Heeding the Times from Harry Antonides' Desk

Israel Besieged 

July 12, 2010

 Israel’s task is daunting and the stakes couldn’t be higher.  But our cause is great and it is far from lost. (Caroline B. Glick, Jewish World Review, June 4, 2010) 

The confrontation on May 30 between the Israeli navy and the Turkey-originating flotilla was not about delivering needed supplies to Gaza. Instead it was intended to break the Israeli blockade, and/or to provoke the Israeli navy into action that would provide photo ops to show the world that Israel is a ruthless bully that kills defenseless “peace activists.” 

All of the smaller ships were boarded and re-directed to an Israeli harbor. But when the navy men landed on the lead ship, Mavi Marmara, they were met by men who tried to club and knife them to death. Only then did the Israeli force resort to their guns, killing nine men. 

The Marmara radioed this message to the Israelis: “Shut up, go back to Auschwitz.  We’re helping Arabs go against the U. S., don’t forget 9/11.”  Later, the Islamist militants appeared on Arab television shouting, “Remember Khayber, Khaybar, O Jews! The army of Muhammad is returning!” 

Worldwide Condemnation

The worldwide outcry against Israel was instantaneous. Most of the media presented this story as a case of Israel’s criminal behavior against innocent people who were on a mercy mission to Gaza. For this “crime,” the U.N.’s Security Council was quick to condemn Israel’s action; its Human Rights Council, consistently refusing to condemn the human rights violations of the most tyrannical regimes on the planet, issued its own condemnation. 

To find the truth among many conflicting stories, we need to understand the context and background of this violent confrontation. 

Ever since the founding of the state of Israel in 1948, it has been forced to defend itself by military means. Currently it is surrounded by Islamist countries and organizations, including Hamas and Fatah, supported by Iran, that have declared their intention to destroy Israel. When Iran succeeds in obtaining the nuclear bomb, the threat level against Israel will move from serious to grave. 

 Israel has the right to defend itself by ensuring that no weapons will be shipped into Gaza, now controlled by Hamas, a terrorist organization that has never hidden its intent to destroy Israel.   (Since this blockade is a preventive measure it should be supported by all who favour peace in the Middle East.) 

The U.S. has been a loyal ally of Israel. However, with the presidency of Barrack Obama that support has waned in a way that poses a serious threat to Israel. 

The World’s Oldest Sickness

 Anti-Semitism is deeply imbedded in the Koran and other Islamic scriptures where Jews are likened to apes and pigs.  Islamic teachers and leaders have indoctrinated their followers, starting with the very young, with the idea that Jews are detestable people who must be hated and subjected or killed. Consequently, those who turn away from Islam, such as Wafa Sultan and  Ayaan Hirsi Ali, testify that Jew-hatred was ceaselessly drummed into their minds in the schools they attended. It was one of the hardest things they had to abandon.  

 Abdallah Jarbu, Deputy Minister of Religion of Hamas, has stated that Jews “want to present themselves to the world as if they have rights, but, in fact, they are foreign bacteria - a microbe unparalleled in the world.”  Jarbu then prayed: “May He annihilate this filthy people who have neither religion nor conscience.” 

The Iranian newspaper Kayhan, a mouthpiece of the Iranian mullahs, recently called Israel “a cancerous tumor” that must be eliminated from the Islamic Middle East. (Clifford May, National Post, June 14, 2010) 

One of the great puzzles of the Middle East is: Why is Israel, the only country in that part of the world that is democratic and culturally vibrant, universally despised by its Arab neighbours? Even more distressing, how is it possible that anti-Semitism is now widespread in the West? 

The Muslim hatred of the Jews is rooted in its religion. But what about the anti-Semitism in the West? David Solway has called it the “world’s oldest sickness” for which no cure has been found. He writes that there is emerging a neo-anti-Semitism that is “virulently anti-Israel,” spreading the monstrous lie that the state of Israel is determined to engage in ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. 

To Stand with Israel

And so we are left with the duty of every fair-minded person to stand as one man against the lies that are now told and retold in the Western media about Israel and the Jews. This appeal for truth telling about the forces now arranged against Israel comes from a Spanish politician and journalist, Pilar Rahola. In a recent article she castigated U.S. and Israel bashers. She concluded her powerful testimony: 

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.... As  a journalist it is my duty to search for the truth beyond prejudice, lies and manipulations. The truth about Israel is not told….That is to say that as 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. 

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