Assassinations and the West’s Collective Short Memory

Rehavam Zeevi was gunned down by one or more,
likely Palestinian gunmen in an Occupied Jerusalem
Hotel on Wednesday, Oct 17…World leaders were
digging deep into their vocabulary to mourn Rehavam Zeevi, while Palestinians blood went unlamented…This is, unfortunately, a classic case of Western world hypocrisy, where the blood of a racist
murderer is equaled to the blood of a saint…

World leaders were digging deep into their
vocabulary to mourn Rehavam Zeevi, while
Palestinians blood went unlamented


Some of Rehavam Zeevi’s favorite
depictions of Palestinians were "lice," "vermin" and "cancer". He wasted his life advocating incomprehensible forms of discrimination and racism against a nation that was already subjected to untold horror at the hands of Israel, its leaders and army.

The man’s racist mentality was extremely flexible.
For example, some of his moderate thoughts were
the need to expel all Palestinians from the West
Bank and Gaza and those who live in Israel. He
went as far as calling for the conquering of
Jordan, after all, according to him, it’s Jewish
land. Yet on his light side, he demanded that no
one should be allowed to visit Israel if he/she
spoke no Hebrew.


The man, if in Europe, the US or even in the
so-called third-world would be isolated, despised,
ridiculed or even tried in court. In Israel
however, he was a minister, interestingly enough,
Minister of Tourism.


Rehavam Zeevi was gunned down by one or more,
likely Palestinian gunmen in an Occupied Jerusalem
Hotel on Wednesday, Oct 17.


His death was lamented by world leaders, evoked US
President George W. Bush’s strongest words of
condemnation. British Prime Minister termed the
killing a "contemptible act" of violence.


World leaders, especially in the West unleashed
their entire wealth of vocabulary to describe the
heinousness of the crime.


This is, unfortunately, a classic case of Western
world hypocrisy, where the blood of a racist
murderer is equaled to the blood of a saint, and
that of a Palestinian is hardly lamentable.


Early last year when Jorge Haider, head of the
Austrian Freedom Party made it to the coalition
government of his country, through a sound and
democratic process, the Western world plunged into
unprecedented hysteria.

The hysteria was sparked by Israel, a small racist
state of a few millions yet managed to disturb the
entire world for its loathing of Haider and his
political agenda. The Israeli campaign mobilized
almost every European country who feared that
Israel and its patrons in the West would dub it as
"anti-Semitic."


Applying pressure and confronting the whole world
to help it in its anti Austrian quest, Israel, and
of course the US led by Madeline Albright at the
time, succeeded in forcing the EU in imposing
sanctions on Austria for allowing Israel’s enemy
to be part of a coalition.


Many Austrians, who might have disagreed with
Haider’s right-wing political ideology, stood
helpless as their treasured democracy was abused
as the West rushed to appease Israel.


Interestingly, Haider’s comments which unleashed
Israel’s war were a few sympathetic comments made
in regards to Germany during the Hitler era. He
praised the former Waffen SS men as patriots who
fought for their country.


Disagree with Haider as you wish; call him all
kind of names and depict him as evil and wicked if
you find appropriate. But please share with me my
wondering thoughts: why has the western world
stood united attacking one of Europe’s most viable
democracies, while few bothered to express concern
when Rehavam Zeevi was picked by Sharon to be a
Minister in his coalition?


Haider’s comments related to past history, while
Zeevi promoted a criminal policy that was in fact
and continues to be carried out by Sharon.


But when Zeevi took his post in March of 2001, the
angry voices against Austria were not quite so
angry, not quite so concerned, they simply wished
Sharon good luck with his huge task ahead.


[ also see related links:


34 Palestinians killed since recent “ceasefire”
http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1511


Assassination of Palestinian Leader – Another Step Towards War – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1461


Israel Bombs Palestinian Civilians to “Deter Terrorism” – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1442


Collective Punishment Leaves 500 Palestinians Homeless – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1432


Al Khader Today: the True Face of the Israeli Occupation in a Nutshell – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1426


Israel Targets Palestinian Infrastructure, Using U.S. Weapons – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1027


Palestine 101: Palestinian Refugees & Washington’s Role In Mass Expulsions – http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=965


Israel/Palestine: A Recent Chronology
http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1016


Palestine 102: “Barak’s Generous Offers” A Political Map of Israel’s Proposed Borders with Palestine
http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=1404


How It Came to This: A Palestinian’s View
http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=860


The Return of Fascism in Europe
http://www.theexperiment.org/articles.php?news_id=23
]

Author: Ramzy Baroud

News Service: arabia.com

URL: http://www.arabia.com/news/article/english/0,1690,83969,00.html