The Palestinian day of vengeance and retribution (HAŽARETZ NEWS OP-ED) By Israel Harel 05/17/12)
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Germany´s surrender in World War II was commemorated on May 9 in many
places throughout the world. That same day, thousands of neo-Nazis
held "mourning marches" over the "day of disaster." In their own
country and especially outside it they are a shunned minority. The
vast majority view that period as a time of spiritual degeneration
when their leaders, scholars and military commanders were gripped in
an insanity that resulted in genocide, campaigns of conquest and the
defeat of many nations. These are the lessons that most Germans, and
most of the nations who collaborated with them, have learned from
the "day of disaster."
Of all the nations that sent soldiers to aid the Nazis´ deeds, only
one has never expressed regret. On the contrary, it dedicates May 15 -
the day Arab armies invaded the newly declared State of Israel - to
mourning the failure to achieve their goal. It´s not the sin of their
aggression that the Arabs regret, but rather the fact that they
weren´t able to complete the job that Hitler left unfinished. Unlike
the Germans, they aren´t ashamed of their ancestors´ murderousness.
Instead, they´re ashamed of their weakness, of their inability to
execute the mission.
Israel´s Arab citizens have never expressed remorse for the fact that
their forefathers murdered dozens of Jews in Haifa Bay workshops,
murdered the defenders of Gush Etzion after they surrendered,
slaughtered 79 doctors and nurses in a convoy to Hadassah Hospital,
murdered 35 soldiers sent to reinforce Gush Etzion and mutilated
their corpses. Their writings contain no expression of regret for
these and many other murderous acts. The regret is only over their
failure to do to all of the Jews what they managed to do to a small
number of them.
No Arab leader, historian, philosopher or cleric has ever stood up to
tell his people - as German, Polish and Dutch intellectuals did (and
as Jewish intellectuals did with regard to Israel´s treatment of the
Palestinians ) - that they need to do some soul-searching. That they
need to change the false narrative that is preached in mosques and
taught in Arab schools, with funding from the State of Israel,
according to which the "disaster" stemmed from a Jewish plot funded
and encouraged by Western colonialists.
Not one of them labels the late Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-
Husseini, a murderer. Yet this was a man who, apart from the
massacres committed on his orders during the Arab Revolt of 1936-39,
joined Hitler´s efforts to carry out the Final Solution and even
dispatched a brigade to help the cause.
The names of European leaders who allied with Hitler have become
synonyms for evil in their nations. The mufti, in contrast, became a
Palestinian national hero. The cries of "death to the Jews" that
issued from his mosque are heard to this day in the Palestinian and
Arab street, and they still inflame the masses.
That is what they are commemorating. That is the Nakba. That is what
professors at Tel Aviv University (and also the president of Hebrew
University ) favored commemorating on their campuses.
The meaning of the battle cry "With blood and fire we will redeem
Palestine," which is shouted on Israeli campuses when the Palestinian
flag is waved, is a continuation of the line of hatred of the mufti
and his successors. And paradoxically (but not surprisingly ), part
of the Israeli "peace camp" collaborates in encouraging this line.
It is not a message of reconciliation that emanates from Nakba Day
ceremonies, whether at universities or elsewhere. Rather, these
ceremonies feed the hope that the day of vengeance and retribution
will soon come; that the Jews, consumed by guilt, are gradually
losing faith in the justness of their cause. And then, after the
national will has atrophied, the march to redeem Palestine will begin.
(© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/17/12)
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