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The voice of the righteous

Azmi Bishara, LA Times, May 3:

I am a Palestinian from Nazareth, a citizen of Israel and was, until last month, a member of the Israeli parliament.

But now, in an ironic twist reminiscent of France’s Dreyfus affair — in which a French Jew was accused of disloyalty to the state — the government of Israel is accusing me of aiding the enemy during Israel’s failed war against Lebanon in July.

Israeli police apparently suspect me of passing information to a foreign agent and of receiving money in return. Under Israeli law, anyone — a journalist or a personal friend — can be defined as a “foreign agent” by the Israeli security apparatus. Such charges can lead to life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

The allegations are ridiculous. Needless to say, Hezbollah — Israel’s enemy in Lebanon — has independently gathered more security information about Israel than any Arab Knesset member could possibly provide. What’s more, unlike those in Israel’s parliament who have been involved in acts of violence, I have never used violence or participated in wars. My instruments of persuasion, in contrast, are simply words in books, articles and speeches.

These trumped-up charges, which I firmly reject and deny, are only the latest in a series of attempts to silence me and others involved in the struggle of the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel to live in a state of all its citizens, not one that grants rights and privileges to Jews that it denies to non-Jews.

7 comments ↪
  • Carrie Lewis

    What makes you so righteous Bishara?

    We've heard your story and perhaps one day we will hear the charges against you and the evidence to support those charges.

    What we won't hear ever again are the voices of Rabia Abed Taluzi, aged 3 and his brother Mahmoud, aged 7 who were playing soccer outside their house when they were killed while dozens others were wounded during two Hezbollah rocket attacks on your home city of Nazareth on 19 July 2006. The two young boys and the many injured, all of them your constituents, were not collateral damage, they were direct targets of your friends.

    So too were, the eight workers in the Haifa railway yards who were victims of a rocket attack ordered by Nasrallah. Hezbollah did not discriminate in these attacks – Arab children, Jewish children, Arab workers, Jewish workers.

    Bishara – I don't care what you are saying now. What were you saying then and what makes you "righteous"?

  • Andre

    Nor will you hear the voice of the 13 year old girl who was shot by an IDF officer with two bullets at close range to her head and that as she lay wounded on the ground, had another magazine emptied into her dead body.

    But she was an Arab, so why care?

    Nor will you hear the voices of two teenage Palestinian girls who were shot by IDF soldiers near the West Bank town of Tul Karm, killing one and wounding the other.

    And what of the voices of the dozens of Lebanese children killed by some of the million cluster bombs dropped in Southern Lebanon?

    What of the voices murdered family of 20, who's vehicle was hit by a an Israeli missile after they obeyed IDF orders to abandon their homes in Southern Lebanon?

  • Carrie Lewis

    Every war has its victims and the asymmetric warfare fought by Hezbollah and the various Palestinian armed forces which make human shields of their own people invite many of these deaths (even if they did take place in the circumstances described by you). I didn't say the Israelis were angels either.

    The problem is that there are bad people on both sides and those of us who truly want this to end in justice and peace for both sides should not be encouraging either of them.

    Bishara was elected mainly by his Arab constituents in Israel and you conveniently miss the point which is the question I asked about what makes Bishara so "righteous" when even if he did not commit treason, he openly defended those who deliberately murdered the two children I named?

  • Carrie Lewis

    "But she was an Arab, so why care?"

    Please do not insult me again with such words.

    The two brothers I referred to in my first post were Arabs. A large number of Israeli citizens murdered by Hezbollah in the Second Lebanon War were also Arabs.

    I worked with Israeli Arabs during the two years of my stay on a kbbutz 5 kilometres from Nazareth.

    I can tell you that they and many of their Israeli neighbours are far more tolerant of each other than certain observers who watch the events from thousands of miles away.

  • Bishara has fought, but only with words, to make Israel a democracy for it's Palestinian citizens.

    His non-violent struggle for civil rights might be reasonable grounds for calling his actions 'righteous'.

  • Andre

    The canard that Hezbollah uses Arabs as human shields has been pretty much debunked by the fact that Israel has demonstrated it has no respect for civilian casualties.

    Bishara is calling for the equal rights of all Israeli citizens, which is hardly unreasonable for a country that boast about being the only democratic state in the Middle East. That there are radical elements within the Palestinian constituency has been used as justification by Israel to inflict collective punishment on the entire population.

  • gottcha

    I thought the claim against Bishara was that he supplied targeting information to Hezbollah during the war. In other words he was a spy. Hezbollah has now offered him safe haven in Lebanon.

    I don't know if it's true, but if he were a Brit or a Yank in the second world war he would be put before a firing squad or hanged.

    Whatever the truth is, it would be good to hear the evidence in court from both sides and to work out what really happened.

    We can talk and argue all we like but we don't really know what happened. Carrie and Andre, the tit for tat about dead kids and their national origins is a bit pointless and counterproductive.

    Dead kids is dead kids. A tragedy for Palestinian parents and Jewish parents alike.