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Pilar Rahola
Pilar Rahola is a Spanish politician, journalist and activist and member of the far left. Her articles are published in Spain and throughout some of the most important newspapers in Latin America . Here she addresses that pro-Palestinian demonstrations

Pilar Rahola is a  Spanish politician, journalist and activist and member of the far  left. Her articles are published in Spain and throughout  some of the most important newspapers in Latin America .   Here she addresses that pro-Palestinian demonstrations:

Why don't we see  demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in   London ,    Paris ,   Barcelona ?

Or demonstrations  against the Burmese dictatorship?

Why aren't there  demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live  without any legal protection?

Why aren't there  demonstrations against the use of children as human bombs where  there is conflict with Islam?

Why has there been  no leadership in support of the victims of Islamic dictatorship in    Sudan ?

Why is there never  any outrage against the acts of terrorism committed against    Israel ?

Why is there no  outcry by the European left against Islamic fanaticism?

Why don't they  defend   Israel 's right to exist?

Why confuse support  of the Palestinian cause with the defense of Palestinian  terrorism?

An finally, the  million dollar question:Why is the left in Europe and around the  world obsessed with the two most solid democracies, the United  States and Israel, and not with the worst dictatorships on the  planet? The two most solid democracies, who have suffered the  bloodiest attacks of terrorism, and the left doesn't care.

And then, to the  concept of freedom. In every pro Palestinian European forum I hear  the left yelling with fervor: "We want freedom for the  people!"

Not true. They are  never concerned with freedom for the people of   Syria or    Yemen or   Iran or   Sudan , or other such nations.  And they are never preoccupied when Hammas destroys freedom for the  Palestinians. They are only concerned with using the concept of  Palestinian freedom as a weapon against Israeli freedom. The  resulting consequence of these ideological pathologies is the  manipulation of the press.

The international  press does major damage when reporting on the question of the  Israeli-Palestinian issue. On this topic they don't inform, they  propagandize.

When reporting about    Israel the majority of journalists forget the reporter code of  ethics. And so, any Israeli act of self-defense becomes a massacre,  and any confrontation, genocide. So many stupid things have been  written about   Israel , that there aren't any accusations left  to level against her.

At the same time,  this press never discusses Syrian and Iranian interference in  propagating violence against   Israel ; the indoctrination of  children and the corruption of the Palestinians. And when reporting  about victims, every Palestinian casualty is reported as tragedy and  every Israeli victim is camouflaged, hidden or reported about with  disdain.

And let me add on  the topic of the Spanish left. Many are the examples that illustrate  the anti-Americanism and anti-Israeli sentiments that define the  Spanish left. For example, one of the leftist parties in   Spain  has just expelled one of its members for creating a pro-Israel  website. I quote from the expulsion document: "Our friends are the  people of   Iran ,   Libya and   Venezuela , oppressed  by imperialism, and not a Nazi state like   Israel ."

In another example,  the socialist mayor of Campozuelos changed Shoah Day, commemorating  the victims of the Holocaust, with Palestinian Nabka Day, which  mourns the establishment of the State of Israel, thus showing  contempt for the six million European Jews murdered in the  Holocaust.

Or in my native city  of   Barcelona , the city council decided to commemorate the  60th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel , by having a  week of solidarity with the Palestinian people. Thus, they invited  Leila Khaled, a noted terrorist from the 70's and current leader of  the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a terrorist  organization so described by the European Union, which promotes the  use of bombs against  Israel .

This politically  correct way of thinking has even polluted the speeches of president  Zapatero. His foreign policy falls within the lunatic left, and on  issues of the   Middle East he is unequivocally pro Arab. I can  assure you that in private, Zapatero places on   Israel the  blame for the conflict in the   Middle East , and the policies  of foreign minister Moratinos reflect this. The fact that Zapatero  chose to wear a kafiah in the midst of the   Lebanon conflict is  no coincidence; it's a symbol.

Spain has suffered  the worst terrorist attack in   Europe and it is in the  crosshairs of every Islamic terrorist organization. As I wrote  before, they kill us with cell phones hooked to satellites connected  to the Middle Ages. An yet the Spanish left is the most anti Israeli  in the world.

And then it says it  is anti Israeli because of solidarity. This is the madness I want to  denounce in this conference.


I am not Jewish.  Ideologically I am left and by profession a journalist. Why am I not  anti Israeli like my colleagues? Because as a non-Jew I have the  historical responsibility to fight against Jewish hatred and  currently against the hatred for their historic homeland,    Israel . To fight against anti-Semitism is not the duty of the  Jews, it is the duty of the non-Jews.

As a journalist it  is my duty to search for the truth beyond prejudice, lies and  manipulations. The truth about   Israel is not told. As a person  from the left who loves progress, I am obligated to defend liberty,  culture, civic education for children, coexistence and the laws that  the Tablets of the Covenant made into universal principles.

Principles that  Islamic fundamentalism systematically destroys. That is to say that  as a non-Jew, journalist and lefty I have a triple moral duty with    Israel , because if Israel is destroyed, liberty, modernity  and culture will be destroyed too.