Arabs Must Protest Israeli Crimes Even Against The Wishes Of Their Regimes
20 March 2014
Khalid Amayreh is an
American-educated journalist living in the Hebron
region of the West Bank.
Thousands of Jordanians and Palestinians continued to
protest last week's murderous killing by Israel of a
Jordanian judge while traveling to the West Bank
through the Allenby Bridge crossing.
Eyewitnesses described the killing of Ra'ed Ze'ieter,
38, as "premeditated and cold-blooded murder."
For its part, Israel tried to concoct an entirely
different account of the incident to justify the
heinous murder, claiming that the soldier who killed
Ze'ieter acted in self-defense.
However, it seems that the Israeli government failed
to cover the sun with a sieve, as the Arab proverb
The Israeli government made a half-hearted apology to
the Jordanian government, insisting, however there
were "extenuating circumstances" justifying the
The truth of the matter, however, is that the criminal
killer did what he did knowingly and deliberately. He
knew what he was doing. He wanted to spill Palestinian
blood, pure and simple.
Israeli soldiers, unlike all other soldiers under the
sun, are indoctrinated with an inherently racist
ideology, derived from the Talmud, whereby the life of
every non-Jew has no sanctity.
I am not voicing anti-Semitic views when I state the
obvious. There are Talmudic passages that bluntly and
brashly deny the mere humanity of non-Jews. The
much-celebrated late Rabbi of Shas Ovadia Yosef said,
without patting an eyelash, that non-Jews were beasts
of burden whom the Almighty created solely to serve
Numerous other rabbis, with hundreds of thousands of
followers, issued religious edicts based on the
Talmud, encouraging Israeli soldiers to kill innocent
Arabs. See the following link, for example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKCJjVl64zo
Hence, the murderous killing of Ze'ieter must be
viewed as the ultimate product or byproduct of this
I do not claim that all Jews or even all Israeli Jews
subscribe to this murderous and disgusting ideology.
However, the truth must be proclaimed irrespective of
the Golem of anti-Semitism which is often manipulated
to justify or extenuate Israeli crimes.
The continuing protests in Jordan over the murder of
the young judge are the very least Arabs could do to
extricate respect from insolent supremacist Jews.
If we don't protest, next time they will murder ten
judges. We have been living close to 50 years under
the sinister Israeli occupation. We know them too
More to the point, Arab masses must not rely on their
respective governments to put up a meaningful stance
that would deter Israeli provocations.
We all know that these governments are too weak to do
this. In addition, they lack real democratic
legitimacy and therefore don't feel they are
answerable to the people.
In fact, the raison d'Ítre of many regimes in the Arab
world is effectively to suppress and even torment
their people on Israel's behalf.
Hence, there is no use waiting for governments to
force Israel to show respect for the life and dignity
of our people.
In the final analysis, our lives, let alone our
dignity, don't constitute a pressing priority for
these regimes. In fact, the regimes themselves are the
biggest violators of our dignity and lives.
This is why the masses must do what it takes to force
our governments to be more "pro-active" in doing their
job, namely protecting their own citizens.
And any government or regime failing to carry out its
responsibility toward its citizens must be forced to
resign. The regimes must therefore understand that the
only legitimacy they have is the legitimacy that comes
from the people's acceptance.
This is the standard practice all over the civilized
world, and we are not children of a lesser God.
I am against any random acts of violence targeting
innocent Jews. Such acts undermine our just causes and
often boomerang on us. However, our Arab governments
must make it abundantly clear to Israel that the
spilling of an Arab's blood by Jews makes the spilling
of a Jew's blood by Arabs inevitable.
Unfortunately, Israel's insolence and arrogance of
power are unlikely to change the collective racist
mindset of the Israeli state. We all know the
inherently racist mentality of the Israeli justice
system where an Arab is viewed as guilty even if
proven innocent whereas a Jew is viewed as innocent
even if proven guilty.
That is why it is highly unlikely that the criminal
soldier who killed Ze'ieter will be punished or even
The more likely treatment he will receive is that he
will be cheered, awarded and promoted.
But the proverbial ball is none the less in our court,
not Israel's. It is we, not our failed governments,
who decide whether the world, along with Israel and
her guardian-ally, the United States, will treat us
After all, those who don't respect themselves will not
be respected as Zuheir Ibn Abi Sulma, the renowned
Arab poet, said 1450 years ago. (waman la yokarrim
nafsaho la yokarrami).