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Blame Israel

Blame Israel

Confronted with difficult situations too hard to face? Just blame the Jewish state.

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Increasingly, when people around the world are confronted with problems or difficult situations, their answers boil down to one simple reply: the Jewish state did it.

Perhaps the most recent example of this pervasive “Blame Israel” game came from Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan, who laid a grave charge at Israel, accusing it – incredibly – of causing the recent protests and unrest in Egypt and of engineering Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s overthrow.

Facing incredulity at this far-fetched charge, Prime Minister Erdogan held his ground: he had a smoking gun, he said, a document that supposedly “proved” this nefarious plot.

His “proof,” it turns out, was a videotape of a 2011 question-and-answer session following a public lecture given in Israel by the French Jewish philosopher Bernhard Henri Levy, during which Levy mused that if the Muslim Brotherhood (the party of Mohammed Morsi) ever took over in Egypt, there might, possibly, be popular domestic opposition to it.

No matter that Erdogan’s “proof” of Israel’s involvement was ludicrous. He – the head of state of one of the world’s most populous and sophisticated nations – was nevertheless able to get away with blaming Israel for events beyond its control – with no serious consequences to his credibility.

Erdogan is hardly alone in playing the “Blame Israel” game.

Egypt’s most popular newspaper recently also reported an Israeli “plot” – but it charged that Israel was behind the Muslim Brotherhood’s success in placing Mohammed Morsi in power to begin with (The Economist 31/8/13).

It seems no conspiracy theory is too outlandish when the Jewish state is concerned.

Amid the turmoil in Syria, particularly, the “Blame Israel” game is in full swing.

According to Ynetnews.com, Syrian rebels have recently said they know who’s to blame for the fact President Bashar al-Assad continues to remain in power. (You guessed it: Israel.)

After Syrian government forces gassed over 1,400 rebels – including 426 children – near Damascus on August 21, Iranian officials got into the Blame Israel game too, with chilling results.

Blaming Israel for Syria’s turmoil, Iran declared any intervention in Syria would result in an Iranian attack on – you guessed it – the Jewish state.

This particular piece of the Blame Israel game resulted in Israelis queuing to receive gas masks and seal “safe-rooms” in their homes in preparation for a possible gas attack.

Meanwhile, a British MP, George Galloway, voiced a unique twist on the “Blame Israel” game: apparently, he claims, it was Al-Qaida, not Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Assad, who gassed hundreds of civilians – with the help of guess who – the Jewish state. (His lunacy of claiming that Israel cooperates with the Islamist terrorist organization Al-Qaida was never explained.)

It’s not only current events that are being blamed on Israel – the “Blame Israel” game has a long and destructive history.

In 2010, a regional Egyptian official blamed Israel for a deadly shark attack on a German tourist. (Apparently Israelis were supposed to have nefariously placed the shark in the ocean for this very purpose.)

After the 2012 terrorist bombing in Burges, Bulgaria, in which six Israeli tourists were killed (later found to the be the work of the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah), Iran’s ambassador to the UN blamed Israel, saying it was the only nation capable of planning and carrying out such a horrific attack.

In 2009, a popular Swedish newspaper wrote that Israel was killing people for their body parts. The following year, a Liberal-Democrat member of Britain’s House of Lords, Baroness Jenny Tongue, accused Israel of possibly setting up a field hospital in Haiti after the major earthquake there in order to steal organs from Haitians, and called for an inquiry.

Even some of the most heavily-investigated events in recent memory – which have no connection with the Jewish state – have been blamed on Israel.

Twelve years after the New York and Washington DC terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, for instance, it remains common “knowledge” among large swathes of the population that Israel was behind the attacks. This canard has been repeated by individuals as diverse as senior Muslim politicians, newspaper editorial boards in Egypt, Iran and other Middle Eastern countries, the former poet laureate of New Jersey, and populist European newspapers and politicians.

And after the massacre of 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, Iran’s state-backed news service reported that it wasn’t Adam Lanza who perpetrated the massacre after all, but – you guessed it: Israel.

