Origins of Israel’s Anti-Arab Racism

The anti-Arab racism that increasingly pervades modern Israel surfaces in the non-human images applied to Palestinians, such as the metaphor “mowing the grass” when targeting militants in Gaza. This tragic development traces back to the attitudes of old European imperialism, argues Lawrence Davidson.

By Lawrence Davidson

By the middle of the 19th Century, the multi-ethnic empire was on its way out as the dominant political paradigm in Europe. Replacing it was the nation-state, a political form which allowed the concentration of ethnic groups within their own political borders.

This, in turn, formed cultural and “racial” incubators for an “us (superior) vs. them (inferior)” nationalism that would underpin most of the West’s future wars. Many of these nation states were also imperial powers expanding across the globe and, of course, their state-based chauvinistic outlook went with them.

Hungarian Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), considered the founder of modern Zionism.

Zionism was born in this milieu of nationalism and imperialism, both of which left an indelible mark on the character and ambitions of the Israeli state. The conviction of Theodor Herzl, modern Zionism’s founding father, was that the centuries of anti-Semitism were proof positive that Europe’s Jews could not be assimilated into mainstream Western society. They could only be safe if they possessed a nation state of their own.

This conviction also reflected the European imperial sentiments of the day. The founders of modern Zionism were both Jews and Europeans, and (as such) had acquired the West’s cultural sense of superiority in relation to non-Europeans.

This sense of superiority would play an important role when a deal (the Balfour Declaration) was struck in 1917 between the World Zionist Organization and the British Government. The deal stipulated that, in exchange for Zionist support for the British war effort (World War I was in progress), the British would (assuming victory) help create a “Jewish national home” in Palestine. It was no oversight that neither side in this bargain gave much thought to the Palestinian native population.

Years later, beginning in 1945 (at the end of World War II), the British were forced to officially give up the imperial point of view. They came out of the war with a population burdened by extraordinary high war taxes.

Retaining the empire would keep those taxes high and so the British voter elected politicians who would transform the empire into a commonwealth, granting independence to just about all the Britain’s overseas territories. One of those territories was Palestine.

It is interesting to note that in other European colonies, where large numbers of Europeans resided, the era following World War II saw their eventual evacuation as power shifted over to the natives. Kenya and Algeria are examples which show that this process was hard and bloody, but it happened.

And when it did happen, the official imperial mind set was defeated. That does not mean that all Europeans (or Westerners) saw the light and ceased to be racists, but that their governments eventually saw the necessity to stop acting that way.

Some Consequences

Unfortunately, in the case of Palestine, this process of de-colonization never occurred.  In this case the European colonists did not want the imperial mother country to stay and protect them. They wanted them out so they could set up shop on their own. They got their chance after the British evacuated in 1947.

Soon thereafter, the Zionists began executing a prepared plan to conquer the “Holy Land” and chase away or subjugate the native population. And what of that imperial point of view which saw the European as superior and the native as inferior? This became institutionalized in the practices of the new Israeli state.

That made Israel one of the very few (the other being apartheid South Africa) self-identified “Western” nation states to continue to implement old-style imperial policies:  they discriminated against the Palestinian population in every way imaginable, pushed them into enclosed areas of concentration and sought to control their lives in great detail.

If one wants to know what this meant for the evolving character of Israel’s citizenry who now would live out the colonial drama as an imperial power in their own right, one might take a look at a book by Sven Lindqvist entitled Exterminate All The Brutes (New Press 1996). This work convincingly shows that lording it over often resisting native peoples, debasing and humiliating them, regularly killing or otherwise punishing them when they protest, leads the colonials to develop genocidal yearnings.

There is evidence that the Zionists who created and now sustain Israel suffer from this process. For a long time Israeli government officials tried genocide via a thought experiment. They went about asserting that the Palestinians did not exist.

The most famous case of this was Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, who on June 15, 1969, claimed that “there were no such thing as Palestinians. … They do not exist.”  One of the reasons she gave for this opinion was that the Arabs of Palestine never had their own nation state.

Others took a different approach by denying not so much the existence of Palestinians, but rather their humanity. At various times and in various contexts, usually in response to acts of  resistance against occupation, Israeli leaders have referred to the Palestinians as “beasts walking on two legs” (Menachem Begin); “grasshoppers” (Yitzhaq Shamir); “crocodiles” (Ehud Barak); and “cockroaches” (Rafael Eitan).

Of course, these sentiments were not confined to the Israeli leadership. They soon pervaded most of the Zionist population because the old imperial superiority-inferiority propaganda had become a core element of their basic education. The Israelis have taught their children the imperial point of view, augmented it with biased media reporting, labeled the inevitable resistance offered by the Palestinians as anti-Semitism and took it as proof of the need to suppress and control this population of “Others.”

