By Dyab Abou Jahjah
A truck ran over Israeli occupation soldiers in occupied Jerusalem yesterday. Four soldiers died and some others were wounded. The driver was a Palestinian father of three. If you would read western newspapers and news outlets, the general tone is that this was a “terrorist” attack that targeted Israelis. Fake news are obviously not something that is limited to social media, it is also often being vented through the bias of the dominant news. That version of the story is not just occulting the reality of the occupation, it is defending it by establishing a link between the resistance of the Palestinians and terrorism. I reacted to this by stating that the Palestinian people has the right to liberate its occupied land by any means that it deems necessary. This was immediately taken by forces who are supportive to Israel in the Flemish nationalist right wing and presented as an endorsement of terrorism. Even Theo Francken, a secretary of state in the federal government, was tweeting about it hysterically. According to him I was glorifying ISIS terrorism and I should be fired from my position as columnist in the newspaper I write for. People who liked my Facebook post were also being threatened and intimidated. Therefor I want to clarify the following 10 points and I hope that this will be helpful to all the people that are confronted with these questions.
Do not forget brother, that an IS linked group attacked Hamas in Gaza with a mortar bomb. It's very unlikely that IS did this.
Free Belgium from Abou JahJah.
Hadden we inderdtijd de betogingen van Jahjah van de voornamelijk Marrokaanse jongeren in Antwerpen een betere plaats gegeven, dan was Daesh er misschien niet. Militairen helpen niet in dergelijke zaken. Redlijkheid en liefde! Respect voor Jahjah.
I totally agree with this person. If I was in that persons situation I could understand were he is coming from. The Israelis are killing the Palestinian people day by day bit by bit and the world just gives them a slap on the hand. Y has is isreal never had any sanctions why r they getting away with genocide. Is it because God chose them to do this?!!!!!
All "victims" were soldiers,
Shame on you. Why don't you go back to Lebanon en join your friends of Hezbollah? We don't need this kind of war-speeches over here.
Sluitend, me dunkt.
10 x agree!
You are right on the principle. The reference in international law is the first protocol of the Geneva Convention of 1977 by which "armed conflicts in which peoples are fighting against colonial domination, alien occupation or racist regimes" are to be considered international conflicts." This means the rules for warfare apply in which, among others, legitimate enemy targets are the enemy/occupier's armed forces. Under the Geneva Convention and its protocols civilians are not legitimate targets. Targeting civilians is the basic definition of terrorism.
I agree with the 10 points! with some difficulty I must say because of the way we used to look at the war in the middle-east! We analyse it from a 'white' point of view! Israel is supported by our 'friends' it must be a good cause! I hoop you are going to fight against the decision of the 'Standaard' to fire you!
Dyab Abbou heeft gelijk. Hoe je de kolonisatie in 1948 uit schuldgevoel ook bekijkt, is de uitbreiding op de westerse oever en Jeruzalem op zijn minst volkenkrechtelijk en brutaal mensen rechterlijk overdreven. Dat dat dan weerstand oproept is logisch en normaal. Vergelijk de doden langs beide kanten. Vergelijk de forbidden zones in beide landen... En bedenk voor je eigen of Joden (die ik acht als mens) niet toegelaten worden uit eigen EU-schuldbesef om zelf occupeerder te zijn...
Groot gelijk! Israel komt met alles weg maar owee de palestijnen.
Ik blijf je vriend.
Je me permets d'apporter à votre message que j'approuve ceci: extrait du documentaire israélien the gatekeepers:
Well said. At least you describe rightly the conditions of the Palestinians and you defend the right of resistance which is a right for all of us. Merci.
Excellent explanation, should be published in the media which write about the ending of your job as a columnist.
Rik Van de Perre
Je ontslag, is een grote fout van DE Standaard,
This article takes a much needed stance against the un-ending provocation, detention, starvation and killing of Palestinians. How can Netty say this was an 'unprovoked terrorist' attack? Total bullshit from a bully.
I fully agree with your arguments. When someone disagree with this, the reason is evident. I always say: imagine yourself in de same situation as the Palestine people, then you will think like a human with empathy. I hope that De Standaard will correct her false decision to end your interesting columns.
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