Preventing an Israeli Fifth Column

Charles Bybelezer is a correspondent for i24News, a recently-launched international television network that broadcasts out of Tel Aviv.


haneen-zoabiAs IDF troops were preparing to enter the Gaza Strip, with the goal of stopping incessant rocket fire on Israeli cities and neutralizing the threat caused by Hamas’ extensive tunnel infrastructure, Balad MK Haneen Zoabi penned an op-ed for the Hamas-affiliated felesteen news site imploring Palestinians to “besiege” the Jewish state (which she referred to throughout her article as ‘Israel,’ in quotations).

“‘Israel’ will in no way eliminate Hamas, the motives for the resistance or the motives for [pursuing] liberation,” she wrote. Zoabi justified Hamas’ attacks on Israeli civilians as a means to ending the “soft occupation” on the Strip.

In response, Hamas spokesman Husam Bardan praised Zoabi as a “Palestinian patriot worthy of the respect of our people.” He expressed hope that other Israeli-Arab politicians would follow her lead.

And indeed they have.

One day after the launch of Operation Protective Edge, MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta’al) accused the IDF of “committing war crimes in Gaza, including blowing up houses and killing entire families intentionally.”

During the same Knesset plenum, his fellow MK Ibrahim Sarsour read aloud the names of Palestinians who had been “murdered by IDF soldiers,” a scene bearing an eerie resemblance to the Yad Vashem exhibit in which the names of those who perished in the Holocaust are recited.

Arab MK Masud Gnaim, also from Tibi’s party, accused Israel of perpetrating a “massacre” in the Strip.

These outbursts parallel the Israeli-Arab leadership’s collective response to the recent kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens.

Zoabi again was front and center, describing the abductors not as terrorists, but rather as beleaguered people “forced to use these means until Israel will wake up a little.” When pressed in an interview whether she was openly siding with the kidnappers, Zoabi responded: “I’m surprised you’re still walking around freely.”

She went so far as to endanger the life of her own relative, rejecting seventeen-year-old Mohammad Zoabi’s call for the three boys’ immediate release as “stupid” and “twisted.” (Mohammad subsequently received multiple death threats, necessitating a round-the-clock security detail.)

For her actions, Zoabi did not receive so much as a slap on the wrist; this, despite the fact that a police investigation determined that sufficient evidence exists for Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to investigate her for incitement.

Never to be outdone, Tibi too weighed in, responding to the kidnapping by denouncing the IDF’s “shooting of civilians and demonstrators” during its recovery mission in the West Bank. Hadash MK Afo Agbaria, like Zoabi, referred to Hamas not as a terror group, but rather as a “liberation organization.”

Despite this overt hostility by Israeli-Arab leaders, the public nevertheless responded with shock when riots subsequently broke out last month against Operation Brother’s Keeper.

Residents of Umm el-Fahm, one of the country’s largest Arab cities, threw stones at police, called for additional hostage-taking and repeatedly chanted, “With spirit and blood, we will redeem you Palestine.”

Arab MK and Hadash chairman Muhammad Barakei, who was on hand, described the violence as a “protest against the brutality of the IDF and against [its] illegal arrests and unlawful activities in the territories.”

Balad chairman Jamal Zahalka hailed the riot as the implementation of “our right and duty to protest against Israeli crimes.” Balad’s secretary-general, Awad Abderfattah, called it a legitimate expression of support for Palestinian prisoners.

The radicalism that reared its ugly head in Umm el-Fahm is the direct result of years of government inaction, the refusal of Israeli-Jewish leaders to punish their Arab counterparts for their provocations.

The case of Umm el-Fahm is particularly revealing, given the city’s former mayor is Raed Salah, leader of the Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch, which is essentially the Muslim Brotherhood in Israel.

For decades, Salah was permitted to spew his anti-Israel invective with impunity. He urged young Arabs to wage war against Israel so they may die as martyrs, and accused Jews of “eating bread dipped in children’s blood.”

Salah was previously convicted of collaborating with, and raising millions of dollars for, Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Brotherhood.

