Questions for the European Left

    By Pilar Rahola | 21 September 2013

    Why don’t we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in London, Paris, Barcelona?

    Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship?

    Why aren’t there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live without any legal protection?

    Why aren’t there demonstrations against the use of children as human bombs where there is conflict with Islam?

    Why has there been no leadership in support of the victims of Islamic dictatorship in Sudan?

    Why is there never any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed against Israel?

    Why is there no outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism?

    Why don’t they defend Israel’s right to exist?

    Why confuse support of the Palestinian cause with the defense of Palestinian terrorism?

    And finally, the million dollar question: Why is the left in Europe and around the world obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the United States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the planet? The two most solid democracies, who have suffered the bloodiest attacks of terrorism, and the left doesn’t care.

    And then, to the concept of freedom. In every pro-Palestinian European forum I hear the left yelling with fervor: “We want freedom for the people!”

    Not true. They are never concerned with freedom for the people of Syria or Yemen or Iran or Sudan, or other such nations. And they are never preoccupied when Hamas destroys freedom for the Palestinians. They are only concerned with using the concept of Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Israeli freedom. The resulting consequence of these ideological pathologies is the manipulation of the press.

    The international press does major damage when reporting on the question of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they don’t inform, they propagandize.

    When reporting about Israel, the majority of journalists forget the reporter code of ethics. And so, any Israeli act of self-defense becomes a massacre, and any confrontation, genocide. So many stupid things have been written about Israel that there aren’t any accusations left to level against her.

    At the same time, this press never discusses Syrian and Iranian interference in propagating violence against Israel, the indoctrination of children, and the corruption of the Palestinians. And when reporting about victims, every Palestinian casualty is reported as tragedy and every Israeli victim is camouflaged, hidden or reported about with disdain.

    And let me add on the topic of the Spanish left. Many are the examples that illustrate the anti-Americanism and anti-Israeli sentiments that define the Spanish left. For example, one of the leftist parties in Spain has just expelled one of its members for creating a pro-Israel website. I quote from the expulsion document: “Our friends are the people of Iran, Libya and Venezuela, oppressed by imperialism, and not a Nazi state like Israel.”

    In another example, the socialist mayor of Campozuelos changed Shoah Day, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, with Palestinian Nabka Day, which mourns the establishment of the State of Israel, thus showing contempt for the six million European Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

    Or in my native city of Barcelona, the city council decided to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, by having a week of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Thus, they invited Leila Khaled, a noted terrorist from the 70′s and current leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization so described by the European Union, which promotes the use of bombs against Israel.

    This politically correct way of thinking has even polluted the speeches of President Zapatero. His foreign policy falls within the lunatic left, and on issues of the Middle East, he is unequivocally pro-Arab. I can assure you that in private, Zapatero places on Israel the blame for the conflict in the Middle East , and the policies of Foreign Minister Moratinos reflect this. The fact that Zapatero chose to wear a kafiah in the midst of the Lebanon conflict is no coincidence; it’s a symbol.

    Spain has suffered the worst terrorist attack in Europe and it is in the crosshairs of every Islamic terrorist organization. As I wrote before, they kill us with cell phones hooked to satellites connected to the Middle Ages. And yet the Spanish left is the most anti-Israeli in the world.

    And then it says it is anti-Israeli because of solidarity. This is the madness I want to denounce in this conference.


    I am not Jewish. Ideologically I am left and by profession a journalist. Why am I not anti-Israeli like my colleagues? Because as a non-Jew I have the historical responsibility to fight against Jewish hatred and currently against the hatred for their historic homeland, Israel. To fight against anti-Semitism is not the duty of the Jews, it is the duty of the non-Jews.

    As a journalist it is my duty to search for the truth beyond prejudice, lies and manipulations. The truth about Israel is not told. As a person from the left who loves progress, I am obligated to defend liberty, culture, civic education for children, coexistence and the laws that the Tablets of the Covenant made into universal principles.

    Principles that Islamic fundamentalism systematically destroys. That is to say, that as a non-Jew, journalist and lefty, I have a triple moral duty with Israel, because if Israel is destroyed, liberty, modernity and culture will be destroyed too.

