Voltaire famously said: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

When confronted with atrocities committed by Israel in Gaza, the response of Israelis and the  blind support for Israel crowd in the U.S. (a crowd which is becoming increasingly less Jewish) is to light their hair on fire and scream “What about Hamas? What about Hamas?” 

As thin as the logic of that response is in reference to Gaza, it’s non-existent in reference to the atrocities committed by Israelis in the West Bank, which occur on nearly a daily basis.

But, as Dan Cohen of Mondoweiss reports in ‘There is no Jewish terror’: Conspiracy theory that Palestinians committed Duma firebombing spreads among Israelis, Israelis have developed a new justification for those atrocities: The Palestinians themselves are committing them. Cohen explains:

A growing number of Israelis believe that the Duma firebombing that killed eighteen-month-old Ali Dawabshe and his father Sa’ad was carried out by Palestinians.

In the settlement of Kiryat Arba, whose Chief Rabbi Dov Lior endorsed Torat Hamelech, a book which describes when it is permissible to kill non-Jews, the conspiracy theory appears to be popular.

“There’s no proof there was an attack,” said Lior, a restaurant owner. “But everybody thinks it was Palestinians who did it.”

He believes that the murder of baby Ali was an honor killing. “It’s the same as the Abu Khdeir killing,” he said, referring to the rumor planted by Israeli police after the discovery of the Palestinian teenager’s charred body last summer.

A poll conducted by a Zionist website, Cohen reported, had nearly half the respondents believing the Duma firebombing was the act of Palestinians.

Cohen, who I recently met when he was in Phoenix after the Gaza massacre, interviewed an Israeli soldier on the subject:

When I asked Rotem why he thinks Israeli politicians condemned the attack and promised to treat on Jewish terror the same as Palestinian terror, he told me it was for the purposes of hasbara. “They say it for the [outside] world,” he replied before adding, “The whole government has a tendency to the left.”

Despite the promises of politicians like Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the soldier told me they didn’t have any orders to increase attention to settlers.

At that point, the soldier became agitated by the term “Jewish terror.”

“Stop using the term ‘Jewish terror.’ There is no Jewish terror,” Rotem said. “Remove this word from your lexicon. It doesn’t exist. They made it up for the leftist media.”

Wow! How’s that for a member of the military casting a blind eye?

With this sort of false belief system taking hold, what is holding back the Israelis who wish to commit violence on Palestinians? And how far away can full-scale genocide be?

Lastly, Cohen reported, in what should come as a surprise to no one, that some from the blind support for Israel crowd in the U.S. also are happy to blame Palestinians for the atrocities committed on them.

In closing, I return to Voltaire: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”

Think about it. Before it’s too late.