Rogue State Accuses Victims of Incitement: It's Longstanding Israeli Practice
08 January 2014
By Stephen Lendman
Blaming victims repeats with disturbing regularity.
More on this below. Extremist ideologues run Israel.
They're criminals. They're thugs. They're militantly
hardline. They threaten humanity. They deplore
democratic rights. Rule of law principles are ignored.
Institutionalized racism is official policy. So is
occupation harshness. State terror reflects it.
For over six decades, Palestinians endured its worst
form. They still do today. Daily suffering persists.
No one's sure each day who'll live, die, remain free
or be arrested, imprisoned and tortured. State terror
In the week ending January 1, Israeli forces conducted
53 Palestinian community incursions. Defenseless
civilians were terrorized.
Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza multiple times.
Fishermen were attacked at sea. Peaceful protesters
were beaten, tear-gassed and arrested.
Photojournalists were targeted.
An elderly man died from tear gas inhalation. Women
and children were wounded. Dozens of Palestinians were
Settlement construction continues unabated. Another
272 units were approved. Stolen Palestinian land will
be used to build them.
On January 2, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar
laid a cornerstone for a new Jordan Valley settlement.
His deputy, Ze'ev Elkin, said "Israel will build, will
continue to build and expand the settlement."
They're illegal. It doesn't matter. Palestinian land
is stolen daily to expand them. Residents are
dispossessed to do so. They have no say.
On January 7, Israel kidnapped five Nablus residents.
Several East Jerusalemites were abducted at the same
A Palestinian man was crushed to death inside an
Israeli checkpoint. Marauding security forces raided
Beit Awwa. The entire town was closed off. It's under
Racist settlers stormed Orif village. Israeli soldiers
accompanied them. They protected their lawlessness.
They broke into a school. They struck a water tank.
They damaged a power panel.
They terrorize Palestinians freely. They commit
violence and vandalism. They do so repeatedly. They do
it with impunity.
Netanyahu reflects the worst of Israeli lawlessness.
He deplores peace. He makes achieving it impossible.
So do likeminded ideologues.
They infest Israel's Knesset. They control key
ministerial portfolios. They reflect racism writ
large. On Saturday, Netanyahu said:
"I don't want a binational state, and I don't want
(Palestinians) as either citizens or subjects."
"There's a problem," he claims. It's because
Palestinians aren't going away. Even if some minimal
agreement is reached, he added, "there's still no
guarantee that the incitement against us would
In other words, peace in our time won't happen.
Occupation harshness will continue. Millions of
Palestinians will be terrorized. They'll be blamed for
During his weekly Sunday cabinet meeting, Netanyahu
accused Palestinian officials of "inciting hatred."
"The Palestinians are continuing their campaign of
inciting hatred, as we have seen in the last few days
with their refusal to recognize Israel as a state for
the Jewish people."
"This is the main issue that we're discussing with
(Kerry). Among other topics are Israel's security,
which must remain in its hands."
Palestinians are longstanding victims of Israeli
"incitement" and much more. They're terrorized daily.
They're denied all rights. They're blamed for Israeli
Their right to self-defense is called terrorism. Their
West Bank leadership is illegitimate. It's more
appointed than elected.
Millions of Palestinians are on their own. They're
without international community support. Demanding
recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is
unacceptable. It's outrageous.
Should America be declared a Judeo-Christian state?
Should Canada be declared one? Should European
countries be so designated? Should other religions and
ethnicities be marginalized and denied?
The 1947 UN Partition Plan granted 56% of historic
Palestine to Jews. Palestinians got 42%. They
comprised two-thirds of the population at the time.
Jerusalem was designated an international city under a
UN Trusteeship Council. It's status remains unchanged.
Resolution language denoted Jewish and Arab states. It
did so in undefined general terms. It explicitly said
these states cannot discriminate against their
Israel's peace treaties with Egypt (1979) and Jordan
(1994) include no reference to recognizing Israel as a
Jewish state. Nor does Oslo or initiatives relating to
Israel stipulated this demand for the first time
during Annapolis 2007-08 talks. Doing so then and now
is lawless. It has no basis in international law.
It's obstructionist. It's a pretext to prevent peace.
America doesn't recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
It's embassy is in Tel Aviv. Other countries operate
the same way. They respect Jerusalem's international
Washington and Italy maintain Jerusalem consulates.
Many countries have them in various cities in
countries with which they have diplomatic relations.
Recognizing Israel as Jewish state would marginalize
nearly 1.7 million Arab citizens. They comprise over
20% of the population.
They practically have no rights now. They'll be
entirely denied in an officially recognized Jewish
state. So would diaspora Palestinians. Their right of
return would be harder than ever to achieve.
Recognizing a Jewish state declares surrender.
