Shimon Peres: Eulogizing a Man of War and Injustice
by Stephen Lendman
America, other Western nations and most others notoriously honor their worst while persecuting and punishing some of their best.
A Wednesday article discussed Shimon Peres’ passing, calling him an enforcer of Israeli apartheid brutishness, a member of the generation of thugs responsible for the Nakba catastrophe - stealing most of historic Palestine, the rest in June 1967, imposing occupation harshness on millions of Palestinians, victims of Israeli ruthlessness.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri described him as “the last remaining Israeli official who founded the occupation, and his death is the end of a phase in (its) history and the beginning of a new phase of weakness.”
Hamas official Amir Abo Al Amren called him “a murderer and not a man of peace. He deceived the entire world but (not) the Palestinian people.”
Late in life, ignoring his longstanding criminal legacy, he disgracefully called Palestinians “self-victimizing. They victimize themselves,” he said. “They are a victim of their own mistakes unnecessarily.”
America and Israel notoriously blame victims for their imperial crimes, their attempt to justify the unjustifiable.
Alive or deceased, Peres deserves universal condemnation, a lifelong perpetrator of high crimes of war, against humanity and slow-motion genocide, sanitized to appear otherwise.
Longtime Israeli collaborator against his own people, illegitimate Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, anointed, not elected, said he’ll attend Peres’ Friday funeral, disgracing himself more than already.
He called Peres a partner in the “peace of the brave,” a shameless perversion of truth like all other eulogies, praising a man of war and apartheid viciousness, not peace and justice.
Ahead of Friday’s funeral, Netanyahu issued a statement, saying Peres “set his gaze on the future. He did so much to protect our people.”
“He worked to his last days for peace and a better future for all - at the expense of long-suffering Palestinians, paying the price for his actions, Netanyahu neglected to explain.
Scores of world leaders and other dignitaries arrived - including Obama (together with Bill Clinton, John Kerry and numerous other current and former US officials), French President Francois Hollande, German President Joachim Gauck, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a British delegation including former prime ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair along with Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Obama issued a deplorable statement, saying “(a) light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever.”
He disgracefully called Peres a “soldier for Israel, for the Jewish people, for justice, for peace, and for the belief that we can be true to our best selves…”
A joint Bill and Hillary Clinton statement described him as “a lucid, eloquent dreamer until the very end. Thank goodness. Let those of us who loved him and love this nation keep his dream alive.”
Heavy security is present in Israel today for Peres’ funeral, major roads closed, other measures in place, disrupting things for many Israelis.
Longtime Israeli apologist New York Times ignored Peres’ deplorable legacy, calling him “Israel’s Philosopher-Politician…(a)dmired…for his eloquence, wisdom and dedication to peacemaking…” - typical Times misreporting, reinventing history, characterizing sinners as saints and vice versa.
Israeli historian Ilan Pappe portrayed him accurately, saying few obituaries “will examine (his) life and activities from the perspective of the victims of Zionism and Israel.”
Throughout his public life, he “contributed to the destruction of the Palestinian people and did nothing to advance the cause of peace and reconciliation…”
He largely oversaw the establishment of Israel’s “clandestine nuclear weapons program.” He zealously supported ethnic cleansing, wanting historic Palestine for Jews only.
He was “the leading ambassador” of the 1993 sham Oslo accords - “creat(ing) a greater apartheid Israel with small Palestinian bantustans scattered within it.”
He disgracefully won a Nobel Peace Prize for “advanc(ing) the ruination of Palestine and its people” - their suffering ignored for generations.
Peres “symbolized the beautification of Zionism, but the facts on the ground lay bare his role in perpetrating so much suffering and conflict,” Pappe explained.
Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy wrote “(i)f Israel is on the verge of a moral abyss, then Peres had a part in that. If it’s a country en route to apartheid, he was a founding partner. (He) never saw Palestinians as equal to Jews.”
Peres was a world class thug, a mass murderer, a leading figure throughout Israel’s sordid history of high crimes gone unpunished.
Pretending otherwise can’t change his blood-drenched legacy.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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