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Letter 02   28-Mar-2002   Kafr Kasem is the history of Israel
Ezra Levant
By the end of the evening, forty-three Israeli Arabs were dead, including seven children and ten women.  None of this happened in the heat of battle; Israelis simply stood at the entrance to a peaceful village and decided who shall live and who shall die. Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht

  28 March 2002

Ezra Levant
159, 2515-90th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2V 0L8


Ezra Levant:

Your 19-Nov-2001 Report Magazine article explains why "people despise Israel":

There are many reasons why people despise Israel. It is Jewish; it is an island of liberal democracy in a sea of dictatorships; it is an ally of the U.S.; it defies the edicts of the UN.

But can you really think of no other reasons than these?  It seems to me that you have overlooked not just one or a few other reasons, but a thousand of them, of which Kafr Kasem is one:

On October 29, 1956, because of the Sinai War, the curfew on Israeli Arab villages near the Jordanian border was moved forward from 9 P.M. to 5 P.M.  This decision was made after the villagers left for work that day, so they were unaware of it.

That evening, in the village of Kafr Kasem, the first workers to return were four men on bicycles.  They were halted by the Israeli border police.  When they identified themselves, the Israeli police opened fire.  Two died at once; two survived by pretending to be dead.

Soon after, a wagon came with an Arab and his young daughter, followed by two men and a boy on foot.  The children were permitted to pass into the village.  One of the men, seeing the bodies of the first Arabs, asked, "Why do you want to shoot us?"  He was told to "shut up."  Then the three men were shot.

As others returned to the village, some were arbitrarily permitted to enter unharmed; others were just as arbitrarily murdered.  By the end of the evening, forty-three Israeli Arabs were dead, including seven children and ten women.  None of this happened in the heat of battle; Israelis simply stood at the entrance to a peaceful village and decided who shall live and who shall die.  Some victims were killed while they lay wounded on the ground.  One man was shot from behind after he was given permission to enter the village.
Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht, The Fate of the Jews: A People Torn Between Israeli Power and Jewish Ethics, Times Books, New York, 1983, p. 252.

Your defense of Israel not only omits to mention Kafr Kasem, but seems oblivious to the fact that Kafr Kasem, repeated a thousand times in its many variations over half a century, is the history of Israel.  Israel is Murder Incorporated hired in the service of real-estate acquisition in the Middle East.  If you are unaware of this, then you have not read the works of Noam Chomsky, Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht, Norman G. Finkelstein, Israel Shahak, and Israel Shamir to limit my list to a few of the outstanding Jewish writers and you have no business speaking out on subjects concerning which you are poorly informed or misinformed.

In the alternative, you may have been exposed to such truthful material, but are gifted with an unusual capacity to block unwelcome information from consciousness, or at least from your writing.

Your attitude toward Israel has implications for your parliamentary candidacy.

That is, you are loyal to the current Jewish leadership, even when that leadership has been taken over by criminals and bandits.  You are disloyal to those teachings of Judaism which recommend virtue and justice and truth and the overthrow of tyrants.

One notices that loyalty to the bandits pays better than loyalty to truth, as the bandits sit on coffers of gold while truth goes begging.  This observation invites the question of whether you are a man of principle or a hireling, and leads to the further question of which would best serve Canada in parliament.




Lubomyr Prytulak


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