And, from the Zionist standpoint, this entire process has worked remarkably well.  Today all but a handful of Israeli Jews dislike and fear the people they conquered and displaced. They wish they would go away. And, when their resistance gets just a bit too much to bear, they are now quite willing to see them put out of the way.

Thus, during the latest round of resistance rocket fire from Gaza and the vengeful killing that came from the Israeli side, we heard the following: “We must blow Gaza back to the Middle Ages destroying all the infrastructure including roads and water” (Eli Yishai, present Deputy Prime Minister); “There should be no electricity in Gaza, no gasoline or moving vehicles, nothing. … We need to flatten entire neighborhoods … flatten all of Gaza” (journalist Gilad Sharon in the Jerusalem Post); “There are no innocents in Gaza. Mow them down … kill the Gazans without thought or mercy.”  (Michael Ben-Ari, member of the Knesset); Gaza should be “bombed so hard the population has to flee into Egypt” (Israel Katz, present Minister of Transportation); Gaza should be “wiped clean with bombs” (Avi Dichter, present Minister of Home Front Defense); Israeli soldiers must “learn from the Syrians how to slaughter the enemy” (prominent Israeli Rabbi Yaakov Yosef).

Finally, there were the numerous, spontaneous demonstrations of ordinary Israeli citizens, both in the north and south of the country, where could be heard chants and shouts such as “They don’t deserve to live. They need to die. May your children die. Kick out all the Arabs.”

If it wasn’t for the fact that the outside world was watching, there can be little doubt that the famed Israeli armed forces would have been tempted to do all that these ministers, clerics and citizens wished. After Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed to a cease-fire, a group of Israeli soldiers showed their frustration by using their bodies to spell out (in Hebrew) the words “Bibi Loser” (Bibi is a nickname for Netanyahu).

It was a pre-arranged photo-op and the picture can now easily be found on the Web. What seems to really irk the Israeli citizenry is not that Bibi killed and maimed too many innocent Palestinian civilians, but rather that he did not kill and maim enough of them to grant Israelis “safety and security.”

Throughout history it has been standard operating procedure to demonize those you fight and demote to inferior status those you conquer. But as Lindqvist’s work shows, there was something different about the way Europeans went about this business. The deeply racist outlook that underlay modern imperialism made it particularly perverse.

Now that apartheid South Africa is no more, the Israelis are the last surviving heirs to that dreadful heritage. So much for a “light unto the nations.” That proposition has quite failed. Wherever the Israelis and their Zionist cohorts are leading us, it is not into the light, it is to someplace very very dark.

Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign Policy Inc.: Privatizing America’s National Interest; America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood; and Islamic Fundamentalism.

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29 comments on “Origins of Israel’s Anti-Arab Racism

  1. CHUCKIE GORMAN on said:

    you really made it through an entire article about israel and never once mentioned the crippling antisemitism in the region? israel is certainly not blameless in this situation, but look what they’re up against. everyone in the region hates jews and wants them pushed into the sea, is it really that surprising that israelis feel less-than-charitable about their neighbors?

    • Khalil Al-Shanti on said:

      The source of said “anti-Semitism” is justified. The Zionists are not being “discriminated against for their religion”, rather they are hated for their practices (namely, genocide and ethnic cleansing). The hatred of Zionists that exists in the Arab world is wholly justified, and neither racist nor supremacist (as the Zionist ideology and sentiment towards Arabs is).

    • De Trog Kamiel on said:

      A lot of people are becoming “anti-semite” out of reaction to the racist atitude and actions of the Israelians against the Palestinians !!!
      I never hated Jews, but I certainly don’t love Israelian Jews…

    • hammersmith46 on said:

      Israel is an artifact of european colonialism and belongs in the dustbin of history.

  2. Very interesting article. It is the sad state of human affairs that those who have been a persecuted people so often become perpetrators of the same. Being mostly Scotts-Irish, I often think of these people being oppressed by the Eglish, fleeing to the Americas, and then many of them becoming slave owners too.

  3. Hillary on said:

    I think Hellen Thomas said it best

    “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.” and “Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land. It’s not German, it’s not Poland…”

    When asked where Israeli Jews should go, she replied they could “go home” to Poland or Germany or “America and everywhere else. Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries?”

    Chuckie above doesn’t seem to know that in the 1920s when Eastern European and Russian Ashkenazi Jews started to descend on Palestine with the idea that they were going to return to their “ancient roots” it was all part of the planned national mythology since Eastern European Jews and Russians never had any roots in the middle East.

    Israel’s Professor Shlomo Sand tells us that Jews, rather than being a race, comprise a collective of many people who have been hijacked by a national movement based on myths.

