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About anti SemitismNahida Izzat Salem-News.com
Israel: "94% voted for the attack on Gaza" - Jerusalem Post
(LONDON) - Talking about anti-Semitism, and the accusation of anti-Semitism, is to many people a very sensitive issue. Nevertheless, I feel the need to highlight some points: As a Palestinian and as a Muslim, with first hand experience of racism, whether here in the UK or in occupied Palestine.
I do understand what it means to be subjected to it; thus, I deeply empathise with those who suffer from the menace of racism and discrimination, those who are abused verbally, physically, emotionally, or otherwise for no other reason than the fact that they are “different”.
And I also do understand the awful feeling and dreadful sensation of being subjugated with subtle racist looks or remarks only felt by you, and not the people around you.
However, I do see a huge difference between a racist remark directed at a person or a group for their beliefs, race, or whatever that which makes them different, and between a snarl, a sneer or sarcasm against an occupying criminal entity called “Israel” and its people, for their CRIMES.
One must not fail to distinguish between the rage and fury caused by watching helplessly for decades the grim unstoppable crimes go unpunished year after year, and the racist blind hatred that might still exist among a tiny minority who, by nature, would be hating anything and anyone who is different anyway.
Furthermore, this occupying entity called “Israel” (a word that I myself detest to even pronounce, and generally avoid using) is not a theoretical being, nor does it operate in a vacuum; it’s neither an abstract concept nor a conjectural void... It’s an entity run by PEOPLE.
It is an entity of PEOPLE, 94% of whom voted for the attack on Gaza - Overwhelming Israeli support of Gaza op - Jerusalem Post
It is an entity of PEOPLE, 71% of whom want the U.S. to strike Iran - Haaretz Poll: 71% of Israelis want the U.S. to strike Iran if talks fail
It is an entity of PEOPLE who has violated and assaulted ALL neighbouring countries.
It is an entity of PEOPLE who have lived on STOLEN land for over six decades, with no sign of shame, remorse, awakening of conscience, nor willingness to either admit or right the wrongs they’ve committed.
Every normal person with some compassion, would make a grimace of disgust and revulsion when hearing about such an entity, or such a people who commit such despicable horrors..
Now, I find it difficult to be persuaded that such a reaction to such horrific crimes - in conjunction with either the name “Israel” or the term “Israeli” - is an act of racism (anti-Semitism). On another note; we Palestinians do not bear any responsibility whatsoever for the (factual) crime of the holocaust, nor do we carry the burden of European racism against Jewish people.
Furthermore, I do not see a difference between any kind of racism, including racism directed against Jewish people, known as anti-Semitism. If we accept racism against Jewish people as being different, then it implies that we accept the racist absurdity of “Jewish exceptionalism”.
Racism is racism; many causes, same consequences.
Thus I do not see the suffering of Jewish people (horrible as it was) as a unique kind of suffering, which must be revered and viewed as essentially and fundamentally different from other human suffering; in the same way that I do not see our suffering as Palestinians as unique or different from that of any other people's.
Questions come pounding: Why is it that we – Palestinians - are constantly reminded of the horrors of the holocaust, when we had nothing to do with it?
Why is it that we Palestinians are to suffer the same fate as the victims of the holocaust at the hands of those who brag worldwide to act for, strive toward “never again”?
Why would the UN want to enforce the study of the history of our oppressors' and occupiers' holocaust upon our children who are languishing in refugee camps – who themselves along with their parents and grandparents were victims of ethnic cleansing, planned and executed by those whom they are supposed to feel sympathy for?
Why is it that we are persistently bogged down by the fixation on anti-Semitism, while for sixty years (a century rather), we are the ones who are relentlessly suffering from a most vile evil racism (ethnic cleansing gradually becoming a form of “final solution”) perpetrated by a whole population of racist zionists? (in all honesty, I must tell you that sometimes I imagine it would’ve been easier and less painful for us to be gassed and killed immediately rather than to endure this policy of excruciatingly slow death that we have been subjected to for over a century).
