Editor's Note: The following article is, by Genie Trone, is in response to
"THE END DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE MEANS: THE ISRAEL SHAMIR CASE " By Nigel Parry,
which you will find on his website. As to those who would disparage Mr.
Shamir for not writing his own articles, allow us, at NileMedia to blow away
this nonsense. I have personally edited a few of his articles and have seen
him go through the agony of writing and rewriting and deliberating about
every last word.
Disagree with Shamir's views all you want, but at least acknowledge that they
are his views. Confront him, if it brings peace to your mind, but allow
that he is a provocative and challenging writer who has a most distinctive
and authentic voice. I will wager that there is only one man on the planet
who thinks and writes like Israel Shamir. You guessed it, Israel Shamir.
Although I would gladly go mano-a-mano with Shamir on matters of history or
politics, I have nowhere near his grasp of literature or his infatuation with
Hollywood movies or his knowledge of the landscape of Palestine. Like few
others, Israel Shamir's writings can take you to scene after scene of the
crimes against the Palestinian people. Some old, some new, all told in his
bold irreverent manner. Although he has many detractors, he has as many, if
not more, avid fans. In acknowledging Mr. Shamir, we should also acknowledge
the role of Ali Khan of MediaMonitors.net who has been instrumental in
providing a platform to talented writers like Shamir.
J'ACCUSE! ON BEHALF OF ISRAEL SHAMIR
by Eugenie Trone
Editor's Note: This article is in response to "THE END DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE
MEANS: THE ISRAEL SHAMIR CASE " By Nigel Parry,
As I look to the East and I see the army of Eretz Israel torment the
people of Palestine, I think that there are NO WORDS in this world too
to condemn Israel's brutality and their years of arrogant self-righteous
harassment and oppression, collective punishments, apartheid, ethnic
cleansing,and finally, slaughtering of the Palestinians...not words from
Israel Shamir, Dr. Israel Shahak, Benny Freedman,Gideon Levy, Benny
Morris,Uri Avnery...none! It would be
like saying that one could condemn the KKK too strongly.
And no words, "Nazi-like" , "Jewish supremacists", "apartheid masters",
"rabid Zionists", "Butchers of Sabra and Shatilla", none of these terms
strong enough to condemn the outrageous and appalling excesses of
One of the few Israeli writers who has had the guts to say anything even
close to those terms, both loudly and clearly, has been the Russian
writer, Israel Shamir, who is now being pilloried for his courage by
who are supposedly the champions of Palestinian rights.
It is a pity there were not more people like Israel Shamir during WII
speaking out loudly, clearly, and courageously on the plight of the Jews
when they were being slaughtered by the Nazis and much of the world
remained silent. He would definitely not have been part of that silent
crowd at whom we hurl the charge "J'accuse!" today. And if there had
been an Israel Shamir sounding the warning, in those days long gone, as
he sounds the warning on behalf of the Palestinians today, he would be
honored and thanked today by
the entire Holocaust generation as they see fit to honor Schindler. But
instead, Israel Shamir speaks out on behalf of the Palestinians who are
suffering terribly at the hands of the State of Israel and for this he
receives no thanks but instead is criticized for being "anti-Semitic".
I object!! Israel Shamir is anti-censorship, anti-apartheid,
and anti-Zionism. If anyone can equate any of these things to being
anti-Semitic then so be it. But it would be incorrect and it would be
the same ridiculous logic of equating being "anti-NAZI" with being
"Semantics, semantics". In this case "Semitic- semantics"!! If one
split "semitic-semantic" hairs with me, I would point out that the last
I had heard the Palestinians were Semitic too! The bottom line is that
no one in this world today can accuse Israel Shamir of being silent
while innocents are being slaughtered in Palestine. For this noble stand
Israel Shamir deserves to be honored rather than silenced.
The charge of "J'accuse!" is instead placed at the feet of the silent
today who ironically intone "Never Again, Never again!" but remain
do not protest the killing again and again of Palestinians by the State
Israel, and yet are still bitter about the awful silence during the
of 52 years ago.
The same charge is also placed at the feet of those who wish to silence
tame the voices of Israeli citizens like Shamir for telling the terrible
truth of the vicious actions of their Eretz Israel. To them I say
"Vincit Omnia Veritas!" You will not succeed in silencing men like
Israel Shamir from delivering the gruesome pro-patria truth while
vociferously defending the Palestinians,for eventually "truth conquers
all"! As Emile Zola wrote in "J'Accuse!", his famous defense of Dreyfus,
"The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it!"
