There have been three stages of the war waged between Israel and her enemies. The first – the attempted physical annihilation of the Jewish 'entity', failed. After 5 wars we entered the second stage. This was a war of attrition on all fronts, a war of terror. Thousands died but this also failed to force 'the Jews' to flee the State of Israel en-masse; it failed to break the morale of the people. The third phase is what we are now experiencing on a global scale. It is the international campaign to delegitimize the state as it seeks the dehumanisation of the Jewish citizens of that state. Just as a war of attrition was waged against the Jewish people in the decades and centuries that preceded Jewish self-determination in Palestine in 1948, so the denial of our history and the creation of a narrative that divorces us from our past is likewise, an ongoing process that has been waged against us since the Roman occupation.
Actress and Singer Mira Awad is being boycotted by Arab pro- Apartheid activists living in Nazareth (Israel). The culture and the values of the Arab world as practised today are deception, dissimulation and bigotry and their fellow travellers, residing in Israel cannot accept that a Jewish entity (the Nation State of Israel) can control their lives. In their eternal hatred rooted in historical superiority they are incapable of declaring their allegiance to a non-Islamic flag. Their alleged pan-Arab identity forbids them from subsuming their ethnic prejudice within an Israeli identity even when it grants them liberty, equality and fraternity (the national motto of France).
This isn’t about politics nor is it about ‘natural justice.’ The theology of Palestine is hatred backed by religious scripture. The PLO is considered to be the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian (i.e. non-Jewish) people. While it is committed on paper to a secular state, its Islamic identity negates the difference between politics and religion. The genius of Arafat was that he was able to exploit sentiment in both religious and secular believers, his ambiguity of revolutionary rhetoric allowed the European and subsequently the American Left to sell its soul to the Islamic cause.
Israel must marginalise the bigots and show up the haters for the damaged goods they bring to any debate. It must attack the problem even as it fights for its survival. Israel’s most urgent task is integration of all its citizens into the national mosaic. It cannot do so while Arab bigots in Nazareth boycott ‘their own kind’ for associating with Jews.