Israel Must Rein In Its Nazi-minded Jews: Reacting To This Ghoul Of Hate

11 December 2013

By Khalid Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem

There is an extremely worrying phenomenon happening in Israel these days. Brashly racist Jewish youths, calling themselves "Paying the Price Gang", attack and vandalize Arab property especially in Arab localities adjacent to Jewish settlements on both sides of the Green Line, the former armistice line along the 1967-ceasefire line.

Without the slightest provocation, the terrorists scrawl anti-Arab and anti-Islam graffiti, especially on mosque walls.

This week, these racist thugs wrote extremely offensive anti-Islam hate slogans on the main mosque in the town of Baqa al-Gharbiya.

Earlier, numerous similar incidents, including torching mosques and puncturing car tires occurred in several Arab towns and villages in both the West Bank and the Green Line.

Towns and villages targeted by these Nazi-minded Jews include Baqa al-Gharbiya, Abu Ghoush, Um Qataf, Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Salfit, Tulkarem, Hebron and Jerusalem.

The shocking regularity of these criminal acts seems to suggest that the Israeli government and security agencies are not really serious about confronting let alone eradicating these Judeo-Nazi cells.

In fact, there have been meaningful accusations voiced by Arabs and Jews alike that certain influential elements within the government and security apparatus are effectively colluding and conniving with the terrorists, enabling them to carry out their criminal deeds and escape unpunished.

Predictably the Israel government vehemently denies these accusations. However, the fact that not a single perpetrator of these hideous crimes has been apprehended, let alone prosecuted, raises the eyebrows of many honest people, both Arabs and Jews.

It is widely believed that these Nazi-minded Jews come from the so-called religious Zionist sector in Israel. We all know that the bulk of Jewish settlers are both politically and ideologically affiliated with religious Zionism.

These settlers are well-represented in the Israeli government by an extreme anti-peace party called "Ha'bayt ha-Yehudi" or "The Jewish home." The manifestly racist party adopts an intrinsically racist ideology which views non-Jews as virtual beasts whose lives have no sanctity and who are entitled to no human rights or civil liberties.

This is food for thought for some of the sanctimonious liberals in Europe and North America who still think that Israel is a democratic western-style state.

The purpose of this article is not really to vilify or demonize Jews. It is rather to sound an alarm bell about things that might come as a result of the rampant proliferation of Nazi ideas among Jews in Israel. In the final analysis, when Jews behave or act or even think like the Nazis behaved, acted or thought, they become Nazis themselves.

We all know that the holocaust didn't start with Auschwitz, Treblinka, Mauthausen , and Bergen Belsen. It started with relatively petty transgressions such as writing anti-Jewish graffiti on the walls of synagogues…then "death to the Jews." Then came Kristallnacht.

We all know the end of the story.

I am not trying to make comparisons. However, the flames of racist hate need only a spark to create a great conflagration. The Pre-disposition is there, the mental readiness is there, the glowing embers are there.

Jews, whether in Israel or abroad, must not relate to this matter with the usual holier-than-thou attitudes. False righteousness and defensive reflexes which we have heard ad nauseam won't help.

Israel must show a real resolve to end this matter. Rabbis must stop preaching hate in their synagogues. They must stop referring to non-Jews as animals walking on two legs.

The Jewish religious heritage is rife with humane principles that can make Jews view others as fellow human beings.

Many of us may be aware of the famous Talmudic story about the guy who came to Rabbi Hillel asking him to teach him the entire Torah while standing on one foot.

"What is hateful to you don't do to your fellow man," said the Torah sage.

"That is the whole of the Torah and the remainder is but commentary."

It is not enough for Jews to teach non-Jews about the "beauty" of Judaism by citing impressive passages, like the one aforementioned from the Torah and Talmud.

Jews must act on these passages in real life.

This is why it is really shocking to see that intellectuals, religious circles and especially politicians in Israel are reacting to this ghoul of hate with the same routine indifference. This is really dangerous.

Khalid Amayreh is an American-educated journalist living in Hebron in the West Bank


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