Yisrael Medad
Analyst and commentator on political and cultural issues.

On Justified, Natural and Understandable Feelings

Amira Hass writes for Haaretz.

In an op-ed (or what that paper might consider a reportage piece), she seeks to find something pro-Israel in the recent call in areas A, B and C, commonly referred to as the Palestinian Authority to boycott food products made in Israel.

In her article, she also writes of the Arab

feelings of anger and hatred, and the desire for revenge – which are justified, natural and understandable – into channels of mass action (what is surprising is the small number of individual violent expressions of those justified, natural and understandable feelings).

This is not the first time, and most probably not the last, that Hass will provide for terrorists some form of cover – moral/immoral – that would, at the very least, make them feel good about killing Jews, blowing themselves up in supermarkets and restaurants, throwing firebombs at Jewish vehicles, tossing stones and all the other activities they practice that stem from “justified” feelings.

True, she didn’t write she supports terror and she does express the wish for non-violent acts, but, just like the Arabs who claim we Israelis can’t define for them who they are, whether a people or not, she runs the risk of having those same Arabs tell her she can’t, ex post facto, after writing what she wrote, that she can define for them their liberation struggle and its methods.

Cannot she grasp what lonely dark path she walks down?  Does she care?

Does her editor care?  Her publisher?

Unfortunately, it seems that the answers to my questions are in the negative.

I wonder, does Hass comprehend the justified, natural and understandable feelings – feelings, I emphasize – of those who consider her a pitiful person?


About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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