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The Jews of Gaza: Demonization vs. Reality
Photo-essay shows young people talking to
soldiers about the planned eviction of all Jews from Gaza
[3 August 2005]
In coming days we will be posting articles dealing with the planned, so-called 'disengagement' from Gaza. In one of the articles, Samantha Criscione shows that, contrary to reports in the media, the 'disengagement' plan originated with the Bush administration, not with Israeli Prime Minister Sharon.
Ms. Criscione notes that the very term 'disengagement' is artful propaganda, suggesting:
a) a gentle process that will
b) remove Israeli Jews from a place where they do not belong (thus accepting, as a given, the claim that Arabs alone have a right to live in Gaza) and
c) disengage Israel from terrorist attack.
The term 'disengagement' is a soporific, meant to dull opposition to driving 8500 Jews from their homes in Gaza because they are Jews, razing their homes and turning over the communities they built to organizations dedicated to murdering Jews. Think about it. What does it mean that the creation of a Palestinian Arab state requires as a precondition the eviction of all Jews?
As for the pullout disengaging Israel from terrorist attack, does this idea make sense? Hamas and Fatah, the main terrorist organizations, have been launching rocket attacks against Israeli civilians inside and outside Gaza for years. Surely these attacks would only increase if the terrorists have free reign and most of the trappings of state power in Gaza.
For years Israelis debated the pros and cons of 'land for peace.' But in this case, the Arab side does not offer even the temporary appearance of peace. If Arab leaders have not suppressed terror during the past three months, when an Israeli pullout was imminent and violence might prevent it, why would they halt terror attacks after a pullout? Especially when the pullout can be - and is being - portrayed as a victory for terror?
In Israel, a growing grass roots movement is opposing the pullout. To isolate this movement, the world media has launched a propaganda campaign, depicting opponents of the pullout as fanatical, die-hard right-wingers and settlers.
Since Right and Left mean very different things in different countries, it is worth noting that in Israel the political spectrum is largely defined by attitude towards the Palestinian Arab leadership and Israeli security. (Thus our posting of the exposé of Britain's sponsorship of Arab fascism, originally published by The Nation, a magazine on the Left, is welcomed by the Israeli Right.) Also, in Israel the political and judicial establishments tend to be on what is called the Left. And finally, the Mizrahim, the so-called Arab Jews and black Jews, tend to support the Right.
As for Israeli settlers, they've been vilified for years; for many people, the term is synonymous with intolerance and violence.
In fact most of the tens of thousands of people protesting and going door to door nationwide to persuade people to oppose the disengagement plan aren't settlers. And as for the settlers themselves, take a look at the pictures below. These young people are from Gush Katif, the group of Jewish communities in southern Gaza. They are trying to persuade Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to evict them and to stop preventing opponents of the planned pullout from coming to their communities to protest the evictions. Do these young people look and act as if they were raised in what the London Times, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the rest of the media portray as a fanatical, racist culture - which the media even compares to Hamas?
Or have we been sold a lie?
-- Jared Israel
(C) Arutz Sheva * Reprinted for educational purposes and fair use only
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