Julia Gorin vindicated earlier this week at Spiegel - though we always knew she was right. Here, Gorin desribes the vile Jew hatred that would infect the minds of those in Spain who are going after Jews, Israel military for "crimes against humanity". If a Jew defends himself it's a war cirme.
Well Israel shot back. And it was good.
Here latest post is meticulously researched and lengthy but well worth the read -- all of it, here.
In a little noticed item last month, when a Spanish “super judge” — a rising phenomenon that claims universal jurisdiction — went after Israeli military figures for crimes against humanity over a 2002 Gaza bombing, a member of the Israeli Knesset opened proceedings against Spain for being party to the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia:
Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad (National Union) has called for Israel to put former Spanish officials on trial for their role in the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. His official request was sent to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz on Friday, in the wake of a Spanish court agreeing to try senior Israelis for an IAF operation that killed senior Hamas terrorist Salah Shehadeh in 2002.
Eldad is seeking to have Israel charge the former Spanish Prime Minister, Defense Minister and Army Chief of Staff for war crimes against the people of Belgrade and other Serbian areas. Spain, as part of NATO, was involved in massive airstrike sorties targeting Serbia during the civil war in Yugoslavia.
“In those bombings,” Eldad’s petition said, “hundreds, perhaps thousands, of innocent civilians were killed because NATO pilots dropped their bombs from extremely high altitudes in order not to endanger themselves. They thus caused mass civilian casualties. It is fitting that the State of Israel try the Spanish political and military leaders for war crimes if Spain does not immediately revoke the charges against the Israeli Defense Minister and Chief of Staff.”
MK Eldad wrote to the Attorney General that “in the event that Israeli law does not allow charging and trying someone for war crimes not committed within the national jurisdiction, I would appreciate it if you would instruct the State Prosecutor to turn to the International Court in The Hague so that the Spanish leaders will be tried for war crimes by the international court.”
Failing to see the hypocrisy inherent in the charges against Israel for its actions while NATO carried out the same, or worse, actions against Serbia, Eldad concluded, “is testimony to hatred for Israel - Israel the people and Israel the state equally - and the State of Israel must fight back against this wave of anti-Semitism.”
The Spanish court agreed last week to hear the case for prosecution of former IAF commander Dan Halutz, former Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, and five other senior Israeli officials for war crimes over their decision to assassinate Shehadeh while the Hamas leader was in a building in Gaza City. Sixteen other people people were killed in the Israeli airstrike, including Shehadeh’s wife and child and other children. Israeli leaders called the Spanish court “delusional,” however, pointing out that Shehadeh was a terrorist mastermind responsible for the deaths of up to 100 innocent people.
On Friday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni claimed that she had succeeded in getting the Spanish legislature to amend its laws regarding universal jurisdiction, to avoid such cases in the future. “I think this is very important news and I hope that other states in Europe will do the same,” Livni said.
In doing some research recently, I came across a Charles Krauthammer article from a 1990 issue of Time Magazine, titled “Judging Israel“. In it are a few paragraphs that apply to both Palestinians in the “occupied territories” of Israel and to the Albanians in the “former” territory of Serbia — Kosovo. In it, he makes the very same analogy between Israel and Mexico that I made between Serbia and Mexico when Kosovo illegally seceded:
Last fall New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis excoriated Israel for putting down a tax revolt in the town of Beit Sahour. He wrote: “Suppose the people of a small town decided to protest Federal Government policy by withholding taxes. The Government responded by sending in the Army…Unthinkable? Of course it is in this country. But it is happening in another…Israel.”
Middle East scholar Clinton Bailey tried to point out just how false this analogy is. Protesting Federal Government policy? The West Bank is not Selma, Ala. Palestinians are not demanding service at the lunch counter. They demand a flag and an army. This is insurrection for independence. They are part of a movement whose covenant explicity declares its mission to be abolition of the state of Israel.
