By Michael Hoffman
The Talmudic mentality suffuses the Wall Street Journal where there is one standard for The Holy People and another for Palestinians. Columnist Bret Stephens (July 1, p. A11) decrees that the Palestinian people are part of "a culture that celebrates murder" and "is not fit for statehood."
Can anyone imagine the Wall Street Journal declaring this about the Israelis, who celebrate most types of violence against Palestinians, and Arabs in Lebanon? Any negative stereotype about Israelis is instantly denounced with a litany of antisemitism tropes, but negative stereotypes of the Palestinian people proliferate in the American media with little outcry.
Thousands of Palestinians have been abducted by the Israeli army and imprisoned without trial for years. More than five hundred Palestinians have been arrested and detained without trial since the kidnapping of the Israeli youths. The status of Palestinians is so far below that of a human being that their mass abduction under color of law does not register among Israelis or the American media.
Eleven Palestinians including three Palestinian boys have been gunned down by Israelis since the three Judaic teens went missing. Two homes of the parents of alleged suspects have been demolished. The shooting of the eleven Palestinians in the past several days registers as not even a blip on the screen of moral indignation. The Talmud says they (and all gentiles) are less than human and voila, it is so.
Hundreds of Palestinian children have been murdered by the Israeli army in the 21st century. This fact is not mentioned as part of the "context" which the Israelis always demand for themselves and which reporters covering the kidnapping and death of the three Israeli youths do not bother to summon. Those hundreds of Palestinian children are less than human and therefore their deaths are down the memory hole.
Two "settler" rabbis have written a popular Israeli book, Torat Hamelech, which has been endorsed by leading rabbis. It advocates the murder of Palestinian children. If two Hamas clerics had written such a despicable book about Israeli children we would never hear the end of it. As the supposed moral supremacy of the Israelis is being contrasted to ill effect with the Palestinians who are rendered unfit to possess their own land, the Torat Hamelech volume by the rabbis is not mentioned. Perfidy of Palestinians is a brand, while the bloodthirsty reality of Talmudic-Israel is invisible.
We hear much about the "cycle of violence" in the Middle East, but the way the American media present it, violence begins with an act by Palestinians, against which the aggrieved Israelis only react defensively. The fact of the ongoing brutal occupation of Palestinian lands, the routine killings by the Israeli military, the theft of ever more land from Palestine — these major causes of Arab rage and armed resistance to Israeli rule — are not allowed into the Mideast equation. Instead, we have Bret Stephens' stomach-churning generalization about Palestinian mothers, caricatured as irrational, contemptible, hate-filled women condoning atrocities against the high and noble civilization of the Talmud. “What kind of society produces such mothers?” he asks.
The co-author of Torat Hamelech, Rabbi Elitzur, wrote an article in a religious bulletin a month after the book's release saying that "the Jews will win with violence against the Arabs."
What kind of society produces such rabbis?
Rabbi Elitzur's viewpoint is not an aberration. He is fully representative of the Talmudic mentality which, according to the Wall Street fish wrapper, deserves to own Palestine lock, stock and barrel.
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