In the name of God

l remember 1995 very clearly as if it were yesterday. I remember the famous demonstration in Kikar Zion where demonstrators held posters of Yitzhak Rabin dressed in an SS uniform and chanted ‘Rabin is a murderer’ (the famous chants that Netanyahu ‘didn’t hear’, although he was there). I also remember the famous demonstration in Ra’Anana (before Rabin was murdered) where Netanyahu marched in front of a coffin with Rabin’s name on it (he ‘didn’t see’).  I also remember the Rabbis’ Din Rodef and Pulsa dinura against Rabin. All of those actions led to the worst day for Israel’s democracy , 4.11.95 the day when a Prime Minister was assassinated.

And so, less than 20 years after and as Israel and Palestinians are negotiating a potential agreement, the same people who were behind the incitement against Rabin, raise their heads again because ‘god forbid’ an agreement may be signed this year, and so they started to circulate this horrible photo online.

Scaremongering was always what the right-wingers were good at (probably one of the only thing they are capable of), and here we are being warned about: ‘Kerry coming to Israel every week’, ‘The negotiations happen behind closed doors’ ,’many murderes are released’, ‘Obama is optimistic and Livni is optimistic’. But the most serious element here is the heads of those politicians involved in the negotiations who are put on matches with a slogan ‘Likud government is playing with fire’.

Haven’t they learned anything, do they want to see another PM murdered? Why the same people who are behind it sit in the coalition? They now speak against releasing terrorists but they agreed to it because PM Netanyahu promised that there won’t be a settlement freeze (Had Netanyahu decided to freeze settlements, they wouldn’t vote for the prisoners deal and would leave government).

Therefore the same people who speak against priosners release are in effect the ones who are responsible for it, so they need to stop being hypocrites. Secondly the same peopple who accuse the coalition of ‘playing with fire’, are the ones who are raising the flame levels, who incite hatred and motivate people to take the law into their hands by publishing such a despicable poster.

They twist faith into violence, their religious beliefs and fanatic obsessions inflame the environment and give Kashrut certification to self-proclaimed messiahs. For them there is no difference between virtue and sin, they justify violence in the name of god.

Majority of Israelis are supporting the two-state solution and not this hateful agenda. The negotiations haven’t been concluded and if an agreement is signed, the Israeli public will have to vote whether he agrees or not. In the meantime, if the same elements who try to torpedo a possible deal think that they are ‘above the law’, they need to be reminded that the everyone is equal in the eyes of the law, and they will be held responsible for their actions and their incitement against politicans.

About the Author
Tal Ofer is a former parliamentary researcher and now Deputy at the Board of Deputies of British Jews. He actively fights antisemitism and delegitimisation of Israel. In Summer 2014 he masterminded a campaign to target Tricycle Theater donors, which led to reverse of boycott of UK Jewish Film Festival.
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