A Time to Kill “Ain’t nothing more dangerous than a fool with a cause.”

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