Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Israel, Right or Wrong:
How Zionist Scaremongers, Like Richard Cohen,
By Paul J Balles
Redress, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, March 28, 2011
Paul J. Balles explains why Zionist scaremongering and
distorting of history, as manifested in the writing of Israel apologists
such as the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, only increases fear by Jews and
disdain by others.
"If I were an Israeli, I'd be worried. If I
were an Arab, I'd be insulted. If I were a critic only of Israel, I'd be
Thus concluded Richard Cohen in the Washington Post
(28 February 2011)
What Cohen would be worried about is what he
perceives as anti-Semitism in the Arab world, fuelled in World War II by the
Muslim cleric Haj Amin al-Husseini, the grand mufti of Jerusalem.
According to Cohen, Al-Husseini "the titular leader of Muslim Palestinians,
broadcast Nazi propaganda to the Middle East, recruited European Muslims for
the SS, exulted in the Holocaust and after the war went on to represent his
people in the Arab League."
“... Zionists in America feed their own paranoia by
deceiving themselves and distorting reality in their image
twisting house of mirrors.”
Cohen not only faults Arabs for their support of Al-Husseini, but for
Cohen's conclusion that “the Arab world is saturated by Jew-hatred".
This is a propaganda line that serves no other purpose but to instil fear in
Voices like Cohen's – and there are many – have a
much greater impact on Israelis and their worldwide supporters than any
biased statements made by a single Muslim cleric.
But then Zionists
in America feed their own paranoia by deceiving themselves and distorting
reality in their image twisting house of mirrors.
Cohen says "If I
were an Arab I'd be insulted."
To Cohen, an Arab should be insulted
by Al-Husseini seeking support from the Axis of Germany and Italy prior to
World War II.
In 1941, Al-Husseini sought a public declaration of
support from the Axis nations for: 1) Arab independence from British and
French rule; 2) the freedom for the independent Arab nations to unite in
some form; 3) and for the elimination of the proposed Jewish homeland in
Why should those goals give cause for anyone except an
Israeli to suggest that Arabs should be insulted?
Instead of putting
Al-Husseini's mission to save Palestine for the Palestinians into proper
perspective, Cohen attempts to distort history.
sought military and financial assistance for an Arab uprising that he
promised he could unleash, though only in conjunction with the Axis
“Israel stands in constant denial of any wrong-doing,
whether the wrong happens to be killing by the Stern Gang,
apartheid treatment of Palestinians, murders in Gaza or
illegal Jewish settlements.”
Finally, Cohen crows "If I were a critic only of Israel I'd be ashamed."
If American supporters of Israel were more critical of Israel when Israel
deserves it, there would be little call to complain of the crimes committed
Israel stands in constant denial of any wrong-doing,
whether the wrong happens to be killing by the Stern Gang, apartheid
treatment of Palestinians, murders in Gaza or illegal Jewish settlements.
If the rest of the world attempts to pass a resolution finding Israel
guilty of wrong-doing, the US, under Zionist control, vetoes it. This has
happened 36 times in the past four decades.
Jews who criticize
anything that Israel does, no matter how horrendous, have been dubbed
Major US Jewish organizations, from the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to the Conference of Presidents of
Major American Jewish Organizations, are committed to defending Israel
whether right or wrong.
"Any time you engage in an activity critical
of Israel you are trying to destroy the state of Israel,” Jeremy Ben-Ami,
the president of J Street, said.
Israel isn't even able to accept
criticism by Zionist Jews. Judge Goldstone is a case in point. He was
severely faulted for identifying wrongdoing by Israel in Gaza even though
his investigation was thorough and fair.
While Israel continues with
apartheid practices, illegal settlements and attempts to get the US to bomb
Iran, its blind supporters promote anti-Semitism.
It's time for
reflection and self-criticism. Thinking like Richard Cohen's only increases
fear by Jews and disdain by others.