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Jews who need a good, long hug

Gideon Levy writes in Haaretz about the worthlessness and bigotry of the settlers in the West Bank and receives this comment (from Australia):

It is people like Gideon Levy who do more harm to Israel than any anti-semite any where else could, simply because the fact that he`s *Israeli*, gives him the credibility to undermine his people and his country.

A 2000 old saying says that the worst enemies of the Jews are themselves, and Levy`s raison detre for dehumanizing his brothers living in the land (Judah + Samaria) envisioned by those who died so that the Jewish people could once again be masters of their own fate, is simply quite disturbing,

There is a general tilt to the right within Israeli society. Quite frankly, the population are sick of people like Gidon Levy, who just don`t understand that the Arabs will never recognize a Jewish state even at the size of a postage stamp – and the only thing stopping his arse in Tel aviv from being blown up are his selfessly “violent, isolated, conservative, religious and backward” bretheren taking the brunt of Palestinian hatred (and his own hatred for that matter)

Shame on you…

It takes a gutless Zionist community to ignore the hatred in its own midst.

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  • It's not that they ignore the hatred in their own midst. The racism is so subterranean it does not register as hatred but rather as justice and the right. Less about courage (guts), more about psychology. Judeocentrism. The Zionist Ideology. "This is our land given to us by God" – nonetheless God wants us to slowly steal the rest and dehumanize and kill a good number of Palestinians along the way!

    When Mr. Zionist says that Levy is "dehumanizing his brothers living in the land (Judah Samaria) envisioned by those who died so that the Jewish people could once again be masters of their own fate, is simply quite disturbing," it seems clear that he simply does not understand/accept a Palestinian narrative on this matter. The land is "ours", God given, so Levy must be disturbed to misunderstand that the Palestinians are an enemy to be decimated and Israel's actions thus are to be commended.

    Incidentally, what kind of 2000 year old sage philosophy would direct one to regard all ones brothers and sisters as potential enemies?

  • Marilyn

    Judah and Sumaria are in Iraq though which shows what an ignorant clown this person is.

    And besides all of that my mother has traced my German family back 500 years and my English family back 1,000 years or more.

    Now should I have the right to lob in either of those countries and steal a bit of them because some ancestor was there 1,000 years ago?

    I would be laughed out of existence.

    Antony I don't know if you noticed Segev's piece in the Haaretz report of Obama's visit to Buchenwald with that old humbug Elie Weisel but he stated clearly – 250,000 prisoners passed through Buchenwald, 56,000 died and among them about 11,000 jews.

    So who dares to mourn for the other 80% who were not jewish when confronted with the jewish righteous belief that they are the only victims?

    Who would dare say that say 10% of the victims were Roma when no-one will speak for the Roma even today?

    Who will say the truth "many died of starvation after the US liberated them"?

  • mallee

    Marilyn;

    why not go back and steal what you can, if anyone resists, tell em' it is yours.

    Now I think I will go claim Notinghamshire and get back what Henry the Eigth nicked, then off to Ireland to nick back what the Brits nicked, then Scotland to get back the ancestoral home and now for Prussia, (Ashkenazi?) ……. could be fun.

    Oh dear, there are all these people banging on my door with spears and boomerangs, what do I do?

    Where is Mr Danby when he is needed?