Special Dispatch – Arab-Israeli
University Professor, Halim Barakat: 'The Jews Have Lost Their Humanity';
'They Do Not Raise Their Children to be Weak'
In an article published in the
Arabic daily Al-Hayat,
titled "The Wild Beast that Zionism Created: Self-Destruction,"
University professor of Palestinian origin, Halim Barakat,
Jewish and Zionist approaches to the Arab-Israeli conflict. The following
are excerpts from the article:
the Mid-20th Century the Arabs Have Suffered Double Humiliation
- Domestic and External
"The Israeli military machine has passed the point
of no return by choosing the path of war up to the very end against the
Palestinians in direct reaction to the peace initiative adopted by the
Arab summit in Beirut..."
"Unlike their rulers, the
Arab people have realized that confrontation is inevitable; thus, a chasm
has opened between the Arabs and their rulers."
"Since the Arabs won independence,
the [Arab] state… has become a means of oppression. The people serve the
state, but the state does not serve the people. The rulers, who were meant
to represent the people and to work to achieve their goals and aspirations,
have become a force of repression, stripping their life from them. Since
the mid-20th century, the Arabs have suffered double humiliation, both
domestic and external…"
(Sleeping) Giant, the Arab People, Is Awakening
"But what we have seen during the Israeli army's invasion
of the West Bank has proven very clearly that the [sleeping] giant – the
[Arab] people – is beginning to awaken from his slumber, and regain
and dignity, after catastrophic sights that the mind cannot believe could
happen with such barbarity…"
More Technologically Advanced the People, the Less Moral and More Barbaric
"One of the important lessons we are learning from
this time and from the Palestinian experience is that the more technologically
advanced the people, the less moral and more barbaric it becomes. They
have been stripped of their humanity and have become an instrument. This
is how I see the inverse relationship between technological progress and
Jews and Zionism Symbolize the Legendary "Golem" of Prague
"How have Judaism, the Jews, and the international
forces all permitted Zionism to become a wild, destructive beast capable
of perpetrating atrocities, all the time certain that it is using the right
of self-defense by turning the hunter into [a] victim and the prey into
a terrorist entity?…"
"A group of [American Jews]
is planning to put on a play taken from a legend called 'The Golem,' which
spread among the Jews of Europe several centuries ago."
"The legend of the Golem,
from 16th-century Prague, tells of a rabbi who breathed life into a clay
statue in an attempt to create a savior for the Jews so that this savior
would take revenge on their enemies. According to the legend, the statue
became a giant creature, a Golem, who did take revenge on the enemies of
the Jews. But because of the atrocities it committed, it became afflicted
with pride and great vengefulness, which caused bloodshed to those it had
originally sought to protect."
"From that time, this legend
expresses man's alienation from himself and the things he creates. What
man creates becomes, without his will and without him being aware of it,
a force acting against him. He establishes a state that rules him, instead
of him ruling it. Thus it happens that man establishes a political party,
a union, a movement, an organization with the aim of serving man. But over
time they develop needs of their own that contradict the needs of society
and of the man who created them."
"Zionism arose as a result
of the persecution of the Jews in Europe. But it quickly became a means
for serving its leaders, who acted with the help of the British and then
American colonialists for the establishment of their own private state
on the ruins of Palestinian society, [and] to uproot and exile the Palestinian
"The rabbis of Judaism breathed
life into the clay statue, and Zionism arose, an arrogant power that destroyed
Palestinian society and the Palestinian people that was completely unconnected
to the Jews' original tragedy – and all in the name of saving the Jews."
Sharon and Peres are Zionist Criminal Creations
"Then, Zionism breathed life into the clay statue
and it turned into a military state, armed to the teeth with weapons of
mass destruction. In time, it became a means of destruction acting outside
the will of man, who can no longer control it. The Israeli Jews are no
longer strong in and of themselves; [they are strong] with the strength
of their airplanes, missiles, tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters, and
tractors that uproot trees and destroy homes."
"[The Israeli Jews] have
turned into an instrument; their humanity has shriveled. In battle, the
Palestinians are not confronting brave soldiers, but instruments that obliterate
everything in their path. The more Israel's technological capability increases,
the less civilized it becomes…"
"The rabbis breathed life
into a clay statue; they huffed and they puffed until they created a giant
round man named Ariel Sharon. He too is an instrument, subject to and an
integral part of the other armament instruments. Another man who became
an instrument is Foreign Minister Peres, who won the Nobel Peace Prize
but turned from a man of peace into a criminal who carried out the Qana
massacre, and then into Sharon's partner in the current crimes."
Zionists Do Not Raise Their Children to be Weak and Human
"Like the Golem, so are the leaders of Zionism in
this time: Their goals justify their means; they do not serve God, but
an avenging God. They do not raise the younger generations [to be] human
and weak Jews who respect the rights of others and are partners in human
civilization. [They raise them to be] the strong Jew who avenges by destroying
himself as he destroys others…"
"But the Palestinian people
knows what it wants for itself, and it will not relinquish its natural
rights. It pays the price as it is motivated by the power of faith, and
by confidence in its ability to find its destiny despite the crises. It
rises up from within it, creating a legend of its own that will become
a fountainhead of valor…"
"With its wounds and dead
bodies, Nablus has proven that it is indeed a 'mountain of fire.' Bethlehem
has proven its spiritual unity. And in all pride, I say that Jenin is the
city of the Arab future."
(London), April 4, 2002.
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