Why are we negotiating with Hitler's fans?
The Israeli newspaper "Yediot Aharonot" last week published some of the protocols from the interrogation of Palestinian terrorists responsible for the infamous 2002 lynching in Ramallah. A brief reminder of the facts, seeing as there are so many terror attacks. On October 12, 2000, two Israeli army reservists, Yosef Avrahami and Vadim Nurzhitz drove by mistake into the West Bank city of Ramallah, which was under the control of the Palestinian Authority of Yasser Arafat.
They were stopped and arrested by the Palestinian Arab police, which took them to the police station. But instead of handing the two men over to Israel, as stipulated in the Oslo Accords, they were attacked, beaten and stabbed to death. Their mutilated bodies were then thrown out of the station windows. A bloodthirsty mob continued to desecrate their bodies, gleefully shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great) before dragging them to Al-Manara square in the center of the city. The image of one of the killers at the window of the police station, proudly presenting his bloodied hands, will remain etched in the memories of Israelis.
During their interrogation, the murderers described in detail the unbearable manner in which they beat to death the two unfortunate reservists. One thing is clear: years of dehumanization of Israeli Jews through education and propaganda in the Palestinian Arab arena, added to the image of the Jews in the Arab-Muslim world, enabled hatred and savagery of this magnitude.
If one analyzes the origins of the strategy adopted towards Israel by the Palestinian Arab national movement since its not very ancient inception, it boils down to the following: propaganda, using the themes of classic anti-Semitism, indoctrination of youth, incitement to violence, dehumanization, murder of Jews, economic boycott campaigns, enacting a judicial ban and de-legitimization. Does that not seem strangely reminiscent of a time thought to be long gone?
The answer to this last question emerged most recently from the mouth of one of the historic figures of the PLO, Farouk Kaddoumi, co-founder of Fatah and former head of the PLO's political department. In an interview with the "Russia Today" network, Kaddoumi confirmed with disconcerting sincerity that "the Palestinian Arabs had enthusiastically supported Hitler and the Nazi regime." This is also not a new discovery for anyone who cares to look at the history of Arab nationalism since the first World War, or who observes the media, religious sermons and the education in the Palestinian arena. But as the saying goes, "there is none so blind as he who does not wish to see."
Here is what the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, rumored to be the uncle or possibly cousin of Yasser Arafat (there's no definite proof, just many theories) writes in his memoirs about his November 28, 1941 meeting with Hitler: "The precise condition of our collaboration with Germany was complete freedom to eliminate the Jews, to the last, from Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler's explicit consent to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner beneficial to our racial and national aspirations and in accordance with scientific methods that Germany has invented to take care of its Jews. The answer I received was: The Jews are yours." Note that the Mufti clearly speaks of "Jews" and not "Zionists."
After the war, many Arab nationalist leaders were trained in the school of Soviet propaganda. It is no exaggeration to say that the Palestinian Arab national movement was nourished both at the breast of Nazism and of communism, which perfectly explains the attitude of the Palestinian leadership to this day, with all its confusion. In addition, many Nazi officials found refuge in Arab countries and continued their ideological work among the local population and elites.
The question that arises for Israelis, but also for all those urging negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, is as follows: What is the good of lamenting the resurgence of anti-Semitism, shedding tears on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust memorial day), gathering at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial or worrying about the anti-Semitic "quenelle" gesture spreading through France, if we consider as a "partner for peace" an organization called the "Palestinian Authority" whose head is the author of a revisionist thesis and whose entire ideological construction is inspired by Nazi theories?
In other words, why be so insistent on remembering the Nazi cancer that raged 80 years ago, and at the same time be so blind and tolerant of its metastases that are at our door today? Paradoxically, it is left-wing circles, which have always been at the forefront in the fight against the far right and the Nazi hydra, which are today the most fervent supporters of the Palestinian cause and contribute to the isolation and de-legitimization of the "Jew-State," just as the Nazis did with the "Jew-people."
It is the duty of Israeli leaders, of all stripes, to expose the huge Palestinian Arab deceit and stop the immorality of negotiating with the followers of those who tried to make us disappear from the face of the earth.
Shraga Blum is an independent journalist. He publishes a weekly press review in the "P'tit Hebdo" and political analysis on Israeli-French language sites.