The Boomerang Effect Of Israeli Oppression Of Palestinians
28 June 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
Israeli officials and commentators are once again clamoring nervously and
making all sorts of vitriolic statements following ostensible renewal of
sporadic incidents involving desperate Palestinian youngsters attacking
Israeli security personnel and settlers especially in East Jerusalem.
In most cases, these incidents end up with the Palestinian youth getting
killed. Yet, such incidents continue, which means the Israeli policy of
deterrence is failing to deter potential attackers from attacking Israelis.
Israeli political commentators and Shin Beth prefer to blame secondary and
non-essential factors for the occurrence of such incidents. They would cite,
inter alia, religious fanaticism, anti-Semitism and extremist ideological
indoctrination as likely motives behind a Palestinian youngster's decision to
embark on a fateful feat that very often ends up with him getting killed on
the spot, or getting arrested and sentenced to multi-prison sentences for
It is sad, really sad, to see the bloodshed in the Holy Land continue
unabated. But let's be honest, Israel which has been tormenting the
Palestinians and denying them the most basic human rights and civil liberties
is first and foremost responsible for the enduring violence.
People, irrespective of their faith, don't embark on desperate acts unless
they are desperate themselves. Needless, to say, Israel is responsible for
Israel is a cruel state par excellence. It is an evil entity based on
oppression, racism and inequity, and when the victims rise up for their
dignity and for justice, Israeli leaders pretend to have committed no wrongs.
Thus, according to the Israeli logic, it is always the Palestinians who are
to blame. As to the manifestly criminal, even Nazi-like treatment constantly
meted out to the Palestinians, Israeli leaders and spokespersons ignore
everything in this regard as if these desperate incidents carried out by
Palestinian youngsters just came out of the clear blue skies.
Nearly 20 years ago, none other than former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak
declared during a newspaper interview that "If I were born a Palestinian, I
would probably be a terrorist."
Needless to say, if this was true 20 years ago, it is even more true today.
Israel is mistaken
Israel has effectively killed any remaining chances for the creation of a
Palestinian state, thanks to the ubiquitous proliferation of Jewish
Israel is also continuing to narrow Palestinian horizons at every conceivable
level. A 22-year-old female student from the West Bank who wanted to join her
fiancée in marriage in the Gaza Strip was recently told by members of the
Israeli Shin Beth security service that she would have to wait until she
reached the age of 40 before she could be allowed to travel to Gaza.
Young students returning from abroad to the West Bank are arrested for no
real reason and told that they would have to work as informers on their
colleagues or forget about completing their studies.
Even the pettiest task cannot be taken for granted, as Israel seeks to make
the daily life of each and every Palestinian a relentless nightmare.
In the meantime, Israeli officials continue to have "chummy chats" with
European and other diplomats, communicating to them Israel's "desire for
peace and reconciliation."
It is really lamentable that some, probably many foreign diplomats continue
to be bamboozled by Israeli lies.
I really don't know why these gullible diplomats hesitate to ask the right
questions when meeting with Israeli officials and spokespersons.
Indeed, is it an expression of a genuine desire for peace to build hundreds
of large colonies in occupied land and transfer hundreds of thousands of
fanatical settlers to live on land that doesn't belong to them?
Israel is mistaken if it thinks that Palestinians would succumb to Israeli
Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and current affairs political
commentator living in Occupied Palestine