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Speaker at Israeli gov’t conference promotes genocide against Arabs and non-Jews

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A week ago, the Israeli Ministry of Education held a conference in Jerusalem for the state’s religious education sector (Ynet reports, Hebrew, English here). Education Minister Naftali Bennett was also present. The theme was “speaking about the values of the Jewish family in 2018, about education to healthy sexuality, modesty, feminism, values and Zionism.”

On the stage was an aging terrorist, Moshe Zar, a former founding member of the Jewish-terrorist movement “Jewish Underground” (in 1980’s), who said the following:

“I am known for saying ‘Build a house, it’s like you wiped out a hundred Arabs. Build a settlement, it’s like you wiped out tens of thousands of goyim [‘non-Jews’]’. That’s the truth”.

His words were applauded by a considerable number of the public, including the settler standing beside him, Yael Shevach, the widow of rabbi Raziel Shevach, who was murdered in January on a road in the occupied West Bank outside the settlement he lived in.

Israeli journalist David Sheen has provided the video with subtitles here.

The immediate context within the conference was about settlement in “Judea, Samaria and Gaza”. After a video was screened, Zar told about an attack that had occurred in a settlement and said that construction of the settlements is “our sweet revenge”.

“Our revenge, the revenge of all of us, will be only in the settlement of Eretz Israel” [the land of Israel]. 

Of course, when such genocidal euphemism comes out in mainstream press, you have to do some damage control. Thus, the Ministry of Education issued a statement distancing itself from Zar’s expressions:

“The Ministry of Education and head of the state-religious education condemn decisively Moshe Zar’s egregious words, which were said on his behalf alone. We are speaking of an unfitting expression which does not reflect the spirit and policy of the Ministry of Education, which acts a lot to promote all of the sectors in the Israeli society, including the Arab sector.”

Notice a few things here, which make this statement highly questionable:

First, state-religious education is exclusively Jewish. The claim of promoting other ‘sectors’ does not relate to the state-religious education sector itself. Second, how could the ministry not know of Zar’s ideology? He is known for it – he literally boasts of it (“I am known for saying”…). In the ’80s, he was part of “a terrorist group that planted bombs in the cars of Arab mayors and plotted to destroy the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem,” per the NYT. After the killing of his son Gilad in 2001 (who was a security officer of the Israeli settler Samaria Regional Council) by Palestinian militants, Moshe Zar vowed that he would establish six settlements in his son’s memory (a settlement for each letter in his name in the Hebrew spelling). Rabbi Raziel Shevach was murdered outside a settlement that Zar established in 2002 – Havat Gilad. In 2015, Zar expressed some regret for his past terrorist activities and objected to the ‘tag price’ revenge terrorism attacks, but nonetheless remained an avid proponent of the settlement enterprise. Even if the Ministry viewed Zar as a kind of ‘moderate settler’ who was no longer an ‘active terrorist’, still, they could not claim to not have known about his ideology, in which he replaced the bomb with the settlement, as it were. (Let it nonetheless be noted that Zar was buying up private Palestinian land for settlement since 1979, that is, simultaneously with his terrorist activity).

Then Zar issued his own statement to Ynet, clarifying that he was merely ‘misunderstood’:

“Of course I referred with my words only to Arab terrorists who killed my son Gilad and the rabbi Raziel Shevach and many thousands of Jews. I live with Arabs in co-existence from my birth, out of the belief that in mutuality it is possible to live in peace.”    

This one is disingenuous on several levels. First of all, Zar did not refer merely to Arab ‘terrorists’. To suggest that this is naturally to be understood (“of course”) is like suggesting that the category, Arabs, equals terrorists. Second, he did not merely say Arabs, he added to it “goyim” (non-Jews). This added notion, which appears very calculated and even meticulously self-cited, brings this way beyond the mere tit-for-tat supposed context. It is very clearly a Judeo-centric notion of ‘Judaization of the land’ with genocidal undertones. 

And then there is of course Zar’s claim that since his birth (1938) he lives in ‘co-existence’ with ‘Arabs’. Zar was not only a member of the Jewish Underground, he was also a member of Ariel Sharon’s Unit 101 which committed the notiorious Qibya Massacre in 1953. Some ‘co-existence’ that is.

