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Catherine Perez-Shakdam

Hypocrisy and Self-Righteousness Fuel the Morally Bankrupt Antisemitic Mob

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In scrutinizing the labyrinthine narrative that has spun out from the Middle East, particularly following the events of October 7, 2023, it becomes incumbent upon us to slice through the fog of distortion with the razor-sharp edge of truth. Hamas, an organization deemed terrorist by a consensus of global opinion, drew first blood, targeting not combatants but civilians in a display of callous barbarity. To then cast Israel’s response as ethnic cleansing is not just a distortion; it is an affront to intellectual honesty.

Let us be unequivocally clear: Hamas’s actions on that day were not the valiant acts of resistance that some romanticized narratives might have us believe. They were, in fact, heinous crimes against humanity. Women were not just caught in the crossfire; they were targeted, subjected to rape and brutal torture. Hostages continue to endure unspeakable violence and indignities that defy the very essence of our moral language. This is the true face of the terror group – a visage of unadulterated depravity.

In this grotesque theatre of the absurd, the world has been quick to castigate Israel for its audacity to defend itself. The irony is as bitter as it is blatant: the very nations that espouse the sanctity of human rights and the rule of law are the ones now denying Israel the most fundamental of rights – the right to protect its citizens from unprovoked aggression.

This is not just a failure of diplomacy or a lapse in judgment; it is a moral failing of the highest order. The international community, in its rush to condemn Israel, has turned a blind eye to the atrocities committed by Hamas. In doing so, they have not only betrayed the Israeli victims of these attacks but have also provided tacit approval for the perpetuation of terror under the guise of resistance.

It’s high time we call out this charade for what it is: a crass manipulation of public sentiment, a blood libel draped in the tattered robes of righteousness. The narrative that seeks to paint Hamas as freedom fighters and Israel as the oppressor is not just factually bankrupt; it is morally reprehensible.

To those who continue to peddle this narrative, I say this: Your indignation, selective and misplaced, is a testament to a profound moral blindness. In your eagerness to vilify Israel, you have become apologists for terror, enablers of the very atrocities you claim to abhor. This is the unvarnished truth, and it is time it was acknowledged.

The death of non-combatants is a tragedy of unspeakable proportions. However, to fully grasp the narrative, one must venture deeper into the Machiavellian depths of Hamas’s strategies. This organization, cloaked under the guise of resistance, has elevated civilian exploitation to an art form. Its methods are not just cynical but chillingly effective: embedding military operations amidst the innocent, Hamas ensnares civilians in a diabolical scheme ensuring either operational success or a twisted form of propaganda triumph.

But to comprehend the labyrinth in which Israel finds itself, one must first understand the dystopian reality Hamas has forged in Gaza. As the autocratic overlord, Hamas has embarked on a systematic indoctrination of its populace, cultivating a culture steeped in violence and an intractable hatred of Jews. This indoctrination begins in the cradle, where even children are taught to venerate martyrdom and call for the murder of innocents based on nothing more than their faith and ethnicity. In such a world, to grasp the treacherous waters that Israel must navigate is not just an intellectual exercise; it is a moral imperative.

Critiquing Israel’s maneuvers in this quagmire from the comfort of detached, unburdened quarters is not just intellectually lazy; it is an act of moral cowardice. This conflict, laden with existential stakes, places Israel in a predicament where the usual rules of engagement are turned on their head. To relent or to show restraint in the face of such a foe is not just impractical; it verges on the suicidal.

Israel’s struggle, therefore, is not a matter of choice but of existential necessity. The alternative to not fighting is not peace but potential obliteration – a prospect too ghastly to contemplate but too real to ignore. In this harsh reality, where one side fights for its very right to exist while the other seeks its total annihilation, the narrative of the oppressor and the oppressed becomes dangerously skewed. It is a situation that demands not just our attention but our unflinching courage to confront the brutal truths of a conflict that is anything but black and white.

The duplicity of the international community’s stance on this matter is nothing short of astonishing. The right to self-defense, a sanctum of sovereign states, seems to be a selective principle, conveniently forgotten or outright ignored when it comes to Israel. This hypocrisy not only undermines the principles of international law but also endangers the very fabric of global diplomatic relations.

We must address the pernicious narrative that has infiltrated public discourse: a narrative that simplifies a conflict into a morality play, with Israel invariably cast as the villain. This narrative, dripping with blood libel and manipulative victimhood, does a disservice to the pursuit of truth. It emboldens extremism and obfuscates the path to a viable resolution.

While we mourn the tragic loss of life, we must not succumb to the facile and misleading narratives that frequently emerge from the Israel-Hamas conflict. To do so would be an intellectual and moral capitulation that serves neither the cause of peace nor the principles of justice.

About the Author
Catherine Perez-Shakdam - Director Forward Strategy and Research Fellow at the American Centre for Levant Studies. Catherine is a former Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and consultant for the UNSC on Yemen, as well an expert on Iran, Terror and Islamic radicalisation. A prominent political analyst and commentator, she has spoken at length on the Islamic Republic of Iran, calling on the UK to proscribe the IRGC as a terrorist organisation. Raised in a secular Jewish family in France, Catherine found herself at the very heart of the Islamic world following her marriage to a Muslim from Yemen. Her experience in the Middle East and subsequent work as a political analyst gave her a very particular, if not a rare viewpoint - especially in how one can lose one' sense of identity when confronted with systemic antisemitism. Determined to share her experience and perspective on those issues which unfortunately plague us -- Islamic radicalism, Terror and Antisemitism Catherine also will speak of a world, which often sits out of our reach for a lack of access.
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