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Rahola, Spanish politician and journalist


Pilar Rahola, Spain

Special to the Winnipeg Jewish Review

Editor's note: Pilar Rahola is a Spanish politician, journalist and activist and member of the far left. Her articles are published in Spain and throughout some of the most important newspapers in Latin America.]

Why don't we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in
London, Paris, Barcelona ?

Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship?

Why aren't there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of
women who live without any legal protection?

Why aren't there demonstrations against the use of children as human
bombs where there is conflict with Islam?

Why has there been no leadership in support of the victims of Islamic
dictatorship in Sudan ?

Why is there never any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed
against Israel ?

Why is there no outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism?

Why don't they defend Israel 's right to exist?

Why confuse support of the Palestinian cause with the defense of
Palestinian terrorism?

And finally, the million dollar question: Why is the left in Europe and  around the world obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the
United States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the
planet? The two most solid democracies, which have suffered the
bloodiest attacks of terrorism, and the left doesn't care.

And then, to the concept of freedom. In every pro Palestinian European
forum I hear the left yelling with fervor: "We want freedom for the

Not true. They are never concerned with freedom for the people of
Syria or Yemen or Iran or Sudan , or other such nations. And they are
never preoccupied when Hamas destroys freedom for the Palestinians.
They are only concerned with using the concept of Palestinian freedom
as a weapon against Israeli freedom. The resulting consequence of
these ideological pathologies is the manipulation of the press.

The international press does major damage when reporting on the
question of the Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they don't
inform, they propagandize.

 When reporting about Israel the majority of journalists forget the
reporter code of ethics. And so, any Israeli act of self-defense
becomes a massacre, and any confrontation, genocide. So many stupid
things have been written about Israel , that there aren't any
accusations left to level against her.

At the same time, this press never discusses Syrian and Iranian
interference in propagating violence against Israel ; the
indoctrination of children and the corruption of the Palestinians. And
when reporting about victims, every Palestinian casualty is reported
as tragedy and every Israeli victim is camouflaged, hidden or reported
about with disdain.

And let me add on the topic of the Spanish left. Many are the examples
that illustrate the anti-Americanism and anti-Israeli sentiments that
define the Spanish left. For example, one of the leftist parties
in-Spain has just expelled one of its members for creating a
pro-Israel website. I quote from the expulsion document: "Our friends
are the people of Iran , Libya and Venezuela , oppressed by
imperialism, and not a Nazi state like Israel."

In another example, the socialist mayor of Campozuelos changed Shoah
Day, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, with Palestinian
Nabka Day, which mourns the establishment of the State of Israel, thus
showing contempt for the six million European Jews murdered in the

Or in my native city of Barcelona , the city council decided to
commemorate the 60th anniversary of the creation of the State of
Israel, by having a week of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Thus, they invited Leila Khaled, a noted terrorist from the 70's and
current leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a
terrorist organization so described by the European Union, which
promotes the use of bombs against Israel.

This politically correct way of thinking has even polluted the
speeches of president Zapatero. His foreign policy falls within the
lunatic left, and on issues of the Middle East he is unequivocally pro
Arab. I can assure you that in private, Zapatero places on Israel the
blame for the conflict in the Middle East , and the policies of
foreign minister Moratinos reflect this.

The fact that Zapatero chose to wear a kafiah in the midst of the
Lebanon conflict is no coincidence; it's a symbol.

Spain has suffered the worst terrorist attack in Europe and it is in
the crosshairs of every Islamic terrorist organization. As I wrote
before, they kill us with cell phones hooked to satellites connected
to the Middle Ages.

And yet the Spanish left is the most anti Israeli in the world.

And then it says it is anti Israeli because of solidarity. This is the
madness I want to denounce in this conference.


I am not Jewish. Ideologically I am left and by profession a journalist.

Why am I not anti Israeli like my colleagues? Because as a non-Jew I have the historical responsibility to fight against Jewish hatred and
currently against the hatred for their historic homeland, Israel . To
fight against anti-Semitism is not the duty of the Jews, it is the duty of the non-Jews.

 As a journalist it is my duty to search for the truth beyond
 prejudice, lies and manipulations. The truth about Israel is not told.
 As a person from the left who loves progress, I am obligated to defend
 liberty, culture, civic education for children, coexistence and the
 laws that the Tablets of the Covenant made into universal principles.

 Principles that Islamic fundamentalism  systematically destroys. That
 is to say that as a non-Jew, journalist and lefty I have a triple
 moral duty with Israel , because if Israel is destroyed, liberty,
 modernity and culture will be destroyed too.

 The struggle of Israel, even if the world doesn't want to accept it,
 is the struggle of the world.

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