Israel Is a Refuge, But a Refuge Under Siege

Through making a film about the Arab- Israeli conflict, artist Nick Larkin found his allegiances swaying:

I used to hate Israel. Not any more. Now I loathe Palestinian terrorists. After Israel’s incursion into Gaza in December 2008 I applied for funding from the Irish Arts Council to make a film in Israel and Palestine and spent seven weeks in the area.

Posters of martyrs followed us throughout the West Bank. They watched from lamp-posts and walls wherever we went. But the more I felt the martyrs watching me, the more confused I became. After all, the Palestinian mantra was one of “non-violent resistance.” Yet when I interviewed Hind Khoury, a former Palestinian government member, she refused to condemn the actions of the suicide bombers. She was all aggression.

Back in Tel Aviv in the summer of 2011, I began to listen more closely to the Israeli side. I remember one conversation in Shenkin Street – Tel Aviv’s most fashionable quarter, where everybody looks as if they went to art college. I was outside a cafe interviewing a former soldier. He talked slowly about his time in Gaza. He spoke about Arab teenagers sent running towards the base he’d patrolled. Each strapped with a bomb and carrying a hand-held detonator.

Conversations like this are normal in Tel Aviv. I began to experience the sense of isolation Israelis feel. An isolation that began in the ghettos of Europe and ended in Auschwitz. Israel is a refuge – but a refuge under siege, a refuge where rockets rain death from the skies. My film is called “Forty Shades of Grey.” But only one side was wanted back in Dublin. My peers expected me to come back with an attack on Israel. No grey areas were acceptable.

Why have Irish artists surrendered to group-think on Israel? I would urge every one of those 216 Irish artists who pledged to boycott the Israeli state to spend some time in Israel and Palestine. Maybe when you come home you will bin your PLO scarf. I did.

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  • Mark
    March 19, 2012

    Let’s be fair and remember who actually invented Holocaust. According to numerous historic documents, media would not like people to know, Holocaust was invented in Israel occupied by muslims in 1920s by grand mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin Husseini, who also participated in Armenian genocide as Turkish army soldier. Husseini’s idea and ultimate goal were to make Israel free of Jews completely and create Islamic state. He organized killing Jews in Israel on regular basis for decades in 1920s and 30s. To fulfill his goal, he contacted Hitler in 1941 and asked him for help when Hitler was planning military occupation of ME. He also gave Hitler the Holocaust idea and helped him to implement Holocaust in Europe. Husseini organized in Europe two islamofascist brigades that operated under SS supervision, had their own concentration camp, and killed thousand of Europeans, including Jews.
    According to testimony by Nazi war criminals to Nuremberg court in 1946, the Mufti’s influence was critical to the German decision to annihilate the Jews of Europe. At the Nuremberg Trials in July 1946, Dieter Wisliceny testified:
    “The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan… He was one of Eichmann’s best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chambers of Auschwitz.”

    After WWII, Nuremberg Criminal court declared Husseini war criminal, but, he escaped and organized Fatah.

    Arafat was his nephew and lieutenant in Fatah. After Husseini died, Arafat organized PLO that committed numerous murders around the world killing Europeans, Americans and Israelis.

    So, commemorating Holocaust, we must remember that palestinian muslims hold Holocaust “patent” and still continue their Holocaust agenda. PLO and Fatah were organized on Nazi and SS ideology and uphold their fundamentals.

    Thus, the only way to solve this historic problem and prevent future is to outlaw and totally exterminate PLO and Fatah.

    Mark Bernadiner, PH.D.
    Pearland, TX


    1. The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini
    Chuck Morse
    iUniverse, Inc. (September 11, 2003), 186 pp
    2. Nazi Roots of Modern Radical Islam
    DefenseWatch ^ | 12-18-2002 | Tom Knowlton
    3. Photos and Documents,
    4. Muftism and Nazism: World War II Collaboration Documents,
    5. Islam’s Nazi Connections By: Serge Trifkovic | Thursday, December 05, 2002
    6. Palestine is our land and Jews are our dogs
    Prof. Francisco Gil-White
    Pen State U., January 2003

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