The Immorality of the Jews

no dignity in immoralityThe recent firebomb attack by “extremist Jewish settlers” resulting in the death of 18-month old Ali Dawabsha, combined with the recent attack on the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem which saw the  murder of 16-year old Shira Banki, has Israeli-Jews nervous, sad, and introspective.

Many in the West will tell you that Israeli-Jews are deeply immoral people.  The Yishuv, after all, marched on the indigenous Palestinian population in 1948, driving between 600,000 and 700,000 innocent people from their homes and causing al-Nakba (the Catastrophe) which has, in large part, influenced Palestinian culture and politics ever since.
The Zionist Occupation of the Indigenous Palestinian People

Israeli-Jews are deeply racist toward Arabs who they oppress in a great variety of ways.

Jews humiliate the local Arabs by forcing them to go through check-points.  Israeli soldiers often use Palestinian children as human shields during military operations.  The Israeli-Jews continue settlement expansion and perpetually steal Palestinian land which they crisscross with “Jews Only” roads.  While settlers enjoy swimming pools their Palestinian neighbors are robbed of water by the Israeli Occupation Authorities.

The IDF targets journalists and peace activists – even murdering Rachel Corrie, a young American from the Pacific Northwest who fought for Palestinian-Arab rights and dignity.  For her troubles she was intentionally run-over by an IDF bulldozer, killing her.

Furthermore, the Security Wall (or Apartheid Wall) separates Palestinians from villages, farms, and ultimately employment, thus serving to further impoverish a people already poverty-stricken due to Zionist aggression.

Given the atrocities and war crimes regularly committed by Israeli-Jews against their Palestinian neighbors, is it any wonder that so many on the Western-Left have concluded that Israeli-Jews are immoral?  Is their any wonder that anti-Zionism and the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel (BDS) is gaining steam?  Furthermore, not only has much of the rest of the world concluded that Israeli-Jews – who represent about half the world’s population of Jews – are immoral, but even the Israeli-Jews themselves are starting to believe it.

Crying in the Press

One need only survey some of the current introspection playing out in the Israeli and Jewish press to see that Israelis are losing faith in their own humanity.

In the Israel Hayom newspaper in Israel we see these headlines:

“Thou shalt not kill” by Nadav Shragai in which he is convinced that the murder of the toddler says something about the nature of Israeli-Jews and wherein he fears that the affliction of violence and hatred is now spreading among the Jews.

In “Fighting our inner racist”, by Ran Reznick, we learn that homophobia and xenophobia are running amuck among Israeli-Jews.

In “A shameful day for Israel”  by Times of Israel editor David Horovits, he begs the people and the government that mere regret is insufficient and such regret must be matched with action.

Media personality and Israeli politician, Yair Lapid’s contribution is “We are at war” and he thinks that the enemy comes from within.

In Ha’aretz, hard-left Gideon Levy is convinced that “We all torched the Dawabsheh family”.

And, also it must be considered, if the Israeli-Jews are as immoral as even they are coming to believe, what does this tells us about their diaspora Jewish supporters all around the world?  Nothing good, I am afraid.  If Israeli-Jews are committing atrocities against the local Arabs then diaspora Jews are complicit in willingly supporting such atrocities and are, thereby, themselves morally compromised.

And then there is this:

The Truth

On Sunday in Israel, Imad Abu Sharikh was hospitalized after a severe beating.  We read:

Abu Sharikh told police he was heading to the mosque when three “right-wing extremists” attacking him, shouting “filthy Arab, expel all the Arabs!”

The report quickly made the rounds in the Israeli and Palestinian media, along with pictures of a bloodied and battered Abu Sharikh.  The claim that he had been the victim of a racist attack by Jews was particularly sensitive, coming just two days after the death of Ali Dawabsha in an attack believed to have been carried out by Jewish extremists Friday.

The leader of the Arab Joint List party MK, Ayman Odeh, rushed to issue a condemnation and blame right-wing “incitement.”

