April 19th, 2019

Israel has done its part to promote peace

By Letter to the Editor on November 20, 2018.

Re: Owen Holmes letter, “Israel needs to make peace with Palestinian people” (Nov. 17 Herald)

Israel desperately wants peace and has made three sweeping generous peace offers since 2000 that were ceremoniously rejected by the Palestinians without even a counteroffer. Israel has called for direct face-to-face negotiations, but the Palestinian leadership refuses to negotiate peace, incites terrorists and protracts the conflict.

Israel has put in place many confidence-building measures and has even controversially freed thousands of convicted Palestinians terrorists to promote peace, an oxymoron if there ever was one. Faced with unrelenting Palestinian rocket fire, shooting rampages, and knife attacks that have murdered over 1,500 Israelis in the past decade and maimed tens of thousands, often in suicide bombings, Israel has steadfastly supported the two states for two peoples concept.

And yet Israel, the paragon of peace and the only liberal democracy in the Middle East, is labelled a “terrorist state” by Owen Holmes. Shame on you.

Importantly, comparing the situation in the Gaza Strip to the Warsaw Ghetto crossed the line from fair opinion to hateful discourse. This comparison not only unfairly maligned the state of Israel, it also exploited the Holocaust through contemptible comparisons between the Nazis and the Jewish state. Holmes quotes University of Lethbridge professor Paul Viminitz who appallingly linked the situation in the Gaza Strip to the suffering that Jews endured in the concentration camps during the Holocaust and in their terrible experiences in the Warsaw Ghetto.

The reason the Warsaw Ghetto analogy was used is to trump up a libellous claim that Jews, who were once the victims of the Nazis during the Holocaust, are now the victimizers carrying out the genocide of Palestinians. It should be noted that comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy and actions to that of the Nazis fits the European Union’s, Ottawa Protocol’s, and U.S. State Department’s working definition of antisemitism.

Mike Fegelman

Executive Director, HonestReporting Canada


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2 Responses to “Israel has done its part to promote peace”

  1. biff says:

    mf – blah blah blah. always the antisemitism card. the world can say what they want about any subject matter, but everything to do with jewish peoples is highly regulated and legislated.
    with regard to israel, i bet it is much better to be jewish there than to be anything else, let alone palestinian? i also would bet it was a better place to live for palestinians before the land was stolen away – by foreign powers/colonialists, no less – to create israel?
    might we also acknowledge that, despite the writer’s one-sided and rosy picture, there are a lot of jewish people that have beautiful hearts, and are disgusted by certain practices of the israeli gov’t and military over the decades vis a vis palestinians and the further co-opting of land.
    as an aside, can anyone tell me: is there a difference between lies, propaganda, and fake news?

  2. semantics99 says:

    What is “Honest” with the way Mike Fengelman “lies”. There is no Honest Reporting coming out of Israel. Like Ilan Pappe quotes ” Zionism is the enemy of Judaism”, he is a Israeli professor who had to run for his life, for telling the truth. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XSlWd39XqY

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