So this is, once again, one of those somewhat uncomfortable slips of the tongue, in which someone says something that is just a touch too overt, and you have to do damage control and tell people to move on. Like when Education Minister Bennett said that he “killed many Arabs and there’s no problem with that”.  

But notice what Zar was really saying, even in the conservative, watered down interpretation: Israeli settler-colonization of what Zionists consider ‘Eretz Israel’, is a form of bureaucratic genocidal “sweet revenge”.

You’re just not supposed to say it too overtly. The liberals, and especially the goyim, may start getting the wrong ideas.  

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  1. eljay on July 9, 2018, 12:08 pm

    Silly Mr. Zar: First you label Arabs and non-Jews “armed terrorists or criminals” and then you suggest massacring them. That makes it acceptable…well, to the Zionist “moral compass”, anyway.

    • Kay24 on July 9, 2018, 4:32 pm

      Only God’s chosen are entitled to call for the massacre, or genocide of Palestinians/Arabs, and their ardent supporters in the US, say nothing, and by being silent, seem to condone not only these disgusting words, but stay silent when the words turn into action, like the lastest display of zionist violence by snipers, against protesters a few weeks ago.

      The irony of it is, we keep being told ad nauseam, that it is the Arabs that want to obliterate Israel, and that it is Iran that wants to destroy Israel, and we are supposed to pretend to be deaf, when zionist officials, rabbis, and sons of politicians, call for the genocide of Palestinians, by asking the IDF to bomb it back to the stone age, or suggest they be put in concentration camps. The title of “zionazis” is well earned.

  2. John O on July 9, 2018, 12:09 pm

    My remarks have been taken out of context/misunderstood/misinterpreted, etc. I could prove it but my dog ate my computer.

  3. RoHa on July 9, 2018, 8:21 pm

    So it’s not just Arabs, but all the rest of us that are to be wiped out.

    Thanks for the warning.

    Considering how many of us there are, and how few Jews, the conference should concentrate on the “healthy sexuality” part of its remit. Perhaps a rethink of those mysterious Jewish sexual practices that have Mooser puzzled. They haven’t been too successful over the last 4,000 years. Take a few tips from the Chinese and the Indians.

  4. drhmay on July 10, 2018, 8:32 am

    The title of this article and it’s conclusions are an incredible stretch The speaker talks metaphorically, about building, not actual murder, as the proper response to Arab terrorism. He talks about mutuality and living together. These fabulations are red meat for the israel haters who come up with ridiculous fabrications to not see any good in the Israeli endeavor.

    • Misterioso on July 10, 2018, 10:50 am


      A taste of reality:
      Jan 19, 2018 – Haaretz
      Opinion: “In Israel, Growing Fascism and a Racism Akin to Early Nazism” by Zeev Sternhell.**
      “I frequently ask myself how a historian in 50 or 100 years will interpret our period. When, he will ask, did people in Israel start to realize that the state that was established in the War of Independence, on the ruins of European Jewry and at the cost of the blood of combatants some of whom were Holocaust survivors, had devolved into a true monstrosity for its non-Jewish inhabitants. When did some Israelis understand that their cruelty and ability to bully others, Palestinians or Africans, began eroding the moral legitimacy of their existence as a sovereign entity?”

      Opinion: “Gaza Border Killings Expose Israel’s True Mentality
      And Bezalel Smotrich, like the cynical face of Avigdor Lieberman, reflects our own face, the face of Netanyahu’s advance guard for the West.”
      Zeev Sternhell Apr 27, 2018 – Haaretz
      ** Zeev Sternhell is a Polish-born Israeli historian, political scientist, commentator on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and writer. He is one of the world’s leading experts on fascism. Sternhell headed the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
      Jerusalem Post June 24, 2017
      “‘Israel is becoming a fascist state, U.S. can’t save the day'” by Joy Bernard
      “Opposition leader and Zionist Union chairman Issac Herzog warned on Saturday that Israel was headed toward fascism and that its fate as a democracy was at stake.

      “‘We are going through a process of fascistization of the Israeli politics,’ Herzog warned while speaking at a cultural event in central Israel. ‘Whoever is wary of the country’s fate and would like to prevent the fascistization has to support the transition into one big and moderate political bloc in order to change this trend,’ he said.”

