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Prominent Israeli journalist tweets opportunism at Paris's pain

There is a tendency on the Israeli right to express Schadenfreude when Europe is targeted by terrorists — especially when the perpetrators are jihadis. The subtext is that Israel is unfairly judged for its policies toward the Palestinians.

Israeli men stand with a French flag at the Tel Aviv memorial for victims of the Paris terror attacks, November 14, 2015. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Israeli men stand with a French flag at the Tel Aviv memorial for victims of the Paris terror attacks, November 14, 2015. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

As social media reporting from Paris increased in pace and volume on Friday, a well-worn pattern emerged. Bursts of incoherent information were followed by news flashes from the wire services and the 24-hour satellite news channels. Rapid sharing of video clips filmed by eyewitnesses with smart phones and quickly uploaded to video sharing platforms like YouTube. As the reports start to repeat themselves, people start to get a bit bored. That’s when the commentary, recriminations, arguing and flat out tasteless tweets start to flow.

Yesterday on Twitter, the well-established pattern continued. As soon as it became obvious that the confused reports were repeating themselves and it would take awhile for the news organizations to frame the story in a more organized fashion, people started turning on one another. There were the “blame” tweets: attacks on people who had inadvertently shared unverified or incorrect information; sanctimonious comments about moral relativism given the outpouring of emotion and saturation coverage of the Paris attacks versus the relative silence over the Beirut bombings the previous day; and, of course, the left and the right attacked one another over gun control and the refugee issue.

There is a tendency on the Israeli right to express Schadenfreude when Europe is targeted by terrorists — especially when the perpetrators are jihadis trained by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). The subtext is that Israel is unfairly judged for its policies toward the Palestinians. Netanyahu preaches to this crowd when he conflates Hamas with jihadis, name-checking them with ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda and so on.

Yesterday Dan Margalit, a veteran and well known Israeli journalist, wrote a tweet that gained him a shellacking of scorn from people who responded to him in Hebrew. In light of the EU’s decision to label products from Israeli settlements, and while the bodies in Paris were still being counted, Margalit wrote:

In order to save lives we should send medical aid and food from the settlements for the victims of Arab terror in Paris. And we should provide them with shelter and rehabilitation services in Ariel.

Ariel is a large West Bank settlement with a population of about 19,000.

What is one to make of the extreme narcissism, provincialism and mean spiritedness in Margalit’s tweet? The French don’t need Israel’s help. There is no rehabilitation facility in Ariel.

Margalit has been a journalist for decades. He was once widely considered — and perhaps by many still is — a respected political analyst. But he seems to have drunk the paranoid, self righteous, “Fortress Israel” Kool-Aid that Netanyahu pours so liberally in all of his public statements.

In his follow up tweet, Margalit wrote: “Jews of France, the Land of Israel is calling you.”

 

These horrific Paris attacks were not directed at Jews. Nor were they about Jews. But for Margalit, it’s always about him and his tribe.

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    1. Ezra Yehezkel Yousip

      The in TA rally is pathetic just do a rally for victims of terrorism in Israel as we are being attacked here 24/7, i don’t think that someone in france would do the same, instead of that they would be happy anytime a terrorist attack an Israeli so there is no reason to show such sympathy for them (although it is a terrorist attack as well)

      sorry for bad english im just write what probably most israelis are thinking due the hypocrite behavior of france and eu in general towards us

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      • Gustav

        Nope. My heart goes out to the innocent victims in France. No one deserves to be at the wrong end of such evil.

        I only blame successive French governments who for the sake of political expediency lack empathy when this type of terrorism is practiced against us by the likes of Hamas which has a majority support amongst Palestinian Arabs.

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        • Ben

          True. No one deserves to be at the wrong end of such evil. Also true: No one deserves to be brutally occupied for 48 years with no end in sight while ones lands and resources are constantly filched. Also true: France is not occupying the West Bank or any other territories. And France ended its occupations of Algeria and Indochina many years ago. France speaks from a moral high ground on this. Israel does not. Also true: the leadership of the PA, in spite of those differences, has foresworn terrorism and daily fights a battle on Israel’s behalf to protect Israel.

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          • Gustav

            BEN:”No one deserves to be brutally occupied for 48 years with no end in sight”

            No end in sight? Only so long as …

            1. The so called leaders of Palestinian Arabs insist on…

            (a) The so called right of return.

            (b) Refuse to recognize the nation state of the Jewish people.

            (c) Insist that Israel has to return to the insecure 1967 boundaries which were only armistice lines NOT borders.

            2. So long as Hamas and Islamic Jihad are supported by well over 50% of the Palestinian Arab population and they openly profess that their ultimate aim is the destruction of the nation state of the Jewish people, which they do profess NOW.

