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Anti-Semitism and the Moral Support of Islamic States By The West

Navi Pillay, U.N. high commissioner for human rights, has accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the Gaza conflict. Her harshest criticism, as well as that of most nations, has been reserved for the Israeli government, charging that it has committed war crimes in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions. In the wake of the huge difference in casualties and property destruction, many in the West have accused the Israeli government of making a grossly disproportionate response to terrorist rocket attacks. A New York Times (July 23, 2014) article titled “As Much of the World Frowns on Israel, Americans Hold Out Support” says that a number of “world leaders and demonstrators pointed to the lopsided number of Palestinian casualties — more than 650, most of them civilians — versus 35 on the Israeli side, 32 of them soldiers.” By now, those numbers have tripled, but let’s think about some of the arguments being made.

First, let’s take a historical look at proportionality in response to an attack. In February 1945, in Dresden, Germany, 25,000 lives were lost in one night and the city was reduced to rubble as a result of British and U.S. bombers firebombing. In March 1945, 300 U.S. B-29 planes dropped incendiary bombs on Tokyo, killing more than 100,000 people, with millions injured and made homeless. Later, atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, leading to even greater loss of life and property destruction. Who’s willing to criticize the Allies for lack of proportionality in response to Germany’s and Japan’s attacks? Though the Allies brought about a horrible loss of life and massive destruction, one thing is very clear and indisputable: Neither country has attacked ever since.

Anti-Semitic attacks have skyrocketed in Europe in the wake of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s not just a criticism of Israel’s foreign policy; it’s an attack on Jews. Synagogues have faced Molotov cocktails, bomb threats and vandalism. Several European cities have seen slogans such as “Dirty Jews,” “Jews your end is near,” “Out with Zionists,” “Israel executioner” and “Save Gaza! Hitler, you were right!” According to RT, over the past month there has been a 50 percent increase in hate crimes against Jews in Britain.

The Western anti-Semitic and anti-Israel response is amazing and somewhat disconcerting. Israel is the only democratic nation in the Middle East. It has respect for relatively free markets, personal liberty and private property rights. Many Westerners give their moral support to Muslims who, as a matter of religion, practice brutal control of women that includes honor killings. Many Muslims consider homosexuality to be not only a sin but a crime under Islamic law punishable by death. What Westerners consider basic human rights are often outlawed in Islamic nations. The Quran is the religious guide of Islam, and Muslims believe it to be a revelation from God. It contains more than 100 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Westerners who condemn Israel and support the recent anti-Semitic attacks — or remain silent in the face of them — are by no means spared from Islamic condemnation as infidels.

It has to be heart-rending to any decent person to witness the suffering of the Palestinians, who’re experiencing a major tragedy both in casualties and in property destruction. Though it is Hamas firing rockets into Israel, the ordinary Palestinian is not to be held blameless. Palestinians know that Hamas is storing rockets and building tunnels in civilian areas and that if Israel tries to take out these rockets and tunnels, civilian casualties will be part of the collateral damage. Their silence and acceptance implies support for the tactics of Hamas.

Gen. William T. Sherman told the 1879 graduating class of the Michigan Military Academy, “War is hell.” There’s no nice war, and that’s why war should be a last alternative. Those Westerners who criticize Israel’s response to close to 3,000 rocket attacks might tell us what Israel should do in response — just take the rockets, surrender or leave the Middle East?

  • John J. King

    Fair point but Israel is guilty, along with Egypt, Lebanon & Jordan in the ongoing economic torture of Palestinians that led to Hamas & PLO etc. Hatred from fellow Arabs along with subjugation by Israel has resulted in this. There really are no guiltless parties.

  • dogmai

    Economic torture?!? Refusing to trade or otherwise do business with people who intend to kill you when your back is turned is an act of self preservation and self defense. Calling that economic torture is exactly the kind of moral equivocation one can expect from bigots and anti-Semites.

    Other Arab countries who refused to trade with the Palestinians did so to keep them poor because their plight served to fuel anti-Israel sentiments in their own populations.

  • mkkevitt

    There is another reason Israel is justified: Hamas started it. Hamas was the aggressor, the initiator of force. Hamas is responsible for, and guilty of, all the death, injury and destruction. Israel has the right to literally destroy Hamas, put it out of existence, as the only real and permanent act of self defense, then follow up with measures to prevent any belligerent replacement of Hamas. Mike Kevitt

  • DogmaelJones1

    Hamas was the aggressor, the “Palestinians” the enablers. Shed no tears for them. Remember that the “Palestinians” cheered, along with their Muslim “brothers” in this country, when the Twin Towers were attacked and passed out candy to celebrate the attack. Hamas is a nihilist terrorist group that ought to be extinguished down to the last ash. It is also allied with the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic supremacist groups. Hamas’s chief aim is to destroy Israel and kill Jews. They have no other purpose in life, and the “Palestinians” know it.

