What was the last event in world history you can recall being a “crime against the Jewish people?” If you answered, “the Holocaust” you win all the money Elie Wiesel lost with Wall Street’s Jewish Ponzi-schemer, Bernie Madoff. Here’s how Haaretz reports Wiesel’s latest eruption against the UN Gaza report:
Wiesel blasted Judge Richard Goldstone, saying his report on the Israeli offensive in Gaza was “a crime against the Jewish people.”
Yes, even a Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor is not above invoking the Holocaust in order to smear the Goldstone Report. Next thing you know, they’ll accuse Goldstone of drinking the blood of Jewish babies…oh wait, they’ve already done that!
And note that Wiesel accuses Goldstone not of a crime against Israel, but of a crime against the entire Jewish people! What narischkeit! And this is precisely the narrative the Bibi Netanyahu uses in smearing Iran: they want to destroy not just Israel, but all of the Jewish people. People, get off it. Stop distorting the record. Stop mangling Jewish history for partisan political goals.
Wiesel should be absolutely ashamed of himself. He of all people should know that the Holocuast is a sui generis event. It should never be cheapened as he has done with this vile, implicit comparison of Goldstone to the worst tragedy to ever befall the Jewish people. Does this Nobel laureate and moral conscience of the Jewish people need lessons on such things? No.
I’m sorry to say that Wiesel has fallen from the high pedestal on which Jews have placed him. He no longer wears a crown or moral righteousness. Frankly, I’m astonished that 40 other Nobel laureates are joining him in denouncing Ahmadinejad in full page ads in the N.Y. Times. What they neglect to realize (or perhaps they do) is that their propaganda will be used by those in Israel and elsewhere who wish to see war with Iran. Is that something this moral beacon is willing to have weighing on his conscience? Or does he believe that any perceived danger to Israel, no matter how ephemeral, deserves the type of military assault that his friends in Israeli high places would like to offer?
Returning to Goldstone, apparently the titans of the Jewish world are quaking in their boots about the Goldstone Report and the jeopardy in which it places Israel. I never would’ve thought this possible as recently as six months ago…that Israel’s generals and politicians might actually face culpability for their crimes against the Palestinian people.
And when you read a passage like this concerning the assassination in Dubai of a Hamas arms merchant, then you know the narrative leads only one direction:
The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will be at the top of Dubai’s wanted list if the Israeli foreign intelligence service Mossad is proven to be behind the killing of a senior Hamas official, the Dubai Police chief said yesterday.
Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim told The National that “Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will be the first to be wanted for justice as he would have been the one who signed the decision to kill [Mahmoud] al Mabhouh in Dubai. We will issue an arrest warrant against him.”
Those of you with good memories will remember that Bibi Netanyahu, when he was last prime minister, approved the assassination of Khaled Meshal in Jordan. The method was quite similar to the way in which Mahmoud al Mabhouh was killed. In the former case, a team of Mossad agents accosted Meshal in the street and injected his ear with a slow-acting poison. On his death, it would’ve appeared he had had a heart attack, which was precisely the same outcome in Dubai. The only problem with the Meshal murder was the agents were captured, a major international row ensued, and Bibi was forced to provide an antidote or risk his spies facing trial and incarceration in Jordan. And we all know how this little melodrama turned out–Meshal now runs Hamas’ government in exile and is one of Israel’s biggest nightmares.
In Dubai, they chose a better place to kill al Mabouh, in the privacy of his hotel room, so the poison could do its work and no one would be the wiser. By the time the Dubai authorities discovered the poison in the victim’s system, they were long gone. Another Mosad success…but not so fast.
If Israel did kill al Mabouh, it shows Bibi thinks he’s playing by the old rules: I’ll git ya if I can by hook or by crook; whatever it takes. Those rules don’t work anymore as the Goldstone Report has shown regarding the Gaza War. The new rules for Israel are: if you play by the old rules we’re (the world community) gonna git ya, and not the other way around. In other words, the days when Israel could get away with virtually anything are rapidly coming to a close. There will be a price for misbehavior. The worse the conduct the higher the price. Wouldn’t it be ironic if Bibi’s order to kill a mid-level Hamas operative in a Dubai hotel room was the decision that brought him to the Hague?
And if, as Hamas claimed, the Mosad agents entered Dubai in the retinue of Israeli minister Uzi Landau, we could have two Israeli pols in the docket. Amazing that Israeli politicians like Landau seem to think that they too are impregnable.
And yes, my dear right-wing readers (there are a few of you), if Israel did not assassinate al-Mabouh, it’s still a good thing for Dubai’s police chief to warn an Israeli prime minister that the ways of the past are over and that Impunity is no longer. The next time they do plan such an assassination they ought to have in the front of their mind the fact that some day they may face justice for the act they contemplate.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.