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Bernie Farber   Letter 02   02-May-2002   Jews love their suicide terrorists
Brian Morris
Brian Morris
Children of religious settlers who came to Jerusalem to demonstrate sported buttons for months after the massacre that were inscribed: "Dr Goldstein cured Israel's ills." Israel Shahak

Whether a Jew Kills or is Killed,
the Jewish State Always Uses it as a Pretext
to Steal More Land and Punish Palestinians

Detail from the writing of Israel Shamir, added to this page on 18-Feb-2003, gives further reason for viewing Brian Morris as a conduit for Israeli disinformation:

In the Purim of 1994, Dr Baruch Goldstein came into the Mosque with two machine guns and a lot of spare clips.  The watchful soldiers would not let us bring in a nail-file, but they did not stop him.  He entered the prayer hall, called "Merry Purim!" and opened fire.  He slaughtered some thirty unarmed worshippers, until the survivors succeeded to kill the rampaging beast.  When they carried their wounded and dead out of the mosque, the soldiers opened fire and killed an additional twenty worshippers, calling out "Merry Purim!"  When the news of the massacre reached the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, Hanan Porat, a leader of the Jewish Nationalist Religious Party, blessed the parliamentarians with "Merry Purim."

Dr Goldstein was buried with much respect and love; his grave became a place of mass pilgrimage for the settlers and their admirers from Israel, America and all over the world.  Young, plump Jewish maidens come there, lay flowers and light candles on his tomb.  Young Jewish soldiers put their American-made M-16 rifles on his tombstone and ask for the holy man's assistance and guidance.  Young couples exchange vows, old men say Kaddish for his soul.

After the murder, there were voices in Israel calling to remove the settlers from Halil.  But the Israeli government used it to punish the victims: half of the Mosque was taken over by the Jews; local worshippers were banned from venerating the Tomb of Abraham the Beloved of God; the entrances of the Old City were sealed; dozens of Palestinian homes were confiscated and erased; the main street of the city was forbidden for goys' traffic.  There is but little difference in the outcome: whether a Jew kills or is killed, the Jewish state always uses it as a pretext to steal more land and punish Palestinians.
Israel Shamir, The City of the Beloved or Perseus Persuading.


02 May 2002

Bernie Farber
Executive Director, Ontario Branch
Canadian Jewish Congress
4600 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON    M2R 3V2


Bernie Farber:

I caught a few minutes of CBC television's counterSpin on the evening of 01-May-2002, where I heard Brian Morris, immediate past Chairman of the Canada Israel Committee, instructing CBC viewers that when Dr. Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 worshippers in a Muslim prayer hall, including children, on 25-Feb-1994, and wounded many more, and sacrificed his life in the endeavor, then the reaction of Jews was opposite to that of Palestinians toward their own suicide terrorists.  Jews, according to Brian Morris, roundly condemned Baruch Goldstein.

The implication was that Jews are civilized and Palestinians are barbaric, and that if Palestinians only learned to regard their own suicide terrorists with the same disapproval that Jews regarded theirs, then the Middle East would be a happier place.

However, in his chapter titled The Real Significance of Baruch Goldstein, Israel Shahak paints quite a different picture, from which I extract the following passages:

[W]ithin two days of the massacre the walls of religious neighborhoods of west Jerusalem (and to a lesser extent of many other religious neighborhoods) were covered by posters extolling Goldstein's virtues and complaining that he did not manage to kill more Arabs.  Children of religious settlers who came to Jerusalem to demonstrate sported buttons for months after the massacre that were inscribed: "Dr Goldstein cured Israel's ills."  Numerous concerts of Jewish religious music and other events often developed into demonstrations of tribute to Goldstein.  The Hebrew press reported these incidents of public tribute in copious detail.  No major politician protested against such celebrations.
Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Pluto Press, London and Sterling Virginia, 1999, pp. 100-101.

Baum and Singer continued:

People awaiting the arrival of the corpse could be heard repeating: "What a hero!  A righteous person!  He did it on behalf of all of us."  As usual in such encounters between religious Jews, all the participants turned into a single, collective personality, united by their burning hatred of the Israeli media, the wicked Israeli government and, above all else, of anyone who dared to speak against the murder.
Before the start of the procession well-known rabbis eulogized Goldstein and commended the murder.  Rabbi Israel Ariel, for example, said: "The holy martyr, Baruch Goldstein, is from now on our intercessor in heaven.  Goldstein did not act as an individual; he heard the cry of the land of Israel, which is being stolen from us day after day by the Muslims.  He acted to relieve the cry of the land!"  Toward the end of his eulogy Rabbi Ariel added: "The Jews will inherit the land not by any peace agreement but only by shedding blood."
Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Pluto Press, London and Sterling Virginia, 1999, p. 102.

