Israel Tries To Reap Cheap PR From Syrian Refugee Tragedy
09 October 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
Israel is striving to reap cheap public relations from the
heart-rending crisis surrounding Syrian refugees fleeing death and
destruction in their country.
Israeli officials and media have been claiming that the erection by Hungary
of a barbed wire fence on part of its borders to prevent refugees from
entering that country is a vindication of Israel's policy of building "the
separation wall" in the West Bank.
But an evil act doesn't justify the perpetration of another evil act,
especially if the target of the evil acts is a totally innocent third party.
Otherwise, the genocidal crimes committed by Joseph Stalin would justify the
equally genocidal crimes committed by Adolph Hitler which would in turn
justify the heinous crimes carried out by Nazi-like Zionism against the
Israel, a crime against humanity by any standard of imagination, has always
cited events in distant lands to justify or rationalize its own colossal
crimes against the Palestinians.
Thus the indiscriminate murder of Palestinians by Israel, we are told, is
necessary to prevent the recurrence of the holocaust. Similarly, we are told
that Israel's Lebensraum policies (settlement expansion) are vital for the
future survival of the Jewish people, as if Jews, who survived for thousands
of years without a nation-state of their own, could only survive as
murderers, thugs and land thieves.
In any case, any analogy or comparison between Israeli policies against the
Palestinian people and the anti-refugee measures on the part of some East
European governments is infinitely corrupt.
After all, Israel itself is an illegitimate state based on war, expansion,
racism and ethnic cleansing. Jewish-Zionist gangs, supported by European
colonialists eager to atone for centuries of anti-Semitism, invaded the
peaceable Arab country of Palestine, murdered many of the native people,
destroyed their homes, bulldozed their villages and fields before expelling
hundreds of thousands across the borders. As such, Israel has no right to
claim innocence or pretend to occupy the moral high ground. Israel will thus
remain condemned for eternity no matter how many people will sing the praises
of the evil entity.
Moreover, Israel didn't build the "annexation wall" in order to prevent
refugees from repatriation (90% of Israel belongs to the Palestinians) but
rather in order to annex (e.g. steal more land that belongs to another
How can that be compared to the erection by Hungary of a barbed wire fence
extending for a few kilometers?? The lie simply goes beyond the pale.
Besides, while Syrian refugees fleeing an actual holocaust by a Hitlerian
regime that is effectively supported by the bulk of Western states as well as
Israel, are trying to seek refuge in European countries such as Germany and
Sweden, the Palestinians are actually seeking repatriation back to their own
native country, not seeking immigration to a land that is not their own.
Yes, Zionist Jews do control Palestine and are keeping up this illegal
occupation by brutal force. But this is very much like a gang of armed
thieves taking over a land or property by force. And just as the "ownership"
of the arrogated property taken over by the thieves has no legality or
legitimacy, the Israeli usurpation and occupation of Palestine will remain
bereft of legitimacy.
Israel is head of the snake
Many people might be prompted to think that Israel is actually innocent of
the Syrian quagmire.
But this is not the case. In fact, Israel's adamant objection to the downfall
of the genocidal Syrian regime is the secret behind its continued survival.
Israeli leaders reportedly have made it amply clear to the Obama
administration that the survival of the Assad regime is an inviolable red
line. According to a recent aljazeera documentary, the tacit alliance between
Qerdaha and Tel Aviv is not new by any means. In 1967, Hafez al Assad, then
Syria's defense minister, reached a secret agreement with Zionist
representatives in London whereby Assad would cede the strategic Golan
Heights to Israel in return for Israel (and the West) guaranteeing the
continuity of the Alawite sect in power in Syria.
This should decipher and explain the enigma of Communiqué 66 which announced
the downfall of the Golan Heights 48 hours before these heights were
eventually seized by Israel.
Hence, Israel cannot really pretend to be innocent of the ongoing holocaust
Syrian refugees scenario: ultimate Zionist dream
I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that Israel is hoping that the Syrian
refugee tragedy would repeat itself with the Palestinians.
But this ghoulish scenario will never happen with the Palestinians, not
because the Israelis are more humane than the Assad regime, but rather
because the Palestinians have long taken a solemn decision: Either they live
in Palestine or die in it.
Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and political commentator
living in Occupied Palestine.