    Israel Finklestein, the reknowned Israeli state archaeologist has PROVED there was no “Great Kingdom of Israel”, ever. It was at most a client state of the Kingdom of Damascus originating @ 1000 BC.

    • De Trog Kamiel on said:

      Filistini arrived (coming from Mykene) in the XIII (B.C.D.) in the Levant.
      Israeli came more than 300 years later, and there was (indead) never a “Graet
      Kingdom of Israel” with some David or Salomon : the facts proven by archeologie
      are different from those we find in the so called holly books…

  4. Otto Schiff on said:

    I used to belong to an organisation that advocated the philosophy of Martin Buber
    to establish an Bi national state in Palestine.
    But we lost to the fascists like Netanyahu.

  5. F. G. Sanford on said:

    We keep hearing that leit motif about Israel’s “right” to defend itself. But the part of the melody they never play is that they are “defending” themselves against people they subjugate, occupy, intimidate and sanction. Recognizing Israel’s “right” to defend itself reminds me of Britain recognizing Italy’s “right” to subjugate Ethiopia. It requires no great intellectual leap to see the similarities between Warsaw and Gaza. Both ghettos, and the inmates in both cases can’t be blamed for fighting back.

  6. such bullshit from that self hating Jew- Davidson. The old nazi retread – make the victim the aggressor. The bastard medievalist arab states have always had one agenda: KILL THE JEWS AND DESTROY THE JEWISH STATE

  7. Israeli hatred of Arabs is in fact based on Zionist Christians’ distortion of the Bible (Scofield Bible). Early Evangelic leaders came up with the idea that if, somehow, they could get Jews herded into Holy Land – that would hasten the second-coming of their Lord Christ. One should not ignore the fact that while there are only 12.7 million Jews in the world – there are over 65 million evangelists in the United States alone.

    Historically, European Jews had always used Muslim countries to escape Western antisemitism. The Jewish communities were expelled from various European nations for 108 times. Furthermore, Muslim armies liberated Jews from Christian slavery (Serf) in Jerusalem (638 CE), Spain (711 CE), Palestine (1186 CE), Sicily, Greece, etc. Jewish anti-Arab historian Dr. Bernard Lewis was forced to admit that Muslim Spain (711-1492) created the Golden AGE for the Jews.

    US-Russian Jewish editor of EXILE magazine, Mark Ames, wrote a fantastic article published in October 2004, entitled “Save a Jew, save yourself”. A must read to understand Zionist hatred toward Arabs and muslims.

    http://rehmat1.com/2010/11/27/save-a-jew-save-yourself/

  8. Paul G. on said:

    See It’s Mostly Punishment…”
    Testimonies by Veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces From Gaza and the Occupied Territories in Tom Dispatch Nov 25th. A very disturbing, nauseating series of admissions by IDF veterans which illustrate not only the atrocities but the attitudes that permeate the Israeli Army.

  9. Falling for Hamas’s media manipulation
    By Michael Oren,
    The Washington Post

    Michael Oren is Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

    What makes better headlines? Is it numbing figures such as the 8,000 Palestinian rockets fired at Israel since it unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and the 42.5 percent of Israeli children living near the Gaza border who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? Or is it high-resolution images of bombed-out buildings in Gaza and emotional stories of bereaved Palestinians? The last, obviously, as demonstrated by much of the media coverage of Israel’s recent operation against Hamas. But that answer raises a more fundamental question: Which stories best serve the terrorists’ interest?
    Hamas has a military strategy to paralyze southern Israel with short- and middle-range rockets while launching Iranian-made missiles at Tel Aviv. With our precision air force, top-notch intelligence and committed citizens army, we can defend ourselves against these dangers. We have invested billions of dollars in bomb shelters and early-warning systems and, together with generous U.S. aid, have developed history’s most advanced, multi-layered anti-missile batteries. For all of its bluster, Hamas does not threaten Israel’s existence.
    In Gaza, attempted warning failed to protect civilians: The Israeli Defense Forces often calls the militants whose homes it intends to strike minutes before doing so, a way of minimizing the deaths of any women and children who might be inside. But the phone calls are no guarantee that innocents will be spared.
    But Hamas also has a media strategy. Its purpose is to portray Israel’s unparalleled efforts to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza as indiscriminate firing at women and children, to pervert Israel’s rightful acts of self-defense into war crimes. Its goals are to isolate Israel internationally, to tie its hands from striking back at those trying to kill our citizens and to delegitimize the Jewish State. Hamas knows that it cannot destroy us militarily but believes that it might do so through the media.
    One reason is the enlarged images of destruction and civilian casualties in Gaza that dominated the front pages of U.S. publications. During this operation, The Post published multiple front-page photographs of Palestinian suffering. The New York Times even juxtaposed a photograph of the funeral of Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari, who was responsible for the slaughter of dozens of innocent Israelis, with that of a pregnant Israeli mother murdered by Hamas. Other photos, supplied by the terrorists and picked up by the press, identified children killed by Syrian forces or even by Hamas itself as victims of Israeli strikes.
    In reporting Palestinian deaths, media routinely failed to note that roughly half were terrorists and that such a ratio is exceedingly low by modern military standards — much lower, for example, than the NATO campaign in the Balkans. Media also emphasize the disparity between the number of Palestinian and Israeli deaths, as though Israel should be penalized for investing billions of dollars in civil-defense and early-warning systems and Hamas exonerated for investing in bombs rather than bomb shelters. As in Israel’s last campaign against Hamas in 2008-09, the word “disproportionality” has been frequently used to characterize Israeli military strikes. In fact, during Operation Pillar of Defense this year, Hamas fired more than 1,500 missiles at Israel and the Israeli Air Force responded with 1,500 sorties.

