The brutal shooting at point blank range of nine, unarmed Turkish activists on board the MV Mavi Marmara a humanitarian aid vessel, in international waters, by a thuggish squad of heavily armed Israeli commandos, is the recurrent leitmotif theme of the extremist, right-wing Likud Party that believes it can kill at will, anywhere, with impunity.
Eventually, the Israeli government was forced to apologise for the murders and pay compensation to those families involved. The damage caused to Israel was incalculable. Turkey broke off all relations with the Israeli state and anti-Semitism rose sharply throughout the world.
Prior to that shameful episode of murder on the high seas, former defence and prime minister, the huge Ariel Sharon, had bestrode the Middle East with a killer instinct that manifested itself in his documented complicity in the massacre at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in which troops under his control murdered some thousands of civilians. Anti-Semitism rose sharply in response.
Then, in subsequent years, came the so-called ‘operations’ by the IDF against militants in Gaza as reprisals for rocket attacks by Hezbollah extremists. Again, thousands of Palestinian civilians were killed indiscriminately by blood-thirsty troops intent on causing maximum damage to the civilian population and infrastructure. The world watched and was horrified. Anti-Semitism spiked throughout Europe.
As for the premiership of now convicted criminal, Ehud Olmert – the less said the better. Suffice to say that members of the Israel Defence Force are brainwashed to view all Arabs as inferior beings who should be oppressed in accordance with Likud Zionist dogma. In fact, Theodor Herzl, the founder of the Zionist Movement, believed in the equality of man but the Likud Party has deliberately distorted his ideals in its quest for regional domination.
Netanyahu himself remains undisturbed for it means an increasing exodus of European Jews – with, of course, their assets – to his own state. This unconcern for the safety of European Jewry is astonishing. The Israeli state continues with its policy of killing indigenous Palestinians, ad infinitum, with not a thought of the long- term, criminal implications for both the state of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora that is still home to the majority of Jews, today, and from which the entire population of Israel itself, originated.
The perverted conversion of ‘Jewish victims’ into ‘Israeli perpetrators’ is anathema to European society which is the primary reason that anti-Semitism has increased so alarmingly throughout Europe and beyond. Tragically, it is a genie that cannot now be put back in the bottle – and Netanyahu, his predecessors and collaborators are the ones ultimately responsible. The detriment to Jewish communities worldwide is enormous.