There is only one little problem, however.  Sharikh lied:

But while Abu Sharikh’s wounds were indeed real, his story quickly proved to have been fabricated

Police soon arrested the three suspects – all of whom were Arab residents of the city.

Not only did he lie, he lied specifically to defame Jews in order incite violence against us.

Furthermore, we have no idea who killed Ali Dawabsha.  It might have been Jews, but why would we be so quick to rush to judgment without significant evidence?   We were told that this was a “price tag” attack and that the word “revenge” was scrawled in Hebrew on a wall of the house.  Well, can we think of any reason why a Palestinian-Arab might ever want to commit violence against another Palestinian-Arab?  Is it possible that someone else in the Land of Israel may know enough Hebrew to scrawl a few words on a wall, besides a Jew?

Is it even possible that the culprit was a non-Jew?  According to what I read in the media they seem to have largely concluded that they know that the savages were Jewish.  Just how do they know this?

I do not know if Jews are innocent of this heinous crime and that is not what I am arguing.  What I am arguing is that you do not know either, but if one insists upon laying blame at Jewish feet with virtually no evidence, what does it say about ones inclinations toward Jews?  And what does it mean that so many Jews are eager to go along with it?

The Narrative

As for the narrative above concerning Israeli-Jewish crimes against the “innocent indigenous” population, it is pure bullshit, as we say in the United States.  It is the “Palestinian Narrative” comprised entirely of wild exaggerations and straight-up lies.  It is the kind toxic anti-Zionist / anti-Jewish gibberish that many on the Left, and within academe, love to fling around like confetti.

What is true, however, is that this so-called “Palestinian narrative” of perfect victim-hood is having its intended effect on much of the rest of the world and thereby, inevitably, upon the tiny Jewish population.  The Jews are among the most self-reflective people on the planet.  This is generally a good thing, but it is not always a good thing.  All virtues have their corresponding vices and the corresponding vice of “self-reflection” is paralysis and self-doubt.

The truth of the matter is that most peoples in the world are considerably more savage than are the Jews.  I apologize if that sounds self-congratulatory, but one need only take a quick gander at the neighborhood around Israel to determine the truthfulness of the claim.  But only the Jews fret to the degree that we do.  We are now convincing ourselves, with much encouragement in the Muslim world and the West, to think that the rare acts of political violence by random Jews represents some sort-of terrible stain on the Israeli Jewish soul.  There are all sorts-of “well-meaning” people who want to help the Jews overcome our alleged Nazi-like inclinations and they are perfectly happy to smack us over the head with a shovel in order to teach the lesson.

molotov2One thing is certain.  If the Palestinian-Arabs had one one-hundredth the inclination toward moral self-reflection as do the Jewish people the conflict would have been long over.

Arabs throw molotov cocktails at Jews practically on a daily basis in Israel.  Sometimes they throw them at houses, sometimes that throw them at cars, and sometimes they throw them at cops.  And sometimes they kill people.  When that happens do the Palestinian-Arabs, as a people, publicly choose to reflect upon their misgivings and misunderstandings of others?

I do not think so.

Handing out sweets to children, and dancing in the streets, in order to celebrate the murder of Jews is not the behavior of someone engaged in moral self-reflection.

The Jewish people, however, including most particularly, Israeli Jews, have nothing to apologize for.

If anything, as a people perpetually under siege by a much larger hostile majority, they are the ones who deserve the apologies.

Published at Israel Thrives

{Cross-posted at the Elder of Ziyon.}

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  1. As a American, a non-Jew and as a gay man – I know and understand that these attacks for shocking. However, I also know that these were the work of individuals and do not represent the nation of Israel. The nation of Israel is a light in the Middle East. I would wish to be drop anyway in Israel, but certainly not anywhere else in the area. The reason is simple; Israel is a nation of laws, and has an ethical system going back thousands of years.

    G*d bless Israel.

    • Thank you Dav for joining us ‘Down Under’ and for beautiful thoughtful words. Feel free to visit and comment any time.

