By Simon Fischler
I am not one for boycotts: they are counter-productive and often harm those the boycotts are trying to assist.
The Israeli boycott is the worst type of boycott, because no matter how it’s worded, ultimately the boycott is anti-Semitic.
In fact, those leading the boycott openly admit their intention is to deny the Jewish Nation its self-determination.
Israel, the Jewish Nation State and only true democracy in the Middle East has a large Arab minority that enjoys fully the freedom of Israel’s liberal democratic values
But, like all minorities in all democracies, Arab Israelis do face some discrimination – just as Mizrachi and Ethiopian Jews have.
However, unlike other minorities (such as African Americans in the United States) Israeli Arabs face discrimination not because of color, religion or ethnicity, but because of the political choices they have made.
On too many occasions Israeli Arab leaders and their constituents have trampled on the freedoms given to them, openly siding with enemies of Israel.
Never before has a minority in a democracy been given such immense freedoms when they happen to be the same ethnicity of the enemies of the State. Even America in World War II placed her Japanese citizens in interment camps (a nice way of saying concentration camps).
This all gets back to Knesset Member Ahmed Tibi who once again showed Israel’s eighty percent Jewish majority the true face of Israel’s Arab leadership.
Tibi penned an Op/Ed article for The New York Times days ago calling for a boycott of Israel and the eventual destruction of Israel by flooding her with Arabs who have no connection to the nation.
The inexcusable lies included in his shameful opinion piece should have rendered it unprintable, which gives us a revealing insight to where The Times’ sympathies lie.
Tibi says the “Palestinians” were forced from their homes. Mr. Tibi must have forgotten that the majority of Arabs (they did not call themselves Palestinians at that time) fled because their leaders told them to.
Here is a quick quote that should burn at the feet of Ahmed Tibi’s scandalous lies, in the March 1976 issue of Falastin a-Thaura, then the official journal of the Beirut-based PLO. Mahmud Abbas ("Abu Mazen", now President of the West Bank PA), then a PLO spokesman, wrote: "The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live."
Inside the article Tibi also whined about freedoms being stripped from Israeli (Jewish and Arab, not discriminatory) citizens who were actively attempting to destroy the nation by calling for a boycott against her.
If this boycott truly were about the peace process and the Internationally binding laws calling for a Two-State Solution for Two Nations, the Jewish and the Arab Nation, the boycott would be directed at the Palestinians!
It is the Palestinian Arabs who rejected the United Nations Partition in 1947, thereby creating this whole conflict that alternately has raged and sputtered around Israel ever since.
It is undeniable that is also the Palestinians who have perpetuated this conflict by continually refusing to accept the two state solution, actively rejecting a Palestinian State and peace in 2000 and the Camp David peace conference.
If Ahmed Tibi actually wanted to create a Palestinian State, he would call on the world to recognize the freedoms given to Israeli Arabs, something we see their brethren in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and especially Syria (where a massacre is occurring in the city as I write) are struggling to achieve.
Tibi should go work for Peoples Republic of China in the Department of Demographically Destroying Tibet and Propaganda! His lies would actually be funny if they were not so distressing. However, Ahmed Tibi obviously is smart enough to know that the majority of the liberal-minded readers of the New York Times will not do their homework and check up on the fallacies he has penned
But Ahmed Tibi is just the tip of the Israeli Arab spear. He represents a population, he was CHOSEN by a population that takes for granted the democratic rights they are granted.
Apparently Israeli Arabs are unaware that a democracy does not have to offer sedition as one of the benefits of democratic freedoms. Nor does a democracy have to be suicidal to its majority ethnic population.
Sedition is Sedition, even in a democracy and is often handled with the most serious of punishments.
It must be made clear to Israel’s Arab population that they can no longer cry foul when they support anti-Semitic political initiatives. Israeli Arabs can no longer expect the Jewish majority of Israel to turn a blind eye to the virulently hateful rhetoric their leaders espouse.
Israeli Arabs have the same rights as their Jewish co-patriots and their cultural and political freedoms must be maintained under the Laws of the Jewish Democratic State, as it is for Native Americans in the United States. Except, notably, Israel does not assign their Arab citizens to reservations.
The Arabs of Israel need to make a decision: are they Israeli Arabs or Palestinians Arabs? If they are Israeli Arabs, then they must start serving in the Israeli Defense Forces like their co-patriots and contribute to the nation’s preservation. If this is the case, then they are welcome to stay.
If they view themselves first and foremost as Palestinian Arabs, then they should go live in Palestine; end of story.
Ahmed Tibi views himself as a Palestinian, so he should renounce his Israeli Citizenship and go live in Palestine … wherever that is.