According to the Guardian, in 2010, an emeritus Italian Biship, Giacomo Babini, even blamed Israel for the many reports of child abuse by Catholic priests.

And some of the most popular Turkish and Arabic television dramas in recent years have taken the “Blame Israel” game even further, depicting Israelis as horrifically cruel and heartless, murdering babies and abusing elderly people with impunity.

Dangerously, once we create a culture of blaming the Jewish state for disparate (and improbable) events, it becomes easy to take the next step and extend the hatred to Jewish people too.

What can we do? As Yom Kippur approaches and we start a new year, let’s resolve to examine our actions, resolve to become people who stand up for truth, and take the initiative to speak out against unfair or bizarre criticisms of the Jewish state.

Try getting in the habit of reading Israeli newspapers on-line, or sign up for reports from Israeli news services.

When specific instances of blaming Israel are in the news, media monitoring sources like www.Honestreporting.com are invaluable sources for information and tips in combating anti-Israel bias.

Most of all, resolve to stand up to the “Blame Israel” game. This year, let’s try to expose egregious accusations against the Jewish state for the nonsense they are.

Published: September 8, 2013


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Visitor Comments: 7

(6) Gary Katz, September 9, 2013 5:15 PM

The only cure for darkness is light

This "blame Israel" trend is the outgrowth of the centuries-old "blame Jews" phenomenon. It will continue to fester, but that doesn't mean we should tolerate or ignore it. Fight back! Become supporters of organizations like Stand With Us, PMW, CAMERA, Honest Reporting, etc. When you read a Jew-hater's comment online, reply; call him on his lies, half truths and double standards. When you see a newspaper article about Israel releasing terrorists from prison, and the article's photo shows the terrorist's grieving mother instead of the mother of his victim, write a letter to the editor! As I stated above, the only cure for darkness is light. We must be the bringers of the light. All of us.

(5) nishant verma, September 9, 2013 5:58 AM

Nothing New

while the above article does raise alarm, it is however nothing new to blame israel for just bout everything, what is sad is that those who know the "ground reality'' choose to keep quiet for the most part. I choose to "STAND WITH ISRAEL' in every way possible and pray God will open eyes of those who are sincere but have been mis informed. rest assured, Israel is FOREVER and all who try to come against God's land will face His judgement.

dennis, December 30, 2013 7:43 PM

Yes!

Thank you!

(4) jerome, September 8, 2013 8:17 PM

never again

How things have changed since the advent of the "never again" slogan after the discovery of the extent of the holocaust in the 1940's and the liberation of some remnants- souls who somehow managed to survive the multitude of horrors.
Now we are in exactly the opposite situation- the antithesis of never again- always forever perhaps. This is the new slogan
of the jew haters and anti zionists or those even who hide behind the shield of supposedly valid criticism of Israel and its policies. Rarely there is valid criticism , as no states are perfect, but mostly it is merely a thin veneer or facade hiding
the real meaning- we hate the jews and the fact that they are so successful, so advanced, stole our land , killed christ , or any other blank you wish to fill in here!
Israel is under siege everywhere as are jewish citizens and students and families in other countries. Saudi arabia funds institutions with tons of money so that they toe the line of jew hatred , and the liberal universities comply with alacrity to these easy funds because antagonizing the minuscule jewish segment is but a small price to pay for a billion or two dollars.
The professors follow suit. Any student then deviating from the
norm of blaming israel/jews is marked dow and failed. So the self perpetuating hatred continues with almost no resistance.
What a shame that debate is shut down by the left, and the media is complicit in appeasing the radicals for the imagined fear of not being multicultural, when in fact multiculturism to them means favouring islam over all other religions to the extent that it has become the only truly protected religion on earth. Any criticism is met with cries of racism.!

(3) Dan Levi-Gomez, September 8, 2013 7:39 PM

Blame it on us.

I guess that teenager's acne and pimples can be blamed on us too.
Have the world gone mad?

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