We have had another lesson in Palestinian Arabic. Once again we have been taught the meaning of Hudna
The murder of three Israelis in Eilat by a Palestinian suicide bomber will cause hardly a stir in world capitals. The UN Human Rights Council will not condemn anyone for it, except possibly Israel, nor will angry and righteous young ladies write about "genocide" plans and ethnic cleansing programs of the Palestinian reactionary imperialist warmongers in American journals and online media such as Counterpunch. No former U.S. Presidents will write books entitled "Palestine: Peace not Apartheid" condemning the evil, land greedy and violent benighted fanatics who perpetrated this act.
The deed was nonetheless committed by the Islamic Jihad, a reactionary organization, acting on behalf of their reactionary imperialist paymasters the Tehran, in order to foment war. The deed was committed during the "truce" between the Palestinians and Israel, and applauded
by the reactionary Hamas movement, which is in charge of Palestinian affairs:
Fawzi Barhoum called the attack a "natural response" to Israeli military policies in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as its ongoing boycott of the Hamas-led Palestinian government. "So long as there is occupation, resistance is legitimate," he said.
Of course, if you press him, Mr. Barhoum would tell you that Eilat, like Tel Aviv and Haifa, is part of "occupied Palestine" in his view. The fact that the Palestinians undertook to honor a truce, a "Hudna," means nothing to him. Tomorrow he, or similar apologists, will be asking for more Hudna. Barhoum did not even try to resort to the facile and obvious defense, that the act was committed by a rival organization. We will be told that if Israel will only withdraw to the 1967 borders, there will be a Hudna. A Hudna just like this one. For no sooner will Israel withdraw, then the bombs will start exploding, and the spokesman will again be explaining, "So long as there is occupation, resistance is legitimate." As this year is the fortieth anniversary of the Six Day War, it is well to remember that in the first months of 1967 there were over 120 terror incidents. Israel did not occupy a single millimeter of Gaza or the West Bank. Israel does not occupy any of the Gaza Strip now either. Indeed the Islamic Jihad were more frank than their Hamas counterparts. They announced that the murder:
"underscores the Palestinian resistance's intention to pursue Jihad (holy war) until all Palestinian lands are liberated."
Jihad, one is told, is an inner spiritual struggle, but that is apparently not the sort of Jihad that these progressive luminaries of the Islamic Jihad have in mind.
When they are done "liberating" Palestine, what then? Will the terror groups who now rule Palestinian society go on to create a model society there, like the one they are creating in Gaza, where rival gangs shoot at each other and little children, and people go hungry while aid funds are used to purchase more weapons?
When you think about Mr. Carter's book, about the mythical "Israel Lobby" that stifles criticism of Israel, about the "genocide" supposedly being perpetrated by Israel, about the "Hudna" offered by the Palestinians, remember today. Remember this bombing.
Sometimes a single act, a single fact, can shine the correct light on what seemed to be a complex moral dilemma, and make it simple and crystal clear. Does it take the light of an exploding suicide bomber to show us the simple truth?
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