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Why Israel is not this demonic, apartheid state some make it out to be

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Yair Lapid, Israel’s finance minister from 2013-14 made an exceptional statement recently. He pointed out a classic and well-known British trait – support for the underdog, and how it has a knock-on effect towards many Briton’s attitudes to the on-going hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians. Building on this, it is clear that this is the case – from looking at examples such as Britain opening its doors to an exodus of Belgian immigrants after the First World War, or even initially helping the much persecuted Jews regaining their homeland in Israel in 1946. Awareness of this bubbled to the surface after the Holocaust, where Jews were evidently the underdog under the Nazi rule.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to be displayed emphatically over the mainstream media. News outlets such as the BBC, or left-wing newspapers such as the Guardian or the Independent, appear to have a suggestive bias against Israel – in this particular instances however, it seems that they will always unquestioningly back the weaker side. More often than not, this is a leftist trait.

On the other hand, you have a reasonable array of media outlets which supports Israel. One example of this is the Murdoch Empire – one specific outlet owned by his News Corporation is The Times, which has for long lived up to this.  Conceivably, many who are anti-Murdoch will have doubts about the credibility of claims made about Israel’s sovereignty by the News Corporation outlets, if they are already of anything coming from the Murdoch Empire. No matter how much corruption the Murdoch Empire is responsible for in the press, this does not mean that every claim it makes or cause that it supports is corrupt – showing that people must always look further than face value of which media outlet supports what.

The main issue to bear in mind here, is that Israel’s size and strength in comparison to that of Hamas or the PA doesn’t inherently mean that Israel is the bad guy. Of course, there have been more Palestinian casualties than there have been Israeli casualties – however, this is solely down to Israel being the stronger side.

People claim that Israel want to commit genocide on the Palestinians – many have even gone as far as making the audacious comparison between the modern state of Israel and the totalitarian Nazi regime which persecuted Europe’s Jewry in the 1930s/40s. If Israel truly wanted to conquer Gaza and wipe out the Palestinian citizens (as many people suggest they do), surely they could have done it by now – given the significant difference in the strength of each side? Also, if Israel do have a prejudice against Palestinians and the so-called “natives” of that land – then why does Israel let many live among its own land  peacefully, with 15% percent of its population being Muslim too?

Israel is demonized by many as being the primary cause of problems and conflicts in the Middle East. Yet in comparison to nearly all its neighbouring countries, which majorly breach its citizens human rights, Israel is actually a highly accommodating and free society. It is one of the very few countries in that part of the globe where freedom of religion exists in society – where people will not be persecuted on the basis of their religion, while many of its enemies would do this i.e. Iran, Syria. Commonly known as “the only democracy in the Middle-East”, equality of gender, sexual orientation, religion, race etc. is very high on Israel’s agenda – with Tel Aviv actually being known as one of the “gay capitals” of the world. Many homosexuals and members of religious minorities make refuge to here from surrounding countries to escape the brutal persecution which they would have otherwise endured in their former nations.

With all this, it is hard to compare Israel to fascist, far right movements when the country itself is highly free and liberal.

Also, if you look at many of the conflicts that Israel have been involved in from an anti-Israel perspective or an “Israel is evil” viewpoint, which Israel are actually on the defensive in i.e. the Six Day War 1967, then of course you are likely to blame Israel’s existence on these conflicts.

Many people point out that Israel are the ones hell-bent on genocide – yet they do not acknowledge the shocking fact that Hamas’ charter declares that all Jews, not just in Israel but worldwide, should be put to death. This itself is clearly genocide. Also, Hamas’ charter also distinctly says that peace should not be an option with Israel, and that the nation must be wiped off the map instead.

This shows that if Gaza had the ability to – they would be able to achieve their goal in wiping Israel off the map. However, they cannot. And this is due to their insignificant military prowess. Hamas have been relentlessly firing rockets into Israel during their dominion over Gaza – The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre reports 10,378 rockets being fired into Israel since Hamas’ takeover in 2006, including 3,852 fired in last summer’s conflict.

In the past, Hamas have violated ceasefire talks by firing rockets into the territory even hours after coming to an agreement – including in 2012 and 2014, suggesting even further that they are fixed-on annihilating Israel.

Message from Hamas

Despite this overwhelming influx of attacks from Gaza –  the damage has been minimal. This is solely down to Israel’s supreme Iron Dome defense system, and their ability to react quickly to attacks. If this wasn’t in place, there would be much carnage in Israel. Again showing Hamas as the aggressors, and that Israel are only the less harmed of the two because of their superior defence equipment.