    • eCitizen on said:

      As always, Oren starts his historical recollection with the Hamas rockets. Of course he makes no mention of the fact that the rockets started AFTER Israel pushed Fatah into a failed coup attempt against Hamas following its election, even going so far as to supply Fatah “insurgents” with arms. When the coup failed, and LEGALLY ELECTED Hamas prevailed, Israel threw up a blockade and got the US to pressure Mubarek’s Egypt into shutting off the Egyptian/Gaza border as well – Egypt even put Israel in charge of security at the Rafa border crossing.

      When Egypt blockaded Israeli shipping from the Straits of Tiran, Israel went to war. Maybe Ambassador Oren would do well to recall that as well.

  10. Why was there war in Gaza?

    By Charles Krauthammer

    Why was there an Israel-Gaza war in the first place? Resistance to the occupation, say Hamas and many in the international media.
    What occupation? Seven years ago, in front of the world, Israel pulled out of Gaza. It dismantled every settlement, withdrew every soldier, evacuated every Jew, leaving nothing and no one behind. Except for the greenhouses in which the settlers had grown fruit and flowers for export. These were left intact to help Gaza’s economy — only to be trashed when the Palestinians took over.
    Israel then declared its border with Gaza to be an international frontier, meaning that it renounced any claim to the territory and considered it an independent entity.
    In effect, Israel had created the first Palestinian state ever, something never granted by fellow Muslims — neither the Ottoman Turks nor the Egyptians who brutally occupied Gaza for two decades before being driven out by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War.
    Israel wanted nothing more than to live in peace with this independent Palestinian entity. After all, the world had incessantly demanded that Israel give up land for peace.
    It gave the land. It got no peace.
    The Gaza Palestinians did not reciprocate. They voted in Hamas, who then took over in a military putsch and turned the newly freed Palestine into an armed camp from which to war against Israel. It has been war ever since.
    Interrupted by the occasional truce, to be sure. But for Hamas a truce — hudna — is simply a tactic for building strength for the next round. It is never meant to be enduring, never meant to offer peace.
    But why, given that there is no occupation of Gaza anymore? Because Hamas considers all of Israel occupied, illegitimate, a cancer, a crime against humanity, to quote the leaders of Iran, Hamas’s chief patron and arms supplier. Hamas’s objective, openly declared, is to “liberate” — i.e., destroy — Tel Aviv and the rest of pre-1967 Israel. Indeed, it is Hamas’s raison d’etre.
    Hamas first killed Jews with campaigns of suicide bombings. After Israel built a nearly impenetrable fence, it went to rockets fired indiscriminately at civilians in populated areas.
    What did Hamas hope to gain from this latest round of fighting, which it started with a barrage of about 150 rockets into Israel? To formally translate Hamas’s recent strategic gains into a new, more favorable status quo with Israel. It works like this:
    Hamas’s new strength comes from two sources.
    First, its new rocketry, especially the Fajr-5, smuggled in from Iran, that can now reach Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, putting 50 percent of Israel’s population under its guns.
    Second, Hamas has gained strategic strength from changes in the regional environment. It has acquired the patronage and protection of important Middle Eastern states as a result of the Arab Spring and the Islamist reversal in Turkey.
    For 60 years, non-Arab Turkey had been a reliable ally of Israel. The vicious turnaround instituted by its Islamist prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached its apogee on Monday when he called Israel a terrorist state.
    Egypt is now run by Hamas’s own mother organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is simply the Palestinian wing. And the emir of Qatar recently visited Gaza, leaving behind a promise of a cool $400 million.
    Hamas’s objective was to guarantee no further attacks on its leaders or on its weaponry, launch sites and other terror and rocket infrastructure. And the lifting of Israel’s military blockade, which would allow a flood of new and even more deadly weapons. In other words, immunity and inviolability during which time Hamas could build unmolested its arsenal of missiles — until it is ready to restart the war on more favorable terms.
    Yet another hudna, this one brokered and guaranteed by Egypt and Turkey, regional powers Israel has to be careful not to offend. A respite for rebuilding, until Hamas’s Gaza becomes Hezbollah South, counterpart to the terror group to Israel’s north, with 50,000 Iranian- and Syrian-supplied rockets that effectively deter any Israeli preemptive attack.
    With the declaration of a cease-fire Wednesday, Israel seems to have successfully resisted these demands, although there may be some cosmetic changes to the embargo. Which means that in any future fighting, Israel will retain the upper hand.
    Israel has once again succeeded in defending itself. But, yet again, only until the next round, which, as the night follows the day, will come. Hamas will see to that.

