The Jewish State and ISIS

In recent days we witnessed an escalation of terrorist attacks in the Jewish State of Israel by individuals who reportedly belong to ISIS. The attackers are individuals who live within Israel’s 1967 borders and in the occupied West Bank.

For many Jews Israel represents the fulfillment of the Zionist dream to finally have a country of their own. For them it is a safe haven and protection from Antisemitism or possible future holocaust. Most Israeli Jews believe that Israel is Jewish and Democratic.

Palestinians associate the Jewish state with the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homes, the killing of thousands of Palestinians, the occupation of 5 million Palestinians and the cause of their daily suffering and deaths. They do not see Israel as a peace-loving country but rather as an entity whose goal is to get rid of the Palestinians by force.

Israel expects the Palestinians and Muslims to accept the need for a Jewish State but the Palestinians as victims of the Zionist project are unwilling to accept that Narrative.

Israel set the tone by blending religion and government and insisting on the creation of a Jewish State. It passed the Law of Return giving Jews worldwide the right to immigrate to Israel and become its citizens. As a Jewish Nation state Israel is not hospitable to Palestinians and Muslims.

ISIS refers to itself as the Islamic State with religious, political, and military authority over Muslims worldwide.

From a Muslim’s point of view, what justification supports a Jewish State, but not an Islamic State?

Israel has not proven to be a haven for Jews. Since its creation in 1948 it has been involved in countless wars and violent episodes. More Jews have died and been Injured in Israel from political violence than Jews In any other place in the world. Israel proved itself a failure to achieve the goal for which it was established. It’s time to rethink the formula of a Jewish State.

About the Author
Josef Avesar is founder of the Israeli Palestinian Confederation, which advocates for a mutual third government for Israelis and Palestinians. An American-Israeli of Iraqi background, he practices law in the U.S., but travels frequently to Israel and Palestine.