Meanwhile, as Mr. Shamir continues on his honorable path, there are some
folks who are bitterly attacking Mr. Shamir in a thoroughly unbecoming
fashion by resorting to rumor-mongering, snide gossip, innuendo and
speculation, and finally, pure heartless slander.
This is not the appropriate way for intellectuals to behave; this is
typical of the ill-willed journalism of personal destruction that is
the vindictive detractors of Edward Said, Noam Chomsky,and Norman
Finkelstein. These critics of Mr. Shamir are elevating him into the good
company of other intellectual greats who are attacked unreasonably
because there is no other reasonable way to attack them.
For example, one of the most ill-willed, insulting and slanderous of the
charges against Israel Shamir is that he does not write his own
that "there must be a ghost writer somewhere in Russia or Israel"
writing Mr. Shamir's pieces for him. Bill Friend, while conceding that
he "has no proof whatsoever", has speculated publicly about this saying
that Israel Shamir's spoken English is not good enough to write such
beautiful pieces as The Rape of Dulcinea, Galillee Flowers, Kid
Sister....pieces more beautiful
and powerful than anything most professional writers will ever produce.
These slanderous charges I personally and adamantly refute, because I
have not only seen Israel Shamir write his pieces with my own eyes while
he was a guest in my house, but I also personally know a few caring
people like Ahmed Amr of NileMedia.com, and myself, who serve as Mr.
Shamir's editors because we are so anxious to help him polish and
publish his views. Does Bill Friend not know that most good writers have
And how does Bill Friend explain the fact that Mr. Shamir's "broken
is good enough to draw and captivate large audiences of people whom he
addresses and fields tough questions from without notes and from whom he
receives raves reviews for his brilliant analogies and irreverent
The fact is, Mr. Shamir is a prodigious reader and a prolific writer of
English which he finds easier than the spoken tongue as he still carries
heavy accent and syntax of his native Russian language. I can testify
going to a book store with Mr. Shamir, which is a favorite pastime of
truly an astonishing experience as his vast knowledge of authors and
literature is flabbergasting. Israel Shamir is a scholar, Mr. Friend, in
Russian, English, Hebrew, Talmudic script, and no doubt more.
On top of the insult of those baseless charges, Israel Shamir has also
been told to "tone down his writing" by certain friends of Mr. Friend.
Oh really? Oy vey! Do we really need more censorship in America on the
Israeli/Palestinian dispute? Must Shamir's writings be phrased in more
polite and diplomatic language? Would the mother of a Palestinian child
the Israeli occupation troops consider Shamir too loud? Why this
vendetta against Shamir? Is his work somehow diminished on the grounds
that he speaks English with an accent? Those who have defamed Mr. Shamir
on the basis of
"gut-feeling" and serious doubts" and "without any proof" need to
their misspent efforts. As Israel Shamir says "With Friends (and friends
of Friend's) like these, who needs... the Israeli lobby"!!
When I showed Israel Shamir some of the criticism from Nigel Parry, Bill
Friend, Ali AbuNimah, and Hussein Ibish, he answered me with a poem by
modern Greek poet, Cavafy.
"Che Fece.....Il Gran Refiuto" by Cavafy
"To certain people there comes a day when they must say the great Yes or
He who has the Yes within him reveals himself at once, and
it.............. he crosses over to the path of honor and his own
He who refuses does not repent. Should he be asked again, he would say
No again. And yet that No ---the right No----crushes him for the
rest of his life."
Israel Shamir has crossed over that line and said a loud and resounding
"Yes".....yes to the rights of the Palestinians, yes to ending apartheid
bringing democracy to Israel, yes to railing against wholesale
collective punishments, yes to badgering the Israeli
politicians who show no compassion for the Palestinians, yes to
the election of a war criminal as the head of state in Israel, yes to
condemning state endorsed political assassinations, yes to
criticizing Elie Weisel for ignoring and distorting the facts on
Jerusalem, yes to pointing out the Zionist bias in the US press and the
danger it poses to our American democracy, yes to fuming against the
corrupting influence the Zionist lobby and their PAC money has in the
US, especially on our politicians, yes to the objection to using US
money to arm Israel and thereby facilitating the killing of unarmed
Palestinians, and finally, yes to condemning in the absolutely,
very strongest words possible, all the terrible things that Zionism has
perpetrated on the native people of Palestine for the last 52 years!!!
