About anti Semitism

This letter was my
response to a Jewish friend (supporter of
Palestine), who got upset upon hearing severe criticism,
disdain and sarcasm against “
israel” and “israelis”

 He felt that people as they criticise “israel” should not forget the “humanity” of “israelis”,
he also felt that this was a typical behaviour of anti Semitism which caused
him to feel angry and frightened


 About anti Semitism


Talking about anti-Semitism,
and the accusation of anti-Semitism, is to many people a very sensitive issue, nevertheless,
I feel the need to highlight some points:

As a Palestinian and as
a Muslim, with first hand experience of racism, whether here in UK or in
occupied Palestine, I do understand what it means to be subjugated to it; thus,
I deeply empathise with those who suffer from the menace of racism and
discrimination, those who are abused verbally, physically, emotionally, or
otherwise for no other reason than the fact that they are “different”

And I also do understand
the awful feeling and dreadful sensation of being subjugated to subtle racist
looks or remarks, only felt by you and not the people around you

However, I do see a
huge difference between a racist remark directed at a person or a group for
their beliefs, race, or whatever that which makes them different, and between a
snarl, a sneer or sarcasm against an occupying criminal entity called
“israel” and its people for their CRIMES

One must not fail to
distinguish between the rage and fury caused by watching helplessly for decades
the grim unstoppable crimes go unpunished year after year, and the racist blind
hatred that might still exist among a tiny minority who, by nature, would be
hating anything and anyone who is different anyway

Furthermore, this occupying
entity called “
israel” (a word that I myself detest to even pronounce
and generally avoid to use) is not a theoretical being, nor does it operate in
a vacuum; it’s neither an abstract concept nor a conjectural void

It’s an entity run by

PEOPLE who make decisions,

PEOPLE who elect politicians

serve in a barbaric army

PEOPLE who foster
racist beliefs, attitudes and actions

PEOPLE who invaded
others’ land, dispossessed them, and forcibly occupied it

PEOPLE who imprison
children and shoot babies hearts

PEOPLE who destroy
world heritage

PEOPLE who steal water,
land, sea and sky

PEOPLE who kill hope, life,
beauty and smiles

PEOPLE who build their
colonies on the blood and ruins of another people

It is an entity of
PEOPLE, 94% of whom voted for the attack on Gaza

It is an entity of
PEOPLE, 71% of whom want U.S. to strike Iran


It is an entity of
PEOPLE who violated ALL neighbouring countries

It is an entity of
PEOPLE who live on a STOLEN land for over six decades, with no signs of
shame, remorse, awakening of conscience, or willingness to neither admit nor
right the wrongs they’ve committed

Every normal person
with some compassion, would make a grimace of disgust and revulsion when
hearing about such an entity or such a people who commit such
despicable horrors

Now, I find it
difficult to be persuaded that such a reaction to such horrific crimes -when
hearing the name “
israel” or “israeli”- is an act of racism (anti-Semitism)

On another note; we –
Palestinians- do not have any responsibility whatsoever for the crime of the holocaust,
nor do we carry the burden of European racism against Jewish people

 Furthermore, I do not see a difference between
any kind of racism including racism directed against Jewish people known as
anti-Semitism. If we accept racism against Jewish people as being different,
then it implies that we accept the racist absurdity of “Jewish exceptionalism”.
Racism is racism, many causes same consequences

 Thus, I do not see the suffering of  Jewish people (horrible as it was) as a unique
kind of suffering which must be revered and viewed as essentially and
fundamentally different from other human suffering; the same way that I do not
see our suffering as Palestinians as unique or different from any other

 Questions come

Why is it that we –Palestinians-
are constantly reminded of the horrors of the holocaust, when we had nothing to
do with it?

Why is it that we
Palestinians, are to suffer the same fate as the victims of the holocaust by
the hands of those who brag worldwide to act for “never again”?

Why would the UN want
to enforce the study of the history of the oppressors and occupiers -holocaust-
upon children languishing in refugee camps –who themselves along with their
parents, and grand parents were victims of ethnic cleansing, planed and
executed by those whom they are supposed to feel sympathy with?

Why is it that we are
persistently bogged down by the fixation on anti-Semitism, while for sixty
years (a century rather)
, we are the ones who are relentlessly suffering
from a most vile evil racism (ethnic cleansing gradually becoming a form of
“final solution”) perpetrated by a whole population of racist zionists?

(with all honesty, I
must tell you that some times I imagine it would’ve been easier and less
painful to us to be gassed and killed immediately rather than this policy of
excruciating slow death that we have been going through for over a century)

How could the world
keep asking us to recognise the “humanity” of a settler, who comes with his
wife and children armed to his teeth, and at gun point evicts a Palestinian
family, throws their entire belongings out, and moves in?

What kind of “humanity”
is this?

And most importantly, why
is it that we are continuously been asked to feel compassion towards our
tormenters who relentlessly murder and humiliate us, who attempt to annihilate
us and our history and why, to what purpose, are we asked to feel their “humanity”,
while their knife still piercing deep in our hearts?