            Use your “considerable influence” on your clients, Benny, to do all that and the occupation can end very quickly.

            …what? You have no influence on them Benny? What a shame. Neither does anyone else. They are a stubborn lot. So the occupation continues till they get tired and grow some brains.

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          • Gustav

            BEN:”Also true: France is not occupying the West Bank or any other territories.”

            True. Yet they were still attacked. Much like we were attacked by thePalestinian Arabs even before there was occupation. For instance in 1929 when Jews were massacred in Hebron.

            And here is my prediction…

            Much like us, the French will end up occupying Arab lands as a consequence of being attacked. That will be the only way they will be able to do something about the Arab hornets nests from which such attacks are being orchestrated.

            And here is another prediction…

            You will then be yelling at the French for occupying Arab lands. Unless you are a hypocrite and will employ double standards? Oh but wait…

            Of course you are.

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          • Ben

            “And here is my prediction…Much like us, the French will end up occupying Arab lands” Preposterous. “Much like us.” How you long for that hasbara falseness to be true. How you hard rightists have convinced yourselves. “”Much like us.” For 48 years and establishing French settlements in defiance of international law I suppose? You’re a cartoon, Gussie. You know it’s striking how much you parrot Netanyahu’s bullshit, line for line. Here, Peter Beinart refutes all your pretensions:

            Netanyahu shows D.C. liberals why he’s the ‘armor-plated bullshitter’
            Instead of admitting his opposition to a Palestinian state, Netanyahu twisted the concept beyond recognition.

            http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.685437

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          • Gustav

            Stop flattering yourself by describing yourself as a liberal Benny.

            You are a paid propagandist and anything but liberal. You demonstrated it more than once. A true liberal is not one eyed like you are. A true liberal calls it as he/she sees it and they call wrong when it is wrong irrespective which side commits a wrong.

            But what do you do Benny? You deny that your pay masters, the Arabs do any wrong and according to you Israel is always wrong.

            In order to facilitate that stance, you are prepared to deny history or just brush it aside when such history contradicts your claims. For instance, you deny that the Arabs have started this 100 year war against us, first to try to stop the Jewish state to come into existence and after it did, to try to eradicate our existence. You deny all that and you insist that the occupation is the root cause of every ill that occurs in here. That is called misinformation.

            Another thing which betrays that you are not a liberal, Benny, is your stance on Bill Clinton, a respected democratic president of the USA who served two terms as a president. He contradicts your claims on Ehud Barak’s peace offer in 2000. And for his troubles you are prepared to try and smear him with a sexual indiscretion which he committed. A true liberal would put such an indiscretion in perspective and not treat the account of a two term president as a lie. Heck, the American voters put things in perspective. They re-elected Bill Clinton even AFTER his hormone based indiscretion was exposed. Not Benny though. You all but called Bill Clinton a liar because he blamed Arafat for not only rejecting the opportunity to end the occupation but for yet again resorting to violence.

            Get it Benny? You come across as a pro Arab propagandist. Not as an American liberal. And no amount of spewing and spluttering and counter accusations can change that perception. Your own words betray you.

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          • Merkava

            BEN:
            “France is not occupying the West Bank or any other territories. And France ended its occupations of Algeria and Indochina many years ago.”

            Gustav
            “True. Yet they were still attacked. Much like we were attacked by thePalestinian Arabs even before there was occupation. For instance in 1929 when Jews were massacred in Hebron.”

            BEN
            “For 48 years and establishing French settlements in defiance of international law I suppose? You’re a cartoon, Gussie”.

            ******
            Ben doesn’t get it. Ben looks but Ben sees not. Ben listens, but Ben hear not. Ben reads, but Ben understands not. How challenged is Ben?

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          • Ben

            A Merkava lobbing ad hominems, and an armor-plated bullshitter. Almost a full mechanized hasbara battalion. Is that Gustav’s mom in the tank? lol.

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      • Eliza

        Ezra: Given that English is not your first language, no apologies are needed; given that your point is not lost in translation, again no apologies are needed.

        If most Israelis privately wonder why they should bother to express any sympathy for the French because the French (and EU in general) not only don’t care if Israeli Jews are victims of random violence, but positively rejoice in it, then you have problems.

        Firstly, Israel is not the centre of the world for most Europeans. What happens in Israel/Palestine is not going to be that important. Secondly, most Europeans, if pressed, would be able to easily distinguish between the vastly different political context behind ISIS violence and the context behind violence that Palestinians may occasionally inflict upon the Jewish Israelis.

        There is not and will not be any conflation between the organised terrorism of ISIS and the occasional outburst of random acts of lone wolf violence by Palestinian teenagers who have been born into occupation and who know full well that, if they live to reach 21 years, they will live and die under occupation.

