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'Apartheid on roads of Judea and Samaria is exclusively against Jews' Photo: Hadar Cohen
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Elyakim Haetzni Photo: Dan Balilti
Elyakim Haetzni Photo: Dan Balilti
 
 

Excuse us for existing

Op-ed: 'Palestinian' is always poor, accusing side; Israel's job is to take it in stride, practice restraint

Elyakim Haetzni
Published: 04.10.13, 21:12 / Israel Opinion

Ramallah has announced that it "doesn’t trust" the Israeli pathologists who ruled that Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh, a life prisoner terrorist, died of cancer. Even before the autopsy was completed, they already rushed to condemn the medical care the terrorist received in jail. Yet they are not the ones I'm complaining about, but rather the authorities and those influencing our public opinion.

 

Our hospitals are filled with Arab patients, from the Hamas-ruled Gaza as well. In the Israeli prison murderers enjoy medical treatment which they never dreamed of having, they come out with new, expensive sets of teeth, acquire an education and study languages. And the prison? It's a combination of a sanatorium, an academia and a school of terrorism – both theoretical and practical.

 

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And yet, despite all that, when their leader Mahmoud Abbas impudently and shamelessly disregards the professional integrity of our doctors, we remain silent. Because those are the rules of the game we have set: The "Palestinian" is always the poor person, and in any case the accusing one. Israel's job is to take it in stride, restrain itself, and in the best-case scenario – defend itself unwillingly. We will still apologize to the dead terrorist's family and pay them damages.

 

The entire world denounces the "apartheid roads" in Judea and Samaria, although in broad daylight Jews and Arabs share every road open to Jews. On the other hand, large signs in bright red ban Jews from travelling on roads in areas specified by the Oslo Agreements for Palestinians. Route 443 has been opened to Arabs as well following a High Court order, but a nearby road – which would have cut the time it takes to travel from Gush Dolev-Talmonin to Jerusalem by at least 30 minutes – remains closed to Jews to this very day. Both apartheid and racism: Israel's Arab citizens are free to enter Jenin, while a Jew will be prosecuted.

 

When was the last time a state official took journalists on a tour on the ground, to get them to realize that the apartheid on the roads of Judea and Samaria is exclusively against Jews. And which of our media outlets ever exposed the shamefulness of their apartheid: That God forbid should a Jewish-Israeli set foot in Nablus or in 90% of Hebron or in any Arab village? Because that's the rule: The state of the Jews should be brought to trial. Why? Because it put itself there in the first place.

 

Guilt complex

Ramallah's propaganda mouthpieces won't stop calling us "Nazis." Why hasn't a single government spokesman or Israeli media outlet confronted them with the truth – that their leader, the founder of their national movement who they admire to this very day, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was a real Nazi – an associate of Hitler and Himmler, the founder of the SS divisions, the man in charge of Nazi Germany's broadcasts to the Arab world throughout the entire war and an active collaborator in the annihilation of Jews? And who will remind them that the Arabs longed for Hitler to win? That to this very day they are the biggest consumers of "Mein Kampf" and that their cartoons could give a good fight to "Der Stürmer"? Where did the damned guilt complex come from, preventing us from telling the truth even to ourselves?

 

"Peace is made with enemies"? Would the British and Americans have reconciled with the German enemy had it erected the Heinrich Himmler square in the heart of Berlin or held a state-military funeral for Mengele as the Palestinians did for Abu Hamdiyeh? The gentiles are not the ones who invented "peace with enemies." That is our own pathology.

 

In his speech, Obama told us: "It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. He also said that "it is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their home." Each of these accusations is a lie and libel, and yet we have not heard even a polite tweet of denial.

 

When will we realize that the world will not respect us as long as we do not respect ourselves, and that the material independence, which we are about to celebrate, has no use without mental independence?

 

 

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