Dubai: When Is Murder Not Murder? When Yuli Edelstein Says It Isn’t
Yuli Edelstein, is an Israeli settler with the dubious distinction of running something called in Hebrew, the Hasbara Ministry (somehow in English calling him the ‘public diplomacy minister’ has a much suaver ring to it). As such, Yuli’s not going to let any buffoonish Mossad performance throw him off message. The Dubai assassination? Easy, it wasn’t even murder. What was it? A favor Israel did to the world to rid it of Arab pond scum:
The killing of a senior Hamas official in Dubai should not be considered as murder, an Israeli minister said today.
Public diplomacy minister Yuli Edelstein…speaking to a meeting of the Henry Jackson Society think tank at the House of Commons, said that it would be wrong to become “overly emotional” about his death.
“Even if it will turn out that the worst secret service of the worst country in the world had managed to get to that guy, I will still not call it murder,” he said.
“We are talking about the worst murderer in one of the worst terrorist organisations, so let’s not get overly emotional about his death and let’s not start mourning his death.”
Let it not be said that Israel’s Hasbara minister has let the facts get in his way. First, over 20 years ago, al-Mabouh was responsible for murdering two IDF soldiers and he currently arranged for arms deals with Iran. Hardly the worst murderer in Hamas. Second, the claim that Hamas is one of “the worst terrorists organizations,” again highly debatable. But the question remains, if Hamas is a terrorist organization and al-Mabouh is a terrorist, what right does Israel have to adopt the tactics of the terrorist to take its revenge?
Further, if Israel is justified in murdering al-Mabouh, what do we say about the assassination of Rehavam Zeevi under eerily similar circumstances at an East Jerusalem hotel where he lived. Why is Zeevi’s murder, assassination and al-Mabouh’s isn’t? That’s an indefensible distinction that I don’t expect Edelstein to understand, but that less politically conflicted people will easily comprehend.
As I’ve written here–if Hamas or Hezbollah succeed someday in assassinating an Israeli political figure why should the world not consider this a legitimate act of revenge? If Edelstein refuses to call al-Mabouh’s killing a murder then why would an act of revenge on an Israeli victim be murder? Israel, in its predictably short-term approach to these things, refuses to understand the rhetorical/political implications of its words and deeds. There is a certain narcissism, as my reader Shirin likes to point out–you can say virtually whatever you want and whatever is convenient to defend your own behavior, but your statements cannot be used against you at some future point. It’s as if Israel can say whatever the hell it likes and devil take the hindmost.
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This is the same Yuli Edelstein who calls the Goldstone report a new ‘kind’ of antisemitism. http://bit.ly/bfaFIs
So Edelstein’s saying, “we didn’t do it, but if we did do it, we did the world a favor.” As usual, the narcissism and denial are full blown here, with an Israeli official refusing to acknowledge the fact that all evidence points to Israel, and that this murder was just that – a murder. Seeming to be so damned concerned about justice, the narcissist is only concerned when it applies to himself, not to anyone else.
Whenever Israel murders anyone, they begin to channel Dick Cheney at his creepiest, calling the victim “the worst of the worst” and insisting that they made the world safe for hegemony. That is, if they ever admit it in the first place, which it appears would be a good idea at this point because Israel is looking worse than I ever thought they could.
The dog-eared anti-Semitism card isn’t going to play this time; people who are questioning this latest gangsterish debacle are not anti-Semitics but are those who are interested in knowing the truth and seeking justice. Murder is murder, whether the victim is a saint or “pond scum;” the moment we begin to accept that any government or individual in the world can play judge, jury and executioner is the moment we lose what little justice remains in the world, and there is, at least hypothetically, nothing to protect us from becoming the next one to die.
So does of course Avigdor Lieberman, telling his European counterparts he had “no information”. (Quoted in several Haaretz articles which I’m too lazy to dig up right now.) It’s not known how much the Europeans had to struggle for self-control, not to laugh him out of the room. Not everybody can be Danny Ayalon after all.
Lawrence of Cyberia once aptly and memorably called it the Bart Simpson Defence: we didn’t do it, nobody saw us do it, you can’t prove anything.
Bart Simpson’s defense may not apply in this case, actually. It looks like a lot can be proven if anyone only cares to do it, and I’m afraid the whole thing will be stonewalled by, you guessed it, the United Slaves of America. Not a peep out of the White House about this, I’m sure all the pro-Zionist shills who live off our tax dollars are keeping their lips zipped and their heads down, hoping the storm will blow over. I am asking and asking, but I can’t get any information on what is going on with regard to those US-issued credit cards picked up by the Dubai police. I wonder if there is any kind of investigation going on here – and if there isn’t, why not?
“When Is Murder Not Murder?”
When a Jew kills an Arab. And the more Arabs he kills, the more it is not murder.
I think you mean, when a Zionist kills an Arab (at least in this case). I am sure that racism plays a big part in this, but what prevails is Israel’s self-perceived moral superiority and self-righteousness.
I wonder just what would happen if Israel targeted an American or other person on American soil, sent Mossad agents just as Israel “allegedly” did, and murdered this person here in the US. Would it turn into an international incident, or would it be quietly swept under the rug?
Why has there been no further information provided on those American-issued credit cards, by the way?
Actually, I do mean when a Jew kills an Arab. I was reflecting the point of view of Edelstein and his ilk, of course.
“Would it turn into an international incident, or would it be quietly swept under the rug?”
Just think USS Liberty, and you’ve got the answer to that question.
Both points taken. Maybe that is indeed all it boils down to, at least for the Edelstein crowd, that the only life that counts is a Jewish life; Arabs are not humans.
Since most people have no recollection of the USS Liberty incident, you are most certainly correct about that, too.