Am I a ‘Disgusting Racist’ for Calling Palestinians Evil When They Sanctify Death and Jew Hatred?

September 7, 2016 by Isi Leibler
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Isi Leibler has responded to an article in in which he claims he is “revolting racist”.

Isi Leibler writes:

Isi Leibler

Isi Leibler

In a column provocatively titled “Racism-as-Zionism. Don’t Call It ‘pro-Israel.’ Call It What It Is: Disgusting,” senior editor Bradley Burston accuses me of being a revolting racist.

Burston bases his vulgar claim by quoting a paragraph from my previous op-ed in which I stated, “There is irrefutable evidence of the barbaric and genocidal nature of Palestinian society. Indeed, the reality is that despite maintaining a ‘moderate’ stance to the outside world, internally the Palestinians and ISIS are birds of a feather — although the Palestinians are probably more corrupt.”

I also pointed out that while Arab hostility to Jews prevailed even during the period of the British Mandate, it was not comparable to the culture of death and evil which saturates dominant aspects of Palestinian life today.

Let us review the bare facts:

The Palestinian leaders have stated explicitly that their state would be Judenrein and that Jews would never be permitted to live in their ancestral home, even if they were willing to accept Palestinian jurisdiction Those deemed to have sold land to a Jew are brutally executed. Surely such behavior must be considered racist.

The charter of Hamas, which emerged as the largest faction in the only election held, explicitly calls for the genocide of Jews and Israelis.

The Palestinian Authority depicts Jews as “the offspring of apes and pigs” and calls for their extermination. This is communicated every day by the political leadership, including mullahs in the mosques and the state-controlled media. It is a society in which children from kindergarten are brainwashed into believing that the highest goal in Islam is to achieve martyrdom in the course of killing Jews.

The demonization of Israel and promotion of the culture of death incite individuals to strike out and kill Jews in concert or randomly. The “heroic” scenes of youngsters stabbing Jews, the praise by Abbas himself of martyrs “with holy blood” and the totally contrived religious frenzy accusing Israelis of planning to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque, coalesce into a witch’s brew of primeval rage and hatred.

The PA provides generous state salaries to terrorists apprehended by Israelis and if they are killed, their families are remunerated — partly from funds provided by Western countries. The religious and political leadership at all levels sanctifies terrorists as heroes and national martyrs. City squares, schools and even football clubs are named in their honor.

Barbarism is reflected in Palestinian street celebrations that erupt spontaneously with murders of Israelis. Even more nauseating are the repeated displays on TV of mothers expressing pride that one of their children had become a martyr and usually expressing hope that her other children would follow the example.

Is it racist to describe such a society as evil and criminal?

Most of us seek to separate ourselves from our Palestinian neighbors, but to create a neighboring crime-permeated state in the current circumstances would be insane. Aside from the turbulence in the region and the threat from Iran and ISIS, we would be creating an adjoining state pledged to our destruction or a candidate for an ISIS or Iranian takeover.

And we should be under no illusions. Most Palestinians favoring a two-state solution consider this only as a step toward achieving the ultimate goal. The Arafat/Abbas indoctrination process has radicalized successive generations into believing that the only solution to the conflict is the permanent termination of Jewish sovereignty in the area.

Burston descends to personal smear tactics to deflect from the reality that our neighbors have created a barbaric society sanctifying death.

On what basis can he allege that exposing such truths represents “disgusting … racism”? Besides, since when are Palestinians a race?

The Nazis transformed the majority of Germans into genocidal barbarians and imposed a widely-accepted evil criminal culture on the nation. That does not imply racial prejudice against individual Germans under Nazism any more than against Palestinians living under the barbaric culture imposed on them by their leaders.

A personal aside: I oppose a one-state solution because this would transform us into a binational state. I have no simple solutions but the status quo accompanied by social and economic progress appears to be the only strategy on which to operate until the Palestinians come to their senses and produce leaders reconciled to coexist in peace with us.

Finally, I take pride in the fact that my record speaks for itself. I can testify to having fought racism and engaged in the promotion of human rights for the bulk of my political life in the Diaspora as well as the 17 years since I made aliya. It is outrageous that Burston, a senior editor of, accuses me of racism because I truthfully state that our neighboring Palestinian society is evil and based on a death cult. His article is a prime example of reverse McCarthyism.

Isi Leibler lives in Jerusalem. He is a former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. He is published on J-Wire weekly.


7 Responses to “Am I a ‘Disgusting Racist’ for Calling Palestinians Evil When They Sanctify Death and Jew Hatred?”
  1. Eleonora Mostert says:

    Your in the best company… 99.9% of the world agrees with you Isi, those who turn away from the truth are cowards.

  2. Ian Bersten says:

    Another great example of ‘if you do not like the message, attack the messenger.’

  3. michael Burd says:

    Isi the Left is the Left is the Left is the Left and the Jewish Left are nothing more than Palestinian useful idiots or another term used by our Christian friends of Israel ‘Dhimmi ‘Jews >

    Keep up your great work Isi you speak for the silent majority.

  4. Mike Gold says:

    Yes, you are.

  5. Ron Burdo says:

    Why wasting time on the decaying post-Jewish, auto-Antsemitic, Nazi-owned pamphlet called “Haaretz”?

  6. Erica Edelman says:

    Isi – you have just wasted a couple of hours of your precious life
    You will never get back. They don’t get it. Trying to
    Rationalize or explain or even set it out in plain English
    Is never going to change their mind-set.
    I’m never this pessimistic about communication but in
    The case of this Editor you are wasting your precious time.
    Living well is the best revenge – and while you do that these
    People who try to annihilate, humiliate and hurt us
    Will destroy themselves and with a bit of luck Hashem
    Will let us watch.

    • Rami Reed says:

      Isi was right to write this article. The answer to Bradley Burson’s article will not persuade him and his ilk to change their minds. But, it may persuade people who have read Burston’s screed to know the truth. We have to get to the innocent reader and explain our truth

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