Posted by: Lister | July 23, 2007

Moral Portrait of Israel

Gideon Levy at Haaretz compares a long list of Israelis to Ahmadenejad. I’ve already blogged on what Ahmadinejad said. He did not call for genocide.

I’ve trusted Gideon Levy for quite some time, so I haven’t checked on the quotes given. And there seems to have been no controversy.

Ram Caspi has written an article. […] In the financial daily Globes of May 25, he called for, “neither a land incursion nor an aerial attack, but the creation of a noose … From the moment that rocket number eight is fired, the government of Israel will act to cut Gaza off from the essential infrastructure systems of fuel, water, electricity and telephones, and will prevent others from providing these utilities to Gaza.”

In other words: to cut a million and a half people off from the sources of life. Caspi is a successful attorney, who comes and goes in the tabernacles of justice and rule, a man who moves about in the highest reaches of Israeli society. Not a hair on his head has been mussed as a result of his satanic proposal. […]

Caspi is not alone. Satan is no longer to be found only in Tehran — he is alive and kicking here in our midst. Israel is being inundated by a murky stream of little blue-and-white Ahmadinejads: If the president of Iran proposes to destroy Israel, they, who are smaller than he, are proposing only to “eradicate” villages, “flatten” them, starve entire populations and in fact to kill them.

[…] “We are allowed to have another Kfar Kana, we are allowed to destroy everything,” said the justice minister at the time, Haim Ramon, the man who was in charge of maintaining the law. Trade and Industry Minister Eli Yishai, a representative of a religious party that has a “spiritual” leadership, did not lag behind him: He proposed targeting infrastructure in Lebanon and “flattening” villages.

[…] Nor did the generals keep quiet: “Grind Lebanon. Turn it into a museum of the incubation of terror,” proposed a former chief of Northern Command headquarters, Brigadier General (Res.) Rafi Noy, a desired interviewee in the studios.

The Qassams on Sderot presaged the disgusting continuation, this time in poetry as well. “If not the roof beams, destroy the foundations … Attack Lebanon and also Gaza with plows and with salt, destroy them so no inhabitant remains. Transform them into barren desert, piles of rubble … kill them, spill their blood, frighten the living,” wrote poet Ilan Scheinfeld, who has recently published a novel whose boycott no one has called for.

Former chief rabbi Mordechai Eliahu has called for returning fire on homes; Minister of Pensioner Affairs Rafi Eitan has proposed that Israel manufacture a domestic version of the Qassam and launch it on Gaza; Public Security Minister Avi Dichter has said that targeted assassinations are not enough; his successor at the Shin Bet security service, Yuval Diskin, has complained that “in Beit Lahiya and in Beit Hanoun they are living in tranquility;” our old acquaintance Lieberman has proposed a hit on the quarter where Gaza City’s well-off reside for every hit on Sderot; Major General (Res.) Amiram Levin has called for dividing the Gaza Strip into squares, and after every Qassam destroying one; former justice minister Yosef Lapid supported this proposal; former chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon, the progenitor of the theory of “consciousness-searing,” has proposed “cleansing the territory;” Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal has said that he prefers “a dead child in Gaza to a dead child in Sderot,” and a bereaved father from the Second Lebanon War, Ami Schreier, has called for the wiping out of a neighborhood in Gaza, with advance warning of three hours, for every Qassam. Not one of them has been castigated for his words, not one of them shunned.

This is what we look like. This is our moral portrait.



  1. All this quibling over what he said. Whether or not he means to physically destroy us is beside the point. Of course he tried to use words that are not ‘genocidal’ in nature; but it was read that way anyway. What he does want to do is to have Israel as a Jewish state eliminated! Now, how would he have this done? By asking us to do so? I don’t think so. He will be using his proxy – Hizbullah – to wage war against us. I believe he does want to destroy us physically! However, most of the people of Iran are against him and support the U.S. and Israel. They must be helped to overthrow this tyrannical regime!

  2. No it’s not beside the point. The Apartheid regime of South Africa is no more. I predict the same for Zionism. Israel is loosing support in the international community. Eventually boycotts will bite. South Africa’s largest trade union seeks to boycott Israel.

    What he does want to do is to have Israel as a Jewish state eliminated!

    Wouldn’t it be better if Israel was a state of it’s citizens? If it taught the same history to Jewish and non-Jewish students? Or should only the Arab students (in Arab schools) be taught about the Naqba?

    The first mixed school in Israel opened in 1997. Do you support such schools? How many are there? How much is spent on the average Jewish student compared to an Arab student?

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