The Jews, Zionism and Israel: An Evil Unto Itself
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An Evil Unto Itself One would have expected that Israel, a tiny country compared to the vast power of the West, would not have attracted so much scorn, drawn so much hatred and carried so much weight in the Muslim fundamentalist discourse, almost equal to the satanic West. Many explanations are possible, notably that Israel is not only considered part and parcel of that hated Western world, but in some ways its vanguard and a dagger in the heart of the Muslim world. Secondly, unlike other Western countries which are remote, to which one is not obliged to travel, and whose ways one is not obliged to emulate, Israel's proximity forces the Muslims, especially those directly involved in the Arab-Israeli dispute, to face her on an almost daily basis, interact with her, respond to her challenges and take cognizance of her. True, the West is present everywhere in the Muslim world, in one way or another, but its presence as a guest or a partner can be ejected physically and rejected spiritually, while Israel's presence is political, permanent, independent and sovereign. Thirdly, the State of Israel is the state of the Jews and of the Zionists and therefore cannot be better than the sum total of its components; and since the Jews are looked down upon by Arabs, and Zionism is considered evil and racist, there is an incentive for the Muslims to eradicate it. Finally, there is pure resentment born out of jealousy: the startling success of the Jewish State is a thorn in the side for the Muslim environment, for not only did it succeed in acting against the expected stereotypical image of the 'cowardly and wretched' Jew, but in doing so it exposed the helplessness, hopelessness and backwardness of the Muslim world.