Feb. 18, 2016
Haneen Zoabi has a right to her views. As distasteful and despicable as we may find them, she is entitled to that right, but let’s be honest about this. It’s a right afforded to her by the virtue of the fact that she lives in a country that is free and democratic – a country she may detest, but one that has granted her the right to air that detestation in public. She is, after all, a “victim” of that democratic state apparatus – serving as a member of the Israeli Knesset whose salary is paid for by the mostly Jewish citizens of the very country she demonizes.
But, like something out of a George Orwell dystopian novel, she tries to spin the story in such a way that projects the exact opposite of the situation on the ground, a situation where Lies equal Truth. Oppression is Freedom. Terrorists are Victims.