The country’s Arab parliamentarians managed this week to surpass even their own most strident incitement against the state that bankrolls them and guarantees their rights to subvert it. Speaking in Sakhnin at the 12th memorial to the 13 Arabs shot dead during the October 2000 riots, MKs Ahmed Tibi and Taleb a-Sanaa in effect agitated for violent vengeance, thereby ramping up already inordinately confrontational rhetoric.
This wasn’t just more of their by-now-pervasive in-your-face insolence – the sort to which we’ve already grown inured. This time there were exhortations for an operative translation by fellow Israeli-Arabs of the escalated bellicosity.
Not much could be left to the imagination when a-Sanaa railed: “If the government fails to do justice, we shall. If it fails to punish the criminals, we shall.”
Tibi was hardly more circumspect: “We shall not forget and we shall not forgive. The criminals must be prosecuted and punished. A state which kills its own citizens, and rewards their murderers, is a state which conducts itself with criminal racism.”
This isn’t inconsequential nattering, enunciated today and evaporated tomorrow. A-Sanaa in effect urged Israeli Arabs to take justice into their own hands – or what they claim to be justice.
Tibi honed a fraudulent sense of victimhood and concomitantly the delegitimization of Israel as both criminal and racist. This follows countless provocative acts and statements, including junkets to Mideastern capitals where Israeli-Arab MKs unequivocally sided with the existential enemy of the state whose taxpayers foot their bills and in whose parliament they serve.
The inflammatory oratory, moreover, willfully promotes a skewed version of the 2000 riots (which not incidentally coincided with the launching of Yasser Arafat’s intifada just then). Falsehoods are elevated to an axiomatic historiography when all mention is omitted of the fact that rampaging Israeli-Arabs besieged dozens of communities within Israel 12 years ago.
A Jewish civilian, Bechor Zhan, driving south from Haifa, was killed by a rock that Jisr e-Zarka youths hurled at his car.
Throughout the North, motorists were violently dragged from their vehicles, asked if they were Jews and forced to show their IDs to ascertain their ethnicity. This is what happened to Ya’acov Ben-Hamo of Kibbutz Beit Alfa when driving between Umm el-Fahm and Afula. Fifteen masked Arabs pulled him from his automobile, burned it and kicked him mercilessly. He was barely rescued by a passing bus driver.
The ambulance eventually summoned to treat Gershon Adani’s severe wounds couldn’t get through the Arab mob’s roadblock. Adani was assaulted while driving to his home, near Acre. When his Jewishness was established, a whooping war cry went up: “Yahudi [Jew]!” It was immediately followed by the bloodcurdling “Itbach el-Yahud [slaughter the Jew]!”
Adani was pelted with bricks and rocks and beaten to a pulp for being a Jew. He somehow managed to flee, with his attackers in hot pursuit. He hid, bruised and bleeding, in a fruit grove while they prowled about, trying to locate him and finish the job.
Simultaneously other Arabs, in Jaffa – a hop and a skip from Bat Yam and downtown Tel Aviv – singled out Jewish stores to vandalize. They marked the windows of businesses not owned by Arabs, so that only Jewish property would be ransacked – not unlike what the Nazis did throughout Germany prior to undertaking the Final Solution.
These weren’t isolated incidents. At the Nitzanei Oz Industrial Park in central Israel, which provides employment for Arabs from nearby towns, frenzied men burned four plants to a cinder.
It behooves the leadership of Israel’s Arabs to remind its electorate that those who wish to enjoy the perks of Israeli citizenship cannot claim the liberty to abuse that citizenship in order to facilitate the brutal murder of fellow citizens and eventually destroy the state itself.
Incendiary speechifying from Israeli-Arab public figures does a grave disservice foremost to their own communities.
Reiterated lies trap ordinary folk in a vicious cycle of self-deception and self-imposed isolation. Disingenuous politicians confine their voters in a subjective counterfeit reality, which provides fertile ground for further incitement, violence and terror.
The radicalization of the Israeli-Arab sector becomes a cynical vote-getting formula, and this is foremost that sector’s homemade tragedy.
Thanks Sarah! Great writing …
If Israel cannot rid itself of this trash,she will choke on garbage
We have had this kind of garbage for as far as I can remember, and I have been here for a while now, more than half a century.
We shall not choke on it, even when that kind of garbage is not recyclable.
What will be?
If Israel keeps treating the phenomenon with kid gloves, the problem is bound to persist. If Israel acts the way it did in 2000 on a consistent basis, at least it will not feel itself to be such a “friar”. But rather sadly, Jews continue to be scared of their own shadow.
The government is busy with other more important and serious things than those who incite others towards violence,bloodshed and threats to kill Jews, namely chasing after Jewish children for graffiti crimes.
What do you expect from the fearful secular cowards who have boxed themselves in by following after the lies of their gods ?
They only have their little children to go after to show their gods how tough and brutal they are.
They are restrained,insane and afraid, seeing that what they trusted and believed in (Road Map of Appeasement) was all a mirage of peace and Sheol is
coming to visit them.
Arabs should live in an Arabic country and NOT in Israel…
By the way, TREASON should be dealt with, like what it is…a crime !
In the fall of 2000, after Arafat rejected Ehud Barak’s peace offers (which Barak claimed were “impossible to reject”) and tried to scare Israel with a wide military Arab coalition, there was an atmosphere in the media of Israel being weak and surrounded.
It was clearly visible that the Israeli Arabs simply did not want to be the last to reap the fruits of the “imminent collapse” of Israel, hence the October 2000 riots. And when they realized (with some help from the Police) that there will not be any “imminent collapse,” the riots had stopped.
Now, and quite for some time, there is a “riot of the Arab elite,” – and the reason is the same!
Regarding your Oct. 4th article Another Tack; the info that I have about Henry Ford, is:-
He came from a town in the magisterial district of Grodno, in White Russia, called Wolkewisk.
He worked as a mechanic at a mill. One day there was a fair in the town & he came riding a horse cart, but, there were no horses. He had taken an engine from the mill & connected it to the cart. A Polish man said, ‘you are a clever Polish boy, under Russian rule, you will never get anywhere here, go to America’, which he did. He settled near Dearbourne & the rest is true history.
I have not checked this out for its authenticity, but, it does make sense, he was a bigoted Roman Catholic, Anti Semite.
This action is a repetition of all uneducated mobs throughout the uncivilized World. It does not take much to set fire to mob violence. The perpetrators here are our own voting citizens.