The twenty first anniversary of the Sept. 11 assaults within the U.S. was once more an event to repeat what has was a “legitimized” cause to sentence Islam as a faith and voice Islamophobia as an ideology. The refrain, as common, had individuals from Israel and this time, a number of authors discovered a approach to steer the problem towards their very own agendas.
Oh, Israel, after all, the scenario is about you; your lives, your issues are what actually counts; due to this fact, your points ought to contain the whole lot of any dialog. Even the Sept. 11 assaults!
Virtually all the columnists within the Israeli media paid a considerable amount of lip service to what they name “the damaging energy of non secular terror” and talked about “the necessity for world motion in opposition to religious-based terror.” A few of them discovered power in some obscure and cryptic U.N. resolutions that the U.S. representatives had rapidly handed at the hours of darkness days that adopted the Sept. 11 assaults, a sequence of airline hijackings and suicide assaults dedicated in 2001 by 19 militants related to the extremist group al-Qaida in opposition to targets in america. They had been the deadliest terrorist assaults on American soil in U.S. historical past. The assaults in opposition to New York Metropolis and Washington, D.C. precipitated huge dying and destruction, and President George W. Bush began an unlimited “Battle In opposition to Terrorism.” Generally his tongue slipped, and he known as it a “campaign in opposition to Islamic terrorism.” The White Home press workplace then needed to rush to right that “it was not Islamic however Islamists” the president was speaking about and that he was not referring to the 9 historic Crusades or Holy Wars however utilizing the phrase within the sense of “push” or “march.”
Sure, after all, we purchased that; laying waste to the centuries-old social construction of Afghanistan and Iraq, and halting their financial and developmental efforts wouldn’t make Mr. Bush a “Crusader” – regardless that each different phrase he used after Sept. 11 was “Islam.”
By the way in which, in these speeches, President Bush by no means talked about that these “Islamist” or “Islamic” terrorists had been created by his predecessors (considered one of them was his personal father!) by conscripting the vagrant youth, punks and bums from Cairo streets with the aim of becoming a member of the “mujahideen” in opposition to the Russian occupiers in Afghanistan. Actually, Nicholas Kotarski of the State College of New York, Buffalo State School analyzed the roots of the group created by Osama bin Laden in his article, titled: “Whose Monster? A Examine within the Rise to Energy of al Qaeda and the Taliban.”
Alongside this line of thought, for the reason that U.S. and U.N. had acknowledged that “religious-based terror is important, harmful and distinctive sufficient to be put in a class by itself” then Israel have to be a sufferer of “violence based mostly on faith or perception” as a result of the people who find themselves combating in opposition to Israel belong to a non secular group and, amongst themselves, they usually name their struggle in opposition to Israel a “spiritual effort.”
Many appear to neglect that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is a political entity, its work is noticed and even supervised by the worldwide group, and it at all times claims that its actions are organized on nationalistic grounds! If a few Israeli opinion leaders declare that the PA “tells its personal those that killing Israelis and Jews is for Allah,” it’s doubtless based mostly on the prejudiced assumption that the PA is killing Israelis and is doing it as a non secular “calling.”
If these Israeli assumptions concerning the PA are taken as reality, Israel would then be able to say it has confronted religion-based terrorism all alongside that ought to be condemned worldwide because the world condemns the 9/11 assaults.
Nevertheless, these claims neglect details about Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s personal Fatah social gathering. Abbas, the president of the State of Palestine and the Palestinian Authority, has been in battle with Palestinian militant teams, amongst them the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Motion and Hamas, as a result of these hard-liners oppose Abbas’s pragmatic insurance policies. Despite the fact that he warned in 2021 that his administration would now not acknowledge Israel if the Jewish state didn’t cease occupying Palestinian territory taken for the reason that 1967 conflict inside one yr, Abbas is internationally acknowledged in his place and offers with the Israeli authorities on a regular basis. There may be one other important level right here! The Arab League additionally backed Abbas’ refusal to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state, not as an internationally acknowledged political entity. A number of members of the Arab League not too long ago acknowledged Israel and exchanged ambassadors with Israel. Their acknowledgment was based mostly on the idea that, “We acknowledge you as a political physique, not as a non secular organism.” The secular Fatah social gathering itself has been condemned by a number of militant teams within the occupied areas in Palestine.
However that isn’t sufficient for a lot of columnists within the Israeli media. One way or the other, they “know” one thing that Palestinians don’t know: the Palestine Liberation (PLO) and the PA are “extremists,” and they’re killing Jews as a result of they’re Jews.
Killing somebody due to their spiritual beliefs is condemned by all self-respecting individuals all around the world and accusing somebody of such a despicable motion stops all dialogue and issues till that accusation is handled. It’s such a hateful motion; one can’t defend themselves in opposition to the accusation till they’re cleared of all claims. However think about this: if a Palestinian peasant tries to defend their land, home and farm in opposition to occupiers who occur to be Jews who’re there as a result of the Palestinian peasant’s land was really promised to Jews by God, and in that altercation, the occupiers lose their lives, was the killer an extremist?
We all know there are a number of militant teams, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs as an illustration, who would take “punishing infidels into their very own palms,” however that isn’t the case when somebody is defending their land for which they’ve an internationally acknowledged title of possession and earlier than them, their father and his father had for hundreds of years! Nearly all of Muslims, and Abbas amongst them, consider that combating in opposition to the occupiers of your land is a secular effort and it doesn’t make you a non secular extremist!
Likewise, if a company, Hamas as an illustration, doesn’t acknowledge Israel as a reputable authorities, it doesn’t essentially imply that it’s an extremist group. Hamas even denies the legitimacy of the Oslo Accords, however it’s so secular that a number of teams even think about it an atheist group (as if political entities might consider in God!).
Each “Hallelujah” shouted would not make the screamer a Christian, nor does the shouting of “Allah” make that particular person an extremist! Israeli media can’t devise an extremist declare out of the Palestinians’ nationwide wrestle; they can’t downplay a nation’s struggle for its ancestral homeland to easy homicides and murders.