Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Anti-Democratic Israeli Left Defends Hanin Zoabi's "Freedom"

The Anti-Democratic Israeli Left Defends Hanin Zoabi's "Freedom"

A few days ago, the Israeli Elections Commission banned the
violent terrorist Hanin Zoabi from running for the next Knesset.
Zoabi had attacked Israeli soldiers violently when they boarded the
Turkish terrorist Flotilla ship on which she was riding to support the
Hamas. Zoabi has been a Knesset Member from the Arab fascist BALAD
party, which is little more than a surrogate party for the Hamas. She
openly supports terrorism and the destruction of the state in whose
parliament she wants to sit. Letting her sit in the Knesset makes
about as much sense as having open Nazi supporters sit in the British
parliament of 1942. And let us note that Churchill not only
prohibited such a thing but he jailed the leadership of the British
Fascist Party, a policy that would make infinite common sense with
regard to BALAD.

But Israel's fascist Left is upset by this. Radical
anti-Zionists, tenured extremists, haters of democracy and freedom of
speech and ultra-leftists of all stripes have been rallying to show
their solidarity with Zoabi. A large petition appears in the Israeli
press today under the caption, "Not for Jews Alone." It is a
solidarity petition with Zoabi and a protest against her having been
banned from running for election. It is also a smear campaign against
Israeli non-leftist public figures. It is signed by a gaggle of
tenured extremists plus some other prominent leftists.

The signers of the petition are posturing as if they are free
speech absolutists, such that even a violent terrorist like Zoabi
should be granted her "democratic rights," including the right to run
for parliament. But just how many of the signers of this petition
ever in their lives protested against the most outrageous violation of
freedom of speech in Israel, the banning of the Kahanists and the
denial of freedom of speech to them? How many of these free speech
absolutists favor freedom of speech when it comes to rightwing fringe
extremists? How many of these objected to the Labor-party-led
McCarthyist campaign in the 1990s to paint the exercise of freedom of
speech by non-leftists as the weapon that murdered Rabin? The answer
is zero. Not a single one is on record protesting THAT denial of
freedom of speech or THAT McCarthyism!!

This being the case, the more appropriate caption for their
petition should be "For Arabs and Leftists Alone." Freedom of
speech, that is! These are decidedly NOT people who favor democracy
and freedom of expression for all. Many signers have been involved in
other petitions to deny parties and public figures from the Right the
ability to run in parliamentary elections or exercise THEIR freedom of

But it gets worse. The petition claims that while Zoabi was
banned, other "convicted felons" are free to run in the election.
Their examples? They mention Moshe Feiglin, now on the Likud slate,
who they write was "convicted of sedition and imprisoned in the wave
of incitement that produced the Rabin murder." That single sentence
reveals the true nature of the signers of the petition. Every part of
that sentence is false and reveals the fascist inclinations of the
petition signers. Feiglin was not convicted of incitement producing
the Rabin murder; he was "convicted" by a politicized kangaroo court
of blocking a traffic intersection, he did some community servive and
not jail time. If the petition signers were democrats, they would
protest the conviction of Feiglin for "sedition" when all he did was
block a traffic intersection, something leftists do all the time.
And the obsessive repetition of the McCarthyist mantra that right-wing
"incitement" produced the Rabin assassination proves that the leftwing
anti-speech fascism that engulfed the country after the Rabin
assassination still drives the anti-democratic radical Left in Israel.

The petition also adds that Avigdor Lieberman faces criminal
indictment as proof that criminals are being allowed to run. But no
indictment has yet been filed against Lieberman, let alone any
conviction having been reached. And the single pending charge against
Lieberman is the absurd accusation that he failed to run to the cops
when a diplomat leaked to him that Israel had asked a foreign
government to provide material about Lieberman's financial affairs.
This is not even a crime, at least not one by Lieberman (maybe that
other diplomat broke the law, maybe).

Among the signers of the petition against "criminals' running for
the parliament is Amiram Goldblum, Hebrew University professor and
founder of Peace Now. A criminal indictment was filed against
Goldblum himself a few years back for his violations of Israeli
campaign finance laws, but the court procedures were indefinitely
"postponed" when Goldblum admitted guilt. This of course is the same
Goldblum who begat the recent distorted pseudo-poll that claimed that
Israeli Jews support apartheid. The same Goldblum pretending here to
be a free speech absolutist is the Israeli champion for filing
frivolous SLAPP suit harassments designed to deny critics of the Left
freedom of speech and to attempt to get the courts to censor

Then there are the communist professors and anti-Israel Stalinist
author Sami Michael who are signed onto the petition, whose notions of
freedom of speech are manifested in Stalin's regime. They are joined
by Marxist anti-Zionist professor Daniel Bar-Tal from Tel Aviv
University, whose career has been devoted to churning out propaganda
for anti-Semitic agencies claiming to prove that Israeli Jews are
racists. Bar-Tal has been opening calling for suppressing watchdog
groups like that monitor and expose the anti-Israel
Left. Some free speech absolutist!

Then there is Chaim Gans, the law professor at the Tel Aviv
University law school, whose devotion to freedom of speech is evident
in the fact that he organized the petition there to bar a woman army
colonel from lecturing in the Law School because Gans does not like
her political opinions. He is joined by Alon Liel, the ex-diplomat
now organizing world boycotts against Israel. Retired Professor Gabi
(Gavriel) Salomon (from Haifa University) is also there. Between
articles he churns out for Aljazeera, Salomon for years ran a
classroom indoctrination program at Haifa's school of education in
"peace education," where students were re-educated North Korea style
into leftist dogma. Some believer in freedom of speech!

Then there is Hebrew U's David Shulman, serving as a one-man lobby
for convicted violent thug and child molester Ezra Nawi. Ze'ev
Sternhell, the Marxist Hebrew University professor who urges the
Palestinians to murder settlers and who denounces settler children as
Hitler youth, is one more great defender of freedom of speech in the
petition. Airhead singer Avinoam Nini is there. The Orthodox-bashing
Klansman Sefi Rachlevski is there. I will spare you the thumbnail
sketches of the three dozen others on the petition.

A partial list of signatories appears in this article in Hebrew -
Hebrew news story on the petition:

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