Bailey tried manfully for the better analogy. It required him to posit 1) a pre-glasnot Soviet Union, 2) a communist Mexico demanding the return of “occupied Mexican” territory lost in the Mexican War (Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California) and 3) insurrection by former Mexicans living in these territories demanding succession from the U.S. Then imagine, Bailey continued, that the insurrectionists, supported and financed by Mexico and other communist states in Latin America, obstruct communications; attack civilians and police with stones and fire bombs; kill former Mexicans holding U.S. Government jobs (”collaborators”); and then begin a tax revolt. Now you have the correct analogy. Would the U.S., like Israel, then send in the Army? Of course.
Further down in the article, Krauthammer hits on the indulgence the world shows toward violence by the “victimized” population — harkening back to the “revenge killings” by Albanians that went unchecked and shrugged off, without anyone ever asking how a victim people, presumably unpracticed in the art of killing, could kill so easily and wantonly. As in Krauthammer’s Israel example, this never led anyone to question whether the “victims” mightn’t have been the ones killing all along:
When other people suffer - Vietnamese, Algerians, Palestinians, the French Maquis - they are usally allowed a grace period during which they are judged by a somewhat lower standard. The victims are, right or wrongly (in my view, wrongly), morally indulged. A kind of moral affirmative action applies. We are asked to understand the former victims’ barbarities because of how they themselves suffered. There has, for example, been little attention to and less commentary on the 150 Palestinians lynched by other Palestinians during the intifadeh. How many know that this year as many Palestinians have died at the hands of Palestinians as at the hands of Israelis? [This is even more so the case among Albanians.]
The following paragraph again applies to Serbs as well:
With Jews, that kind of reasoning is reversed: Jewish suffering does not entitle them to more leeway in trying to prevent a repetition of their tragedy, but to less. Their suffering requires them, uniquely among the world’s sufferers, to bend over backwards in dealing with their enemies. [Note: With the Serbs, this double standard is applied without their unique WW2 or 1990s suffering even being acknowledged.]
During the recent Gaza war, several letters appeared making similar points about Israel’s and Serbia’s struggles. One was in a local California paper called the Ventura County Star, by Zoran Bogunovic in January:
Re: your Dec. 31 article, “Israel rejects truce call, pursues bombing Gaza”:
What do Palestinian Hamas and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) have in common? They both are labeled terrorist groups, according to the U.S. State Department, but that is where all similarities end as far as the U.S. is concerned, as well as most of the world.
When Hamas targets Israeli people…and when Israel retaliates like it knows how, the U.S. blames it on the Palestinians, Hamas. And let’s not forget Hezbollah, who is being very quiet now.
Yet, when Serbia does the same thing against the terrorist group KLA, which also hides among civilians and kills Serbian people all over Kosovo, the U.S. and the world condemn the Serbs. Let’s not forget, in case local readers did not read in the newspaper, how KLA was taking Serbian people hostages and removing their body organs for sale all over the world before they killed them. (Referenced in Karla Del Ponte book and now the case is being investigated).
Where is [the] world’s outcry now for this barbaric act by the Kosovars? Just two weeks ago, three [Albanians] were found guilty for plotting an attack on a U.S. Army base in New Jersey, but 6,000 miles away, the U.S. supports their actions in Kosovo against Serbian people. Funny how that works: not in my back yard, but it’s OK across the street.
We, the Serbs, also have the same rights to defend our land and people in Kosovo, just like Israel does. Yet, the U.S.-led coalition supports the KLA terrorist actions, but condemns the Hamas terror actions. Funny how that works.
Hamas is a terrorist group and don’t be fooled with the front-page pictures of its civilians, as they would cut you to pieces if you are American or Israeli. The world was fooled with the civilian images in Kosovo and is being fooled again in Gaza. I fully support Israeli actions and its right to defend its people and land.
Also adding insult to Serbia and their people, the U.S. pushed for and got its way for an independent Kosovo, which is part of Serbia and is the birthplace of our Orthodox religion, where more than 150 Serbian churches have been destroyed ever since the so-called piece [sic] force was brought in Kosovo in 1999.
I would like to see the same efforts being exercised by the U.S. government, i.e., push for and forcibly take away Jerusalem and the sacred Wailing Wall from the Israelis and give it to the Palestinians and Hamas.
Once again, the double standard is being shown by the U.S. when it comes to Balkan politics versus Israeli politics. Support the terrorists in Kosovo, but condemn them in Palestine….
Read the rest and much more from Gorin on this here.