Netanyahu Invokes Muslim Extremism But Ignores Jewish Extremism
22 November 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
During a visit to the town of Affula, north east of Tel Aviv
on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu blamed Muslim extremism
for "this wave of violence and terror that Israel is witnessing today."
Netanyahu, a habitual liar who thinks mendacious PR comes first before
everything else, ignored the legitimate causes that made Palestinians,
especially youngsters, risk their lives and get murdered by trigger-happy
Israeli soldiers and settlers.
Netanyahu is not a liar who thinks he is honest and telling the truth. He
knows deep in his heart that he is dishonest and not telling the truth.
Otherwise, he would have alluded to Jewish extremism which not only produced
his own government, evidently the most extremist in Israel's history, but is
morphing the entire region into a powder keg as a result of tampering with
the sensitive issue of Jerusalem, especially the Aqsa Mosque.
No one is denying the existence of extremists among the followers of all
However, blaming Muslim extremists for all the trouble in the world is beyond
In the final analysis, it is mostly Muslims who are being victimized, even
exterminated, in many parts of the globe at the hands of those self-righteous
states that claim to be fighting terror.
Just consider the genocidal anti-Muslim pogroms in places like Myanmar and
the Central African Republic where Muslim civilians have been burned to death
very much like Jews were in concentration camps in Europe in the mid-forties
of the past century.
Or consider Afghanistan and Pakistan where civilians are haphazardly and
blithely murdered under the rubric of fighting Taliban.
Or in Syria, where superpowers that are supposed to maintain world peace, are
conducting a slow-motion holocaust against the people of Syria, triggering
massive waves of refugees, fleeing death and terror.
Or in Iraq, where vengeful sectarian gangs are carrying out murderous ethnic
cleansing against Muslims.
Or, indeed, in Palestine, where the grandchildren and great grand-children of
the Holocaust victims and survivors are murdering (and burning alive)
Palestinian children, on no other accounts than the victims want to be free
from Zionist oppression and racism.
So, it is mainly Muslims, not Jews, or Christians or Buddhists, who are
bearing the brunt of terror and religious intolerance in the world today.
True, with the help of modern media, a highlighted criminal act by violent
groups such as ISIS might give impression that the group represents ultimate
evil whereas truly criminal entities such Israel and the Assad regime stand
out as more reasonable.
But this is not true.
In the final analysis, Israel stole Palestine from its legitimate owners, the
Palestinians, murdered them, destroyed their homes, bulldozed their fields
and then dispersed them to the four winds.
And at the top of this, Israel added insult to injury by calling its victims
It is really sad and lamentable that Netanyahu leads Jews, a people who once
valued truth, honesty and justice before Zionism led many them astray,
transforming them into land thieves and child killers.
Today, the Netanyahu government is the biggest sponsor of extremism in
The Netanyahu government is the sponsor, enabler and ultimate protector of
Messianic Jewish thugs who are ganging up on helpless Palestinians on the
hills of the West Bank.
Today, the Netanyahu government, which has effectively killed any remaining
realistic chances for a just and durable peace in Palestine-Israel is
encouraging Jewish fanatics and Gush Emunim gangs to trigger a religious war
with the Muslim world by tampering with the delicate status quo at the Haram
al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) in Jerusalem.
Today, the Netanyahu government is suffocating or trying to suffocate every
legitimate expression of Palestinian grievances, pushing them to the squares
of despair, frustration and violence.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was once quoted as saying that had
he been born a Palestinian, he would probably have become a "terrorist."
Barak was by means a paragon of honesty, but his unintended remark was a slip
of a tongue that spelled volumes.
But Netanyahu is much worse. What else can be said of a leader whose policy
is mendacity and whose shield is dishonesty?
Yes, the Palestinians are undergoing hard times. They have always found
themselves facing hard times.
But Jews should also brace for harder times ahead.
Now, with the two-state solution practically dead, the consequences of
decades of stone-walling, intransigence and arrogance of power will soon
begin to reveal themselves. But it would be too late for Israel and the Jews.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran
Palestinian journalist and political commentator living in the West Bank.