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Shameless Netanyahu Calls European Labeling Of Settlements' Products "Shameful"

05 December 2015

By Khalid Amayreh

"Chutzpah" is a Yiddish word meaning audacity that borders on rudeness. So, if you have chutzpah, you say what you think without worrying about hurting someone's feelings, looking silly, or getting in trouble.

The Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been lately indulging in this type of brazen behaviors and going beyond the pale of reason, common sense and decency.

A few weeks ago, Netanyahu remarked that Adolph Hitler wouldn't have embarked on annihilating European Jewry had it not been for the Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who, according to Netanyahu, incited the German Fuhrer to carry out the holocaust.

Many historians, Jews and non-Jews alike scoffed at Netanyahu's contemptible ranting, calling it silly and ignorant.

A few years ago, Netanyahu charged that Palestinians, including Hamas, were trying to complete what Hitler had started during the Second World War. He utterly ignored that Zionism encapsulated many defining elements of Nazism, including the Master Race-Chosen people ingredient as well as the settlements-Lebensraum analogy.

This week, Netanyahu, a habitual liar by any stretch of imagination, described as shameful the labeling of produces originating in Jewish settlements and colonies in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

But to what extent can we or should we take Netanyahu's remarks seriously, especially coming from a person who seemingly makes no distinction between truth and falsehood or between honesty and dishonesty.

In Proverbs 6:17, There are several things abominable to God, including haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, and Feet that run rapidly to evil.

It is quite plain that all these descriptions apply, absolutely and completely, to Binyamin Netanyahu, who not only lies as often as he breathes the oxygen of life but is also visibly arrogant (haughty), spills innocent blood (the genocidal wars on Gaza as well as the daily killings of Palestinians).

These evil acts make the Israeli premier a murderer, a wicked person par excellence.

That is why it is sad and lamentable that such a person is purportedly the son of a people who taught humanity the Ten Commandments, including: ''You shall not murder. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

But this is what Zionism has done and continues to do to Judaism, transforming many Jews from a people committed to justice and honesty, into a people inured to lying, murder and land theft.

Needless to say, such people and such an ideology are a cancer upon the conscience of Judaism and the Torah.

So, what does Netanyahu and his colleagues in government and Knesset know about shame?

How about stealing the Palestinian homeland, destroying Palestinian homes and expelling helpless Palestinians all over the world? Is it an expression of conscientiousness and lofty morality?

How about dispatching hundreds of warplanes to rain death on heavily crowded civilian neighborhoods in Gaza?

What is the difference between sending people to concentration camps and exterminating them by bombing them while in their homes?

Netanyahu and his cohorts seem to think it is an expression of smartness and public relation skillfulness to lie and conceal the truth, lest the world wakes up and discover the truth about Israel's nefarious behavior toward the Palestinians.

But many Israelis, including soldiers and security personnel who come into direct contact with the Palestinians do know the criminal nature of their country's treatment of the Palestinians.

These people, like all criminals, will be sterile from within with nothing to live for.

Netanyahu may well continue to hurl epithets on his critics right and left, but eventually he will discover for himself the utter depravity of his behaviors and utter meaninglessness of a lifetime of murderer and mendacity.

Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and political commentator living in the West Bank.  



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