How could the world keep asking us to recognise the “humanity” of a settler, who comes with his wife and children armed to the teeth, and at gunpoint evicts a Palestinian family, throws their entire belongings out, and moves in? What kind of “humanity” is this?
And most importantly, why is it that we are continuously asked to feel compassion towards our tormentors who relentlessly murder and humiliate us, who attempt to annihilate us and our history and why, for what purpose, are we asked to feel their “humanity”, with their knife still piercing deep in our hearts?
Finally, I cannot speak on behalf of all the Palestinians, but as for myself, I must admit, the recent assault on Gaza was the last straw that broke the camel’s back... Before that, I used to think that there was hope, those PEOPLE would wake up into their “humanity” one day, and regret the evil that they’ve done. But unfortunately, the more I see of them, the more I realise that this hope and dream were illusions.
Over the past few years, I have been reading and debating with many of those “soft” zionists in the so-called “peace camps”; all I found is an extremely arrogant group of people, who are incapable of recognising, admitting, or willing to rectify the crimes they’ve committed.
They are only interested in “peace” to protect their interests, and to further secure their stranglehold on the stolen land.
Moreover, very recently, and by sheer accident, I stumbled upon some horrific information revealing the severity of decay of morality and lack of humanity amongst those RACIST zionists - whose ideological bigotry and chauvinism surpasses all others - that left me in a state of shock for days; crying, shaking, suffocating with palpitations and suffering from severe panic attacks.
Undoubtedly, the world community should leave it to the victims to decide how to deal with those criminals in the future. Only the victims can investigate the fragile alleys of forgiveness or punishment. The victims should have the last say irrespective of what their judgment might be; they should not be vilified, indicted or moralized with, for they have suffered more than enough. The emergence of forgiveness and reconciliation requires certain conditions:
None of these conditions are ever considered as an option amongst that mighty sick racist zionist society.
As for me, I have no authority to talk in the name of all Palestinians, but I can state with all honesty, I DO NOT wish the zionist murderers, those of whom were directly or indirectly involved in massacres, theft of land, subjugation and oppression, to remain in Palestine after its liberation from the occupiers.
– except of course for the very few good people amongst them, as no soul should carry the liability of another -
I do not wish the invader, occupier and criminal racists to stay in Palestine, the land that they incessantly raped, destroyed and disfigured, nor do I desire them to be my neighbours.
They have shown no respect, no appreciation, and no love to this land or to her people. They do not deserve to live there. But these are only my own feelings, and I know that the decision is not mine alone.
More on anti Semitism
There are some more points that I would like to draw attention to:
And so, some sincere advice from a heart that cares, to all my Jewish friends who are really interested in preventing the re-emergence of real “anti-Semitism”, and to those “Israelis” with some humanity left; I would say:
I know that what I have said might appear too strong, unfamiliar, or painful to hear, but I can only speak of what’s in my heart, as I believe that only through openness and honesty that trust can be built.
We have a saying in Arabic; “sadeequka man sadaqak, wassaddaqak”
صديقك من صدَقك و صدّقك
“Your true friend is he who is honest with you and who believes you.”
Arabic word for honesty: sidq
And for friend: sadeeq
Both friend and honesty share the same root: sa-da-qa= told the truth.
Nahida Izzat is a Jerusalem-born Palestinian refugee who has lived in exile for over forty two years, after being forced to leave her homeland at the tender age of seven in 1967, during the six-day war. She has a degree in mathematics, but art is one of her favorite pastimes. She loves hand-made things and so makes dolls, cards, and most of her own clothing. She also writes poetry, participates in written dialogues and believes in building bridges, not walls.
She started writing when her friends insisted she should write about her memories, experiences and feelings as a Palestinian. When she did, it all came out sounding—she was told—like poetry! So she self-published two books: I Believe in Miracles and Palestine, The True Story.
Her dream is to return back home to a free and liberated Palestine.
If you like poetry and are intrigued by the notion of helping the Palestinian people and learning more, you can purchase Nahida's books, I Believe in Miracles and Palestine, The True Story by visiting:
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