    The struggle of Israel, even if the world doesn’t want to accept it, is the struggle of the world.

    Pilar Rahola i Martínez is a Spanish journalist, writer and former MP.

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    1. So, who's your sponsor author?

      Let me hit a couple of answers for you, author:

      Q: Why don’t we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in London, Paris, Barcelona?
      A: Islam isn't a land, it's a religion, a concept. In order to fight the abusing part of Islam, one must attack religion. Which is done all over the world, my friend, not towards any particular religion, but against all of them. Read up!

      Q: Why is there never any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed against Israel?
      A: It's a matter of bad and worse here. Nobody in their right mind would condone the attacks against Israel, but in a fight you must always try to find who started it. And it was Israel theft of Palestinian land that was the main cause. So while killing jews in return is not the answer(the wrong type of defence), it is not as bad as israelis(the even worse type of offence)

      Q: Why is there no outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism?
      A: There's PLENTY! People are putting their lifes on the line to oppose Islamification. So, again, you are either not well informed, or you have a malicious intent here to leave stuff out.

      Q: Why don’t they defend Israel’s right to exist?
      A: Because it's undefendable. Israel must perish from that little strip of land and go make their land in USA or whoever will take them, it's nobody's responsability to relocate landthieves.

      Q: Why confuse support of the Palestinian cause with the defense of Palestinian terrorism?
      A: Right back at you, you are the one who does this confusion when analysing our message

      "That is to say, that as a non-Jew, journalist and lefty, I have a triple moral duty with Israel, because if Israel is destroyed, liberty, modernity and culture will be destroyed too." – What a logical aberation! Hahahaha! Do you just stick words together without reading the final sentence? You may have a triple duty from some triple sponsor, that's all. Other than that, you didn't manage to make any good points here. Retry?


      • Or as you simply say, and i write it as a friend of some jews but not jewish myself, it has nothing to do with land or freedom of anyone and anyones god abd religion. As i can quoat you- jews should be remooved and banished elswhere (like us or i dont care). No green lines or other ootions are even being an option. Freedom fighter my ars. Jew hater racist is all i read in the crap your keyboard produced.

      • The land was paid for which the settlers there at the time (now known as Palestinians) agreed to. No one cared about the strip of land which was nothing but desert until the establishment of Israel.

    2. Great article, and one I agree with. But, as Ionut Rus said "back at you." That is the crux of this debate. There really is no right or wrong here for either side. It's a lose lose situation with no solution. They both believe in their own rightness and the other's wrongness. And, there really is hate between the two groups. Nothing will change that until . . . who knows, one of them wins and annihilates the other?

      Also, on the point of Islam not being a place. hmm, I don't know. It's like sticky glue spread over one particular part of the world. Could they, it would most definitely be a literal place.

    3. When the refugees are allowed back to their houses and land…………then we can discuss why some people are angry. As Yehudi Menuhin said about Jerusalem in 1996: “The idea of Jerusalem as an exclusive Jewish city is unthinkable because too many different groups owe it their allegiance, religiously and politically, and everyone who has tried to make Jerusalem into their own has been ruined.”

    4. I cannot help but wonder what knowledgeable people are to do when a species like Homo sapiens is confronted with a colossal planetary emergency that it appears to have induced. Do human beings not have an original, overarching obligation or perhaps an absolute duty to warn of such a dire situation? What honor should be bestowed on first rank scientists and other esteemed professionals in possession of well-established science who pose as if they "see no truth, hear no truth and speak no truth" regarding known causes of the clear and present danger while mainstreamed, false (preternatural, pseudoscientific) knowledge is deliberately allowed to stand unchallenged as if it represented the best available science?

    5. MIranda:Which is more representative? I hope the former. Actually, the latter is more representative. Creationists who are open to hearing arguments for science don’t generally last very long (as creationists, I mean). Indeed, there are many Christian Evolutionists who lament that the shock and disgust that these few creationists feel when they find out the American Creationism is entirely built on lies, misrepresentation and innuendo is such that some of them give up not just Creationism but Christianity altogether.


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