Wednesday, August 10, 2022



Al Jazeera has an article by "senior political analyst" Marwan Bishara that takes psychological projection (where people attribute to others what is in their own minds) to new heights.

Why Israel hates the Palestinians so much

To my mind, Israel’s hatred of the Palestinians is shaped and driven by three basic sentiments: fear, envy and anger.

Israel fears all that is Palestinian steadfastness, Palestinian unity, Palestinian democracy, Palestinian poetry, and all Palestinian national symbols, including language, which it downgraded, and the flag, which it is trying to ban. 
Not only is he delusional in thinking that Israel fears Palestinian unity and democracy - he believes that without Israel there would be Palestinian unity and democracy! 

Israel fears Palestinian poetry? Israel translates Palestinian literature into Hebrew! Now, how much Hebrew literature us translated into Arabic?

Palestinian national symbols? Who burns the other's flag again?
Israel is also angry, always angry at the Palestinians for refusing to give up or give in, for not going away; far away. 
Um, this describes Palestinians perfectly. They still anticipate the day all Israeli Jews flee in terror.
Israel is also envious of Palestinian inner power and outward pride. It is envious of their strong beliefs and readiness to sacrifice, which presumably reminds today’s Israelis of early Zionists.  
Zionists, early and contemporary, value life. Sacrifice is sometimes necessary but it is not an inherent value - no Zionists blew themselves up to kill random people eating out. No one envies those for whom life is worthless.

But the most delusional part is this:
Israel is most envious of the Palestinians’ historic and cultural belonging to Palestine; of their attachment to the land, an attachment Zionism has had to manufacture in order to entice Jews into becoming colonial settlers. Israel hates the Palestinians for being so integral to the history, geography and nature of the landscape it claims as its own. Israel has long resorted to theology and mythology to justify its existence, when the Palestinians need no such justification; belonging so effortlessly, so conveniently, so naturally. 
Wow. Zionists made up myths to say Jews have a history in the land of Israel. And these myths were so strong that they managed to fool hundreds of thousands of Jews about their own fake history!
Israel has tried to erase or bury all traces of Palestinian existence, even changing the names of streets, neighbourhoods and towns. 
Apparently, "Nablus" and "Al Quds" are ancient terms while "Shechem" and "Jerusalem" are brand new. 
Israel hates the Palestinians for being the living proof that the foundations of Zionism – a people without a land settling in a land without a people – is mythical at best and violent and colonialist in reality. Israel hates them for impeding the realisation of the Zionist dream over all historical Palestine. And it especially hates those living in Gaza, for turning the dream into a nightmare.  
Yes, Hebrew newspapers are filled with articles about how Israelis are really envious of Gaza.

The premise is laughably wrong: Israel doesn't hate the Palestinians. 

It is bored with them. It is indifferent to them. They are an irritant. Israel already tried the peace route - and was rejected and given terror instead. Now Israelis just want to manage the issue, since Palestinians clearly do not want to live side by side with Israelis. Israelis to minimize conflict, because actual peace is not possible with this generation of Palestinians. 

Palestinians are irrelevant. They are no longer regarded as serious peace partners by the world. It isn't Israel that hates Palestinians, but the converse. And one reason why they hate Israel is that they live in an honor/shame society, and they want to feel important, not marginalized.

Terror and Gaza rockets are puerile attempts to show that Palestinians still matter. Like a toddler with a temper tantrum, they want attention. And they will do anything they can to feel important and relevant. During wars, Palestinian Arabic articles are filled with photos showing Israelis running to bomb shelters, because they are so proud that they made a difference in some Jewish lives. Pathetically, it makes them feel important and proud.

But Palestinians hate Israel for other reasons. 

Palestinians hate Israel because it is successful. Because it really is a democracy. Because it cares more about Palestinian lives than Palestinians do. Because it shows what a tiny nation can accomplish. Because the hated dhimmi Jews defeated them in their avowed specialty - war.  Because it now has better relationships with much of the Arab world than the Palestinians do. 

Fear, envy and anger - yes, that sums it up pretty well. 

UPDATE: There is a joint Israeli-Palestinian project to translate Hebrew literature into Arabic. (h/t Irene)



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