Panorama (Italian Magazine) - 12 April 2002
"Vergognosi gli attacchi a Israele"
Oriana Fallaci, one of Europe's best known journalists and authors, published this article this week in the Italian magazine Panorama (as well as picked up by the daily Corriere della Sera) which is starting to make lots of noise. Fallaci, now aged 71, broke onto the scene in the late ' 60s when she covered Vietnam, the Greek colonels' coup, the Middle East etc etc. She was then ultra-trendy and a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause.
I find it shameful that in Italy there should be a procession of individuals dressed as suicide bombers who spew vile abuse at Israel, hold up photographs of Israeli leaders on whose foreheads they have drawn the swastika, incite people to hate the Jews.
And who, in order to see Jews once again in the extermination camps, in the gas chambers, in the ovens of Dachau and Mauthausen and Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen et cetera, would sell their own mother to a harem.
I find it shameful that the Catholic Church should permit a bishop, one with lodgings in the Vatican no less, a saintly man who was found in Jerusalem with an arsenal of arms and explosives hidden in the secret compartments of his sacred Mercedes, to participate in that procession and plant himself in front of a microphone to thank in the name of God the suicide bombers who massacre the Jews in pizzerias and supermarkets. To call them "martyrs who go to their deaths as to a party".
I find it shameful that in France, the France of Liberty-Equality-Fraternity, they burn synagogues, terrorise Jews, profane their cemeteries. I find it shameful that the youth of Holland and Germany and Denmark flaunt the kaffiah just as Mussolini's avant-garde used to flaunt the club and the fascist badge. I find it shameful that in nearly all the universities of Europe Palestinian students sponsor and nurture anti-Semitism. That in Sweden they asked that the Nobel Peace Prize given to Shimon Peres in 1994 be taken back and conferred on the dove with the olive branch in his mouth, that is on Arafat. I find it shameful that the distinguished members of the Committee, a Committee that (it would appear) rewards political colour rather than merit, should take this request into consideration and even respond to it. In hell the Nobel Prize honours he who does not receive it.
I find it shameful (we're back in Italy) that state-run television stations contribute to the resurgent anti-Semitism, crying only over Palestinian deaths while playing down Israeli deaths, glossing over them in unwilling tones.
I find it shameful that in their debates they host with much deference the scoundrels with turban or kaffiah who yesterday sang hymns to the slaughter at New York and today sing hymns to the slaughters at Jerusalem, at Haifa, at Netanya, at Tel Aviv. I find it shameful that the press does the same, that it is indignant because Israeli tanks surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, that it is not indignant because inside that same church two hundred Palestinian terrorists well armed with machine guns and munitions and explosives (among them are various leaders of Hamas and Al-Aqsa) are not unwelcome guests of the monks (who then accept bottles of mineral water and jars of honey from the soldiers of those tanks). I find it shameful that, in giving the number of Israelis killed since the beginning of the Second Intifada (four hundred and twelve), a noted daily newspaper found it appropriate to underline in capital letters that more people are killed in their traffic accidents. (Six hundred a year).
I find it shameful that the Roman Observer, the newspaper of the Pope--a Pope who not long ago left in the Wailing Wall a letter of apology for the Jews--accuses of extermination a people who were exterminated in the millions by Christians. By Europeans. I find it shameful that this newspaper denies to the survivors of that people (survivors who still have numbers tattooed on their arms) the right to react, to defend themselves, to not be exterminated again. I find it shameful that in the name of Jesus Christ (a Jew without whom they would all be unemployed), the priests of our parishes or Social Centres or whatever they are flirt with the assassins of those in Jerusalem who cannot go to eat a pizza or buy some eggs without being blown up. I find it shameful that they are on the side of the very ones who inaugurated terrorism, killing us on aeroplanes, in airports, at the Olympics, and who today entertain themselves by killing western journalists. By shooting them, abducting them, cutting their throats, decapitating them. (There's someone in Italy who, since the appearance of Anger and Pride, would like to do the same to me. Citing verses of the Koran he exhorts his brothers in the mosques and the Islamic Community to chastise me in the name of Allah. To kill me. Or rather to die with me. Since he's someone who speaks English well, I'll respond to him in English: "Fuck you."
