Hate group in humanitarian disguise (ISRAEL HAYOM OP-ED) Dror Eydar 04/16/12)
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The world dropped what it was doing when newsrooms opened their
broadcasts with the earth-shattering headline: Israeli army officer
loses cool, hits a left-wing International Solidarity Movement
activist. No information was given about the ISM, only Israeli army
brutality was reported.
Let there be no doubt: Hitting a protester, even a provocateur, is a
serious matter, especially for an Israel Defense Forces officer
charged with maintaining the army’s purity of arms and setting a
personal example. The incident must be carefully examined and
addressed. And yet, some Israeli media figures still gloated as if to
say, "we told you so."
The ISM was founded in the early 2000s by Adam Shapiro, a Jew from
Brooklyn, and a small group of Israelis and Palestinians. The group´s
declared goal is "peaceful resistance to Israeli occupation" by what
it calls "nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles" (which
often lead to violence). Furthermore, the ISM´s leadership and its
members have expressed an understanding of the need for armed
struggle against Israel.
In 2002, Shapiro and his Palestinian wife, Huwaida Arraf,
wrote: "Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of
characteristics, both violent and nonviolent. But most importantly,
it must develop a strategy involving both aspects. Nonviolent
resistance is no less noble than carrying out a suicide operation."
The ISM was one of the groups which organized the "Free Gaza"
flotilla in which IDF naval commandos who boarded the Mavi Marmara
ship were lynched by an armed mob. The ISM also supports the
international campaign to boycott, divest and sanction Israel (BDS)
and persistently publishes slanderous material against Israel.
One of the ISM´s tactics is to provoke Israeli soldiers and then
release video footage to the world to reaffirm its thesis about the
thuggish Zionist. It succeeded in its mission this time.
To this we can add the media´s consistent history of reporting
whenever security forces try to nip in the bud the arrival of left-
wing activists seeking to delegitimize Israel under the guise of
humanitarianism. Israel "makes a mountain out of a molehill," some
argue. We can reasonably guess what their reaction would be if things
spiraled out of control into something much worse.
Israel decided to prevent the arrival of left-wing activists by
blacklisting them and by placing undercover policemen at the airport.
What is the problem? Here, during an Army Radio broadcast, radio
personality Tali Lipkin-Shahak decided to find something positive
about these innocent activists and almost reprimanded Deputy Foreign
Minister Danny Ayalon (Yisrael Beitenu) for the state´s preventative
She suggested organizing a seminar for the activists, where Israel
could explain its position. What will Israel explain – its right to
exist as the home of the Jewish people somewhere on this planet? This
is what lies behind the humanitarian disguise worn by this hate group.
This is the test for these activists: Do they recognize Israel´s
right to exist as a Jewish state within the 1967 borders? Most of
them do not recognize us in any borders. "Welcome to Palestine" is
not just a slogan on a sign – this is how they see the entire space
between the Mediterranean and Jordan. So who is creating history, the
security forces or the media?
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