Toronto Star Columnist Says Israel Must “Acknowledge Our Responsibility” For Hamas’ Terrorism

November 7, 2023

In a November 5 opinion column in The Toronto Star entitled: “What it would take for the world to stand with Israel,” Michal Mozes drew a false caricature of Israeli society, attempting to portray it as warlike and bloodthirsty, out for revenge with no respect for human rights.

Mozes wrote that following Hamas’ October 7 terrorist attacks in Israel – which were the biggest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust – and Israel’s subsequent counter-terrorism operations in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, Israeli society has “ridiculed (people) for still believing there is someone ‘on the other side’ to make peace with, perpetuating the stigma that all Gazans — or even all Muslims — are merciless killers.”

Mozes’ depiction of Israeli society as a mindless, revenge-driven mob hostile to Arabs and Muslims could not be further from the truth.

In Hamas’ war against Israel, both on October 7 and since, victims have been both Jews and non-Jews, including Arabs in Israel who died when Hamas rockets fell into their Arab-majority town. Their deaths received coverage in Israeli media, in contrast to Mozes’ depiction of Israeli society as one hateful towards Arabs.

Providing only a small handful of anecdotes to brush all Israelis as one-dimensional, Mozes glossed over why many Israelis may be cynical about “still believing there is someone ‘on the other side’ to make peace with.” In 2005, Israel completely withdrew from the Gaza Strip, pulling out some 8,500 Israeli civilians and soldiers alike in a unilateral disengagement aimed at handing the enclave to the Palestinians, and as a starting point for peace. It was carried out by Ariel Sharon, one of Israel’s most right-wing prime ministers.

Within two years, Hamas, the Islamic terrorist organization, seized Gaza in a violent coup, and turned it into a terrorist statelet.

Even if Israelis were as cynical towards the Palestinian leadership as she claims, they could hardly be blamed for being so.

Mozes later accuses Israel of “more than 75 years of dehumanizing Palestinians, denying their oppression and sitting comfortably at home saying ‘it’s complicated.’”

Accusing Israel of “more than 75 years of dehumanizing Palestinians” is more than historical revisionism; it is an explicit falsehood against Israel.

Seventy-five years ago, Jews and Arabs alike were called Palestinians; only later did Palestinians come to refer exclusively to Arabs.

In 1948, Israel proclaimed its independence from the United Kingdom following a successful vote at the United Nations in favour of Resolution 181, which split historic Israel into two states: one Jewish, and the other Arab. While Jewish delegates voted in favour, Arab delegates opposed it, and shortly after Israel’s independence, neighbournig Arab states invaded the country, seeking to destroy it.

As Azzam Pasha, the secretary general of the Arab League, said at the time, the invasion would be a “war of extermination” against the Jews.

Seventy-five years ago, the Jewish People finally achieved self determination in their historic homeland, despite the attempts of Arab leaders to deny this right to the Jews, and over the last 75 years, it has been the leaders of the Palestinians who have demonized Israel, denying its legitimacy, and ultimately seeking to destroy Israel in its entirety.

Mozes wrote that “The actions of Hamas are not justifiable, but if we want the world to stand with us, we would have to first acknowledge our responsibility for creating the current reality in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank…”

While reasonable commentators can critique any number of Israeli government policies, there should be no confusion that Hamas is wholly dedicated to the violent destruction of Israel, and nothing Israel can do – short of destroying itself – will satisfy Hamas’ goals.

Until commentators can understand this simple, indisputable point, nothing will ever change, and the Palestinians in Gaza will continue to suffer under the genocidal Hamas leadership.

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