Colonel Richard Kemp, general of the British Army in Afghanistan, made the claim “No other army in the world has ever done more than Israel is doing now to save the lives of innocent civilians in a combat zone”. He make his comment in reference to Israel’s policy of giving four hours of warning before invading Gaza to clear out rockets and other weaponry (usually funded by Iran) which have been deliberately placed in schools, hospitals, and other highly inhabited areas. This warning is so the area can be cleared all of citizens – however, Hamas tell them to ignore it, which of course will play into their hands so they can make Israel look like the bad guys.

It is interesting to bear in mind the attitudes of citizens in Gaza towards Jews. According to a global survey by the Anti-Defamation League, it was concluded that the West Bank and Gaza has the highest amount of prejudice towards Jews (yes Jews, not Israelis) out of all the nations surveyed , with 92% of all citizens in the territory with anti-Jewish views. At the same time, there is nothing to suggest that Israelis and Jews have an inherent prejudice against Palestinians.

Like in many cases of anti-Israel rhetoric, their hatred of Israel appears to stem from anti-Semitism. It seems many people are oblivious to this, but this long-standing prejudice against Jews, and the decision to portray them as the bad guys (which has happened on a vast scale over the centuries) appears to be the core source of hatred against Israel.

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5 thoughts on “Why Israel is not this demonic, apartheid state some make it out to be

  1. They don’t care about the truth – that’s the whole point of antisemitism.

    In the 70’s there was a great reggae band called the Melodians who wrote a huge hit song called the RIVERS OF BABYLON! The song was covered by great artists like Bob Marley and turned into a huge hit for a Disco Band called Boney M. The song tells the true story of how the Babylonian Empire- Iraq- invaded the Jewish lands of Jerusalem/ Israel and destroyed the Jewish temple enslaving the Jews! King Cyrus of Persia- Iran – freed the Jewish slaves of Babylon so they could go back home to Zion/ Jerusalem to rebuild their Temple for the first time— that was 2600 years ago and is the second well known example of Zionism– the first was when Moses/ Musa brought the Jews to their lands of Israel.

    In any case the history of Zionism continues when the Romans invaded Jerusalem at a later date- 600 years after the Babylonians and again the Jews were conquered and taken as slaves to Rome— their Temple was destroyed and their lands were renamed Palestina : In the year 135 CE the mad Emperor Hadrian, in an attempt to expunge the memory of the rebellious Jews, came up with the artificial Latin name “Palestina” based on the Hebrew word for “philistine” to replace the name “Judea”. It would be devastating for Palestinianites to learn that “philistine” is a Jewish word that literally means “invaders”. They were originally Greek marauders who had invaded the Judean coast until the Assyrians – those masters of true genocide – completely wiped them out centuries before the birth of Christianity and Islam. Hadrian’s “Syria-Palestina” was never a sovereign state, just a minor military outpost until the fall of the Roman Empire.

    Now the interesting thing is that the Muslims who currently call themselves “Palestinians ” held a concert in Ramallah where Boney M was about to perform— but the Arab Greek Sea faring Palestinians — invented people- told Boney M not to sing the song since it would reveal their lies about Zionism and Jewish rights to their ancestral Judean lands/ Jerusalem / Israel.
    Well here is the song- and the video that went along with it telling the true story of how the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians were exposed as frauds!

    HERE ARE A PORTION OF THE LYRICS— SING ALONG!

    By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
    Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.

    By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
    Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.

    When the wicked
    Carried us away in captivity
    Required from us a song
    Now how shall we sing the lord’s song in a strange land

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    Posted by Michaela Schuberg | June 27, 2015, 2:15 am
  2. If I were one of the oppressed ( indigenous) comrades in Gaza then I would have nothing but hatred for Israel.
    Israel was set up for Jews exclusively just as it’s fellow sectarian and racist STATETLET Northern Ireland was set up as a Protestant nation for prods exclusively.
    Post colonial Westerners considered the Irish setup a disgrace and outrage and the Americans forced Britain’s hand. When America wakes up and regains it moral authority and shakes off its Satan induced coma then Palestine will become a land for all, as it always was before the onslaught by European Zionist gangsters

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    Posted by Darrell Brady | June 27, 2015, 9:22 am
    • I disagree with you. Do you know the first speech of Ben Gourion? He said that “all the people living on this land have the same rights”! And the European Zionist are not gangsters…

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      Posted by laureenofscotlandl | July 5, 2015, 1:46 pm
    • “Israel was set up for Jews exclusively” starting a statement with a lie does not make it a truth…
      On the other hand, the palestinian authority openly admits willing to go for an ethnic genocide so that all the jewish blood will be in the mediteranean see (you should listen to the “moderate” Abbas’s speeches in arab). He says in arabic the opposite of what he says in english. An ancient technique invented by Master Arafat which is still fooling europeans (wondering how stupid can one be)

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      Posted by benoche | July 21, 2015, 7:13 pm
  3. Reblogged this on judya49's Blog.

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    Posted by judya49 | June 29, 2015, 4:15 am

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