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Shame on Us!
Jenin Children Entertain
their Oppressors in Tel Aviv
By Khalid Amayreh
Shame on us!
happen next? Will Palestinian kids be duped to play music to Israeli
pilots who exterminated Gaza children with White Phosphorus?
It is really hard to write on this subject without getting
angry. We all know the extent to which Israel can be evil and satanic. After
all, we Palestinians have been on the receiving end of Israeli
savagery for decades.
In fact, being thoroughly
tormented and killed by the children, grand-children and great grandchildren
of the holocaust has always been and continues to be “the” Palestinians’ way
However, for some Palestinians to allow themselves to be
duped to sing and play music to their oppressors and child-killers is simply
beyond the pale of human dignity.
It is at least as insulting and
humiliating as some Jews were forced or duped to play music to
SS, Gestapo and Wehrmacht soldiers during the Second World War. In both
cases, the act was meant to humiliate the victims and rob them of the last
visages of human dignity.
And now, Jews in Israel are doing the
same thing to Palestinians, Nazism’s vicarious victims.
a few innocent kids from the Jenin refugee camp were surreptiously
taken to Tel Aviv to “cheer up and take part in peace-promoting activities.”
However, once there the kids were unceremoniously driven to a
reception where they were made to play music and sing to “holocaust
survivors,” some of them are former members of the Hagana and Irgun
terrorist gangs who had taken part in the ethnic cleansing of
Palestine and expulsion of Palestinians form their homeland.
knows how much Palestinian blood did these so-called “holocaust survivors”
shed in 1948 and subsequent years. Certainly, Dir Yasin, Tantura, Dawaymeh,
and the numerous other massacres were not committed by UFOs. They were
committed in cold blood by these very people our children are now cheering
Shame on us a thousand times!
Some of the kids were
instructed to utter words that should never be uttered by the victims of
Zionism. One of the participants reportedly dedicated a special song to
Gilaad Shalit, an Israeli soldier taken prisoner by Palestinian fighters in
Gaza nearly three years ago. No mention, not even an allusion, was made of
the estimated 10,000 Palestinian political and resistance prisoners
languishing in Israeli dungeons and concentration camps.
the kids apparently felt they had to say anything they were
asked to say in order to show gratitude for the Jewish “peace
contractor” who got them out of the ghetto, otherwise known as Jenin refugee
camp, even for a six-our outing in Tel Aviv.
I am not against
showing genuine sympathy with the victims of the holocaust. However, a
sympathy that is manipulated to justify, rationalize or even
extenuate the crime against humanity that is Israel is worse than a crime if
only because it serves to promote and perpetuate oppression.
human beings, we Palestinians do sympathize with all victims of
Nazism, Stalinism and imperialism, the wept, the over-wept, and especially
the unwept who constitute the vast majority of victims.
that, however, I strongly believe that no honest person under
the sun has the slightest right to demand that we pay the price for what the
Nazis did or may have done to European Jews nearly 70 years ago.
We didn’t send Jews to the ovens. The German did. We didn’t starve
Jews to death as Jews are doing to us today in the Gaza Strip.
We didn’t incinerate Jews in Gas chambers as Jews have recently incinerated
Palestinian children with White Phosphorus.
Hence, of all people in
this world, Palestinians must never be made to feel guilty for
what the Nazis and other Europeans did to Jews. I say so because a feeling
of guilt, even a modicum of guilt, on our part, would be construed or
misconstrued as a vindication of Zionism, the Nazism of our
There are additional reasons that make the latest insensitive
manipulation of Palestinian suffering especially ugly and dishonorable.
First, nearly all the young musicians who were taken to Tel Aviv
came from the Jenin Refugee camp. For those who have forgotten, this is the
very same refugee camp that Israeli tanks pulverized in 2002.
According to eyewitnesses, Israeli tanks and bulldozers destroyed homes
right on top of innocent civilians, including the physically handicapped,
while dozens of innocent civilians were systematically massacred, very much
like Jews were at Ghetto Warsaw. The massacre at the camp was so hideous
that Israel refused to allow UN officials to access the camp to inspect what
Well, again the Nazi analogy is inescapable. Just
imagine surviving Jewish children from Treblinka or Bergen Belsen made to
sing to SS soldiers.!!
Second, the disgraceful concert in Tel
Aviv comes on the heel of Israel’s genocidal assault in Gaza where
Israeli warplanes showered the children, women and men of coastal enclave
with White Phosphorus and other missiles and bombs of death while Israeli
Jews were gleefully celebrating the “victory on Hamas” and Israeli rabbis
preoccupied with classifying gentiles into “children of light” and “children
In Gaza, the Zionist Jews exposed their shame to all
the people of the world by acting like primitive barbarians and murderous
Hence, the utter shamefulness of
sending Palestinian children to Tel Aviv to help Israel’s
hasbara efforts whitewash Israel’s pornographic barbarianism in Gaza.
Finally, it is obvious that the PA bears much of the blame for this
disgraceful event. The PA should never allow so called “cultural exchanges”
and “cultural normalization” with the murderers of our children, the very
state whose leaders and military commanders view us as “scum, vermin
and animals” that ought to be exterminated.
Unfortunately, the PA
itself encourages some demoralized Palestinians to endear themselves to
Israel, even in the cheapest of manners.
The often cordial
meetings and exchanging of kisses between Mahmoud Abbas and Ehud Olmert, the
butcher of Gaza, leave one and only impression, not only on the children of
the refugee camp in Jenin, but also on TV viewers around the world.
Perhaps the Israel artillery and war planes were showering Gaza with
candy, not White Phosphorus.!!!
This is probably the main
message the organizers of the Jenin-Tel Aviv tour wanted to communicate to
these miserable kids who are obviously having a hard time recognizing
their fathers’ killers.