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Who is sowing hate?


AUTHOR:  Ellen ROHLFS


“Who is sowing hate?”
The writer Itzhak Laor asked during a court proceeding in 1973:
“You, who are robbing the fields of the Palestinian farmers
and are setting fire to their harvest?
Or we, who are saying to the Palestinians
we don’t want to expand at their expense.
We want to live with them in peace
 based on justice?”

  

Who is sowing hate?
Those who are seizing the Palestinians’ land,
Those who expelled them in 1948, destroyed their homes
And more than 500 villages,
who are ethnically cleansing the land
who are burning, poisoning, uprooting their olive trees,
who are destroying their wells
who are robbing them of their water
who are destroying their infrastructure -
all that on the pretext of security?

Who is sowing hate?
Those who are building a 8m high wall
Or a 50m wide fence through the middle of the land
Those who have established more than 600 checkpoints
between  villages and towns
Those who are constructing not only  streets
 but whole cities on stolen land – only for Jews.
And so tearing the land into tiny Bantustans
and are thus building Apartheid
with a double legal system -
And all this on the pretext of security.

Who is sowing hate?
Those who have not only been expelling the Palestinians
for 60 years
but have been treating them in an inhuman way, every day,
tormenting, threatening, beating, arresting
and torturing them at the checkpoints
and who are holding thousands in prisons, often without trial,
are hurting and killing thousands
because they are called “terrorists”
and all that  -- on the pretext of security
which is for Jews only.

Who is sowing hate?
Those who are de-arabizing and judaizing Jerusalem/AlQuds
those who are taking away the identity cards from its residents
and are preventing them from entering their home towns
Those who are destroying their houses
On flimsy reasons
because they are “built illegally” or because of collective punishment.

  

 Who is sowing hate?
Those, who are holding 1,5 million human beings
in a prison called the Gaza Strip
without access to the outside world
Those who are starving them, traumatizing them
And making their lives hell
because neither food, medicine nor fuel
are allowed to enter the Strip.
Those who are destroying social institutions
Schools and orphanages, malls, mosques in Hebron  and Nablus
Because of alleged connections to Hamas,
Which was elected democratically. 

Who is sowing hate?
Those who are ignoring the U.N. resolutions
and are sweeping them under the carpet
Who are disregarding human rights and
the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice in Den Haag
about the structure of the wall.
And so on, and so on … 
Those who think that because of the suffering caused by the Holocaust
and the mentality of being victimized
and the pathologically exaggerated need of security
that they may do with the indigenous population what they want.
“What others say does not matter to us.
We need security, no matter how!” 
And thus hate is growing, the displeasure against Israel, too.
This has nothing to do with Anti-Semitism.
But Jews around the world will feel this displeasure
If they don’t protest Israel’s policies,
Which are inhuman, shameful and are thus sowing hate.

In 1973 Yitzhak Laor was correct when he said:  Here hate is being sown.
For who is sowing wind – will harvest a storm
and who is sowing hate – will harvest violence
Because, according to the law of physics, pressure produces anti-pressure.
Acts of terror do not originate in a vacuum
And no Palestinian child is born as a terrorist.
But he is observes how his parents are de-humanized
How his elder brothers are hurt, arrested or even killed.

“Hate provokes quarrels and wrangling” – thus it is said in Salomo’s proverbs
Everyone, who is Jewish and knows the Hebrew Bible should know it
Yes: “Hate provokes quarrels – but love covers it”
Thus it is written in the second half of the proverb.
Have you heard about this?


Source: http://www.tlaxcala.es/pp.asp?reference=5501&lg=de

Original article published on July 16, 2008

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