Tonight is the first night of Hanukah. As Ori Nir so aptly points out below, it is ironic that at the beginning of this holiday in which Jews celebrate the rededication of their Holy Temple after years of defilement at the hands of the Greeks, settlers from the extremist Tapuah settlement torched and desecrated a Palestinian mosque (not the first either):
Today, as Jews worldwide commemorate the desecration of the Temple and celebrate its rededication, Jewish extremists, most likely West Bank settlers, desecrated a mosque in a Palestinian village near Nablus.
The mosque, in the Palestinian village of Yasuf, was torched. Copies of the Koran were burnt. Hateful graffiti in Hebrew was sprayed at the site referring to the settlers’ “Price Tag” vigilante operation to attack Palestinians and Israeli security forces to deter Israel’s authorities from enforcing the law on the settlers.
Arab News and Yediot Achronot noted that one graffito said: “We will burn you all.” Haaretz also notes that Nazi graffiti was inscribed as well. Another irony. Peace Now has quite rightly labelled this “a Jewish pogrom.” During the Holocaust, the Germans defiled our synagogues and burned us in crematoria. Now ‘our’ Jews defile mosques and threaten a Muslim Holocaust. What they did to us we now do to others, never having learned a lesson from history. We have become what we hated. We have gone from being a “light unto the nations” to a charnel house unto the nations. What gifts we offer to civilization!
Can there be any doubt why English anti-immigrant extremists wave Israeli flags during their demonstrations against Anglo-Muslims? Can there be any doubt why Aipac seeks to make common cause with India’s Hindu nationalists who battle against that country’s Muslim minority? Is that what Israel has come down to? A holy war between Jew and Muslim? When will the average Israeli say: “Dai kfar, these bastards don’t represent me!” Ah yes, I know. They may never do that. That’s why it’s sometimes so lonely to be a critical Zionist.
Tzipi Livni opened her mouth and the right words came out, but we all know that they will lead to nothing:
“We must turn to introspection and contend with what is happening within Israeli society.”
Deeds not words, Ms. Livni. We need acts as proof of commitment. Words are worthless since so many have been spoken promising so much and producing so little.
This statement from Haaretz is also indicative:
Investigation into the incident points to the likelihood that settlers from nearby Tapuah are behind the attack, police said, but the vandals have not yet been caught.
Oh, yes, someone may eventually be arrested, maybe even prosecuted, maybe even put in jail. But 100 others will take his place because Israel really doesn’t have its heart in this. It is so ambivalent about protecting the rights of Palestinians under Occupation. Why should the average Israeli care? And they don’t. So whether they catch the settler thug or not is immaterial to Israel or Israelis. If they do it is not because anyone wishes to uphold the rule of law or protect anyone’s rights. It is only to protect Israel’s image on the world stage. To let the defilers go free would give Israel a black eye. That’s all that the country and its people care about.