Wreckage of a car following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City,
Killing two prominent members of Islamic Jihad, September 2005
Does Israel Commit Acts of Terrorism?
Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in an interview with Tony Jones on "Lateline" (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), Apr. 08, 2002, in response to the question "Do you think the Palestinian suicide bombers are freedom fighters or terrorists?" said the following:
"Terrorists - they're both, actually. They're trying to fight for freedom, but doing it in a totally unacceptable immoral way.
course they're terrorists and there's been Palestinian terrorism all
the way through. I have always opposed it. I oppose it now. But it's
very small as compared with the US-backed Israeli terrorism.
typically, violence reflects the means of violence. It's not unusual.
State terror is almost always much more extreme than retail terror and
this is no exception."
David Duke, PhD, Former US Representative (R-LA), in a Nov. 18, 2002 DavidDuke.com website article titled "What Is Anti-Semitism?," wrote:
"...[Y]ou are supposed to believe that
nineteen missiles fired in a refugee camp crowded with women and
children is not an act of terrorism, it is anti-terrorism. 'No matter
how many shattered bodies of Palestinian men, women and children pile
up, please understand that Israel is not a terrorist state.' You are
not supposed to worry about the fact that Israel’s leader, Ariel
Sharon, is a war criminal who slaughtered 1,500 Palestinian men women
and children in Sabre and Shatila.
You are supposed to believe
that firing missiles from the relative safety of fighter jet or an
armored helicopter gunship or tank into Palestinian buildings, refugee
camps, neighborhoods is not terrorism! However, when a Palestinian
suicide bomber sacrifices his life to strike at Israelis, that’s
definitely terrorism. Have you got the picture now?"
John Pilger, Australian journalist and documentary filmmaker, in a Mar. 20, 2004 AntiWar.com article titled "The Unmentionable Source of Terrorism," wrote:
state remains the cause of more regional grievance and sheer
terror than all the Muslim states combined. Read the melancholy
Palestinian Monitor on the Internet; it chronicles the equivalent
of Madrid's horror week after week, month after month, in occupied
Palestine. No front pages in the West acknowledge this enduring
bloodbath, let alone mourn its victims. Moreover, the Israeli
army, a terrorist organisation by any reasonable measure, is
protected and rewarded in the west."
Ami Isseroff, Director of MidEastWeb for Coexistence, in a MidEastWeb.org essay accessed on Feb. 16, 2007, entitled "The Lavon Affair - Israel and Terror in Egypt," wrote:
affair ('Esek Habish' - the shameful affair) was one of the most
bizarre chapters in Israeli history. In 1954, the Israeli secret
service set up a spy ring in Egypt, with the purpose of blowing up
US and British targets. The operation was code-named 'Susanah.'
The terrorist hits were to be blamed on the regime of Egyptian
President Gamal Abdul Nasser, with the purpose of alienating the
US and Britain from Egypt and Nasser and somehow preventing
Egyptian nationalization of the Suez canal. The ring was
discovered. Strict censorship ensured that that the Israeli public
officially knew little or nothing of the affair for many years.
Names were not mentioned, the affair was called 'Esek Bish' - the
affair of shame, and key protagonists were referred to as 'X' and
'the third man.' Unofficially and through leaks, most people knew
at least the outlines of the affair."
Ronald Bleier, Editor of the Demographic, Environmental, and Security Issues Project website (DESIP), in a July-Aug. 2003 essay published in The Link, titled "In the Beginning There was Terror," wrote:
"One of the most notorious acts of Israeli
terrorism occurred during the 1948 war when Jewish forces, members
of the LEHI underground [Lohamei Herut Israel, 'Fighters for the
Freedom of Israel,' also known as the 'Stern Gang'] assassinated
Swedish Count Folke Bernadotte, a U.N. appointed mediator.
Bernadotte was killed on September 17, 1948, a day after he
offered his second mediation plan which, among other things,
called for repatriation and compensation for the Palestinian
Alan M. Dershowitz, LLB, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard University, in a Apr. 23, 2004 Jerusalem Post article titled "Killing Terrorist Chieftains Is Legal," wrote:
explain the world's very different reaction to Israel's decision
to target terrorist leaders, such as Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and Dr.
Abdel Aziz Rantisi, the former leaders of Hamas. Surely, there is
no legal or moral difference between Yassin and Rantisi on the one
hand, and Al-Sadr [killed by coallition forces] on the other.
[...] They were both killed, along with their military bodyguards,
in a manner that minimized civilian casualties... Israel waited
until they, and their fellow terrorist guards, were alone and then
targeted them successfully.
Reasonable people can disagree
about whether the decision to target Yassin, Rantisi, Al-Sadr, Bin
Laden, or any other terrorist is tactically wise or unwise, or
whether it will have the effect of reducing or increasing the
dangers to civilians. But no reasonable argument can be made that
the decision to target these combatants - these terrorist
commanders - is unlawful under the laws of war or under
The international community cannot
retain any credibility if it continues to apply a different, and
more demanding, standard to Israel than it does to more powerful
Shimon Peres, President of Israel and Former Israeli Prime Minister, in a dialogue with US Senator George J. Mitchell, following a Mar. 21, 2001 meeting with the Mitchell Committee, stated:
attempt now in the United Nations is to impose upon us and
[sic] international force, where the purpose of its creation and
philosophy behind its formulation is not clear to us. Israel is not
initiating any acts of terror. We are only reacting. An international
force will not have the right, for example, to inspect the headquarters
of Hamas, or the headquarters of the Jihad, or the headquarters of the
Hizbullah, or even Force 17, where terrorism is being initiated. So
what will the force do? Just mark our reactions to their terror? ...I
would rather invest the money in improving the economy than creating an
imaginary force which will only add irritation to the existing
The US Department of State in a Oct. 8, 1997 daily press briefing presented by Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs James P. Rubin, titled "DPB # 145 - Secretary of State Designates 30 Groups as Foreign Terrorist Organizations Under Anti-Terrorism Law of 1996, Criteria for Designation of Specific Organizations Placed on List/Absence of Mossad and IRA," stated:
"Mr. Rubin: 'Mossad [Israeli Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations] is
not a terrorist organization. In our view, a terrorist
organization targets innocent civilians to make their political
point. That's a very different situation than what we've been
Question [from the press]: 'Just to follow
up on Mossad, how would you characterize the attempted
Mr. Rubin: 'I would say this - the United States has long made it a
practice of not second-guessing the Israeli Government when it comes to
the decisions in the fight against terror. However, we believe that
Israel must take into account the repercussions and consequences of any
actions it takes in its fight against terror.'"
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a June 14, 1950 letter to the United Nations titled "S/1506 - To the Secretary General Concerning a Claim for Damage Caused to the United Nations By the Assassination of Count Folke Bernadotte," wrote:
tragic events of 17 September 1948 took place barely four months after
Israel emerged as an independent State from the chaos which prevailed
in Palestine during the closing phase of the Mandatory regime... You
will find enclosed a remittance of United States $54,628.00 as
reparation for the monetary damage borne by the United Nations in
connexion with the death of Count Bernadotte.
The Representative of Israel has already expressed to the President of
the Security Council the Government's profound sense of abhorrence at
this brutal murder... The Government once again expresses to the United
Nations its most sincere regret that this dastardly assassination took
place on Israeli territory, and that despite all its efforts the
criminals have gone undetected. These facts are deeply deplored... The
Government of Israel wishes to make it clear that the full sense and
meaning of the assassination and its aftermath weigh heavily on its