Stephen Murray - Hypocrite Par Exellence - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ilya Feoktistov
    • 21.11.05 | 18:10 (IST)

    Mr Murray, If you were a legitimate fighter against racism, as opposed to a man whose casus vivendi is the vilification of Israel with a trite regurgitation of stale cliches, I would assume that you can recognize certain facts surrounding the conflict. Both Arabs and Zionist Jews in Mandatory Palestine have been struggling since around the time of the Balfour Declaration for control of the land. While the Arabs took an absolutist us-or-them approach, the position of the majority of Zionists has always been coexistence, with only fringe groups like the Kahanists calling for expulsion of Arabs from within Greater Israel. The sordid situation in the Palestinian territories was born out of the terror war. Theretofore, the Palestinians enjoyed the highest standard of living of all non-oil endowed Arab states, could travel to Israel without restrictions, and were on their way toward shaming Israel into accepting their legitimate rights to a state of their own. As far as Israeli minorities, they are now 23% of the Israeli population. True, the status of Arabs in Israel is second to that of Jews, yet it is not worse than that of minorities in any Western country. In fact, European countries such as your own Holland have a much tougher time adjusting to their own minorities than Israel. Native Dutch racism is intense and there are far fewer prominent Turks and Arabs in Dutch government, educational, and economic institutions than there are Arabs in Israeli ones. The sequestration of immigrants in their own separate neighborhoods could well be called Apartheid too. Furthermore, it only took one man's slashed throat for the Dutch to start burning mosques; imagine if Holland was hit with as many terrorist attacks as Israel. I imagine you would be shooting immigrants left and right. Why then, if you are such a fighter for human rights and freedom, do you not frequent forums dealing with your own country's problems? Or how about the violent racism of the Muslim states? Does Saudi Arabia's exclusion of all non-Muslims not warrant your condemnation? How about the Palestinian Authority? Its stated goal has always been the expulsion of all Jews from all of Mandatory Palestine when addressing an Arab audience; and the expulsion of all Jews from within the 1967 borders of the West Bank and Gaza when addressing Western audiences. Its textbooks, television programs, newspapers and religious sermons are replete with anti-Semitic excoriations, genocidal exhortations, and Islamic triumphalism. Face it - as an ideology, mainstream Zionism has long ago accepted the Palestinian right to a state. Mainstream Palestinian nationalism, secular or Islamic, has not accepted Israel?s right to exist. In spite of this, you choose to unequivocally focus on Israel?s imperfections. There is a reason for this Mr. Murray, a reason you should confront honestly for the sake of your character. Your hypocritical condemnation of the Jewish right to self-determination stems from hatred. Criticizing Israel and Zionism is fair and just like all self-interested States and nationalist ideologies, they are often concerned with their own interests rather than those of the other. Yet when you single Israel out for selective condemnation; when you assign it a unique status of evil in the world; when you blind yourself to context while ignoring the injustices of Israel?s enemies, spending hours spewing anti-Israeli vitriol in online forums - you Sir are an anti-Semite. Deal with it before karmic justice deals with you.

    from the article: A still-stained UN
    First published 00:00 21.11.05 | Last updated 00:00 21.11.05
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