There is cliché about a pot calling the kettle black. There is a term ‘poseur’ which connotes – ‘a person who attempts to impress others by assuming or affecting a manner, degree of elegance, sentiment, etc., other than his or her true one.’ There is a history recorded by Human Rights Watch (HRW) which says that Israel operates a “two-tier” judicial system in the occupied Palestinian Territories.
The policies of government provide preferential services, development, and benefits for Jewish settlers while imposing harsh conditions on Palestinians. There are the roads in occupied Palestine with the brazen announcement “ for settler-only.”
There are more than 500 roadblocks and checkpoints within the West Bank, asserting that the measures are necessary to protect Jewish settlers from attacks by Palestinian armed groups. Palestinians can’t build or repair their homes, schools, water tanks and roads. HRW says that repairing a home “does not under any stretch of the imagination constitute a security threat.”
In 2011 the Israeli parliament passed a law criminalizing participation in boycotts of Israeli Settlements. The law drew criticism from the EU and even in the United States. More than four thousand four hundred civilians have been killed since the beginning of the Second Intifada (the second movement of disobedience).
The civilized world was aghast at the sight of unsolicited appearance of Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel at the Anti-Terrorism March held on Sunday in Paris. The uninvited politician was seen marching shoulder-to-shoulder n holding hands with leaders of the free world. He did actually gate-crashed into the event as a poseur in the battle against global terrorism.
The real story behind this tableau was nothing less a joke; nothing different than a diplomatic disaster. It was a saga of avoidable humiliations. To begin with, the French President Francois Hollande had advised him not to attend the march in an effort to keep the Israeli-Palestinian conflict out of Europe’s show of unity. Netan couldn’t resist the call of envy as he learned that his two main competitors in the upcoming election, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennet, would be attending the march.
As he landed there at the march, he was caught by news cameras desperately elbowing his way into the front row. He finally managed to gently push aside the President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Food for the political fun – during the march Netanyahu was again captured off-guard waving to the crowd in response to a pro-Israel shouts of some cheerful participants as if was an occasion of Jews celebration and gaiety. His faux pas of waving became the topic and derision around in the world media. The PM of Israel was looking rather cheerful while the rest of the marchers were looking somber and grim. None of the leaders except Bibi Netan cared to respond to foolish crowd that were attending the event as gala razzmatazz.
Another of Netanyahu’ video has since gone viral that shows him waiting for a bus to take him to the rally, after missing the bus that ferried other world leaders to the march. The damage is already done.
On a French TV station he looked forlorn, vacant and nervous. He is surrounded by his security guard standing in the middle of the street. Netanyahu had been looking confused all along, trying to busy himself with talking on his phone or fixing his hair.
Those who want to support the Israel’s suppression of poor Palestinian should look at the way the world leaders treat Netanyahu, the elected leader of the State of Israel. It is a reflection of what the world thinks of Israel and its policies. Today, the world is watching while Israel continue building the illegal West Bank settlements in total disregard for human rights. It is important to note that France has been always condemning the construction of settlement by Israel in East Jerusalem.
According to prominent Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the French were especially concerned that Netanyahu would use the event for his political campaign ahead of the March 17 elections, and make statements relating to French Jews that could hurt the show of solidarity the Elysee Palace was hoping for. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas apparently received a similar message from the Elysee and agreed to stay home, as well. However, getting an inkling of Netanyahu’s participation, Abbas also announced that he was coming to the rally.
President Hollande said in private remarks leaked by a French newspaper, “Netanyahu came to France to campaign. Since I was there, he toned down his speech but it wasn’t good to transform this ceremony into an electoral meeting. It wasn’t appropriate.”
By: Naim Naqvi