A “Jewish Voice for Peace” demonstration. Photo: Twitter.
Following yesterday’s terrorist atrocity at a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – the terrorist group which openly praised the attack and described the two assailants as “our fellow comrades in PFLP” – has issued a further statement urging all-out war against Israel, while simultaneously praising anti-Zionist Jews as “true and genuine voices for the struggle…We salute each and every one of them.”
The bloodcurdling declaration, attributed to PFLP Central Committee member Khalil Maqdesi, and distributed by a far left website named “Fightback! News,” describes yesterday’s attack as “a natural response to the ongoing racist policies and crimes of the occupation.”
Maqdesi’s statement is dominated by what is, in effect, a call for genocide against the Jewish nation in Israel. After affirming the centrality of “revolutionary violence,” Maqdesi says, “Occupiers and racists do not belong to the land of Palestine; there are, and must be, consequences and repercussions for the theft of our land and our rights.”
The meaning of this last sentence was graphically demonstrated by yesterday’s attack, which took place in predominantly Jewish western Jerusalem and targeted a group of individuals who were peacefully at prayer. Despite the PFLP’s claim to be a Marxist, secular organization, the assailants, cousins Ghassan and Odai Abu Jamal, screamed “Allahu Akhbar!” – “God is Great” – as they attacked synagogue worshippers with meat cleavers, axes and a gun.
At the same time, Maqdesi lavishly praised what he said were the “thousands of Jews around the world [who] are true and genuine voices for the struggle, leading boycott movements and joining the Palestinian struggle for liberation on a daily basis. We salute each and every one of them.”
“You must stand by the side of the oppressed, and not the oppressor; raise your voice against the Zionist criminals who are oppressing our people in your name,” Maqdesi said, in a message to “the Jewish people around the world.”
Though Maqdesi did not specifically name any groups or individuals, there are plenty of examples in both the United States and Europe of Jews who unconditionally support the Palestinians and who are active in promoting boycotts against Israel, among them the tiny orthodox Neturei Karta sect, the website Mondoweiss, and the advocacy group “Jewish Voice for Peace.”
Despite several attempts by The Algemeiner to get a response from Jewish Voice for Peace to the PFLP’s endorsement of Jewish boycott activists, on the grounds that JVP’s mission statement explicitly specifies “support for the growth of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement,” the organization – which regularly complains of being “muzzled” by mainstream Jewish outlets and even runs a blog dedicated to that theme – declined to comment.
JVP spokesperson Naomi Dann instead sent a brief email highlighting a statement from the group about yesterday’s attack, which called on “the Israeli government and its supporters to cease further calls to incitement and collective …read more
Source:: The Algemeiner