From Skokie to Um-el-Fahm
|Tuesday, September 9,2008 11:10|
|By Khalid Amayreh|
When members of the National Socialist Party of America (the Nazi Party) declared their intention to march through the predominantly-Jewish
And while the American Nazis claimed the right of free speech in accordance with the First Amendment, the Jews and their supporters claimed that their right to live without intimidation and harassment did override the Nazis’ right to freedom of speech and expression.
Eventually, after exhaustive legal actions by both sides, the Nazis were allowed to parade in
Ironically, the American Nazi group never did march in
The reason I am invoking this story, which took place 35 years ago, is because the government of
Last week, the Israeli High Court decided to allow the followers of the infamous racist Rabbi Meir Kahana, to march through the Arab town of
The Kahana disciples argued through their lawyer that they were only exercising their freedom of speech and expression.
The truth, however, is that freedom of speech and expression is the last thing these people would value, especially when their political opponents, Arab or Jewish, are involved.
Indeed, these Judeo-Nazi thugs openly teach that basic human rights, including the right to life, don’t apply to non-Jews in general and Arabs in particular.
Kahana himself back in the mid 1970s wrote a book entitled “They Must Go” in which he urged the Israeli state to ethnically cleanse all non-Jews from Israel-Palestine.
To be sure, the racists will not be marching in Um-el-Fahm in order to assert their right to freedom of expression. It would be more than naïve to think that this is their real purpose.
The main goal behind their planned provocative parade is to assert their genocidal ideology and shout “Mawet le Arabim” (death to the Arabs) and “Arabs out of
This is very much similar to the anti-Jewish behavior by the Nazi youth groups in
The Kahana group may look small in terms of sheer numbers and political representation. However, it is very clear that the group enjoys a lot of backing by powerful political parties such as the Likud, National Union, MIFDAL, Shas as well as the powerful Jewish settler lobby. Moreover, there is conspicuous flaccidity displayed by the Israeli occupation army toward this terrorist group.
Furthermore, it is also well known that the group, which had produced Baruch Goldstein, the American-Jewish physician who in 1994 murdered 29 Muslim worshipers while praying at the Ibrahimi Mosque in downtown Hebron, is backed by powerful rabbinic circles , especially from the Merkaz Harav Talmudic college in West Jerusalem which teaches the doctrine that non-Jews living under Halacha or the Jewish law must be enslaved as water carriers or wood-hewers, or expelled or exterminated.
The Israeli court decision to allow these racist thugs to march through Um-el-Fahm coincided with the screening in
On Wednesday, 3 September, the Nazi-minded Israeli parliamentarian Aryeh Eldad, who sponsored the screening of the hateful film, said he would seek to form an international parliamentary front with European colleagues against Muslim and Arabs.
This is the same Jewish lawmaker who a few years ago referred to Jews as “human beings” and to non-Jews as “non-human beings.” According to the Israeli press, when the Israeli army and border police forcibly vacated Jewish settlers from the small settler outpost of Ammona in the
I am not really presenting these facts in order to incite hatred against Jews or Judaism. I know true Judaism is not like this. I also know that probably most Jews are reasonable people who reject racism.
After all, Jews had been premier victims of the most virulent form of racism, and it is only logical that they should adopt an uncompromising stand against it.
However, it is also important to expose these hypocritical and morally duplicitous Jews who would react vociferously to racism when the victims are Jews but remain silent, or even be enthusiastically supportive, when the perpetrators happen to be Jews or Israelis.
A few years ago, when a Russian court decided to ban Shulhan Aruch, a summarized Talmudic text, Jews around the world cried out against the ugly face of Russian anti-Semitism. Eventually, the Russian court reconsidered its verdict.
However, today in Israel, we see that the entire Israeli state, including the government, the intelligentsia, the media as well as the religious establishment, is totally silent as Islam, the religion of nearly one fourth of Israel’s citizens, is openly vilified by a member of the Israeli parliament, in cooperation of a later-day European disciple of Adolph Hitler.
Moreover, one is really prompted to ask where are the voices that are being raised in
We know and you know that this is not an issue of freedom of speech. This is an issue of a manifestly fascist group inciting against and trying to delegitimize the very existence of 1.5 million Israeli citizens and another 3.5 million Palestinians living under a nefarious military occupation across the Green Line.
In short, Jews, like the rest of humanity, are expected to be morally consistent.
This means they must speak up against racism, not only when Jews are victims, but also when Jews happen to be perpetrators as well.