Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German politician and from 1933 to 1945 the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany. As one of Adolf Hitler’s closest associates and most devout followers, Goebbels was known for his zealous orations and deep and virulent anti-Semitism, which led him to support the extermination of the Jews and to be one of the authors of the Final Solution. (Nazi Propaganda: 1933-1945)
The Final Solution’s goal and its virulent anti-Semitic sentiments were inherited by the Arabs and the majority of the Moslems including Arab Moslems living in the State of Israel and carrying Israeli citizenship. This can serve as a classic example of biting the hand that feeds you.
Living in the democratic State of Israel, these Israeli Arabs enjoy the freedoms a democracy offers its citizens, among which is the freedom of speech and representation in the government.
Goebbels once said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
The Arabs, including the Arabs now calling themselves “Palestinians” have adopted this approach and they are using it, most successfully, in any which way possible, to harm and subvert Israel.
One such person is Ahmad Tibi, an Arab-Israeli politician and the leader of the Arab Movement for Change (Ta’al), an Arab political party in Israel. Tibi has been serving as a member of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, since 1999, and currently serves as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. This man, an Israeli citizen, has become the Goebbels within the Jewish State who gets to spew his anti- Israel propaganda and lies from the very podium of the Knesset.
Recently the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, visited Israel in an official capacity. Known to be a very good friend of the Jewish state and unafraid to display his friendship, Harper delivered a speech in the Knesset which, even Benjamin Netanyahu could take a page from. No other politician in the entire world has said the truth about Israel and the Jewish people in such clear and honest words as Harper did. But for Tibi, praising Israel, a country in which he is a member of the legislative body, did not bode well with his Goebbels like outlook. When Harper strongly denied the accusations that Israel is an Apartheid state, Tibi could not contain himself and heckled Harper from the Knesset floor while the Canadian prime minister was addressing the Knesset. Let me remind Tibi that in South Africa, where the Apartheid term was coined, the classless and underdog black people in that country did not get to sit as members in the Pretoria Parliament, never mind spew venomous propaganda against the state from the platform of the Parliament.
(Watch Netanyahu’s response to Tibi’s heckling while Harper is witnessing it – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9Q1Q93C6qU)
Tibi’s heckling Harper transformed the Arab-Israeli MK into a media sensation in Canada. Since the incident, Tibi has delivered over 15 interviews to Canadian media outlets and has been invited to speak at universities in multiple provinces. What message has he been propagating to the audiences so thirsty to hear his lies? Propaganda about how much he hates Israel and how much the alleged Apartheid system in Israel affects him and his fellow Arabs’ lives?
As if that is not enough, the sad twist is that the entire world seems to have placed their bets on the Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas the one to deliver a peace agreement with Israel. Abbas has earned the distinction of being named the ‘Number One Anti-Semite’ in the world!
Abbas’ essence can be found in his background and ideology; a Holocaust denier in his youth, he denies the very existence of the Jewish people and their right to a Jewish state. He consistently incites against the Jews on posts to his website and on his TV channel. Israel’s sad reality is that in the entire world there is no leader, but Abbas, worthy of making peace with her. Yet, no other leader gets so close to treating the Jews as in pre-Holocaust Europe as Abbas does!
There is nothing stronger than reality. Also worth noting that democracy goes that far before it become a dangerous system to those practicing it and that is the situation in Israel.
The Arab-Palestinians’ over the top and wild incitement is now matching Hitler’s Goebbels back in the dark days of WWII. It is sad commentary about people with whom you are told to make peace and live in coexistence.
And when democracy goes beyond its boundaries, MK Tibi gets to stand in the Knesset and incite against the country in which he is a parliamentary representative. What does it say about the people he represents, all Israeli citizens?
Anti-Semitism enabled the Holocaust. It all began 2000 years ago when the Jews lost their homeland base and became stateless, wandering Jews. Now the anti-Semites’ finger is pointed at the reborn state of Israel, to the extent that the anti-Semites blame Israeli soldiers for being Nazis. MK Tibi is a member of this clan.
Modern Zionism was conceived with two objectives to achieve – to enable the Jews to protect themselves from anti-Semites and to end anti-Semitism by normalizing Jews as a nation among all other nations. MK Tibi does not believe in these objectives and fights to prevent these objectives to be achieved.
Neither the Jewish state, nor the Jews in exilic communities, can end other people’s hatred of Jews, simply because Jews are not the root cause. Only the anti-Semites, through their own moral reckoning, with their anti-Semitic past and present, can do that.
To explain it in a clearer context, by bowing their heads, for five minutes, every year on January 27, in honor of the murdered Jews, the Europeans get to pretend that the Holocaust was exogenous, not organic and still very much a part of European civilization. MK Tibi does not so much as bow his head for one minute to honor the dead Jews who were murdered just because they were Jews. Has anyone called him out for this outrageous behavior?
Goebbels said, “If you tell a lie, tell a big one.” MK Tibi is doing exactly that. The state of Israel and the Jewish people should not let democracy serve as a fig leaf for anti-Semites like MK Tibi by allowing him to continue being MK Tibi-Goebbels.