Thanks Julian, for sending this in:
If you want to visit her blog, you can do so by clicking here:Â Pilar Rahola. Some of her articles translated into English.
A Spanish Journalist speaking -out about the Anti Israeli Demonstrations in Europe
Pilar Rahola is a Â Spanish politician, journalist and activist and member of the Â far left. Her articles are published inÂ SpainÂ and Â throughout some of the most important newspapers inÂ Latin Â America.Â Â Here she addresses that pro-Palestinian Â demonstrations:
Why don’t we see demonstrations Â against Islamic dictatorships Â inÂ London,Â Paris,Â Barcelona?
Or Â demonstrations against the Burmese Â dictatorship?
Why aren’t there demonstrations Â against the enslavement of millions of women who live without Â any legal protection?
Why aren’t there Â demonstrations against the use of children as human bombs Â where there is conflict with Islam?
Why has there Â been no leadership in support of the victims of Islamic Â dictatorship inÂ Sudan ?
Why is there never Â any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed Â againstÂ Israel ?
Why is there no outcry by Â the European left against Islamic fanaticism?
Why Â don’t they defendÂ Israel’s right to Â exist?
Why confuse support of the Palestinian Â cause with the defence of Palestinian Â terrorism?
And finally, the million dollar Â question: Why is the left in Europe and around the world Â obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the United Â States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the Â planet? The two most solid democracies, who have suffered the Â bloodiest attacks of terrorism, and the left doesn’t Â care.
And then, to the concept of freedom. In Â every pro Palestinian European forum I hear the left yelling Â with fervour: “We want freedom for the Â people!”
Not true. They are never concerned with Â freedom for the people ofÂ Syria orÂ YemenÂ or Â Iran or Sudan, or other such nations.Â And they are never Â preoccupied when Hammas destroys freedom for the Â Palestinians.Â They are only concerned with using the Â concept of Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Israeli Â freedom.Â The resulting consequence of these ideological Â pathologies is the manipulation of the press.
The Â international press does major damage when reporting on the Â question of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they Â don’t inform, they propagandize.
When reporting Â aboutÂ Israel, the majority of journalists forget the Â reporter code of ethics.Â And so, any Israeli act of Â self-defence becomes a massacre, and any confrontation, Â genocide. So many stupid things have been written Â aboutÂ Israel, that there aren’t any accusations left to Â level against her.
At the same time, this press Â never discusses Syrian and Iranian interference in propagating Â violence againstÂ Israel; the indoctrination of children Â and the corruption of the Palestinians. And when reporting Â about victims, every Palestinian casualty is reported as Â tragedy and every Israeli victim is camouflaged, hidden or Â reported about with disdain.
And let me add on Â the topic of the Spanish left. Many are the examples that Â illustrate the anti-Americanism and anti-Israeli sentiments Â that define the Spanish left. For example, one of the leftist Â parties inÂ Spain has just expelled one of its members for Â creating a pro-Israel web site. I quote from the expulsion Â document: “Our friends are the people ofÂ Iran,Â Â Libya Â andÂ Venezuela , oppressed by imperialism, Â and not a Nazi state likeÂ Israel …”
In Â another example, the socialist mayor of Campozuelos changed Â Shoah Day, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, with Â Palestinian Nabka Day, which mourns the establishment of the Â State of Israel, thus showing contempt for the six million Â European Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
Or in my Â native city ofÂ Barcelona, the city council decided to Â commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the State Â of Israel, by having a week of solidarity with the Palestinian Â people. Thus, they invited Leila Khaled, a noted terrorist Â from the 70’s and current leader of the Popular Front for the Â Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist organization so described Â by the European Union, which promotes the use of bombs Â againstÂ Israel .
This politically correct Â way of thinking has even polluted the speeches of president Â Zapatero. His foreign policy falls within the lunatic left, Â and on issues of theÂ Middle East,Â he is Â unequivocally pro Arab. I can assure you that in private, Â Zapatero places onÂ Israel the blame for the conflict in Â theÂ Middle East, and the policies of foreign minister Â Moratinos reflect this. The fact that Zapatero chose to wear a Â kafiah in the midst of theÂ Lebanon conflict is no Â coincidence; it’s a symbol.
SpainÂ has suffered the worst terrorist Â attack inÂ Europe and it is in the crosshairs of every Â Islamic terrorist organization. As I wrote before, they kill Â us with cell phones hooked to satellites connected to the Â Middle Ages. An yet the Spanish left is the most anti Israeli Â in the world.
And then it says it is anti Israeli Â because of solidarity. This is the madness I want to denounce Â in this conference.
I am Â not Jewish. Ideologically I am left and by profession a Â journalist. Why am I not anti Israeli like my colleagues? Â Because as a non-Jew I have the historical responsibility to Â fight against Jewish hatred and currently against the hatred Â for their historic homeland,Â Israel. To fight against Â anti-Semitism is not the duty of the Jews, it is the duty of Â the non-Jews.
As a journalist it is my duty to Â search for the truth beyond prejudice, lies and manipulations. Â The truth aboutÂ Israel is not told. As a person from the Â left who loves progress, I am obligated to defend liberty, Â culture, civic education for children, coexistence and the Â laws that the Tablets of the Covenant made into universal Â principles.
Principles that Islamic Â fundamentalism systematically destroys. That is to say, that Â as a non-Jew, journalist and lefty, I have a triple moral duty Â withÂ Israel, because ifÂ Israel is destroyed, Â liberty, modernity and culture will be destroyed Â too.
The struggle ofÂ Israel , even if the Â world doesn’t want to accept it, is the struggle of the Â world.