For his ongoing crimes, this past March Salah was given an eight-month prison sentence. Upon receiving the verdict, he affirmed: “Blessed is God—I got off cheap!”

Despite calls by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman for the Umm el-Fahm rioters to “be treated as terrorists in the full sense of the word,” they, not unlike their leaders, will not be.

The reason is, partly, due to external pressure, given the international community’s pro-Arab disposition, and the influence of people like Meretz leader Zahava Gal-On, who accused Liberman of racism for attempting to hold to account those calling for Israel’s destruction.

The government’s failure to address the issue has allowed a virtual powder keg to form in the heart of the country. The volatility of the situation primarily accounts for the ongoing reluctance to take action against Israeli-Arab agitators, as doing so, at this late juncture, would have serious consequences.

This reality was reinforced by the widespread violence that erupted in the wake of the brutal murder of teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a heinous crime that was in all likelihood a revenge killing by Jews.

But even before a motive could be determined, rioting broke out in Jerusalem and continued there for days. In the so-called Triangle communities, including Taibe and Tira, Arab residents burned tires and attacked security forces.

The violence extended from the country’s center all the way up to the north.

This past week saw similar outbreaks of violence against Operation Protective Edge. In Jerusalem, young Arabs threw Molotov cocktails at police in Isawiya, Shuafat and At-Tur. A rally attended by thousands in Nazareth, Israel’s largest Arab city, saw demonstrators hold up placards reading, “Israeli army commits genocide in Gaza,” while some 200 masked protestors threw stones at security forces.

In Haifa, over a thousand Israeli-Arabs clashed with police as they attempted to block roads into the city. For her involvement, Zoabi was arrested and taken away in handcuffs and fellow Balad MK Zahalka was lightly injured in the rioting.

Apologists seek to justify such rampant and violent anti-Israel actions by Arabs as the byproduct of inequality; however, this argument simply confuses cause and effect.

While racism indeed exists in Israel—as it does in every other country—the “plight” of Israeli-Arabs, like that of the Palestinians, is primarily of their own making.

Since Israel’s founding, Arab parties have refused to form part of any ruling coalition, at the obvious expense of a smaller slice of the government pie. Israeli-Arab leaders have also failed their constituencies miserably by incessantly demonizing Israel—historically within the context of the greater Arab-Israeli conflict and today in relation to the Palestinians—which effectively prevented Arabs from integrating into society.

By contrast, had Israeli-Arab leaders ever agreed to sit in the government—especially between the end of the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the start of the second intifada in 2000, when peace was formally made with both Egypt and Jordan and the Oslo Accords were signed with the PLO—they would have had much greater influence over the distribution of, and thus access to, state resources.

Had they shown even the slightest desire to embrace Israel as their own, their communities would almost certainly be far better off both socially and economically.

At the very least Israeli-Arabs would not be so openly disaffected.

Instead, Israel’s Arab leadership continues to maintain, and promote, rejectionist positions that view, and treat, the country as an abomination.

This reality was perfectly encapsulated by Tibi, when after being asked to quiet down during a recent Knesset debate by Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat, he responded: “You’ve been disturbing us since 1948,” suggesting Israel’s reestablishment was an affront to Arab sensibilities.

Increasingly commonplace, and explicit, opposition to Israel’s fundamental right to exist is not about to cease unless concerted action is counter-taken from the top-down; namely, by holding Arab leaders, especially parliamentarians, accountable for their anti-Israel incitement.

If sedition is otherwise permitted to continue unabated and without consequence, it will not be long before Israeli-Arabs become radicalized to such an extent that mini-Gazas begin popping up within a stone’s throw away from the country’s major population centers.

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  • Terry

    Part of the Arab problem in Israel is solvable – all, and I mean all, pretend paletinians must be moved off Jewish land to Jordan or other arab countries. They are a cancer on the Jewish nation and must be expelled from its body. Pay them or deport them by force, I don’t care.

    Israeli arabs fall into two camps – those who regard themselves as Israeli and enjoy the fruits of an open society, and the rest. And the time is approaching when the rest should accompany the pretend palis across the nearest border to springtime arabia.