    • eCitizen on said:

      “They voted in Hamas, who then took over in a military putsch and turned the newly freed Palestine into an armed camp from which to war against Israel.”
      ————-

      Here we have the kind of revisionist history Krauthammer is so adept at. In one sentence he promotes the old canard that Hamas conducted a “military putsch” (note the use of Hitler era Nazi terminology). In fact, what happened was that Israel and the US pushed the Palestinians into holding elections. When Hamas won the election in Gaza, the Israelis and Americans goaded Fatah into mounting a coup attempt against Hamas in Gaza, even going so far as to supply the Fatah “insurgents” with arms and training. When Hamas prevailed in what amounted to a vicious civil war (it is referred to as such in the Wikipedia entry), Israel threw up its blockade, after which Hamas started firing rockets.

      Surely there can be nobody with less credibility on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict than Charles Krauthammer, but he keeps popping up as a touchstone for those who support Israel’s vile occupation, land theft and ethnic cleansing. Here is a perfect example of why only the uninformed or willfully blind would believe anything he says.

    • Charles Krauthammer – Excuse me while I vomit instead of reading the column of a rabid Zionist Jew.

      Israeli daily Jerusalem Post reported on November 27 that “billboards on three major junction roads in Gaza, featuring depiction of Fajr 5 missiles fired at Israel, express gratitude to Iran“.

      The billboards show ‘Thank You Iran’ written in English, Hebrew, Arabic and Persian languages. The posters also show the picture of an Iran-made long-range Fajr 5 rocket which was fire-tested at West Jerusalem and Tel Aviv by pro-Iran Palestinian resistance group Islamic Jihad during the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza enclave. Interestingly, while doesn’t have diplomatic relation with 5 out of 193 UN member states, over 65 states don’t recognize Israel’s existence.

      http://rehmat1.com/2012/11/29/gazans-say-thank-you-iran/

  11. the consortinazis like ecitizen keep using occupation, when Israel won its many wars against arab states who attacked on numerous occassions, and lost. Unfortunately wars cause loss of territory. In this case, the arab states could have easily absorbed the palestinian arabs, like Israel absorbed the displaced Jews who lived in arab countries for thousands of years. Instead they were left to fester in a neither nor situation. No other victorious country who has won territory in a war has ever returned land. Israel has offered land for peace multiple times and has been met w/suicide bombings, iranian backed terrorist organizations like hamas and hezbollah.

    • Khalil Al-Shanti on said:

      What you fail to understand is that Israel itself is completely and entirely occupied Palestinian land. There is no “Israel” that fought these wars and expanded its territory, because they don’t have any. Every inch of “Israel” belongs to the Palestinians and not the Zionists.

  12. Yitzhak Ben Zvi, later president of Israel, and David Ben Gurion, its first prime minister, accepted and both stated it on several occasions that the peasants of Palestine were the descendants of the inhabitants of ancient Judea .

    http://www.politicsforum.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=95024

    History records agree that Zionist Jews started their preplanned Ethnic Cleansing immediately their “state” was created and Israeli Jews have violently subjugated and stolen from Palestinians ever since.

    This has lasted for over 60 years condemned by the UN but supported by the US.

    Jewish MYTHICAL History is used to make their preposterous claim on Palestine.

    e.g.

    1. There is NO trace of the “magnificent kingdom of David and Solomon” because there never was one. In 500BC the whole region consisted of a few small villages .
    2. There never was an Exodus etc its all a fairy tale repeated by Religious zealots for centuries.
    3. Many many other historical lies.

