The perverse urge to self-criticism

Former Meretz leader Yossi Sarid told the Egyptian daily al-Ahram that the execution of Egyptian captives by Israeli soldiers at the end of the Six Day War in 1967 was a war crime.

Israel ‘s Channel One television aired a documentary earlier this week in which it was claimed that an elite Israeli army unit commanded by Labor MK Benyamin Ben-Eliezer executed 250 unarmed Egyptian soldiers. — YNet

Ben-Eliezer has said that the incident actually was a battle in which 250 Palestinian Fedayeen were killed. However, elements in Egypt are demanding an investigation.

What I want to know is this: what is the cause of this perverse urge to self-criticism, that makes Jews the worst anti-Jewish propagandists?

Why are there always Israeli documentaries alleging Israeli wickedness? Why are people like Sarid always ready to say the worst possible things to the worst possible audiences?

Before he even knows what the Egyptians are talking about, he knows Israel is guilty: “Sarid told the paper he had not seen the documentary, but that he was aware that Israeli forces had committed such acts [JPost]”!

What did he think would be the result of his remarks?

For that matter, why did Israeli historian Ariel Toaff write a book that alleges, on the worst possible evidence, that maybe it’s possible that Jews really did kill Christians and use their blood for matzohs? What did he think would happen?

Perhaps Sarid, Toaff, and other similar neurotics are suicidal, but many would prefer that they don’t take the State of Israel and the Jewish people with them.

Update [6 Mar 2007 1657 PST]: CAMERA: False Massacre Story Resurrected

Update [7 Mar 2007 2225 PST]: See Naomi Leitner’s account of the real story of Shaked.

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One Response to “The perverse urge to self-criticism”

  1. Shalom Freedman says:

    It is not simply the perverse Israeli and Jewish practice of attacking ourselves unfairly and providing enemies with ammunition which is at work here. There is another point. This item was featured on Israel’s Channel One news station. Apparently the powers-that- be on Channel One continue to show the same lack of concern for the Israeli national interest which they have shown for years. This is not simply a matter of publicizing a certain item but also of giving it great prominence, and trying to make headlines with it.
    This shows a lack of what Ben- Gurion called ‘mamlachtiut’ a real sense of national responsibility.