The Jewish Press
August 24, 2005
Even as most Israelis, including those who strongly supported the withdrawal from Gaza, shed tears and felt and shared the pain of those who were being forced out of their homes and whose communities were being destroyed, there were those who continued to attack these Jews of faith and strength who surely are among the best that Israel has.
The ultra-secular Israeli world that is represented by the journalistic cesspool known as Haaretz did its sadistic best to add to the pain, to add to its long and ignoble record of hatred for Judaism.
I write these words on a plane back from Israel, after a stay of more than a month. Each day I read the English Haaretz, a difficult exercise because without let-up the newspaper denigrated and demonized the Jewish Gazans and, more generally, religious Jewry. In my experience, I cannot think of a single issue of Haaretz that has not carried at least one rabidly anti-religious article or editorial.
Two weeks before the withdrawal began, Haaretz editorialized that the Jews in Gaza were “criminals.” In a follow-up editorial the newspaper suggested that the government show an “iron fist” toward these Jews. Isn’t it interesting how those who pretend to be liberal and caring about human rights can come up with so perfect a fascist phrase to indicate how they feel toward religious Jews?
As challenging as it is to go through this garbage heap, the effort allows us to understand how during the Holocaust there were Jews whose animus toward Judaism was so great that they collaborated with those who slaughtered our people. There is a kapo syndrome in our bad seed.
What did Haaretz have to say as hundreds of thousands of Israelis — including those in the military — wept? In an editorial called “Extortion by Sanctity” it went amok over the efforts to save Gaza synagogues by having them taken apart and rebuilt elsewhere. Referring to “deranged messianic acts” the newspaper opined, “the walls of the synagogues, their floors, roofs and any other part of the structure in which people pray, are neither sacred nor sacrosanct.”
It is surprising to see those who mock our religion pretending to know anything about our religious laws. Haaretz is, of course, wrong on Jewish law, as it is whenever it sees fit to offer moral judgment. I have in fact quoted only a very small part of a loony editorial which thrice referred to the effort to save the synagogues as “blackmail.”
It’s time to say that though it is written in Hebrew by Israelis nearly all of whom are Jewish, Haaretz is not a Jewish newspaper. It is an anti-Jewish newspaper published by people who hate our religion, who hate our heritage, who hate most of our people and who hate our land.
As the withdrawal process began Haaretz published another editorial arguing that “after decades of occupation, Israel has an obligation to be at the forefront of giving assistance to rehabilitate Gaza and assuring the Palestinians’ prosperity.”
If this is not madness, what is? The Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announces that the Gaza withdrawal is the first step and Jerusalem is next; tens of thousands of Palestinians, many of them armed, march and chant death to Israel; the terrorist network against Israel continues to function and the goal to destroy Israel remains alive in the minds of nearly all Palestinians. And what does Haaretz propose? That Israel has an obligation to take from its treasury and give it to the Palestinians.
It is extraordinary to see how this journalistic sewer that hates religious Jews is so much more favorable to those who hate Israel.