Här kommer mer av Gideon Levy. Jag vet att det har sagts förut, men det känns som om budskapet ännu inte sjunkit in överallt.
””The Israeli occupation is ugly enough without the contribution of Nordic fairy tales. Its wrongs are abominable even without exaggerations and inventions. We, a small group of Israeli journalists trying to document the occupation, always knew that we must not publish an unfounded report. One mistake and the whole journalistic enterprise would fall into the hands of official propaganda, which automatically denies all suspicions and is just waiting for a mistake. Look what the IDF Spokesman’s Office did to the organization Breaking the Silence, just because it was set up as a nonprofit limited company and not a nonprofit organization; as if that were relevant to the quality of the testimony it presents.
Over the years, the IDF has killed thousands of innocent civilians, among them women and children. The Shin Bet security service has tortured hundreds of people under interrogation, sometimes to death. Israel prevents food and medicine from reaching Gaza. Sick people are extorted by the Shin Bet to become collaborators in return for medical treatment. Thousands of homes in the territories have been demolished for nothing. Dozens of people have been killed by special units when they could have been arrested instead. Thousands of detainees have sat in jail for months or years without trial. Is that not enough to draw a reliable portrait of the occupation? Is that not shocking enough?
Like the perverse comparison to the Nazis, any exaggeration in describing the occupation’s cruelty will ultimately damage the struggle against it. It’s easy to prove that Israel did not traffic in Palestinian organs, as it’s easy to prove that Israeli soldiers do not act like Nazis or that Israel is not commiting genocide. That doesn’t mean the occupation is not evil, criminal and brutal. The false stories serve Israeli propaganda: Look, we’ve issued a denial, we’ve proved that the occupation is not as cruel as they say, and we’ve cast doubt on all other, serious and well-founded testimony.”
Det var ungefär det jag menade när jag sade i radion (som den mes jag är) att en sådan spekulativ artikel bara bidrar till att stärka den israeliska högern och öka misstankarna emot utländsk inblandning i konflikten. Det drabbar speciellt alla människorättsorganisationer som är beroende av finansiellt stöd utifrån (eller trodde någon att de finansieras av det israeliska kulturministeriet?).