Israel’s hypocritical demonization of its critics
Israeli’s are the first to demand just but the last to dish it out. The hide behind exaggerated demonization claims slamming anyone who criticizes their immoral conduct as being “anti-semitic.” And they frequently take individual instances, some questionable in terms of veracity, and turn them into broader stereotypes as a part of their cultural ability to hypocritically libel others.
By Ray Hanania
Israeli activists, former ambassadors and right-wing fanatics claimed this week that “Palestinians” flew a Nazi flag in the village of Beit Ummar. To such people, one flag represents the entire Palestinian fight against Israel’s war crimes, human rights violations and contempt for the international rule of law.
Pro-Israel activists and the censored Israeli press inundated social media with a video showing a flag bearing the swastika symbol being disentangled from power lines and dropping to the ground. Proof positive, they asserted, that Palestinians do not want peace and fuel anti-Semitism. In fact, the use of such stereotypes of the apparent actions of some Palestinian extremists, while ignoring the constant violence by the racist settlement movement, is the real force that fuels anti-Jewish hate.
Some Israeli extremists attempt to push innocent people so hard in the hope that, in their anger, they speak out with a rage that can then be propagandized by the media and hate-driven zealots. They will take any incident and blow it up into a scandal, which they hope will overshadow their own violence and anti-Semitic hate, as the Palestinians are also Semites, many of whom are descendants of Jews who converted to Christianity (like my own family) or to Islam.
This column first appeared in Arab News Newspaper Sept. 29. 2021