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Gideon Levy on Israel’s Support for a ‘Vile Murderer’


[Ed. note – the photo above was taken at an Israeli protest in support of Elior Azaria, the Israeli soldier who murdered Abdul Fattah Sharif with a gunshot to the head. Sharif was killed execution-style on March 24. The demonstration in his support took place on Tuesday, March 29, outside a military court near Ashdod where Azaria’s hearing was being held. Notice the black banner held aloft and its similarity to an ISIS flag. In the article below, Gideon Levy offers a sober assessment of the sort of deviance Israeli society has descended into. Levy describes it as “bloodlust,” which he says has gone beyond mere racism. We essentially have a society that has become united around two things: the concept of its “chosenness,” along with an “uninhibited” lust for the blood of its enemies. ]

Racism and Thirst for Blood

By Gideon Levy

The rabble demonstrating and writing in support of the soldier-executioner in Hebron sees him as a hero. Not just a victim, like the convicted murderer Roman Zadorov, for example, but a hero. E.A. — his full name remains under a gag order — is a folk hero because he murdered a dying Palestinian. Because, not despite.

This must be stated clearly. Perhaps for the first time in the history of the state, an abhorrent murder whose only obvious justification seems to be a hatred of Arabs and contempt for their lives, has become a heroic act. A murder that required no courage, a cowardly act of the highest order, has become heroic in the eyes of the masses, simply because it ended with a dead Palestinian bleeding on the road to the sound of their rejoicing.

Never have so many cheered such a vile murderer. In the history of the Israel Defense Forces there have been quite a few obscene acts disguised as heroism — the reprisal raids of the 1950s, the Gaza Strip activities of the Sayeret Rimon special operations unit, operations Cast Lead Protective Edge — but never was an obscure murderer lauded as a hero. Shimon Bar Kochba, Meir Har-Zion, Yoni Netanyahu, Ehud Barak and … E.A. Who can retell the mighty feats of Israel?

Israeli racism has reached a new peak. The murder in Tel Rumeida and the ensuing response are no less than seminal events. Israeli racism had previously been based on the arrogance of the Chosen People, to which everything is permitted, which is the very best and knows better than anyone else; on manipulating the perception of endless victimhood and persecution; on demonizing the Arabs, who only want to destroy us; on dehumanizing them, as if their lives are worth nothing; on incitement, denial, repression and lies and on Israel’s formidable military might. On these foundations we built a racist society, probably the most racist in the world today.

Now all this has been taken up a notch, or perhaps down. To all the above we can now openly add bloodlust — unadulterated, uninhibited and undisguised.

This combination of racism and thirst for blood is not only repulsive, it’s also volatile and dangerous. There is racism in many societies, generally hidden and marginal. In Israel it has become standard, perhaps the height of contemporary political correctness, and fighting it is seen as treason.

Moreover, it’s doubtful there’s another Western society whose racism is accompanied by such bloodlust. Whites hate blacks in the United States and South Africa, Europeans hate refugees, Christians hate Muslims, but not with such bloodlust and murderousness. The cry “Death to the Arabs” has taken on shocking practical significance. E.A. is its executor. That’s why he’s being applauded.

These are deep currents that are difficult to stop. They have settled deep in people’s hearts, the result of decades of incitement and brainwashing. Neither a severe punishment for E.A., which he deserves, nor the chief of staff’s letter to soldiers reminding them of the army’s ethics can suffice.

Few have dared to confront these currents; most of our systems support or have capitulated to them. It’s enough to see the military prosecution grovel before the mobs outside, dropping the allegations from murder to negligent homicide, and even that is in doubt. The media outlets, which know what their audiences want, have of course joined in spreading the incitement. It sells well. Suddenly what happened is “unclear,” “not definitive.” The video incriminates as much as a thousand witnesses and myriads of evidence, and the picture is still “unclear.” What’s not clear?

And the politicians, who as usual support the masses, are either silent or paralyzed with fear. The thuggish Avigdor Lieberman, with Sharon Gal tagging along, and the mobs at the military court in Kastina are the most Israeli things there are now. There’s nothing to stop them. It’s doubtful if it even pays to try.

But they won’t stop at Kastina. After the Arabs will come the leftists, the journalists, the judges and who knows who else. Prepare for the next Israeli hero; he’s already polishing his gun.

8 thoughts on “Gideon Levy on Israel’s Support for a ‘Vile Murderer’

  1. “the sort of deviance Israeli society has descended into”

    No, not “descended to” but rather openly reverted to type.
    It is judaism practiced faithfully, “by the Book,” without the encumbrance of former pretenses.

  2. I had some random thoughts as I read the excellent preface and then Mr. Levy’s principled, cri de coeur commentary. I wandered around our U.S. domestic infatuation with the NRA, any and all weaponry, the “bible” that is the Second Amendment, the hubris of “exceptionalism,” our first/”on the table” choice of military/war action, the still-rampant racism, our predilection to torture of fellow human beings, the death penalty…and the similar armed-to-the-teeth reality in the Zioentity so-called Israel, the “right” to kill Palestinians, the racism that is inherent in such “right,” the heresy of “chosenness,” the psychosis that erupts into periodic war on oppressed subjects and any neighbor, all with the full expectation and realization of impunity. As my mind wandered, I wondered if there isn’t some dark/deep force deliberately conflating the US and the Zioentity in these realms of violence and arrogance into one unbreakable “entangling alliance” so that escape from it is impossible; and I think that yes, there is such a force with such evil and encompassing power: Zionism. (If readers haven’t, please obtain and read Alison Weir’s “Against Our Better Judgment.”)

  3. Richard
    In the interests of a balanced argument, what was your view of the conviction of Sgnt Alexander Blackman, who got a life sentence (appealed) two years ago for the summery execution of a Afghan Taliban fighter whom he found ‘neutralised’ after a deadly helicopter strike?
    The national outpouring of support for him in the UK was very considerable; like the support shown to this Israeli invader in your postings.

    Out of interest, what would be your reply be to an IDF soldier who pointed this out to you?

  4. I would say that there are international laws pertaining to armed conflict, and that nations, as well as individual soldiers, who violate these laws need to be held accountable. I would also say that the British shouldn’t be occupying Afghanistan any more than the Israelis should be occupying Palestine.

  5. I think it’s starting to sink in to Israel’s supporters, and maybe even to some extent the Israelis themselves, or at least a few of the more enlightened ones, that there are so many contradictions in Zionism and Israeli society they simply cannot be reconciled. A “homeland for the Jews”–but what about the non-Jews who have been living there for centuries? “A Jewish and democratic state”–but if it’s Jewish, how can it also be democratic? A hoard of inconsistencies that are almost impossible to attune. Maybe the whole Zionist enterprise will eventually collapse of its own weight.

  6. The shot heard around the world? It wasn’t just a shot but also a bell. For whom the bell tolls? This is an act that will end Israel. It is as big as Armstrong walking on the moon if he actually had. This IOF “soldier” is a poster boy picture of the real Israel.

  7. i’d say gideon like mondoweiss, uri avnery, other tribal pretend humans, dont care for the negative pr so they make a comment to prove jew ok.
    among themselves they want the deaths.

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