Finally, I cannot speak
on behalf of all the Palestinians, but as for myself, I must admit, the recent
Gaza events was the last straw that broke the camel’s back; before that, I used
to think that there is hope, those PEOPLE would wake up to their “humanity” one
day, and regret the evil that they’ve done, unfortunately, the more I see of
them, the more I realise that this hope and dream was an illusion

Over the past few
years, I have been reading and debating with many of those “soft” zionists in
the so called “peace camps”, all I found is an extremely arrogant groups of
people, who are incapable of recognising, admitting, or willing to rectify the
crimes they’ve done.

 They are only interested in “peace” to protect
their interests
and to further secure their grip hold on the stolen land

Moreover, very
recently, and by sheer accident, I stumbled across some honorific information
that reveals the severity of decay of morality and lack of humanity amongst those
RACIST zionists – whose ideological bigotry and chauvinism surpasses
all other- that left me in a state of shock for days; crying, shaking,
suffocating with palpitations and suffering from severe panic attacks. I hope
and pray that I would be one day soon, able to write about the awful reality
that caused so much anguish, distress, shocked my very foundation and
traumatized my essence

   Undoubtedly, the world community should
leave it to the victims to decide how to deal with those criminals in the
future. Only the victims can investigate the fragile alleys of forgiveness or
punishment. The victims should have the last say irrespective of what their
judgment might be, they should not be vilified, indicted or moralized with, for
they have suffered more than enough

The emergence of forgiveness
and reconciliation requires certain conditions:

Stopping the crime

admitting of guilt

 asking for pardon

 and rectifying the wrong

None of these
conditions are ever considered as an option amongst that mighty sick racist

As for me, I have no
authority to talk in the name of all Palestinians, but I can state with all
honesty, I DO NOT wish the zionist murderers, those of whom were directly or
indirectly involved in massacres, theft of land, subjugation and oppression, to
remain in Palestine after its liberation from the occupier.  –except of
course for the very few good people amongst them, as no soul should carry the
liability of another- I do not wish the invader, occupier and criminal racists
to stay in Palestine, the land that they incessantly raped, destroyed and
disfigured, nor do I desire them to be my neighbours

They have shown no
respect, no appreciation, and no love to this land or to her people

They do not deserve to
live there

But these are only my own
feelings, and I know that the decision is not mine.

More on anti Semitism

are some more points that I would like to draw attention to:

“israel” calls itself a
Jewish state,
and claims to be acting for all Jewish people, by Jewish people.  It is
still enjoying the moral
and financial support of the majority of Jewish communities world wide.
The absence of a huge uproar of denunciation and disassociation by the
majority of world Jewry,
makes it hard for people not to blame zionist  Jews who live outside occupied
Palestine for their guilt of complicity, active alliance or passive complacency by either silence or
aiding and sustaining the criminals 

 2) “israel”
still enjoys the protection of the “Security Council” with its US vetoes on any
UN resolution sanctioning “israel’s” endless list of ongoing crimes and
infractions of international law, and the "israeli" criminals still roam with
impunity, free from prosecution by any jurisdiction . This intolerable
situation inevitably
foments further rage and fury against the double standard
and special treatment granted to the Jewish state

The excessive use of the term “anti Semitism”:

by zionist Jews, accusing all non zionist

by soft zionists Jews, accusing anti zionists Jews

by anti zionists Jews, accusing fellow anti zionists Jews and also non Jews of anti-Semitism
as soon as they dare to examine Judaism with critical eye, criticising some
aspects of it, some beliefs, attitudes or behaviours

 All this has participated in creating a sense
of repression of freedom of expression, and undoubtedly also a sense of being subjected
to what feels like
intimidation and thought control

 It has also diluted the meaning of the word Anti-Semitism, making it practically devoid of any signification. It is now used ad nauseam, ad absurdum, reduced to a simple rhetorical trick, slapped in the face of anything and anyone,
as soon as there is the slightest inspection of facts. The word has
lost its
effectiveness to expose a form of racism, i am afraid. The more we hear
it used inappropriately,  the more indifference its  further future
usage will raise. Worse, it may even -God forbid- contribute to a form
of blow-back   …the story of the boy who cried wolf is only
too familiar

a sincere advice from a heart that cares, to all my Jewish friends who are
really interested in preventing the re-emergence of  real “anti Semitism”, and to those “israelis”
with some humanity left; I would say:

Instead of wasting time searching for the "humanity" within
"israeli" criminals,  focus your energy on fighting and revealing
“israeli” crimes
and exposing its inhumanity

Disassociate your selves completely from such an entity and proclaim
this annulment loud and clear

Let go of the idea that anti Semitism is a “special” case of racism; treat all
racism with the same degree of unambiguous condemnation

Try to look at the situation from the standpoint of non Jewish people, who will
not accept or understand the insistence on the uniqueness of the Jewish
suffering, whereas the world has seen since the end of WW2 the massacres of
millions and millions of non Jews.  The world is inflamed by hatred
against Muslims, not against Jews.