  13. -Charles Krauthammer 4/19/02.
    “Saddam survived, rearmed, defeated the inspections regime and is now back in the business of building weapons of mass destruction.
    …Time is running short. Saddam has weapons of mass destruction. He is working on nuclear weapons. And he has every incentive to pass them on to terrorists who will use them against us.”
    Yes — Charles Krauthammer used his MSM columns to lie to the American people and cheer-lead the illegal destruction of Iraq one of the biggest atrocities ever carried out by the U.S.A.

    Krauthammer a neocon Zionist was raised in Montreal, Canada where he attended the super Hebrew Herzliah High School .

    Like many Zionists Krouthammer heard the call to support Zionism even before the neocons were setting out their plan to benefit from 9/11 with the war on Terror or as they called it the promotion of democracy in the Middle East.

    It is difficult to understand how Charles Krauthammer and his ilk have not been tried for War Crimes – their loyalty is NOT to the USA.

  14. Rubber Biscut on said:

    Borat, your not rational. Your in denial of REAL historical facts. Your aggressive and inflammatory statements reflect the ideology of your Israeli government. In time these tactics will be Israel’s undoing. Today is a great day for the Palestinian people winning UN non member nation state observance. The world agrees that they deserve rights. They are human beings. Soon the Israeli land grab will come to a end.

    • The UN while necessary in a general sense has in recent years become the pawns of the oil paradises in the sand. There w/never be a palestinian state as long as its so called “government” hamas calls for the destruction of its neighbor Israel.

  15. Medievalist Cultural Terrorism:

    Afghan girl beheaded after refusing man’s marriage proposal
    By Jeff Stacklin | The Lookout – 3 hrs ago

    A 14-year-old Afghan girl was beheaded and killed in an attack by two men, one of whom apparently asked her to marry him.

    The attack happened Tuesday, a day before new legislation was introduced in Congress calling on the U.S. government to take steps to help protect Afghan women and girls as the U.S. military prepares to exit Afghanistan.

    Gasitina, a student, was beheaded in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province. The attack was initially reported by local media, and was confirmed by Amnesty International researcher Horia Mosadiq in an email.

    The girl was fetching water when she was accosted, according to reports. The men, who have not been identified, were arrested by police. The girl and her parents had refused a marriage proposal by one of the men, according to the Amnesty International report.

    This was the 15th deadly attack on a female victim in Kunduz in 2012, the human rights organization said.

    “Amnesty International is very concerned about the violations against women in Afghanistan,” said Cristina Finch, director of the organization’s Women’s Human Rights program.

    Amnesty reported a similar incident in October, when a young woman was murdered and her throat slashed. In that case, the woman apparently refused to work as a prostitute.

    Although it appears such attacks are increasing in frequency, it may be that the world outside Afghanistan is just beginning to hear about them, Finch said.
    On Wednesday, Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, and Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Republican from Texas, introduced the Afghan Women and Girls’ Security Promotion Act. If passed in its current form, the bill addresses how women’s security will be monitored as the U.S. military withdraws from the country.

    The bill also calls for improved gender sensitivity among Afghanistan’s national security forces and recruitment of women within the ranks of those forces.

    Amnesty International USA’s executive director Suzanne Nossel applauded Casey and Hutchison for introducing the bill.

    “As the United States military transitions out of Afghanistan, Afghan women’s human rights continue to be at grave risk and demand urgent attention,” Nossel said in a statement. “The fate of women will be a crucial determinant of that country’s prospects for a stable and prosperous future.”

    In a report on Afghan violence against women, Amnesty International wrote that one of the justifications of the U.S. military going into the country in 2001 was to ensure the protection of human rights, including women’s rights.

    “More than 10 years after the overthrow of the Taliban, modest advances have been made for girls and women in Afghanistan,” the report said. “But much remains to be done. Peace talks between the Taliban, Afghan government and the U.S. jeopardize even these modest gains as the U.S. searches for a quick exit.”

  16. A worthy piece that came out shortly after 8 Saudi Arabians killed almost 3000 innocent people on 9/11/01.

    The roots of Arab Anti-Semitism
    Radical Islam’s favorite Western tradition.
    By David Greenberg|Posted Oct. 31, 2001

    Since Sept. 11, many Americans have been surprised by the prevalence and depth of anti-Semitism in the Arab world. Rumors that we recognize instantly as fabrications—such as the claim that 4,000 Jews were warned in advance about the World Trade Center attacks—are accepted unquestioningly in Arab countries. Reporters undergoing Middle East crash courses are discovering that even states at peace with Israel, such as Egypt, routinely propagate anti-Semitic propaganda of a virulence not seen in mainstream Western politics since World War II.