For all this, Yes! I am indeed grateful to Israel Shamir for being a man
follows his convictions and speaks his mind loudly, openly, and honestly
who has condemned Israel without fear or apology and called our
the Rape of Dulcinea. He is indeed a "prophet" who deserves great honor
all within his own country, and all those from without, who care about
the Palestinian plight and the ultimate welfare of Israelis.
Israel Shamir is talking about apartheid, prejudice, oppression and body
counts; he is talking about war in Palestine that is destroying his
and its future. For those who are too faint-hearted to stand up for the
Palestinian kids resisting a humiliating occupation, I say "Get thee to
nunnery!" Or, as Israel Shamir has suggested, "Go rescue the whales".
This is a desperate struggle for liberty against a vicious foe and
unless you are
willing to take aim and verbally fire with both barrels, as Mr. Shamir
directly at the enemy, which is the Israeli occupation in case anyone is
confused, well then I would suggest you get out of the way!
To succeed in destroying the reputation of Mr. Shamir would be a
victory, and if that is your interest please depart the battlefields; we
cannot afford your victory, too many Palestinian lives depend on our
success and Israel Shamir is working on their behalf!
As far as Mr. Parry, and his article "The End Does Not Justify the
concerned, I would like to say quite adamantly that the "end" has always
justified the "means" as far as the State of Israel is concerned; as so
obviously evidenced by their blatant "rewriting of history", "creating
facts on the ground", breaking of international laws, shrugging off of
any international censure, engaging in wholesale politcal
carrying out ethnic cleansing, slaughtering the unarmed Intifada kids
with heavy weapons, bombing villages indiscriminately with missiles,
confiscating land from poor Palestinian farmers, building illegal
refugee camps, civilian homes and orchards,diverting water away from
Palestinian areas, digging ditches around whole villages as a means of
limiting movement and ensuring economic disaster, tampering with the
Shareef,refusing to allow any required inspection of their nuclear
arsenal...., and so on ad infinitum and ad nauseum.
Is this not a long enough list of the ugly "means" that the Israelis are
using to arrive at their unjust "ends", to convince Mr.Parry that he has
moral right whatsoever to lecture Mr. Shamir about the verbal means he
uses to arrive at his ends, which is the morally
correct, total, and furious censure of Israel?
The strongest possible words in the world are urgently needed to
these abominations. As long as the State of Israel continues to so
heartlessly oppress the Palestinians, I can't agree with Mr.Shamir
enough!! He should confront his fellow Israelis with extreme verbal
fury, as we all should. We all know the "ends" to which Israel is so
obviously working and the "means" by which they are going about it, yet
few people have the courage, as Israel Shamir does, to loudly and
publicly condemn the Israelis
for their methods or their motives. We should all be encouraging him to
continue saying "the great Yes" to his fellow Jews and Israelis. If we
do not, "the great No" will crush Palestine forever, and the good people
of Israel along with her.
We must listen to Israel Shamir and not allow false accusations to
him, for there is an ill wind blowing in the Levant and it threatens to
the smoldering flames in Palestine into a huge conflagration. While
Shamir is calling for the emergency fire brigades, his diddling
detractors are fiddling non-stop while they watch Palestine burn..and
alas they are off-key and off-tune besides. So, as I deliberately turn
my back on them in utter disgust and contempt for wasting our time and
inadequate resources on criticizing Israel Shamir, and gaze intently
instead at the creeping holocaust and slow genocide that is engulfing
Palestine, I furiously fling in the faces of these little ignoble Neros,
on behalf of Israel Shamir, and the beleaguered Palestinians who need
our undivided attention and assistance, my final, ultimate, and
wrathfully resounding J"Accuse!!!"
* Editor's note:
"J'Accuse!" : (I Accuse!) The title of Emile Zola's open letter
published in defense of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in the famous Dreyfus
Affair treason/espionage case of 1894; Zola's letter of protest helped to
reverse Dreyfus' guilty verdict
"Vincit Omnia Veritas" ~ "Truth conquers all"