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The Political considerations determine Israel reaction towards NZ terrorist attack

Wednesday 20/March/2019 - 01:28 PM
Rabea Yehia
Rabea Yehia
Sada ElBalad- By: Rabea Yehia 

Like most world countries، Israeli politicians were expected to issue statements condemning last Friday's terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch، New Zealand, that resulted in the killing of 49 people with nationalities of various Arab and Islamic countries.

The Israeli leaders chose "Twitter" to express their condemnation of the terrorist attack، thus there were not any official statements. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on his personal account on Twitter: “Israel mourns the wanton murder of innocent worshippers in Christchurch and condemns the brazen act of terror in New Zealand”، adding، “Israel sends its condolences to the bereaved families and its heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery to the wounded”.

Netanyahu considers the “murder of people at prayer، in their most holy and sacred place، is a depraved and despicable act. For people of all religions and of none، a redline has been crossed،”

Moreover، Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also condemned the attacks، as well as Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon also expressed his solidarity with the victims on Twitter. 

“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of the terrible shooting against mosques in #Christchurch،” he wrote. “We express full solidarity with #NewZealand and its people. We should never let hatred، violence and terror win.”، he added.

As expected، New Zealand terrorist attack has not triggered a significant echo in Israel، whose media is busy highlighting the election campaigns of the parties preparing for the elections scheduled next April 9، and the conflict between the left-wing bloc led by the "blue-white" party، and right-wing bloc Led by the Likud، which in turn allied with the “Union of Right-Wing Parties”، that includes the most extreme "Otzma yehudit" party.

In fact، the whole world has followed the heinous murder of Muslim worshipers in  Christchurch mosques، thanks to social media websites that have failed to block videos، which spread like wildfire. Many have remembered Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre took place in 1994، by extremist Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein، who attacked Palestinian worshippers while performing Friday’s prayer، killing 29 people and injuring 150 others.

About 25 years between the crimes of Goldstein and Brenton Tarant. Incidentally، the Australian terrorist Tarant visited Israel in October 2016، and stayed there for nine days، and the Israeli security authorities are looking now at the nature of the activities carried out by him in Israel during this period.

The Israeli political leadership was able to exploit the Christchurch crime to gain points before the Arab and Islamic worlds. Yet in the political game، Israeli leaders، especially Prime Minister Netanyahu، know that exaggerating the interaction with crime may not satisfy some of the far right-wing independent coalition partners.

Anyone who closely follows-up the Israeli affairs knows that the terrorist Goldstein has many supporters inside Israel، and there are many organizations، such as the “Hilltop Youth”، which is known for carrying out terrorist attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank، under the name of “Price tag policy” adopts the same ideas of Goldstein.

The term of "Jewish terrorism" is already existed in the literature of the Hebrew media. Whoever remembers، a group of Jewish terrorists burned a Palestinian family in Nablus in July 2015، the family of "Dawabsha". Among the victims was an 18-month-old infant، a matter that reflected to the whole world the seriousness of ideologies adopted by Jewish settlers.

Among them were the terrorist organization "Lehava"، which Israeli police arrested some of its leaders، including Moshe Auerbach، over the burning of the Dawabsha family، in possession of documents containing systematic plans to burn mosques and Palestinian homes، a "guide" explaining how to form small cells of settlers، and methods of burning Palestinian houses، in order to kill those inside. At this time، the Israeli opposition called for dealing with those Jewish organizations with the same logic as dealing with terrorism in general.

The Israeli police and the Shin Bet security service largely ignore this phenomenon. In August 2015، the Israeli website “Debka” confirmed that the political، military and intelligence levels are also ignoring it. Hundreds of extremist، well-organized settlers who work according to a violent model، are given a cover of legitimacy، provided by government ministers، Knesset members، police، and army leaders، as well as religious institutions.

All of these explain why the crime of Christchurch Mosques has not caused much controversy in Israel like the rest of the world countries. Many of The extremist ideas adopters in Israel may pin the image of the terrorist Baruch Goldstein، as well as the image of Yigal Amir، the murderer of former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin، on the walls of their bedrooms، as role models to be followed، a matter which is well known to Israeli politicians، who are primarily interested in winning the electors’ votes.

Edited By: Nada Moustafa




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