Dena Shunra – Mondoweiss April 18, 2012
Author and talk-show celebrity Irit Linur explained how pleased she was to see the Israeli officer slam the butt of his rifle into the face of the (unarmed, nonviolent) Danish peace activist. She said his golden hair made him look like a member of the Hitlerjugend, and said about him and other activists: “they were born anti-Semites and will die anti-Semites” – a shameful slander, especially considering what the Danes, whose underground was granted a blanket designation as Righteous Among the Nations for their efforts during World War II to rescue the Danish Jews.
The shouts “anti-Semite!”, which appear to be a recurring Israeli response to any and all opposition, are becoming comical – but slandering Danes like that is no joke.
[One the one hand they say it causes] embarrassment in the IDF and that the pictures are hard to view, and on the other hand they broadcast it a dozen times in a row. [laughs]
And me – every time – first of all it’s scary, because you actually see the weapon, it’s smashed into the face of the peace activist in a really surprising way. It’s scary at first, because – my nose hurt from seeing it.
After the fifth time I say: “show me again. Can I see it again?”
Now, I want to say things precisely. People are talking about – I really want to be very precise.
First of all, there’s a certain something in the image, of the Jew wearing his yarmulke [religious hat], who looks, you know, like one of the householders in [Jewish] town, and standing against him is the golden-haired Dane, with the Hitler-Jugend look to him.
The role reversal – I really-really liked it.
But I don’t’ want to talk about the black chasm in my soul that is haunted by anti-Semitism and Nazism.
I want to say this: all those people who want to solve problems that they have no clue about, and that in any case, they tend to be on the wrong side of it – because they were born anti-Semites and will die anti-Semites – one of the reasons that they come here, of all places, is that it’s a kind of summer camp, they know that they’ll maybe demonstrate, they may bump shoulders with policemen, maybe they’ll get some teargas thrown at them, they’ll catch a bit of actual battle time – a kind of adventure summer camp, at the end of which they’ll go back to their privileged northern nation and homeland and feel how good they’ve been.
They don’t go do that in Syria, nor in Iran nor in Jordan, nor in Egypt, because they know that there – they’d be shot at.
A sharp-eared friend in Israel picked this up on Israel’s military radio. The original piece – full length, not just the 96 seconds with the slander – is from here.