      “‘We have to change the regime in order to save the Israeli democracy from the fascistization that is threatening it,’ Herzog continued.”

    • Bumblebye on July 10, 2018, 11:00 am

      We can see, very clearly, that you are completely taken in by the Israeli fabrications and fabulations. The speaker is a terrorist himself, and talks about the theft of land and the usurpation of its owners and indigenous inhabitants, describing any resistance – quite legal, even if involving the death of an invader – as terrorism. Can’t you see your own or his hypocrisy?

    • eljay on July 10, 2018, 11:07 am

      || Peacedoc: The title of this article and it’s conclusions are an incredible stretch The speaker … talks about mutuality and living together. … ||

      “I am known for saying ‘Build a house, it’s like you wiped out a hundred Jews. Build a settlement, it’s like you wiped out tens of thousands of Jews’. That’s the truth”.

      I wouldn’t presume the above comment to have anything to do with “mutuality and living together”.

      In your opinion, what percentage of Jews would defend the non-Jew who made such a comment?

      • annie on July 10, 2018, 12:01 pm

        shorter peacedoc: metaphorically,’wiping out tens of thousands of Jews’ means it’s possible to co-existence with jews from birth out of the belief that in mutuality it is possible to live in peace with them.’

        yeah that makes total sense.

    • Talkback on July 10, 2018, 1:27 pm

      Peacedoc: “These fabulations are red meat for the israel haters who come up with ridiculous fabrications to not see any good in the Israeli endeavor.”

      I totally agree, Peacedoc. Cause building a house for Nonjews in hist. Palestine is like killing 100 Jews. So who wouldn’t want to do that, right? It’s a no-brainer.

    • Marnie on July 11, 2018, 11:54 am

      Do you have any sense of history at all? “these fabulations are red meat……” SERIOUSLY?

  5. JimMichie on July 10, 2018, 9:03 am

    A question for you, Mondoweiss: why, in your tease lead, do you identify Moshe Zar as a “former terrorist”, when the author of this piece labels him as a “terrorist”?

    “The settler-leader and former terrorist Moshe Zar talks about wiping out ‘a hundred Arabs’ and ‘tens of thousands of non-Jews’ at Education Ministry conference.”

  6. JLewisDickerson on July 10, 2018, 10:58 am

    RE: “I am known for saying ‘Build a house, it’s like you wiped out a hundred Arabs. Build a settlement, it’s like you wiped out tens of thousands of goyim [‘non-Jews’]’. That’s the truth”. ~ Moshe Zar

    ‘Kill Every Buffalo You Can! Every Buffalo Dead Is an Indian Gone’
    J. Weston Phippen | | May 13, 2016
    The American bison is the new U.S. national mammal, but its slaughter was once seen as a way to starve Native Americans into submission.

    (EXCERPT) It was near the end of September, an unusually warm week in 1871, and William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and a group of wealthy New Yorkers stood atop a grassy hill near the Platte River in Nebraska, where two miles off they spotted six huge brown beasts.

    Cody was a legend of the frontier era, part myth conjured in dime novels. The men from New York had expected to find him as a “desperado of the West, bristling with knives and pistols,” but they did not. Cody was loquacious and friendly, an expert hunter. He knew that with the wind blowing from behind, the men risked their scent being carried to the animals and scaring them away. Then again, a buffalo is a lumbering, hirsute cow, and the men were outfitted with some of the quickest horses and held the best guns owned by the U.S. Army, which was outfitting the hunting expedition. The Army wasn’t in the business of guiding hunting trips for soft-skinned Wall Streeters, but it was in the business of controlling the Native Americans in the area, and that meant killing buffalo. One colonel, four years earlier, had told a wealthy hunter who felt a shiver of guilt after he shot 30 bulls in one trip: “Kill every buffalo you can! Every buffalo dead is an Indian gone.”

