Israel’s War on Mosques
“Mosque Bill” Follows String of Attacks on Mosques
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Just four days ago (December 15, 2011) I published Israelis say: “A Good Arab is a Dead Arab,” where I commented on yet another violent attack of Jews against a mosque in Burqa, near Ramallah. It wasn’t an isolated event. On October 3, 2011, I analyzed in Jewish Terror Hits Tuba the burning of the mosque in Tuba-Zangariyye, a Bedouin village near Safed. Similar events happen almost regularly, probably because the Israeli administration is not very clear on its condemnations of the ongoing religious violence. After every attack, a very tired Shimon Peres can be seen boring to death a journalist listening to a lengthy and systematic condemnation. The same goes for Benjamin Netanyahu. We know these condemnations are not sincere because the culprits are never caught and mosques in Israel stay unprotected.
Invariably, the Israeli administration claims the violence is perpetrated by hothead rednecks, and in no way supported by the Zionist government. Yet, in Israelis say: “A Good Arab is a Dead Arab”, I proved anti-Arab racism in Israel goes up all the way to the most respectable literary and journalistic circles. This is done in the open, over the mainstream media, and even on the legislative level. Israel lacks a constitution. A recent system of Basic Laws was legislated by the Knesset to function as a quasi-constitution, but it doesn’t assure the respect of human rights by the Zionist state. Even worse, these laws can be exchanged as per the coalition needs, since these laws do not need to be approved by the people as constitutions should. Nevertheless, Israel's sovereignty was conditioned by the UN on its being respectful of human rights. Despite its basic laws, Israel doesn’t respect them. The ongoing attempt to legislate the Jewish Fatherland Law is a clear reminder of that. Yet, countries that like to portray themselves as democratic – like the USA and the UK – do not repudiate Israel’s racist policies.
Now, the Knesset is trying to further advance its discriminatory legislation. Massive protests of Palestinians holding Israeli citizenship are taking place in Umm al-Fahm, Shfaram, Baka al-Garbiyeh, Tira, Taiba, Sakhnin, Tarshiha, Nazareth, Rahat, Jaffa, Jisr az-Zarqa and other towns, in a desperate attempt to stop the legislation of what is known as the Mosque Bill.
Some protesters have been reported referring to the new bill as the “Second Naqba.” Naqba means “disaster” and “catastrophe” in Arabic. The Naqba Day falls on the same date as Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. This is not coincidence. During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, well over three quarter of a million Palestinians were expelled from their homes and created the Palestinian Diaspora. It became their Naqba. Why should the new law awake such a harsh reaction?
More often than not, evil hides behind banal actions. In the case of state-driven evil, that means trite acts of legislation. The Mosque Bill has been initiated by Knesset Member Anastassia Michaeli. She is a member of Yisrael Beiteinu, the extremist party of Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. The new law prohibits mosques from sounding the nighttime and early morning Muezzin calls, which use a system of loudspeakers to beckon worshipers to pray. This is proposed in order to avoid disrupting nearby Jewish residents. Anastassia can’t sleep.
One of the clearest voices against this outrageous law came from Palestinian Knesset Member Jamal Zahalka, from the Balad party. "The torching of the mosques and the 'Mosque Bill' are part of a war declared against the Arab and Muslim population by the racists and settlers. The sound of the Muezzin, the church bells, and the blowing of the shofar, have always existed," he said.
Let’s be clear. Jews are also noisy, even when they don’t blow the shofar. They are so in a very racist way. Every morning at dawn, still half asleep, they recite the Birkat Hashachar (Dawn Blessing). They say:
If Israel wants to be defined as a democracy, it must behave like one. Laws must be public, equal for all, all equal for them, and most importantly, respect all human rights as one. If not, then Israel doesn’t have the right to exist. The UN said so before it allowed Israel to declare its independence.
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