  • John J. King

    Read the history before you throw around your typical uninformed insults. The Palestinians were always outcasts, well before WWII and the subsequent creation of Israel. As were their “cousins” as They refer to them, the Jews. Israels’ guilt is that they destroyed whatever economic freedom the P’s had with all sorts of sanctions, checkpoints between villages that prevented or stifled trade and even family life. The Arabs have been using this as their way of fostering the subsequent hatred. This has been the only success, the hatred grew as both sides pursued their agenda. And here we are, 60 + years of slaughter and mayhem with no solution but to continue the fight. Prof. Williams is correct that Israel has no choice – now. My point is that they are part and parcel of the blame for the situation in which they find themselves. For their part the P’s may have been the aggrieved party from the beginning but they too are the authors of their current condition. There are few clean hands in this and the Jordanians, Egyptians etc. must enjoy seeing the terror they’ve caused by having a hated caste as surrogate in constant war with the infidel Israelis. Israel could have mitigated this by working to help the P’s instead of the tactic they have used. Personally, I agree at this point that the I’s have no choice. But they sealed this fate long ago.

  • Peggy1900

    Maybe the Jews chose the wrong place to restart a nation? A tiny population of Jews surrounded by Muslims does not sound like a realistic arena for progress.

  • writeby

    For the record:

    · May 15, 1948, approximately one year after the UN had recognized the rights of both the Jews and the Palestinians to establish independent states in the Middle East, and one day after the Jews had announced the establishment of such an independent state for themselves – to be called, Israel – Egyptian, Trans-Jordanian, Syrian, Lebanese, Saudi Arabian, Iraqi and Yemeni armies attacked Israel.

    · After Israel had won that first Arab-Israeli War, 75% of the land previously partitioned by the
    U.N. as the future home for Arab Palestinians was annexed by the Arab nation of Trans-Jordan.

    · In the following decades, nearly all of the remaining 25% ended up under the control of the
    Arabs; yet not one inch of it was set-aside for the Palestinians.

  • writeby

    See above, the relevant portion here excerpted:

    · After Israel had won that first Arab-Israeli War, 75% of the land previously partitioned by the
    U.N. as the future home for Arab Palestinians was annexed by the Arab nation of Trans-Jordan.

    · In the following decades, nearly all of the remaining 25% ended up under the control of the
    Arabs; yet not one inch of it was set-aside for the Palestinians.

  • writeby

    Go back to the beginning, 1917 and the Balfour declaration; then fast forward 31-years and proceed from there.

    · May 15, 1948, approximately one year after the UN had recognized the rights of both the Jews and the Palestinians to establish independent states in the Middle East, and one day after the Jews had announced the establishment of such an independent state for themselves – to be called, Israel – Egyptian, Trans-Jordanian, Syrian, Lebanese, Saudi Arabian, Iraqi and Yemeni armies attacked Israel.

    · After Israel had won that first Arab-Israeli War, 75% of the land previously partitioned by the U.N. as the future home for Arab Palestinians was annexed by the Arab nation of Trans-Jordan.

    · In the following decades, nearly all of the remaining 25% ended up under the control of the Arabs; yet not one inch of it was set-aside for the Palestinians.

    (Simple formula: The Arabs despise the Palestinians while the Palestinians themselves have hated Israel since its inception.)

    · Since 1948, the Arab tyrannies have attempted to destroy Israel, either by conventional war – in 1956-57, 1968 and 1973 – or through PLO terrorist bombings, similar to the following few recent examples:

    o 19 October 1994: Hamas militant sets off bomb, killing 23 on a Tel Aviv bus.

    o 24 July 1996: Unidentified Arab bomber kills six passengers and himself on a bus outside Tel Aviv.

    o 31 March 2002: An Arab terrorist attacks a restaurant in Haifa, northern Israel, killing himself and 14 Israeli Jews and Arabs. On the same day, another Arab bomber kills himself and wounds four people in an attack on an office for paramedics at the Jewish settlement of Efrat, south of Bethlehem.

    o 29 March 2002: An Arab woman bomber kills herself and two others at a Jerusalem supermarket.

    o 7 May 2002: While Bush and Sharon meet in Washington, a homicide
    Arab bomber murders 16 Israelis and kills himself in a pool hall in Tel Aviv.

    Sept., 2011: Palestinians dance in the street upon hearing the news of the TWC’s destruction.

    (In fact, your argument, in principle, reminds of Chomksy’s after 911, which amounted to that attack being the fault of the U.S. for having “oppressed” the people’s of the Mideast for decades. Yeah, like surrendering millions in oil facilities and billions in foreign aid.)

    These are primitive barbarians whose only economics is that of nomads or killers.

    Or both.