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A Leftist Speaks Out

A Leftist Speaks Out

As a non-Jew I have the historical responsibility to fight against hatred of Jews.


Why don't we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in London, Paris, Barcelona?

Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship?

Why aren't there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live without any legal protection?

Why aren't there demonstrations against the use of children as human bombs where there is conflict with Islam?

Why has there been no leadership in support of the victims of Islamic dictatorship in Sudan?

Why is there never any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed against Israel?

Why is there no outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism?

Why don't they defend Israel's right to exist?

Why confuse support of the Palestinian cause with the defense of Palestinian terrorism?

An finally, the million dollar question: Why is the left in Europe and around the world obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the United States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the planet? The two most solid democracies, who have suffered the bloodiest attacks of terrorism, and the left doesn't care.

And then, to the concept of freedom. In every pro Palestinian European forum I hear the left yelling with fervor: "We want freedom for the people!"

Not true. They are never concerned with freedom for the people of Syria or Yemen or Iran or Sudan, or other such nations. And they are never preoccupied when Hamas destroys freedom for the Palestinians. They are only concerned with using the concept of Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Israeli freedom. The resulting consequence of these ideological pathologies is the manipulation of the press.

The international press does major damage when reporting on the question of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they don't inform, they propagandize.

When reporting about Israel the majority of journalists forget the reporter code of ethics. And so any Israeli act of self-defense becomes a massacre, and any confrontation, genocide. So many stupid things have been written about Israel that there aren't any accusations left to level against her.

At the same time, this press never discusses Syrian and Iranian interference in propagating violence against Israel; the indoctrination of children and the corruption of the Palestinians. And when reporting about victims, every Palestinian casualty is reported as tragedy and every Israeli victim is camouflaged, hidden or reported about with disdain.

And let me add on the topic of the Spanish left. Many are the examples that illustrate the anti-Americanism and anti-Israeli sentiments that define the Spanish left. For example, one of the leftist parties in Spain has just expelled one of its members for creating a pro-Israel website. I quote from the expulsion document: "Our friends are the people of Iran, Libya and Venezuela, oppressed by imperialism, and not a Nazi state like Israel."

In another example, the socialist mayor of Campozuelos changed Shoah Day, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, with Palestinian Nakba Day, which mourns the establishment of the State of Israel, thus showing contempt for the six million European Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

Or in my native city of Barcelona, the city council decided to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, by having a week of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Thus, they invited Leila Khaled, a noted terrorist from the 70's and current leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization so described by the European Union, which promotes the use of bombs against Israel.

Spain has suffered the worst terrorist attack in Europe, yet the Spanish left is the most anti Israel in the world.

This politically correct way of thinking has even polluted the speeches of President Zapatero. His foreign policy falls within the extreme left, and on issues of the Middle East he is unequivocally pro Arab. I can assure you that in private, Zapatero places on Israel the blame for the conflict in the Middle East, and the policies of foreign minister Moratinos reflect this. The fact that Zapatero chose to wear a kafiah in the midst of the Lebanon conflict is no coincidence; it's a symbol.

Spain has suffered the worst terrorist attack in Europe and it is in the crosshairs of every Islamic terrorist organization. As I wrote before, they kill us with cell phone hooked to satellites connected to the Middle Ages. And yet the Spanish left is the most anti Israel in the world.

And then it says it is anti Israeli because of solidarity. This is the madness I want to denounce in this conference.

In conclusion, I am not Jewish. Ideologically I am left and by profession a journalist. Why am I not against Israel like my colleagues? Because as a non-Jew I have the historical responsibility to fight against Jewish hatred and currently against the hatred for their historic homeland, Israel. To fight against anti-Semitism is not the duty of the Jews; it is the duty of the non-Jews.

As a journalist it is my duty to search for the truth beyond prejudice, lies and manipulations. The truth about Israel is not told. As a person from the left who loves progress, I am obligated t defend liberty, culture, civic education for children, coexistence and the laws that the Tablets of the Covenant made into universal principles.

Principles that Islamic fundamentalism systematically destroys. That is to say that as a non-Jew, journalist and leftist I have a triple moral duty with Israel, because if Israel is destroyed, liberty, modernity and culture will be destroyed too.

The struggle of Israel, even if the world doesn't want to accept it, is the struggle of the world.

March 6, 2010

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Visitor Comments: 62

(62) , June 12, 2010 9:20 AM

I had a great respect for the nation of Israel. I went there just after the 6 day war and saw the egyptian boots left by the fleeing troops as they headed back home. I saw the results of the land battles in the desert and admired Moshe Dayan. I went o Elat and a the time was the only tourist that could watch a war live without CNN coverage. I saw missiles from Aquaba strike ships in the harbour and the immediate Israeli response of a similar barrage on their side (just 5 or 6 kms away). At the time it was all desalinated water and probably still is. Those were relativelt early days for the State of Israel that had only exisited for twenty years or so. I admired the collective farms and the greening of the desert and the friendliness toward the tourist. In the midst of a war. I saw the air battles on the Mt Olympus radar and gave you early warning of attacks. I was arrested in Beersheba after photographing a few shapes just for something to do and with no ill intentions. The Chief of Police Jerusalem sent me a letter dated three months earlier apologising for the arrest and returned all but two shots of my Kodachrome slides. How can a country with some much potential in 1967 generate so much hatred in 2010. It's time to wake up and stop covering up. Time is running out for the state of Israel unless you produce new leaders of the Begin strain. It's not the end of the world - just the end of an era. The Israelis must realise that they can no longer rely on Christians to fight their wars for them.

(61) Flora Selwyn, March 25, 2010 2:50 PM

Absolutely brilliant, not before time, thanks!

Would there were more like you Pilar. We Jews, and non-Jews everywhere, who care about truth and freedom (the very basis of our civilisation) salute you. How can we overcome the lies, distortions, and hatreds of Islam? I despair, because of the descent into madness of the masses who believe Islamist propaganda, against all the evidence. I will send your message to everyone I know, to cheer them and encourage them to stand firm. WE MUST DEFEAT THE FORCES OF UNREASON. Thank you again, Flora

(60) Ken, March 24, 2010 10:56 PM

It's cowardice

They're basically cowards. They will sound off furiously against anyone who is certain not to punish them for what they say and will crouch and lick the hand of anyone who might blow them up. It's that simple. It's like the 60's. You could get killed going to Vietnam; you couldn't get killed carrying a sign in Berkeley or Cambridge. What a shock when four were killed at Kent State! They were very good at warlike language about "bringing the war home", but when they actually encountered just a taste of war, they went into conniptions.

(59) gs, March 15, 2010 7:12 PM

to Boethius

You say in a previous post that you do not consider anyone intrinsically evil... was/is there any GOOD in Hitler, Ahmadinejad, etc? I wonder.... Because evil can only exist in the absence of G-d, nature abhors a vacuum, as it is said. And as for your search for G-d within, I'm not sure what you mean exactly, just be careful about confusing the Creator with the created.

(58) Anonymous, March 14, 2010 8:21 PM

Israeli-arab conflict

It's good to know at least a non jew understands our situation. after all good Israel does is covered up and any small thing it does is publicized (even when other nations do the same) its hard for anyone to actually see our point of view. may there be more people like Pilar Rahola and may G-d bless her.

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