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HAARETZ defends Islamic extremists

By Ted Belman

Haaretz reported that Netanyahu wants to outlaw the northern branch of the Islamic Movement then published this editorial:

Don’t ban the Islamic Movement
arguing Anti-incitement is rarely invoked against Jewish racists, but the long arm of the law seems to reach Arabs more easily.

Members of the Islamic Movement protest outside the U.S. Embassy

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seeking to outlaw the northern faction of the Islamic Movement, explains this by comparing it to the Kach movement, which was designated a terror group in 1994. “There was no problem outlawing Kach, so there ought to be no problem doing this in the case of the Islamic Movement,” he reportedly said at Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

The Kach movement, which was disqualified from running for Knesset because it preached racism, also operated as a terror group, whose members included Tomb of the Patriarchs murderer Baruch Goldstein, which is why it was designated as such in Israel and other countries. The northern faction of the Islamic Movement does not recognize the State of Israel. Its officials, particularly its leader Sheikh Ra’ad Salah, make slanderous remarks against the state, incite against its policies and support violent resistance by Palestinian groups. But parallel opinions against Arabs can be heard from extremist Jewish activists, rabbis and even MKs. While the sections of the law against incitement are rarely, if ever, invoked against Jewish racists, the long arm of law enforcement seems to reach Arabs more easily. The comparison to Kach not only distorts the facts, but broadens the definition of terror to an extent that puts the principles of democracy at risk.

First of all Zionism is not racism. The Arabs are our enemies and to wish to transfer them is not an instance of racism but of self preservation. Obviously Haaretz rejects this idea and removes it from public discourse.

The party that Netanyahu wants to ban makes “makes slanderous remarks against the state, incites against its policies and supports violent resistance by Palestinian groups.” Haaretz suggests “… parallel opinions against Arabs can be heard from extremist Jewish activists, rabbis and even MKs.” Not good enough. It should quote these opinions and make the case that they are parallel.

It then makes the charge that the law against incitement is brought to bear more easily against the Arabs than the Jews. Nadia Matar would beg to differ. Nadia Matar Explains Her Arrestand Nadia Matar’s “incitement” Letter. It turns out that charges of incitement are quite common against the Jewish Right but not the Jewish left. “Left-Wing Incitement Is Ignored. OK but what about charges against the Arabs. I could find none.

Haaretz offers no support for this either “The comparison to Kach not only distorts the facts, but broadens the definition of terror to an extent that puts the principles of democracy at risk.” Nor do I understand what it is saying.

This at a time when those groups of Jewish terrorists that conduct “price tag” attacks are still designated as merely “unauthorized associations.

Its suggestion that the perpetrators of “price tag” attacks are “Jewish terrorists” is abominable. Vandalism even with a political motive, in no way amounts to terrorism.

Especially aggravating is the argument by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, who said, “They’ve been banned in all the countries in the region,” apparently referring to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been designated a terror movement in Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Indeed, the minister found a worthy role model in these countries, where democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are not quite guiding principles. In those countries speaking up against government leaders is considered a violation of the law. It isn’t clear, therefore, why the minister made do with their outlawing of the Muslim Brotherhood.

This is pure sofistry. This group has been banned because it is seen as a threat to the regime.It is also a threat to Israel and must be banned. Haaretz is arguing that in the name of democracy we should not enforce the law.

The northern faction of the Islamic Movement is not a political party and does not participate in Israeli politics. It is a religious ideological movement, most of whose principles are repulsive to many Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs alike. But this disgust cannot be grounds for making it illegal. The government, which has already done enough to deepen the rift between Jews and Arabs, must allow the movement to continue operating legally.

The issue is not whether it is repulsive but whether it is likely to lead to violence. The answer is “of course”.

May 27, 2014 | 8 Comments »

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  1. I guess every religion, every nation, every ideology, every movement has it traitors.

    Israel is no exception and Haaretz is one of its worst.

  2. @ bernard ross:

    Amos Schocken owns Haaretz. I believe about 20% is owned by M. DuMont Schauberg, another German, whose shareholding was approved by the Israeli ambassador supposedly because he had holdings in Israel. His father Kurt was forced to comply with the Nazis. Is he even Jewish?

    A Russian Israeli – Leonid Nevzlin – owns 20% of Haaretz shares too. He escaped to Israel when he was sentenced for his role in the Khodorkovsky affair.

    It would be interesting to learn what influence, if any, they wield upon the content.

  3. Negev Bedouins Attack IDF Soldiers

    Bedouin villagers attacked a group of Israeli soldiers Sunday as the soldiers tried to issue demolition orders for their illegal encampment near Beer Sheva.

    The attack was not the first time villagers from the encampment have attacked Israeli officials: Several people were injured last August when Bedouins demanded Israel rescind the demolition orders and cancel the Prawer Plan to settle Bedouins in recognised towns around the Negev.

  4. It is a religious ideological movement, most of whose principles are repulsive to many Israeli citizens, Jews and Arabs alike. But this disgust cannot be grounds for making it illegal.

    incitement to kill jews in Israel should be a mandatory capital offense. Whether they are political or religious is irrelevant, their desire for dead jews should condemn them to death.

  5. Who are Haaretz’ Shareholders?

    This far left newspaper doesn’t only engage in espionage. Read about the not-so-secret Ex-Nazi collaborators and shareholder partners of Haaretz.
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/9453#.U4TWz_ldWSo
    Haaretz’s ‘Nazi problem’
    German publishing group that purchased 25 percent of Israeli daily cooperated with Nazis
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3292189,00.html

    Haaretz is the citation of choice by the worlds anti semites and delgitimizers of Israel. It is no accident that most of the MSM chooses to quote from the opinions of Haaretz. It is also no accident that therre is a massive increase of anti semitism, anti zionism and anti Israelism. Haaaretz should possibly be considered to be part of a cabal of inciters to genocide. Lies and libels have always preceded pogroms and therefore those who propagate lies should be considered by Jews to be inciting genocide against Jews.

  6. We need a two state solution but NOT the one most people are thinking of. It is absurd that there are over 50 Muslim countries and only ONE Jewish country. We need a second Jewish country well away from Israel for all the Jewish leftists who place Muslim rights above Jewish rights.
    These leftists are a cancer inside Israel and must be isolated before they do any more harm. This is an issue that deserves serious discussion.

  7. You know our mortal enemy is not the Arabs or the antisemites. It the Haaretz and demented leftist progressive cabal that’s really in charge. We have met the enemy and it is US!

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