Bat-Zion Susskind-Sacks


“As they have dared, so shall I dare. Dare to tell the truth, as I have pledged to tell it, in full, since the normal channels of justice have failed to do so. My duty is to speak out; I do not wish to be an accomplice in this travesty.” Emil Zola, – Letter to the President of the Republic, 13 January 1898

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the need to remove the word “narrative” from the lexicon of the Arab Israeli conflict. Here is another reason.

In recent years, another narrative, the forgery entitled the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” made famous during Tsarist Russia, has gained popularity and been reintroduced in that Arab/Muslim narrative with the sole purpose of demonizing, delegitimizing and destroying Israel, the only Jewish state. Lately, Ma’an News Agency, the so called “moderate” news outlet of those that call themselves “Palestinians” published an article that repeats the lies spread by the narrative of the Protocols accusing the Jews of trying to take control over the world. The article, in the Arabic language, holds the Jews responsible for revolutions and civil wars as part of their efforts to achieve that goal.

The Agency is part of the Ma’an Network. Some of its partners and donors, according to the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) are, “The European Commission, UNDP, UNESCO,The Government of Denmark, the Government of the Netherlands and UKaid, the UK Department of International development”, among others.

Frankly, my anger is not addressed at Ma’an. I have had my run into their biased reporting a long time ago. Despite my repetitious requests for clarification on many of their items, the agency did not ever bother to respond to me. I doubt they ever will. Any efforts to try and set the record straight for a paper that ignores and refuses to learn the sequence of “cause and effect” when it comes to Israeli responses to terror attacks are futile. Neither am I going to point a blaming finger at other media outlets in the Arab/Muslim world. There is little I can and should expect from a society that refuses to move forward and continues to adhere to its juvenile and backward stance.

J’accuse, however, an enlightened world, for continuing to give a platform and support such a distorted ideology. J’accuse a world that gave us Jean Jacques Rousseau, John Locke and other great minds, yet declines to follow their great legacy. J’accuse it for keeping silent and not standing up in support of the values that these great minds taught us,

J’accuse Europe for its silence in the face of a rising injustice, a similar one to that which arose over seventy years ago. Then and now, it joined hands with the forces of Evil to demonize and kill those that have helped bring them to the threshold of progress and growth.

J’accuse a world that refuses to differentiate between Good and Evil and is willingly letting a black veil blindfold it. J’accuse many of its members of letting their children be brainwashed into not only believing and supporting these myths and narratives but also idolizing them and being ready to die in their defense.

J’accuse a brain dead world of adopting and legitimizing unfounded accusations thus helping repeat a lie which if left uncontested will one day become truth. J’accuse an irresponsible world of signing the death sentence of its future generations by keeping them in darkness, raising them to worship Mammon and sell their soul to a culture that chooses a narrative of Lies over factual Truths, Hatred over Love and Death over Life.

I am one little Jewish Israeli woman who speaks for many, the many who were silenced because of such lies. I speak their pain. I am the tears that wash their souls. I am a modern day Emil Zola who cries out against Injustice. Like him, “I have but one passion: to enlighten those who have been kept in the dark, in the name of humanity which has suffered so much and is entitled to happiness.”

About the Author
Bat-Zion Susskind-Sacks is an English teacher and a pro Israel advocate. She lives in Israel and has recently published her first novel, "On A Wing From The Holy Land."