    This anti-Semitism isn’t just the sort of everyday stereotyping or genteel snobbery or even official intolerance that’s familiar, if mostly obsolescent, in the West. No, this is the strong stuff: fantasies that Jews ritually slaughter children and oversee secret conspiracies to rule the world. What’s more, unlike, say, Noam Chomsky, most Arab anti-Semites don’t bother with the protestations about how they only oppose Israel’s Palestinian policies and don’t really hate Jews per se. In their usage, Zionist, Israeli, and Jew are pretty much interchangeable terms.

    Finally, and most important, Arab anti-Semitism isn’t confined to the fringes of society. Whereas in Israel, as in other Western countries, overt bigotry is scolded, ignored, or kept out of politics, mainstream Arab culture promotes extreme anti-Semitic ideas through schools, newspapers, television, popular culture, and official ideology. It’s hardly even controversial.

    Bernard Lewis’ classic book Semites and Anti-Semites provides insight into how this condition came to be. As he notes, anti-Semitism in Arab countries (and non-Arab Islamic states such as Iran) has risen as Jew-hating in the areas formerly known as Christendom has plummeted. For example, whatever one thinks of the extent of anti-Semitism still extant within the Catholic Church, most Westerners consider the 1964 decision by the Second Vatican Council to repudiate claims that Jews killed Christ to be a mark of progress, to say the least. In Islam, however, centuries of teaching that the Jews didn’t kill Christ have now given way to an embrace of the very claims Christians have renounced. When Vatican II convened, it was Arab and Muslim organizations that most vehemently opposed exculpating the Jews of deicide—the Quran notwithstanding.

    Traditionally, Islam did not demonize Jews. In Muslim lore, Jews registered as only minor figures, drawing neither special hatred nor fondness. It was Christianity, in fact, whose teachings first propounded anti-Semitism. At first it was a fairly straightforward business: Jews didn’t view Christ as the messiah, and so they were denounced or oppressed. When times got bad, they were exiled or persecuted.

    Over time, Christian anti-Semitism acquired a racial dimension along with its religious thrust. This had significant consequences. After all, when Jew-hating was rooted in religion, a Jew could convert to Christianity and become, as it were, fully kosher. But when states began forcing Jews to convert—or face expulsion or execution—the authenticity of the Jews’ conversions became suspect.

    After Christians conquered Spain from the Muslims in 1492, they forced Jews and Muslims to convert, flee, or die. Many Jews converted yet practiced their old faith secretly, leading church officials to make new rules discriminating against all so-called conversos.

    In the 19th century, anti-Semitism became increasingly racialized. The Enlightenment certainly made life better for Jews, at least in Western Europe, where religious tolerance took hold. Yet the Enlightenment also brought new “scientific”—or, as we now say, pseudoscientific—notions that human beings belonged to different races, some superior to others. Under these notions, Jews (as well as Africans, Arabs, and others) were deemed to be biologically and thus immutably inferior to white or “Aryan” Europeans.

    Alongside racism, 19th-century Europe also saw the spread of nationalism: the idea that every people deserved its own state. Nationalism served to justify the repression of “alien” peoples, especially Jews—not just in eastern Europe, where Jews lived in ghettos, insulated from their Polish or Russian compatriots, but even in Western Europe, where many Jews were assimilated and considered themselves full citizens of their countries. This new form of ideological anti-Semitism—seeing the Jews as an alien and inferior people amid Christian European nations—finally got its name in 1879, thanks to an Austrian journalist named Wilhelm Marr.

    By this point, the ideology of anti-Semitism had bred elaborate theories about the Jewish people’s evil. In some cases, ancient religious bigotries were updated, as in the “blood libel” that Jews killed Christian children to use their blood in making Passover matzot. (In Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ukraine, and elsewhere, Jews were actually tried in court on such charges.) In other cases, the slanders were new, as with the publication of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a document fabricated by Russian secret police that purported to divulge the Jews’ conspiratorial plans for world domination.

    Until the late 19th century, anti-Semitism as an ideology remained largely absent from Arab and Muslim culture. In the Quran and in Islamic commentary, Jews are significant not for rejecting Muhammad but for succumbing to his followers. In Arab literature, they are sometimes portrayed as hostile or vindictive, but their humility and weakness is a much more common theme. Islamic governments did not often persecute Jews either, the way European states did, and when Jews faced discrimination, it was no different from what Christians endured. Unlike in Europe, Jews in Islamic lands were not expelled or forced to convert or, with a few exceptions, consigned to ghettos.

    That all started to change around 1900. First, colonialism brought a growing European influence into the region, and both political and religious authorities from Europe promoted the idea that Jews engaged in ritual murders. Second, traditional Islamic authority was under challenge from Western liberalism, and the Jews provided a convenient scapegoat. During the 1908 Turkish revolution, the so-called Young Turks seized power in the Ottoman Empire and installed a constitutional regime that expanded freedom of religion. In arguing against the revolution, Muslim conservatives latched onto anti-Semitic propaganda, claiming that secret Jewish machinations lay behind the new regime.