    Cody and the men made a contest of the hunt. Whoever killed the first buffalo would win an engraved silver chalice. Years later, in an article he wrote for the magazine Cosmopolitan, Cody would call this trip the best equipped he’d ever taken. The Army had supplied an armed escort and 25 wagons filled with cooks, linen, china, carpets for their tents, and a traveling icehouse to keep their wine chilled. The reason for such extravagance was undoubtedly because the New Yorkers were well-connected, but also because Major-General Phillip Sheridan, the man with the task of forcing Native Americans off the Great Plains and onto reservations, had come along with them. This was a leisure hunt, but Sheridan also viewed the extermination of buffalo and his victory over the Native Americans as a single, inextricable mission––and in that sense, it could be argued that any buffalo hunt was Army business. After the men circled the herd, they charged down the hill, chasing after the six buffalo, eager for the first kill.

    On Monday, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, making the American bison––or the buffalo as it’s more often called––the national mammal. It’s only the second animal to represent the U.S., joining the bald eagle. It’s ironic, of course, because at one time American settlers and hide-hunters killed the animal to near-extinction, and tourists shot the animals from the windows of trains as if the slaughter could last forever. Buffalo had once numbered more than 30 million, and by the end of the 19th century there were only a few hundred in the wild. Today, some 20,000-25,000 remain in public herds.

    Many things contributed to the buffalos demise. One factor was that for a long time, the country’s highest generals, politicians, even then President Ulysses S. Grant saw the destruction of buffalo as solution to the country’s “Indian Problem.” . . .


  7. MHughes976 on July 10, 2018, 3:30 pm

    He’s saying that it’s no longer necessary to kill ‘Arabs’ literally because an equivalent result can be obtained by ‘killing’ their political influence through settlement building. There’s moderation for you. It is important to recognise that ‘Arabs in mutuality’, preferably grateful ‘Arabs’, have always been part of the Zionist programme from the days of Altneuland. It’s not genicidal in the ‘Hitler’ mode, it’s a tender mercy with that cruel element.

  8. rhkroell on July 10, 2018, 5:19 pm

    I am known for saying ‘Build a house, it’s like you wiped out a hundred Arabs. Build a settlement, it’s like you wiped out tens of thousands of goyim [‘non-Jews’]’. That’s the truth”.

    Zionists must be forced to comprehend that human beings are bound by a common humanity more elemental than any unity of race, ethnicity, culture, religion and/or secular dogma. Their desire to atomize humankind into racial, ethnic, cultural and religious particles should be respected — with opprobrium —if they make that determination for themselves. I doubt they will make that determination, personally. But . . . they must not be allowed to reduce all people living in historic Palestine to racial, ethnic and cultural groups and/or religious creeds.

    The perverse, primordial (ethnonational) ideology of Zionism, like the depraved (ethnonational) ideology of Nazism, need only be condemned by the international community (and a substantial minority of the U.S. people). Then the Zionist State can be dismantled by U.S. military force (and/or a “coalition of willing” military allies). Yes, I mean — literally — deploying many U.S. military regiments (“boots on the ground”) to Israel. There is no realistic alternative to disassembling the Zionist state by means of military force.

    Zionists can choose to live in little, itsy-bitsy walled-off ethnic enclaves scattered around the world — as I’ve suggested before — if they remain committed to practicing ethnic and racial segregation, but their ethnonational, racist state must be dismantled, and Zionists must remove themselves — or be removed by military force — from Palestine.

  9. Marnie on July 11, 2018, 11:51 am

    “Of course I referred with my words only to Arab terrorists who killed my son Gilad and the rabbi Raziel Shevach and many thousands of Jews. I live with Arabs in co-existence from my birth, out of the belief that in mutuality it is possible to live in peace.”

    What ‘many thousands’ of jews? I think he’s confusing the thousands of palestinians murdered by jews. This man doesn’t seen capable of co-existence in his own head, let alone anyone outside it.

  10. ANDYILAN on July 11, 2018, 3:04 pm

    Some facts don’t add up: Moshe Zar was born in 1938. Commando Unit 101 was founded and commanded by Ariel Sharon on orders from Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion in August 1953.
    Following a direct order from Lt. General Dayan, Chief of Staff at the time, “101” was merged
    into the 890th Paratroop Battalion during January 1954. He couldn’t have been drafted at the age of 16, nonetheless sent to a highly specialized commando unit at that age. The unit was never comprised of more that 60 soldiers. Many Israelis were known to brag about their imaginary escapades in the 101.

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