      There is no evidence as yet that the dreadful crime of burning a house was the work of Jews. I am hearing plenty from Israel to say it could well be Arabs. This won’t be the first, and certainly not the last, that Arabs have committed a crime and tried to make it look like it was right wing activists.

      There are now ongoing reports that an 18-year feud between two clans in Duma that might be related to the murderous arson. In addition, one of the two graffiti messages – the single word nekamah, meaning “revenge” – has calligraphic elements that raise the suspicion that it was actually sprayed by an Arab.

      This is highlighted by a person I know who says.

      “When I saw the photo of the graffiti, my first thought was that it was not done by a Hebrew speaker because of the style and the fact that the style was almost identical to others in Nazareth and other places in the West Bank where the attackers were Arabs, not Jews.

      Secondly, no Jew would use a Chabad slogan or symbol.

      Third, I looked up the location on a tip from an Israeli military person. I cannot imagine any Jews penetrating that village that far AND taking the time to place firebombs (which make noise when exploding) and getting out of the village in one piece.

      To me all this indicates Arabs did it. In addition, I remember Arab tribal attacks and political (Hamas vs Fatah) in Rafiakh, Gaza, Beit Sahour, Kalandia, where things were very similarly done.”

    • Bless you, please, Dav.

  2. The commission of murder is, by far, the most intensely looked upon phenomenon. Yet, just as evident is that few are the instances in which specific acts of murder remain solid in our communal and individual memory. There is only a handful of ” memorable” assassinations, from Menelaos ( see the Oedipus complex ) , Caesar ( see “..even you, Brutus !!! – Quoque tu Brute ), Marrat ( see David’s painting ), Franz Ferdinand ( Vedi Sarajevo e poi…Mori )Abe Lincoln ( see some other show, if you must ), Kennedy ( see, if you’re stupid and visit `Dallas in an open limo !!!) ec.
    Mass murderers have showed up everywhere, from USA to UK, Australia, even Romania, in fact I am sure that almost every country on earth has seen one or maybe more .
    Entire nations accused of being responsible for genocide have been known to history, unfortunately, and more recently those which have been deemed so have entered serious soul searching and expressing important acts of redemption; `Germany and Japan taking the lead in such necessary acts of teshuva.
    Yet, if isolated acts of hideous violence exacting loss of life happen or are supposed to having been committed in association with Jews……… the hell opens wide and loud and justice AGAINST the Jew is demanded, in fact, such merciless justice is expected to fall upon ANYONE of Jewish profile.
    Easy to understand why, if crime slightly touches Jewish quarters, the call for justice, impeccable morality. It is as if EVERYBODY wishes for the poor Jewish folk to purge itself of anything that could possibly tarnish their beloved, impeccable “profile” . Such generous, well intended sentiments.

    Among us, this seemingly cohesive, ghetto cultivated lot, there are striking elements of the oberchuchem syndrome . A valiant competition to the top of the communal tree is current everywhere ANY – mind you unpaid – public position of groisse Moishe is up for grabs. Criticism of Jewish leadership by the Jews themselves is as important as the necessity to … have a leader. Who and how many bystanders are hurt in the rhetorical drekfight is not considered in the statistics of dog eats dog and that is how “democracy” could be defined in a country also known for its cohesive spirit of self defence. Thus , internal well intended moves in Israel go well overboard in addressing rationally individual incidents for which anomalies are responsible. Immediate theories and necessary redress are invading the market place of public opinion. Almost nothing currently in place in Israel is good enough for the army of ex army generals and any other kind of “formers”. They reckon that they are helping while, in fact those singular unwanted acts need specialist attention at the level of UNREPRESENTATIVE national level.

    Conclusion : individual events can either go into oblivion or can gain the apocalyptic proportions of group/nation labeling. In this context ,Israel may not escape the brandishing of mass phenomenon strictly based on accurate prejudices regardless who did what and, mainly, IF something really DID happen. People need certainties in life and once it has been ESTABLISHED that Israel is a criminal entity , why ruin a well established “truth”, no matter what reality proclaims.