    • Cristinascar

      Problem with that is the minority of Muslims who are good in the Middle East especially Israel, are really good people. That is the great dilemma even the most pro-Israel person like me and all of us know. We will not stab in the back the 4-5% of Muslims in Israel who are really good people, and will remain that way, so I guess it is us who will get deported by the left and Europe and Islam because we refuse to mistreat the good Muslims… that is not even an option for Israel at this point. Good Muslims will continue to enjoy Israel, as long as there is a Jewish state, and the world will continue to lie.

      • Arf

        A good Muslim in Israel would, at the very least, object to the outrageous demonstrations (often riots) and verbalize some support for the country that protects them. They do not. Their silence in this time is deafening. I have lost all respect for them — even Anett Haskia.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        I hope Israel kicks out JINO, Jews In Name Only, like the vile Neteuri Karta cult, which is the Jewish equivalent to the vile Westboro Baptist Church.

        The NK should move, be moved to Gaza, where they could be useful as Human Shields for Hamass terrorist infrastructure.

      • Infovoyeur

        …migosh, did you correctly say that only four to five percent of Muslims in Israel are good people–or should it have been 45%? If the former, things are a tad worse than I (a sublimated paranoid) would have cared to ponder….. Please clarify! Thanks.

      • Drakken

        No more muslims = no more problems, it is a simple equation.

    • Evermyrtle

      I hope that Israel is prepared to do whatever they are led to do by the Creator GOD to protect her and her people. The Arabs have no idea that there are two sides to this rampage against Israel. They are led to destroy Israel by Satan. All of GOD’S people, around the world, are praying for Israel and are backing her up.

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      • Laurie WackoBird Ballard

        Exodus 13:17
        And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent WHEN THEY SEE WAR, and they return to Egypt… [emphasis mine]

        • mackykam

          Well said! One day Israel will return to Egypt and take back the Sinai. What? That’s not what you meant?

      • Johnny Paleswine

        Occupation is a Western concept.

        Israel should do to the Muslims what the Muslims would do to the Israelis.

        ma malakat aymanukum

        Muhammad’s treatment of captives

        Male captives: In Islam, it is allowed to kill the male
        captives if they represent a danger or threat

        After the Muslims executed the male members (between 600 and 900) of the Banu Qurayza tribe,the women and children were taken as slaves.

        Female captives: According to Muslim theologians, it is
        lawful for male masters to have sexual relations with female captives and slaves, regardless of whether the slave woman gives her consent.

        Muhammad himself took Rayhana as his slave.He presented three women from the conquered Banu Hawazin as slaves to his
        key supportive close marital relatives in early 630: Reeta, to Ali; Zeinab, to Uthman; and an unnamed third to Umar.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      When Europe, currently known as dhimmitudenous Eurabia gets sick of the Muslim rage and Muslim demands and Muslim rape gangs and Muslim shooting, stabbing, bombing, and kicks Murderous Muslims out of Europe, Israel will have the Green Light to do the same.

      Israel is doing well. “Mowing the lawn” when it becomes necessary – as it is now due to rockets fired from Gazastan.
      .
      Israel has more balls than Estrogen poisoned Eurabia.

  • Cristinascar

    This is not a fifth colomn this is a colonialist outpost with the flag of Medina trying to colonize the only non-Muslim state in the Middle East north Africa. This is a State within a state, like in 20 other countries like China’s Muslims ,or the best example is Lebanon Hezboleh now has the government because the previous one behaved like leftist Israelis.

  • v

    I wish people would stop to ignorantly using the word racism, as this is not racism. It is, if it exists at all, an act of discrimination towards someone or a group for whatever reason. It has nothing to do with racial origin. But given the conditions the Arab community has created, is it any wonder that anyone in their right mind would want to deal with them? They scream slogans, like “kill the Jews” “end the occupation” etc.. and support terrorist violent acts against Jews, and what do you expect, treat those savages the same as we treat friends and families. Of course, we discriminate against those who want to kill us and destroy us, otherwise, we would be moron ourselves.

