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Opinion Editorials, April 2012
Gunter Grass Is Absolutely Correct About the Israeli Apartheid Regime
By Khalid Amayreh
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, April 16, 2012
German poet and Nobel literature laureate Gunter Grass deserves to be applauded for his moral courage, intellectual honesty, and audacity to challenge some of the established taboos pertaining to Israel and Jews.
In a piece of poetry published by a German newspaper last week, Grass, 84, condemned his country's arm sales to Israel, saying the Jewish state must not be allowed to threaten its neighbors with overwhelming conventional and nuclear weapons.
Thanks to a decades-old western policy of ignoring the development and possession by Israel of weapons of mass destruction, Israel has effectively become the Nazi Germany of the Middle East.
The little-known Israel arsenal of unconventional weapons is widely believed to include, inter alia, hundreds of nuclear bombs and warheads, most of them trained at such Arab and Muslim cities in the Middle East as Cairo , Damascus , Istanbul , Baghdad and Amman .
Israeli officials and propagandists would swear, in the strongest terms, that they are misunderstood and that they are the most peaceful people on earth. But these are mostly oaths of lie and hypocrisy.
The manifest lebensraum policy which Israel pursues in the West Bank, mainly at the expense of the indigenous Palestinians, leaves no doubt as to the Nazi-like bellicosity, proclivity for territorial expansion as well as ideological nefariousness characterizing Zionism, or Jewish Nazism.
The effective and never-exhausted Israeli propaganda machine, which extends from Sydney to California, would cite a thousand red herrings to divert attention from the real thing, that Israel represents the Nazism of our time and that the apartheid state, not Iran, or North Korea or even Satan himself, poses the greatest danger to world peace and stability.
The Zionist mouthpieces of lie and disinformation, which includes people like Shimon Peres, Newt Gingrich, and Hillary Clinton, would cry Hamas! Hizbullah! Iran ! Al-Qaeda, ignoring the fact that all these groups and regimes are resultant offshoots, or mere side effects, of Israeli oppression and aggression.
But, alas, honesty and veracity, are never part of being a "good" politician, let alone a good propagandist.
We certainly are not infatuated with Grass's past, but this should never blind us from seeing the striking truth in his words.
Moreover, I believe that the man stands on a higher moral ground in comparison to his critics from the pathological liar Netanyahu, to the brashly racist Lieberman and Shimon Peres, the hero of the Qana massacre of 1996 in Southern Lebanon.
Do you know that the elderly Peres, who is falsely celebrated as a man of peace and moderation around the world, has not apologized for that gruesome carnage which decapitated the heads and mutilated the bodies of hundreds of innocent civilians whose main guilt was their non-membership in the exclusive Jewish club!!!
Yes, "what must be said" must be said courageously, fearlessly, unhesitatingly and especially unapologetically. The shipyard dogs of Zionism may unleash their stale weapon of anti-Semitism to confuse people and blur the truth.. But, thank goodness, fewer and fewer people around the world are being intimidated by this mythical golem.
The truth of the matter is that there are a thousand evidences vindicating Gunter Grass and corroborating his proclamations about Israel, a pornographically criminal state that threatens the peace and security of humanity.
Israel is the Nazi Germany of our time because it is armed to teeth, seeks territorial expansion, and is hell-bent on ethnically cleansing a helpless people, employing every conceivable criminal and insidious tactic under the sun.
Israel expels people from their homes in order to settle immigrants from distant parts of South America or Russia in these homes. Israel demolishes Arab homes, occasionally right on top of occupants because the occupants happen to be members of a non-kosher tribe. Israel starves and torments millions of innocent people in order to make sure that the holocaust is not repeated.
Israel cuts water from towns and villages and hamlets because the inhabitants are Ishmaelites not Israelites.
Israel rounds up intellectuals and professionals, including poets, doctors, engineers, lawmakers, school teachers and keeps them languishing in Jewish dungeons and concentration camps for years, without charge or trial. And when the helpless victims cry out for simple justice, Israel calls them terrorists!
Three years ago, the Israeli wehrmacht, SS, and Luftwaffe launched a deadly blitzkrieg on the thoroughly blockaded and thoroughly starved people of Gaza, murdering, incinerating and maiming thousands of innocent civilians. The mad rampage, which lasted for 21 days, was compared with the holocaust or fire storms over the City of Dresden in the closing months of the Second World War.
More to the point, the Israel of today is probably more dangerous and more extremist than the Adolph Hitler regime. Then, at least, there was a semblance of a balance of terror in Europe which had a certain restraining effect on Nazi Germany, but in the Middle East of today, Israel is the only country possessing nuclear weapons by the hundreds.
There are certain so-called "experts" in the West who tend to think that Israel is a democratic and rational state, at least in comparison to states like Iran. (I don't know how a Talmudic state can be truly democratic)
Nonetheless, the truth seems to suggest that Israel is switching menacingly toward Jewish fascism where non-Jews, including millions of Christians and Muslims, are viewed as virtual animals or sub-humans who are only good for serving the master race or Chosen people.
Needless to say, such a racist perception is not rife among merely a marginal group of people, but is rampant among rabbis with millions of followers.
Germany, a country that is still haunted by the specter of the holocaust, is behaving irresponsibly and foolishly toward Israel.
Germany is trying to atone for the crimes of Nazi Germany by promoting and expediting a Nazi Israel. The fate of millions of Arabs and Muslims who could be incinerated in an Israeli-Jewish holocaust against the peoples of the Middle East is not even an afterthought as far as Germany is concerned.
We must proclaim the truth, namely the fact that the kind of callous indifference that characterized the Nazi perceptions toward Jews is now characterizing Germany's perceptions toward the Arab and Muslim peoples of the Middle East.
Otherwise, how would one explain all these nuclear submarines which Germany keeps donating or selling Israel at bargain prices?
A final point. It is hard to imagine that Germany (and the United States ) doesn't realize that arming Israel to the teeth with conventional and unconventional weapons will not convince Israel to walk in the path of peace. They know this fact quite well. But such states have long lost the ability to be honest and ethical. Well, one doesn't have to have a Ph.D. in International Relations of Middle East Politics to know that the more Israel acquires more weapons of death and mass destruction, the fewer propensities the apartheid state will have toward peace with her neighbors.
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