        It is the Palestinians who are being attacked by Israeli police, settlers or IDF 24/7. There is really no hypocrisy in the relative indifference of France (and EU) towards the Jewish Israeli victims of violence. Its all context.

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        • Gustav

          Occasional lone wolf by Palestinian Arabs against Israeli civilians, Eliza?

          Has anyone ever told you that you are woefully ignorant, Eliza dear? Either that, or you are a pathological liar. My bet is the second possibility. But feel free to set the record straight…

          In the meanwhile here is a bit of homework for you. Go read up about the 1929 Hebron massacre. Go read up about the Arab revolt in the 1930s. Go read up about how your Palestinian Arabs rioted in 1947 and went on a killing spree of Palestinian Jews after the UN passed the resolution for two states, one Arab one Jewish. Go read up about the Fedayeen raids between 1947 and 1967 (there was no occupation then so what was their excuse then?). Go read up about the Maalot massacre of Israeli school children. Go read up about the suicide bombing campaign by Hamas between 2000 and 2004. Go read up about the Munich Olympic massacre of our athletes in 1972. Ok I’ll stop there but there’s lots lots more…

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          • Ben

            “Occasional lone wolf by Palestinian Arabs against Israeli civilians, Eliza?”

            Nope. That’s not what Eliza said.

            She said, “There is not and will not be any conflation between the organised terrorism of ISIS and the occasional outburst of random acts of lone wolf violence by Palestinian teenagers who have been born into occupation and who know full well that, if they live to reach 21 years, they will live and die under occupation.”

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          • Gustav

            Has anyone ever told you that you are woefully ignorant, Eliza dear? Either that, or you are a pathological liar. My bet is the second possibility. But feel free to set the record straight…

            In the meanwhile here is a bit of homework for you. Go read up about the 1929 Hebron massacre. Go read up about the Arab revolt in the 1930s. Go read up about how your Palestinian Arabs rioted in 1947 and went on a killing spree of Palestinian Jews after the UN passed the resolution for two states, one Arab one Jewish. Go read up about the Fedayeen raids between 1947 and 1967 (there was no occupation then so what was their excuse then?). Go read up about the Maalot massacre of Israeli school children. Go read up about the suicide bombing campaign by Hamas between 2000 and 2004. Go read up about the Munich Olympic massacre of our athletes in 1972. Ok I’ll stop there but there’s lots lots more…

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          • Ben

            You twisted Eliza’s words. If you really had an argument, Gustav, you wouldn’t need to do that; and you wouldn’t need to condescend to Eliza by calling her “dear”; and you wouldn’t need to call her bad names; and you wouldn’t need to pretend that everyone whose position you don’t like is me so that you can demonize them with stock tropes, and magically erase them as persons that count. Would you? That’s all you got? Cheap tricks?

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          • Merkava

            1. Gustav:

            “Occasional lone wolf by Palestinian Arabs against Israeli civilians, Eliza?”

            2. BEN alias Eliza:

            “Nope. That’s not what Eliza said. She said, “There is not and will not be any conflation between the organised terrorism of ISIS and the occasional outburst of random acts of lone wolf violence by Palestinian teenagers who have been born into occupation and who know full well that, if they live to reach 21 years, they will live and die under occupation.”

            3. QUESTION

            Wherein lies the difference, Eliza…eh….BEN?

            ****
            excuse in advance if post appears twice, my good friend.

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          • Gustav

            I have an argument Benny. Here it is again…

            In the meanwhile here is a bit of homework for you. Go read up about the 1929 Hebron massacre. Go read up about the Arab revolt in the 1930s. Go read up about how your Palestinian Arabs rioted in 1947 and went on a killing spree of Palestinian Jews after the UN passed the resolution for two states, one Arab one Jewish. Go read up about the Fedayeen raids between 1947 and 1967 (there was no occupation then so what was their excuse then?). Go read up about the Maalot massacre of Israeli school children. Go read up about the suicide bombing campaign by Hamas between 2000 and 2004. Go read up about the Munich Olympic massacre of our athletes in 1972. Ok I’ll stop there but there’s lots lots more…

            The above were and are not lone wolf attacks. The above illustrates that the Arabs have been fighting an organized war against us for the last 100 years. Much like ISIS will be doing against the west unless they stop listening to morons like you and Eliza and they squash them much like they squashed Hitler’s Germany and Imperial Japan. Unless they have the balls to do that, France and it’s Western allies too will find themselves fighting a 100 year war of atrition against ISIS, Deish or whatever other fancy name that they will call themselves. The name does not matter. They are all ultimately the same enemy.

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          • Merkava

            BEN: “Nope. That’s not what Eliza said”.

            Surely BEN meant to say: “Nope. That’s not what I said”. Eva or Lauren – i.e. BEN’S other personalities – might also want to say something too. BEN’s girly-man. LoL….

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