Sull'Antisemitismo



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Sull'Antisemitismo
Oriana Fallaci

 I find it shameful that in Italy, courtesies are made to individuals dressed as kamikazes*, yelling injurious insults at Israel, that photographs are raised of Israeli heads of state on which swastikas have been drawn, inciting the population to hate the Jews. and that to see the Jews in the concentration camps, in gas chambers, in the crematoriums, in the ovens of Dachau and Mauthausen, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen, Etc., they would sell their own mothers into a harem.
 
 I find it shameful that the catholic church allows a bishop, even more so one lodged in the Vatican, a sacred relic that in Jerusalem was found with an arsenal of arms and explosives hidden in special compartments in his sacred Mercedes, to participate in th! e demonstration and put himself at a microphone to thank in the name of god, the kamikazes that massacre the Jews in pizzerie and supermarkets, to call them "martyrs that go to death as going to a party".
 I find it shameful that in France, the France of liberte`-egalite`-fraternite`, they burn synagogues, terrorize the Jews, profane their cemeteries.  
  I find it shameful that in Holland, Germany, and Denmark the youth show off in the kaffiah like the vanguards of Mussolini showed off their sticks and fascist badges.
  I find it shameful that in almost all the European universities, the Palestinian students feed off of antisemitism. that in Switzerland they have asked to take back the Nobel peace prize given to Shimon Peres in 1994, and instead to concentrate the dove and olive branch on arafat.  
 I find it shameful that these esteemed members of the committee have even taken into consideration the request.I find it shameful (again we are in Italy) that the TV stations of the ! state contribute to the anti-Semitism, crying only over the Palestinia n deaths and speaking in a hurried and lazy tone of the Israeli tragedies.  
 I find it shameful that in their debates they invite with much deference the scoundrels with turbans and kaffiahs that yesterday engineered the massacre in New York and today engineer the slaughters of Jerusalem, Haifa, Netanya, Tel Aviv.  
 I find it shameful that the written press does the same, that they are indignant because in Beit Lechem the armed tanks of Israelis circle the church of the nativity, and that they are not indignant that in the same church 200 Palestinian terrorists well stocked in munitions and explosives (among them several heads of hamas and al-aqsa) are not unwelcome guests of the brothers (who then accept bottles of water and crates of apples from these same tanks). 
 I find it shameful that giving the number of Israelis killed since the beginning of the 2nd Intifada (412) a daily note is retained that underlines that in their traffic accidents more are killed (600 a year).
 I find it shameful that the Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of the Pope- a pope who not long ago left a letter in the wailing wall of apology to the Jews, accused Israel of exterminating a population -- when the Jews were almost exterminated by millions of Christians, of Europeans. 
 I find it shameful that to the survivors of this population (people that still have numbers tattooed on their arms) the newspaper refuses the right to react, to defend themselves, to not be exterminated again.  
 I find it shameful that in the name of Jesus Christ ( a Jew without whom we today would all be 'unemployed') the priests of our parishes and our social centers ingratiate themselves with the assassins because of whom, in Jerusalem, you cannot go to eat a pizza or buy eggs without being thrown into the air by explosives.
 I find it shameful that these, from the same part that inaugurated the terrorism, murdering on airplanes, in airports, at Olympics, that today amuse thems! elves by murdering western journalists. shooting them, raping them, cu tting their throats, decapitating them (after the publication of La Rabbia and l'Orlogio someone in Italy will want to do the same to me.  he recites verses of the Koran, urges his 'brothers' in the mosques and the Islamic community to castigate me in the name of Allah. to kill me, even to die with me. Because a type like this knows English well, in English i respond to him 'fuck you'. )
 I find it shameful that almost all of the Left, a Left that 20 years ago gave permission to a mayoral rally to leave a coffin in front of the synagogue in Rome, forgets the contributions given by the Jews to the anti fascist cause. from Carlo and Nello Rosselli, from Leone Ginzburg, from Umberto Terracini, from Leo Valiani, Emilio Sereni, from the women like my friend Anna Maria Enriques Agnoletti who was shot in Florence the 12 June 1944, from the 75 out of 335 killed at Fosse Ardeatine, from the infinite dead under torture or in combat or in front of firing squads. (the companions, the! teachers of my childhood and early youth).
 I find it shameful that also from the fault of the Left, even above all from the fault of the Left (think of the Left that inaugurates its congresses applauding the representative of the PLO in Italy the head of the Palestinians that want the destruction of the state of Israel) the Jews of Italian cities are scared again.  
 I find it shameful that at the passage of scoundrels dressed as kamikazes they tremble the way they trembled in Berlin on Kristallnacht. 
 I find it shameful that obeying the stupid, vile, dishonest, and for them extremely advantageous style of political correctness, the opportunists, the parasites, exploit the word Peace- one of the most often spat out words along with Love and Humanity- absolving from one side the hate and brutality.  that in the name of a pacifism (read conformism) relegated to the singing crickets and jesters that used to lick the feet of Pol Pot, set the dogs to the confused or naive! or intimated populous, that they embroil, corrupt, and take backwards half a century to the yellow star on the coat.  These charlatans care about the Palestinians as much as I care about them. Not at all.I find it shameful that many Italians and many Europeans have chosen as their 'flag' Mr. arafat. this nonentity who thanks to the money of the Saudi royal family makes a Mussolini of himself, and in his megalomania believes to pass into history like the George Washington of Palestine.  This buffoon, who when he is interviewed cannot even compose a complete sentence, a coherent, articulate argument.  This false warrior who runs around always in uniform like Pinochet, never having participated in battle.  The war he wages and has always waged is on others, even on the poor fools who believe in him. This pompous inept ignoramus, acting the part of head of state made the Camp David negotiations and the mediation of Clinton fail.  This eternal liar who has a flash of sincerity only when (in private) he denies Israel the ri! ght to exist. He always plays the double game, a perfect mind if you ask him what time it is. This eternal terrorist who knows only how to be a terrorist and who in the 1970's trained the terrorists of Baader-Meinhof, with them children of 10 years!  Poor children. (now he trains them to be kamikazes. 100 baby kamikazes on the site, 100!). This pompous rooster who keeps his wife in Paris where she is served and revered like a queen, and who keeps his people in shit. Out of this shit he takes them only to send them to die, to kill and to die; like the 18 year olds who to prove themselves to be men must stuff themselves with explosives and die with their victims and even many Italians love him, yes. the way they loved Mussolini. ..many Europeans as well. 

I find it shameful that I see in everything a surge of neofascism, of neonazism, a fascism, a nazism much more revolting in  how it is nurtured by those hypocritically being good, progressive, communist, pacifist, ca! tholic, Christian. I see it and I still say that which I feel.  I , with the tragic, Shakespearean Sharon, have never been tender ("I know that this is another scalp to add to my necklace" I said, almost with sadness when I went to interview him in 1982). 
 With the Israelis I have argued a lot, and in the past I have defended the Palestinians quite a bit, maybe more than they deserved.  But I am with Israel; I am with the Jews. With them I am the way I was as a young girl, in the times I fought alongside them and the others who have been executed, persecuted.  I defend their right to exist, to defend themselves and not to be exterminated a second time. I am disgusted by the anti-Semitism of many Italians, of many Europeans.  I am mortified by this disgrace that dishonors my country and Europe.  In the best houses, it is not a community of states but a well of Pontius Pilates. and even if all other inhabitants of this planet would think of it differently, I will continue to think like this

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