Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Pro-Palestinian Propaganda --Shamir Quote

Pro-Palestinian propaganda is always making up false quotes and taking things out of context. When I find any I shall put them here. Happily the NYT is making its archive available online, and the quote I am talking about presumably comes from the New York Times April 1, 88 and indeed I found it here.

The original accusation which is surfing the 'net reads like this:

“The Palestinians should be crushed like grasshoppers, their heads smashed against boulders and walls.” -- Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Shamir.

Further research shows that it is purported to have come from the NY Times. Most of the accusations do not bother to even source it, and it is accepted as true. At any rate, at no time does Shamir make that statement. He is clearly referring to "the rioters" though he refers to the Palestinians, from the long perspective of Jewish history in the region, as "grasshoppers" compared to the Jews. At no time does he make the statement above.


lordpasternack said...

I have sourced that comment, and yes, you're right, it does appear to have been twisted - but a great proportion of those killed by Israeli forces are not "rioters" - they are civilians or protesters. And in each occasion it appears to me that all the Israeli forces say in response to such cases is that they never saw them, or that they thought they were terrorists.

In some parts of Israel there is an atmosphere of casual racism against the Palestinians, even from children - and condoned by soldiers. It is a horrible irony just how evocative of Nazism this is.

Juanita said...

the use of the term 'nazi' in relation to isreal is considered antisemitic the by European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC). the civilian deaths has been explained by hamas active use of civilians human shields - see wiki one needs to visit the hamas covenant to undertand racism: ""The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem)."

remember gaza is jew free while israel is 20% arab with representation in the knesset, court, education etc

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