By Alan Hart
It was written by Gideon Levy, the conscience of Israeli journalism, in an article for Ha’aretz, and here it is:
“The two-state solution is dead (it was never born); the Palestinian state will not arise; international law does not apply to Israel; the occupation will continue to crawl quickly to annexation, annexation will continue to crawl quickly toward an apartheid state; “Jewish” supersedes “democracy”, nationalism and racism will get the stamp of government approval, but they’re already here and have been for a long time.”
The somewhat satirical headline over Gideon’s article was ‘Stop whining, Long live Israel’s new and honest government.’ He set the scene for his one sentence statement of the truth with these words.
“The 34th government will deserve Israel; Israel will deserve the 34th government. This is an authentic and representative government, the true manifestation of the spirit of the times and the deepest feelings of most Israelis. It will be a true government, without pretence, without makeup and without self-justification. What we’ll see is what we’ll get. Welcome to the fourth Benjamin Netanyahu government.
“They won’t talk haughtily and they won’t spout hollow slogans. Not about peace and not about human rights; not about two states and not about negotiations; not about international law, justice or equality. The truth will be thrust in the faces of Israelis and the world.”
Born in Tel Aviv in 1953 to Czech parents who fled from the Nazi holocaust, Gideon started life as a normal Israeli – brainwashed by Zionist propaganda. He has described his political views as a teenager as typically mainstream. “I was a full member of the nationalistic religious orgy. We all were under the feeling that the whole project (of Israel) is in an existentialistic danger. We all felt that another holocaust is around the corner.”
Today Gideon describes himself as a “patriotic Israeli” and the target he constantly fires at is what he sees as Israel’s “moral failure”.
In 2007 he wrote that the plight of the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip made him “ashamed to be an Israeli”.
And after Israel’s last war on it he wrote this. “The conclusion is that Israel is a violent and dangerous country, devoid of all restraints and blatantly ignoring the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, while not giving a hoot about international law.”
Gideon describes his “modest mission” as being “to prevent a situation in which many Israelis will be able to say ‘We didn’t know.'”
In my view that’s not a modest mission. It’s awesome and perhaps a mission impossible. Why? Another part of the truth which Gideon didn’t mention is not only that most Israelis don’t know what is being done to the Palestinians in their name – they don’t want to know.
To say that Gideon Levy is courageous is an understatement. His truth-telling provoked a call for him to be put on trial for treason and he frequently receives death threats.
The question arising from his one sentence statement of the truth is something like this. Is there any real sign of an end to what Ilan Pappe has described as “the continued apathy and indifference of the Western political elite and media to the plight of the Palestinians”?
The answer is “No” and that makes the Western political elite and media complicit, partly by design in the past but mainly by default today, in Israel’s crimes.
- Alan Hart is a former ITN and BBC Panorama foreign correspondent who has covered wars and conflicts wherever they were taking place in the world and specialized in the Middle East. He contributed this article to PalestineChronicle.com. He blogs on AlanHart.com.