On July 5, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah delivered a rousing speech to his followers at a pro-Palestinian conference in Lebanon.
While his speech contained all the same ingredients as usual – condemnations of Israel, boasting about Hezbollah’s military prowess – he made another statement which was extremely noteworthy.
“There are no people in the Israeli entity, they are all occupiers and settlers,” The Jerusalem Post quoted Hassan Nasrallah as saying.
This single line is more than just a standard insult against Israel; it’s a statement about the core beliefs of Hezbollah.
While Hezbollah portrays itself as a humanitarian organization, or one seeking to “liberate” Lebanon from Israeli occupation (even though no Lebanese land is occupied by Israel), the reality is that Hezbollah’s focus is not on Lebanon at all, but on Israel.
At its core, Hezbollah is little more than an arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and that means its opposition to Israel is not about geography, politics or policies, but the very existence of Israel.
Despite the inflammatory quote from Nasrallah, there appeared to be no mainstream Canadian media outlets which covered the speech, or its implications.
This is especially problematic, not only because mainstream Canadian news outlets describe Hezbollah as a “militant” organization, but because the tacit impression given is that the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel is not an ideological one, but merely relating to a real estate dispute.
Whether reported by the media or not, Hezbollah’s genocidal goals contrast remarkably with Israel’s.
Lebanon is currently facing a severe economic downturn, which has led to skyrocketing fuel prices and a crash in the value of the local currency. Israel’s response has been to offer an outstretched hand to its neighbour, despite the two countries remaining officially in a state of war.
“As an Israeli, as a Jew and as a human being, my heart aches seeing the images of people going hungry on the streets of Lebanon,” Israel’s Defence Minister Benny Gantz wrote on Twitter on July 4. He continued: “Israel has offered assistance to Lebanon in the past and even today we are ready to act, and to encourage other countries to extend a helping hand to Lebanon so that it will once again flourish and emerge from its state of crisis.”
And once again, the Canada’s media remained largely silent about Israel’s offer of aid to Lebanon.
But while critics may dismiss Gantz’s posts on Twitter as political posturing, such conciliatory statements are commonplace from Israeli leaders. Israel, after all, is a country which offers to send emergency personnel around the world, even to countries with whom it has no diplomatic relations.
And likewise, these latest incendiary remarks from Hezbollah’s leader are hardly the first, either. That is what is so pitiful about the media’s failure to report on them.
“Israel is our enemy. This is an aggressive, illegal, and illegitimate entity, which has no future in our land. Its destiny is manifested in our motto: ‘Death to Israel,” Hassan Nasrallah told Hezbollah’s official al-Manar television in 2005.
Unsurprisingly, Hezbollah’s leader has not limited his hateful statements merely to the State of Israel, but to all Jews, lest one think that his group’s goal is merely the destruction of Jews within Israel.
“We have discovered how to hit the Jews where they are the most vulnerable. The Jews love life, so that is what we shall take away from them. We are going to win because they love life, and we love death,” Nasrallah was fond of saying.
It is of little surprise, then, that Hezbollah has targeted Jews around the world in terrorist attacks, including in Argentina, eastern Europe, and even in recent years was suspected of conducting surveillance on Jewish institutions here in Canada.
Hezbollah has made little secret of its genocidal goals against Israelis and Jews worldwide, and its public messages of hate are even more tragic when juxtaposed with Israel’s hand, outstretched in the cause of peace.
It is far overdue for the Canadian media to start reporting on the true nature of Hezbollah, and to educate Canadians that this group, far from attempting to liberate Lebanese soil from Israeli occupation, is nothing more than a fanatical, Jew-hating terrorist organization. And as history has shown, what starts with the Jews rarely ends with them.