By Simon Fischler
Most interestingly, some of the most vociferous of my country’s haters are the people of Europe.
These enlightened, European people calling my country an Apartheid State are descendants of those who carried out some of the worst atrocities the world has ever seen.
The Europeans are behind atrocities world renowned; from the Spanish Inquisition, to the rape and pillage of Africa and vast areas of the Pacific, as well as the Holocaust.
How do these people who bear the heritage of so much cruelty in history have the right to condemn Israel country for defending itself against colonialist Arabism?
For that matter, since when has it become wrong for a nation to defend its civilians?
Israel and Israelis have always wanted peace. This has been demonstrated on numerous occasions.
Why must Israel go beyond what all other nations would offer for peace?
Why must Israel get less in return for the land we give up than America got from Japan?
What will the world say when the Palestinians attack Israel after it has returned what is rightfully Israel’s; thanks to the Balfour Declaration?
If Israel gives back Judea and Samaria, signs a peace treaty and then gets attacked by the new Palestinian State, will it be okay with the UN and these elements who hate us so much for Israel to defend herself?
Of course we know what the answer to that question is!
Must we go to the gas chambers, with bowed heads, again for these people to be happy?
That is the only answer I see as the cause for this venomous anti-Semitism shown towards Israel.
No matter how right we are (and we are very right) the world is always going to hate us.
IT ALWAYS HAS!
It can only be hate, for people to tell a nation whose majority firmly believes in its ethos to stop believing in them.
Israelis love their country; they celebrate it all the time. Who has the right to tell them they are wrong for loving their freedom, loving their nation, loving what they have built through the most difficult conditions?
Who has the right to tell them they do not deserve this state after all the work they have done to build this nation, then protect it, while still searching for peace?
No one has that right. Anyone who tells us we should not be proud of what and who we are is someone who has never taken the time to see all that Israelis have created; to see what we have built from nothing in a constant state of war; that we never wanted to have. Someone who is nothing more than a racist and an anti-Semite.
So, again, where does this hate come from?
There is only one place such deeply-rooted hate towards the Jews and the Jewish nation comes from.
ANTI-SEMITISM. B.D.S is nothing more than modern day anti-Semitism, same with those who make the false claim that they are not anti-Semites, but just hate Israel. Hating Israel is hating Jewish freedom, end of story!
It makes no difference if there are a few Jews mixed in with these haters.
Because these Jews -- even some who are Israelis -- hate themselves so much because of their very Jewishness. These Jews are like many of those in the past who despised themselves because they were a part of this “wretched” nation.
So if Anti-Semitism is the true root cause of all this Israel bashing, hating and delegitimizing, what can we as Israelis do?
We can only do what we have always done, from the oppression of slavery in Egypt, to the Babylonian captivity and the Persian, Greek, Roman, Arab, Ottoman and European occupations of our land. We must fight the just battle and show the world that we, the Jews and the Israeli nation, will not lie down and sacrifice ourselves for their ingrained anti-Semitism. We must fight back, protect what we have built and yet work for true peace and acceptance of our just right to maintain our own self-determination and freedom.