With love in my heart, with sincere and and pure feelings, I would appeal to
you to look inwards and search for reasons, as to why  you
feel that the world should accept racism against you as somehow worse or
different, and as to why you feel that your suffering is unique and
unlike others’ , because this is not how the world sees it. All suffering has
the same value to those who go through it, and all racism has the same
consequences and must be ostracized with the same ferociousness

Those of us who are involved in the support of Palestinian cause are inevitably
going to be accused of anti Semitism, that does not make us in any shape or
form anti-Semites, for we know very well that we are not; hence, false labels,
and bogus allegations should not frighten or deter us, distract us or hinder
our determination of doing what we think is right

And finally, please, do not freak out when people point out to certain aspects of
Judaism and the Jewish culture that they might not like or find incompatible
with humanity, equality, or fairness, after all this has always been accepted by other religions, belief-systems and cultures, and this is what freedom of thought and freedom of
speech are all about, people have the right to look at different ideologies, scrutinize
them, criticise them and sieve out what appears to be hindering the human moral
development, as long as all this is done in a non offensive manner, without
slander or abuse, but rather in a respectful, academic, genuine and
good-intentional search for truth


I know that what I have said might appear too
strong, unfamiliar, or painful to hear, but I can only speak of what’s in my
heart, as I believe that only through openness and honesty that trust can be

We have a saying in Arabic; “sadeequka man sadaqak,

صديقك من صدَقك و صدّقك

“Your true friend is that who is honest
with you and who believes you

Arabic word for honesty: sidq

And for friend: sadeeq

Both friend and honesty share the
same root: sa-da-qa= told the truth


My love as always




2 Responses

  1. boa tarde, Nahida, espero que voce tenha um tradutor para poder ler o que escrevo.Eu moro no Brasil, país que voce já deve ter ouvido falar, porque já aceitou palestinos refugiados, como irmãos, quando ninguem quiz aceita-los.O BRASIL, é um país muito grande e pacífico, e vivemos bem graças a Deus, com todosos povos, é apenas uma curiosidade minha, depois de ter lido o que voce escreveu, sa-ber, onde voce acha que o povo de Israel, deveria morar, qual é a história deste povo,porque voces acham que esta terra é só de voces, porque não se pode viver em paznesta região, não somos todos irmãos filhos do mesmo DEUS?Fico muito triste de sempre estar vendo na tv, as coisas horriveis que acontecem aí, e penso como em pleno século XXI, ainda pode acontecer isto.Será que DEUS, fica contente com isto?Eu creio que não, DEUS nos deu a vida, a inteligência para acharmos atraves do diálogosoluções para os nossos problemas.Sei que voce é sincera, que gostaria muito que tudo se resolvesse da melhor maneira possivel, mas o ódio, muitas vezes nos deixa cegos, e não vemos os problemas do outro, sóo nosso, Isto é apenas a curiosidade de alguem que está tão longe, e não entende porqueexistem tantos conflitos numa unica região, desde que o mundo é mundo.Me desculpe ter me intrometido em um assunto que não me diz respeito, mais a internet nosajuda a conhecer um pouco os outros povos, o que ele pensam, como vivem, quais seus ideais,seus medos, seus sonhos, sua necessidades.E com isto vemos tambem, que não somos diferentes uns dos outros, o que precisamos é aprender a respeitar cada pessoa, a religião, os idiomas, as roupas, os gostos, isto faz parte de cada um,mais sem se achar dono da verdade, porque para voce sua religião é verdadeira, para mim pode não ser, só existe uma verdade absoluta para todos, que é a morte, ela todos nós pensamos igual.Desculpa mais uma vez, sei que voce tem tantos problemas para pensar, tantas coisas que gostariade resolver, e esta perdendo seu tempo comigo.eu te amo, minha irmã !!!!!!bjs


  2. Thank you, Nahida, for your beautiful words and your beautiful soul. I live in the US but was born in England. When I go back there I always feel the joy of going back to a place where I will always belong, which will always welcome me, where I feel my roots that go back a thousand years. And I think then of you and all my Palestinian friends who were driven from their land and who hunger for what I take for granted — the right to go home. Like you, I avoid using the word "Israel" and I would never set foot there except to go back to Palestine whenever I can. Criticism of Israel and of the people who run it can never be called racism, except by those unwilling to see the truth about the crimes they commit. This propaganda has worked for zionists for decades, challenging any who criticize Israel’s policies, accusing them of anti-semitism to silence any and all voices of protest. We are not racist, we are not anti-semitic. We merely want justice for a people brutalized and terrorized for more than sixty years by an out-of-control racist state. Like you, I always want to go back to Palestine. Unlike you I sometimes manage to get there (I was aboard the first FREE GAZA boat that landed at Gaza Port in August 2008)Insha’Allah you will go home to Jerusalem, and I will live to see the day.Blessings and Peace,Mary Hughes


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