The press reported upon other eulogies, delivered not only in religious settlements but in religious neighborhoods of many Israeli towns during the days immediately following the slaughter.  The Hebrew press reportage of these eulogies suggests that the most virulent lauding of Goldstein and the calling for further massacres of Arabs occurred in the more homogeneous religious communities.

The approval of Goldstein and his mass murder extended well beyond the perimeters of the religious Jewish community.  Secular Israeli Jews, especially many of the youth, praised Goldstein and his deed.  That Israeli youth were even more pleased by the massacre than were the adults is well-documented.
Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Pluto Press, London and Sterling Virginia, 1999, p. 104.

The continuing process of Goldstein's elevation to the rank of a saint by groups of Israeli Jews and his worship as such began soon after the massacre.  In his February 28, 1994 Haaretz article, Shmuel Rosner recounted a sermon delivered on the Sabbath after the massacre by Rabbi Goren, the former chief military rabbi and chief rabbi of Israel.  Rosner wrote: "Goren's conclusion was that next time an authorization would be needed for a massacre."  [...]

In the days and weeks after the massacre, appreciation of Goldstein and his deed spread throughout the Israeli religious community and among its supporters in the United States.  The initial expressions of that appreciation may be most significant, because they were spontaneous and because they illustrated the influence, even beyond the messianic community, of an ideology that approved indiscriminate killing of Gentiles by Jews.
Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Pluto Press, London and Sterling Virginia, 1999, p. 108.

Outside after the performance some people reminisced that more Gentiles had been killed by the Jews in Susa during the original Purim [75,000].  They, therefore, reasoned that this was the right time to kill a comparable number of Gentiles in the holy land.
Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Pluto Press, London and Sterling Virginia, 1999, p. 109.

[T]he appreciation of Goldstein and the feeling that Jews have a right and duty to kill Gentiles who live in the land of Israel are growing.
Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Pluto Press, London and Sterling Virginia, 1999, p. 110.

About one year later the Kiryat Arba municipality obtained a permit from the Civil Administration of the Occupied Territories to build a large and sumptuous memorial on Goldstein's tomb, which has become a place of pilgrimage.  Thousands of Jews from all Israeli cities, and even more from the United States and France, have come to light candles and pray for the intercession of "holy saint and martyr," now in a special section of paradise close to God and able to obtain for them various benefits, such as cures for diseases from which they suffer, or to grant them male offspring.  The visitors have donated money for Goldstein's comrades.  No Orthodox rabbi has criticized this.
Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Pluto Press, London and Sterling Virginia, 1999, p. 111.

The book in praise of Goldstein, titled Blessed the Male, was published in 1995 and sold in many editions.  Most of the readers were from the religious public.  The book contained eulogies of Goldstein and halachic justifications for the right of every Jew to kill non-Jews.
Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Pluto Press, London and Sterling Virginia, 1999, p. 112.

Perhaps it is the case, then, that Jews do not abhor suicide attacks generally, but only when Jews are the victims.  When the victims are Palestinians, then Jews worship the attackers as saints.

The reason that Jews produce so few suicide attackers is that they find they are able to kill Palestinians from their helicopters and jet fighters and tanks with only a minimal loss of Jewish life.  The reason that Palestinians produce so many suicide attackers is that the United States does not supply them with helicopters and jet fighters and tanks which would permit them to assassinate Jewish leaders and wipe out Jewish settlements with only a minimal loss of Palestinian life.

The sight of one Jew after another like Brian Morris presenting himself to the media to tell bald-faced lies contributes much toward lowering Jewish credibility.  Jews who come forward to speak the truth like Israel Shahak, Israel Shamir, and Norman Finkelstein struggle to redeem Jewish credibility, but they are few and their voices can rarely be heard above the roaring of the crowd:

If I were to see the four above paperbacks being sold on the Canadian Jewish Congress web site, and the writing of Israel Shahak linked, I would have hope that the Middle East violence had reached its end, and that the world was stepping back from the brink of chaos.




Lubomyr Prytulak


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