National identity would be lost. Ethnic cleansing
would be facilitated. Israel would take full
Netanyahu's demand assures continued conflict. It
prevents resolution. It reflects blaming Palestinians
for his obstructionism.
He's going all-out to prevent peace. He's done so
throughout his political career. Ongoing peace talks
are more sham than real.
Kerry's latest plan is totally one-sided. It denies
fundamental Palestinian rights. Netanyahu's
accusations don't wash.
Israel teaches hate. Children are brainwashed.
Textbooks use inflammatory language. So do teachers.
On the one hand, Jews are called industrious, brave
Dozens of pejoratives describe Arabs. They include
calling them hostile, deviant, violent, cruel,
immoral, unfair, bloodthirsty, vengeful, dirty, noisy,
colored, inhuman, dogs, wolves of prey and vipers,
Children internalize fear and loathing. They do so
early in life. They're taught to hate, not tolerate or
respect. They're told Arabs are enemies.
Doing so continues throughout childhood, adolescence
and young adult years. It prepares Israelis to become
warriors. Militarism is dominant in Israeli society.
It's considered a desirable way to solve problems.
Arabs are vilified. They're Israel's enemy of choice.
State-sponsored indoctrination fills young minds with
Lawlessness is considered righteousness. Aggression is
called self-defense. Palestinians don't incite hatred
or violence. Israeli accusations are wildly
The Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (CMIP)
originated them earlier. CMIP is now called the
Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance
in School Education (IMPACT-SE).
Its advisory board includes Daniel Pipes. He's a
notorious Islamophobe. He supports the worst of
Israeli crimes. CMIP, now IMPACT-SE, reflects Zionist
It ignores racist Israeli textbooks. It vilifies
Palestinians unjustly. It's linked to racist Israeli
groups. It supports settlement expansions. It turns a
blind eye to land theft, ethnic cleansing, and other
Israeli high crimes.
So-called Palestinian textbooks it claims include
anti-Semitic hate-mongering are Egyptian and Jordanian
ones. Palestinian education is polar opposite.
A previous article discussed a June 2004
Israel/Palestinian Center for Research and Information
(IPCRI) report. It's titled "Analysis and Evaluation
of the New Palestinian Curriculum." It said:
There's "no indication of hatred of the Western
Judeo-Christian tradition or the values associated
"(T)he textbooks promote an environment of
open-mindedness, rational thinking, modernization,
critical reflection and dialogue."
They "promote civil activity, commitment,
responsibility, solidarity, respecting others'
feelings, respecting and helping people with
disabilities, (and) reinforce students' understanding
of the values of civil society, such as respecting
human dignity; religious, social, cultural, racial,
ethnic, and political pluralism; personal, social and
moral responsibility; (and) transparency and
Israeli and Palestinian education reflect opposite
values. Israel vilifies Muslims unjustly. Islamic
tenets are ignored.
The Koran teaches love, not hate; peace, not violence;
charity, not selfishness; and tolerance, not
Its five pillars include profession of faith, prayer
five times daily, fasting during Ramadan, charity, and
performing the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca at least once
in a lifetime for those able to afford it.
It doesn't matter. Muslims are stereotypically
mischaracterized. They're portrayed as dangerous
Hate messages repeat. Fear is stoked. Israeli high
crimes are ignored. They're called self-defense.
Waging war on Islam is longstanding Israeli policy.
America operates the same way. So do many European
countries. Palestinians are isolated on their own.
Long denied peace awaits better times. Hopefully it
won't take long coming. World community pressure is
needed to achieve it. So far, it's nowhere in sight.
A Final Comment
On January 7, The Times of Israel (TOI) headlined "US
said to seek adding 'Jewish State' language to Arab
Peace Initiative," saying:
He's "exploring the possibility." Palestinian
newspaper al-Ayyam cited Western sources," said TOI.
Changed language "would insert a key Israeli demand
into the 2002 Saudi-drafted Arab Peace Initiative..."
It would "stipulat(e) that Israel's Arab citizens not
be affected by" doing so.
Current language calls for Arab countries offering
"comprehensive peace with Israel in exchange for"
relinquishing control of Occupied Palestine.
On Sunday, John Kerry met with Saudi Arabia's King
Abdullah. He said:
The Kingdom's "initiative holds out the prospect that
if the parties could arrive at a peaceful resolution,
you could instantaneously have peace between the 22
Arab nations and 35 Muslim nations, all of whom have
said they will recognize Israel if peace is achieved."
On Monday, Netanyahu said "there is no American
framework document yet." Nothing was agreed.
Israel's Channel 2 said if agreement is reached, it
won't be binding on either side. They fundamentally
disagree on core issues.
An unnamed Palestinian official said: "We talked about
everything, but without agreement on anything."
It's hard agreeing to provisions favoring one side
over the other. Netanyahu wants every concession given
him and more. It's longstanding Israeli practice.
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