I find it shameful that almost all of the left, the left that twenty years ago permitted one of its union processionals to deposit a coffin (as a Mafioso warning) in front of the synagogue of Rome, forgets the contribution made by the Jews to the fight against fascism. Made by Carlo and Nello Rossini, for example, by Leone Ginzburg, by Umberto Terracini, by Leo Valiani, by Emilio Sereni, by women like my friend Anna Maria Enriques Agnoletti who was shot at Florence on June 12, 1944, by seventy-five of the three-hundred-thirty-five people killed at the Fosse Ardeatine, by the infinite others killed under torture or in combat or before firing squads. (The companions, the teachers, of my infancy and my youth.) I find it shameful that in part through the fault of the left--or rather, primarily through the fault of the left (think of the left that inaugurates its congresses applauding the representative of the PLO, leader in Italy of the Palestinians who want the destruction of Israel)--Jews in Italian cities are once again afraid. And in French cities and Dutch cities and Danish cities and German cities, it is the same. I find it shameful that Jews tremble at the passage of the scoundrels dressed like suicide bombers just as they trembled during Krystallnacht, the night in which Hitler gave free rein to the Hunt of the Jews. I find it shameful that in obedience to the stupid, vile, dishonest, and for them extremely advantageous fashion of Political Correctness, the usual opportunists - or better the usual parasites - exploit the word Peace. That in the name of the word Peace, by now more debauched than the words Love and Humanity, they absolve one side alone of its hate and bestiality. That in the name of a pacifism (read conformism) delegated to the singing crickets and buffoons who used to lick Pol Pot's feet they incite people who are confused or ingenuous or intimidated. Trick them, corrupt them, carry them back a half-century to the time of the yellow star on the coat. These charlatans who care about the Palestinians as much as I care about the charlatans. That is not at all.
I find it shameful that many Italians and many Europeans have chosen as their standard-bearer the gentleman (or so it is polite to say) Arafat. This nonentity who thanks to the money of the Saudi Royal Family plays the Mussolini ad perpetuum and in his megalomania believes he will pass into History as the George Washington of Palestine. This ungrammatical wretch who when I interviewed him was unable even to put together a complete sentence, to make articulate conversation. So that to put it all together, write it, publish it, cost me a tremendous effort and I concluded that compared to him even Ghaddafi sounds like Leonardo da Vinci. This false warrior who always goes around in uniform like Pinochet, never putting on civilian garb, and yet despite this has never participated in a battle. War is something he sends, has always sent, others to do for him. That is, the poor souls who believe in him. This pompous incompetent who playing the part of Head of State caused the failure of the Camp David negotiations, Clinton's mediation.
No-no-I-want-Jerusalem-all-to-myself. This eternal liar who has a flash of sincerity only when (in private) he denies Israel's right to exist, and who as I say in my book contradicts himself every five minutes. He always plays the double-cross, lies even if you ask him what time it is, so that you can never trust him. Never! With him you will always wind up systematically betrayed. This eternal terrorist who knows only how to be a terrorist (while keeping himself safe) and who during the Seventies, that is when I interviewed him, even trained the terrorists of Baader-Meinhof. With them, children ten years of age. Poor children. (Now he trains them to become suicide bombers. A hundred baby suicide bombers are in the works: a hundred!). This weathercock who keeps his wife at Paris, served and revered like a queen, and keeps his people down in the shit. He takes them out of the shit only to send them to die, to kill and to die, like the eighteen year old girls who in order to earn equality with men have to strap on explosives and disintegrate with their victims. And yet many Italians love him, yes. Just like they loved Mussolini. And many other Europeans do the same.
I find it shameful and see in all this the rise of a new fascism, a new Nazism. A fascism, a Nazism, that much more grim and revolting because it is conducted and nourished by those who hypocritically pose as do-gooders, progressives, communists, pacifists, Catholics or rather Christians, and who have the gall to label a warmonger anyone like me who screams the truth.
I see it, yes, and I say the following. I have never been tender with the tragic and Shakespearean figure Sharon. (I know you've come to add another scalp to your necklace," he murmured almost with sadness when I went to interview him in 1982.). I have often had disagreements with the Israelis, ugly ones, and in the past I have defended the Palestinians a great deal. Maybe more than they deserved. But I stand with Israel, I stand with the Jews. I stand just as I stood as a young girl during the time when I fought with them, and when the Anna Marias were shot. I defend their right to exist, to defend themselves, to not let themselves be exterminated a second time. And disgusted by the anti-Semitism of many Italians, of many Europeans, I am ashamed of this shame that dishonours my Country and Europe. At best, it is not a community of States, but a pit of Pontius Pilates. And even if all the inhabitants of this planet were to think otherwise, I would continue to think so.