    Finally, there was Zionism. Starting in the mid-1800s, Jews turned to Zionism—their own nationalism—as a solution to escalating European persecution. Since biblical times, Jews had maintained a small presence in the ancient kingdom of Judea (which in the late 19th century Europeans began calling Palestine), and Zionists saw the land as the ideal refuge for them, a Jewish National Home.
    Zionist immigration began in earnest in the 1880s, and soon Jewish settlers ran into conflicts with local Arabs. At first, however, the friction centered on grazing rights, land titles, and other property matters; it didn’t carry nationalist or religious overtones. Yet as crude anti-Semitic ideas circulated more widely, the view of Jews as greedy, devious, and bent on world domination became bound up with the Arab critique of Zionism. Possibly the first major expression of the now-common view that Jewish settlement was really a beachhead for a takeover of the region was published in 1909 by the Turkish journalist Yunus Nadi, who warned—without any evidence at all—that the Jews aimed to establish “an Israelite kingdom comprising the ancient states of Babel and Nineveh, with Jerusalem at its center.” The conspiratorial notion of the Jews as plotting to take over the world quickly developed.

    Then came the Holocaust, which not only marked the pinnacle of European anti-Semitism but encouraged it in the Arab world as well. Because Arab leaders shared the Germans’ hostility to Britain and France—the dominant colonial powers in the Middle East—they were eager to make common cause with Hitler, despite Nazi belief that they, like the Jews, were inferior to Aryans.

    The mufti of Jerusalem, among others, actively spread propaganda about “Anglo-Saxon Jewish greed” while praising the Nazi war effort. Even years later, sympathy for Nazism could be easily found in Arab culture. When Israel apprehended Adolf Eichmann in 1960, a Saudi newspaper headline read, “Capture of Eichmann, Who Had the Honor of Killing Five Million Jews.”

    If the Holocaust nurtured Arab anti-Semitism, it also helped to discredit such bigotry in the West. Indeed, it helped mobilize support for a Jewish state internationally. In 1948, Israel was finally granted independence. As if to welcome their new neighbor into the region, the Arab countries promptly invaded. Israel repulsed the attacks, and in the three Arab-Israeli wars that followed (1956, 1967, 1973), the Jewish state managed to survive and even to expand its territory. Most controversially, it took over the Gaza Strip from Egypt and the West Bank from Jordan, which were home to large numbers of Palestinian Arabs.

    With Israel’s military successes and its willingness to occupy Arab lands until a peace treaty could be struck, Arab anti-Semitism hardened into official doctrine, as it has remained for many decades now. Propagandists, looking to rationalize their losses to a supposedly inferior people, came to depict the Jews as craven lackeys of a mightier power—the United States—a theme that can be heard in Osama Bin Laden’s rhetoric today. And it was not just propaganda: Arab countries passed laws that discriminate not against Israelis or Zionists but against all Jews, simply for being Jews.

    Islamic teaching, too, has been radically retrofitted to accommodate the new anti-Semitism. Whereas traditional Muslim accounts depict the fate of the Jews as tragic, that of a people too benighted to follow Muhammad the Prophet, current Muslim scholarship in the Arab world imaginatively rereads the Quran for evidence of the Jews’ devilish nature. Meanwhile, films showing sympathy for the Jews or depicting the Holocaust are censored, while staples of old-fashioned European anti-Semitism—cartoons portraying greedy hook-nosed Jews, popular novels with conspiratorial Jewish villains, public lectures drawing on phony scholarship like the Protocols—became staples of the new Arab culture.

    What Americans have been seeing after Sept. 11, we have to conclude, is hardly new. It’s only new to those who never before bothered to look.

  17. “Stolen Territory” is a much more accurate term;

    http://www.roitov.com/articles/dispute.htm

    • pashnshit seems to forget that the arabs collectively tried and failed to destroy Israel in several wars of aggression. Stolen territory is such a crock of shit always applied when Jews win wars. If the medievalists prevailed, hitler’s demonic dream would have been complete.

  18. paschn on said:

    Anti Arab? Please, you’re beginning to sound a tad like Bore-at and Otto. A more succinct and to the point statement would be Anti-Goyim. Amazing how less than 1% of the world can, (with D.C. blow-fly help in spreading their “cash cows”; Central Bank / Hallow’dcaust through out the world), give them the status of Satan’s “boots on the ground” for evil,

    http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=202

    http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=774

    http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=160

    http://www.realjewnews.com/?p=594

    Either wake up or learn Yiddish.