    • Michael Garfinkel

      The Muslims, Shia and Sunni, sense weakness – in Europe, In the USA, in Israel, in Africa.

      They are increasingly emboldened, and will erupt in an orgy of sadistic murder if they win. We are seeing this now in Iraq, in Syria, and throughout Africa.

      The Russians, thanks to Putin, contained the outbreak quickly.
      Sometimes, primitive responses can indeed save your life, and the life of your nation.

      Indeed, they may be a prerequisite for survival.

  • notme123

    What if Israel threatened the so called palestinians with the same threat as the Christians are getting in Iraq…convert and pay a tax or die.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Why do I suspect that minorities in Israel have been influenced by leftists to make victimhood an asset just like we see here in the USA?

    • Michael Garfinkel

      Because they have.

  • http://johnnyangel10.WordPress.com JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group

    This is one reason to look into Biblical prophecy and believe. Israel tries to do whatever it can for anti-Israel extremists and Hamas has its own children killed. Then the world tilts toward the Arabs. This is a world of EVIL. This is not a world where people cannot decide. The choice IS OBVIOUS !! Israel will stand ALONE until the Saviour returns to destroy the WICKED. Pull no punches and parse no words, THIS IS BECOMING “ARMAGEDDON”

  • Jakareh

    Every civilized country should expel every single Muslim from its territory if it wishes to remain civilized. Israel is no exception.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Expel every single Socialist too.

      Two World Wars were due to Socialism.

      National and Soviet Socialism.

  • carpe diem36

    as we can see, these Arabs in Israel show real gratitude. They have what not a single person in all those Moslem countries have – freedom of expression, freedom of religion, equality and especially living in a democratic society. So what do they do? they support the killers. If I were in charge in israel, I would make them all refugees in Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza or Jordan – any of those horrible places. Maybe then they would learn to appreciate what they have and be grateful and thankful for the State of Israel that gives them the kind of life others in all the Moselm countries can only dream of.

  • Boots

    Israeli liberals are just like American and European liberals. In the name of tolerance they have no problem enabling and possibly expediting their own extinction.

  • Paul Golden

    Soabi is hamas rockets killed 500 Israelis, and Israel didn’t retaliate. Would that satisfy you? So if I get what you are saying, you are ok with hamas killing Israelis but you are not ok with Israelis killing hamas. Do I have that right?

  • Infovoyeur

    …in the whole tone and tenor of these (so far) 20 comments (and elsewhere), I notice an emerging theme, a realization. That this 100% savage barbarity (or barbaric savagery) can be stopped only by “mirroring,” by power equal to or surpassing the force of evil. And I conjecture that the U.S.A. (for instance) will never gain Awareness, Attitude, and Action in time. Suitcase bombs in Manhattan, yes, but Demographic Conquest would be even harder to extirpate.
    The instant of 9/11, I emailed the local newspaper that this was a “Pearl Harbor” moment. Well, great insight–but then I forgot about it for years. And only after my recent repeated re-immersion in all this, have I truly internalized–well, the fact that War will always be with us, and that U.S.A. has had a comparatively peaceful ride through historical time.. Here comes Major Change indeed… –30–.

  • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

    If Israel has no law against treason, then it’s time for it to think about a citizenship law: Israeli Arabs need to either show their loyalty to the country or lose their citizenship.

    • Cristinascar

      According to the laws of Omar the compilation of Islamic law, only Muslims were allowed to own weapons in a Dar-El-Islam province or what makes up the 56 Islamic countries (and counting), the Ottoman Caliphate had never ended the Dhimmi laws. They were in effect when there was a riot against the Jews in 1860 in Jerusalem, or when there were riots against the indigenous Jews (there since Greek times) for having too much money in Morocco in 1911. Islam was always worse to minorities than any other political group in history.

  • mackykam

    Zoabi needs to be treated like they treat women in Afghanistan: tie her hands behind her back and suffer a public whipping. Or maybe suffer an honor killing. The very least a clitorectomy.

  • John

    You talk about letting the Trojan horse in, Same thing in America with Obama. Liberalism surely is a mental disorder.