Oriana Fallaci on Antisemitism (April 12, 2002)
Oriana Fallaci su Panorama
"Vergognosi gli attacchi a Israele"
Dopo l'intervento sulle Twin Towers è ancora scandalo
Hammad: "La sua posizione è veramente vergognosa"
ROMA - Una nuova appassionata e indignata invettiva di Oriana Fallaci, questa volta sugli attacchi contro Israele e sulle manifestazioni pro palestinesi che mostrano i tratti dell' antiebraismo: comparirà domani su "Panorama" ma alcuni brani sono stati letti nell' edizione delle 20 di oggi del TG5 "Io trovo vergognoso - è uno dei passaggi letti in tv - che in Italia si faccia un corteo di individui che vestiti da kamikaze berciano infami ingiurie a Israele, passano fotografie di capi israeliani sulla cui fronte hanno disegnato una svastica, incitano il popolo a odiare gli ebrei e che pur di rivedere gli ebrei nei campi di sterminio, nelle camere a gas, nei forni crematori di Dachau e Mauthausen e di Buchenwald e di Bergen Belsen venderebbero ad un harem la propria madre. Io trovo vergognoso che la Chiesa cattolica permetta a un vescovo peraltro alloggiato in Vaticano, uno stinco di santo che a Gerusalemme venne trovato con un arsenale di armi e di esplosivi nascosti in speciali scomparti della sua sacra Mercedes, di partecipare a quel corteo e piazzarsi ad un microfono per ringraziare in nome di Dio i kamikaze che massacrano gli ebrei nelle pizzerie e nei supermarket, chiamarli martiri che vanno alla morte come a una festa. Io trovo vergognoso - scrive ancora la Fallaci - che in Francia, la Francia del motto libertè, egalitè, fraternitè, si brucino le sinagoghe, si terrorizzino gli ebrei, si profanino i loro cimiteri. Trovo vergognoso che in Olanda e in Germania e in Danimarca i giovani sfoggino la khefia come gli avanguardisti di Mussolini sfoggiavano il bastone e il distintivo fascista. Trovo vergognoso che in quasi tutte le università europee gli studenti palestinesi spadroneggino e alimentino l'antisemitismo. Che in Svezia hanno chiesto di ritirare il Premio Nobel per la pace concesso a Shimon Peres nel 1994 e concentrarlo sulla colomba col ramoscello d'ulivo in bocca, cioè su Arafat.
Trovo vergognoso che gli esimi membri del Comitato, un comitato che a quanto pare anzichè il merito premia il colore politico abbiano preso in considerazione la richiesta e pensino di esaudirla. All'inferno il premio Nobel e onore a chi non lo riceve. Io trovo vergognoso (siamo di nuovo in Italia) che le televisioni di stato contribuiscano al risorto antisemitismo piangendo solo sui morti palestinesi, facendo la tara ai morti israeliani, parlando in modo sbrigativo e spesso in tono svogliato di loro".
"Sto - scrive Oriana Fallaci, secondo un altro brano letto dal TG5 - con Israele, sto con gli ebrei, sto come ci stavo da ragazzina, cioè al tempo in cui combattevo con loro. Difendo il loro diritto ad esistere, a difendersi, a non farsi sterminare una seconda volta e disgustata dall'antisemitismo di tanti italiani, di tanti europei mi vergogno di questa vergogna che disonora il mio paese e l'Europa: nel migliore dei casi non una comunità di stati ma un pozzo di Ponzi Pilato. Ed anche se tutti gli abitanti di questo pianeta la pensassero in modo diverso io continuerò a pensarla così".
Immediata la reazione di Nemer Hammad, rappresentante dell'Autorita Nazionale Palestinese in Italia: "E' una vergogna che Panorama pubblichi un articolo come quella di Oriana Fallaci e che, cosa ancora più grave, il Tg5 gli abbia dedicato tanto spazio". "Bisogna che tutti capiscano - ha aggiunto Hammad - che questo tipo di propaganda crea solo odio ed alimenta il pericolo di scontri fra religioni e culture. Mi auguro che in Europa, così come sono state approvate leggi contro le manifestazioni i cui si incita all'odio contro gli ebrei, se ne facciano anche per impedire le manifestazioni di odio antiarabo, anti islamico e anti palestinese"
(11 aprile 2002)