Heeding the Times from Harry Antonides' Desk

What Happens to Truth in an Age of Delusion (part 10)
Why we Should Stand With Israel.

March, 2014 

On the other hand, it is important to remember that Israel is the only country in the world that, for decades, has been systematically singled out for unfair criticism by the world community – especially at the United Nations.  Given this deafening chorus of bigotry and denunciation, Israel’s few supporters must be full-throated if they hope to provide an effective counterbalance. (“Anti-Israel Bias on Parade,”
Editorial, National Post, January 28, 2014.) 

We remind ourselves of this history in order to appreciate God’s purpose in mentioning the Jews ahead of the idolaters in the ranking of those who are hostile to Islam….. This wicked and most vile nature could only be defeated in past history by Islam and its followers when they truly follow Islamic principles. Our modern world will not be saved from this wicked nature except by Islam, and only when its people implement Islam completely in their lives.( Sayyid Qutb, quoted in Andrew G. Bostom, The Legacy of  Islamic Antisemitism, 2008, p.38.)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s used his trip to Israeli during the week of January 19 to reassure his host that Canada is steadfast in its support of Israel’s right to exist and to defend itself. In his address to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, he was direct in summarizing Israel’s precarious position and his view of the relationship between the two countries, as follows: 

Are we Repeating the 1930s?

In the 65 years that modern Israel has been a nation, Israelis have endured attacks and slander beyond counting and have never known a day of true peace. And… we Canadians understand that Israelis live with this impossible calculus: If you act to defend yourselves, you will suffer widespread condemnation over and over again. But should you fail to act, you alone will suffer the consequences of your inaction and that consequence will be final. It will be your destruction.  

The truth that Canada understands is that many of the hostile forces Israel faces are faced by all western nations. Israel faces them for many of the same reasons we face them. You just happen to be a lot closer to them…. One must look beyond Israel’s borders to find the causes of the relentless oppression, poverty and violence in much of the region.  

I believe the story of Israel is a great example to the world. It is a story, essentially, of a people whose response to suffering has been to move beyond resentment and build an extraordinary society, a vibrant democracy, a freedom-loving country with an independent and rights-affirming judiciary….  You have taken the collective memory of death and persecution to build an optimistic, forward-looking society…. Israel represents values which our Government takes as articles of faith and principles to drive our own national life. And therefore through fire and water, Canada will stand with you. (Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Jerusalem, January 20, 2014.)

 

The Futility of all Peace Efforts 

Why is it that all the efforts to reach a lasting peace agreement between Israel and Palestine have failed, and why the current frantic efforts by the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, are bound to follow the same pattern? 

The short answer is that the conflict between the two antagonists is not an ordinary dispute about territory and borders. The real answer to the question lies with the popular Muslim leaders who teach a form of violent and stealth jihad. They include Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966); Hassan Al-Banna (1906-1949), the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood; and Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is the current spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. All three teach an ideology of hatred toward the West, especially America and Israel – the two Satans.  

Let’s listen to two authors from different perspectives who spent a life time studying and teaching Islam --  one is a Jew, the other a Christian.  Here are few excerpts from Bernard Lewis’s comments regarding the 2007 Annapolis peace conference about the Israel-Palestine conflict:  

What is the conflict about? There are basically two possibilities: that it is about the size of Israel, or about its existence. If the issue is about the size of Israel, then we have a straightforward border problem, like Alsace-Loraine or Texas. That is to say, not easy, but possible to solve in the long run, and to live with in the meantime. 

If, on the other hand, the issue is the existence of Israel, then clearly it is insoluble by negotiation.  There is no compromise position between existing and not existing, and no conceivable government of Israel is going to negotiate on whether that country should or should not exist. 

PLO and other Palestinian spokesmen have, from time to time, given formal indications of recognition of Israel in their diplomatic discourse in foreign languages. But that’s not the message delivered at home in Arabic, in everything from primary school textbooks to political speeches and religious sermons. Here the terms used in Arabic denote, not the end of hostilities, but an armistice or truce, until such time that the war against Israel can be resumed with better prospects for success…. 

The government of Jordan granted [displaced] Palestinian Arabs a form of citizenship, but kept them in refugee camps.  In other Arab countries, they were and remained stateless aliens without rights or opportunities, maintained by U.N. funding….  

 The reason for this has been stated by various Arab spokesmen. It is the need to preserve the Palestinians as a separate entity until the time they will return and reclaim the whole of Palestine; that is to say, all of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Israel. The demand for the “return” of the refugees, in other words, means the destruction of Israel. It is highly unlikely to be approved by any Israeli government…. (Bernard Lewis, “On the Jewish Question,” The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2007.)

 The Divine Right of Conquest

Following are excerpts from the article by the Rev. Bassam M. Madany, “The Problem of Israel,” www.unashamedofthegospel.org. He reviews the events after the founding of the state of Israel in May, 1948, during which Israel repeatedly had to defend itself against the surrounding Arab countries. It often had appeared that a solution to the Arab-Israel conflict would be possible, but time and again the peace negotiations broke down. Madany suggests that the root cause of the perpetual Israeli-Palestinian conflict lies with Islam.  

He explains that Islam developed an ideology that “any land that becomes a part of Daru’l Islam (House of Islam) must always remain Islamic.  Islamic imperialism has distinguished itself by being totally different from European imperialisms.” Madany continues: 

The central drive or impulse of the Islamic Ideology is what I would like to call ‘the Divine Right of Conquest.’ Muslims glory in the great Futuhat  (Conquest). After all, they were all done …in the Pathway of Allah. They are blest by Him; more than that, they have been foreordained by the divine will!  Thus Islam cannot and would not concede to the birth of a Jewish homeland within Palestine. This land so important to both Jews and Christians, had been ‘hallowed’ by Muhammad, who according to the Qur’an, paid a special ‘visit’  to the heavens via Jerusalem. Ipso facto, Jerusalem became the third holy city after Mecca and Medina. In fact, Islam’s hegemonic penchant is seen as well in its appropriation of all the great men and prophets of antiquity, beginning with Adam, and ending with Jesus. All of them are considered as Muslims, even before the advent of Islam.  

They [Western political leaders] either ignore, or are unaware of the fact that Islam is far more than a religious faith; it is a complete worldview with global aspirations and pretensions. If the West, during the last three centuries, succeeded in separating church and state, this has not happened in Daru’l Islam. The opposition to the existence to Israel is a religious matter for Muslims, and therefore cannot be negotiated.  

Ever since its founding in 1948, Israel has had to defend itself  several times against the  militarily attacks from several Arab states.  Until now, Israel was able to defend itself and continue to be a free and independent nation with a vibrant culture surrounded by countries mired in poverty and disarray.  Furthermore, Israeli has for many years been subjected to suicide bomber attacks as well as thousands of rockets fired indiscriminately at Israeli villages and buildings. Many thousands of soldiers and unarmed citizens were killed and wounded since 1948.  

Israel was forced to protect itself against these attacks by building a strong military, a defensive missile system as well as a protective wall with checkpoints intended to prevent suicide bombers from killing innocent men women and children. The anti-Israel propagandists have vilified Israel for trying to protect its citizens. But the Israeli defence measures have saved the lives of many of its citizens. 

The reality is that Israel is situated as a tiny speck on the map, surrounded by hostile neighbours who have made it known that they will not rest until Israel is driven into the sea. That threat has become increasingly ominous since Iran is determined to obtain the nuclear bomb. 

 Charles Krauthammer has laid out Israel’s perilous predicament in view of its size and location.

He writes that the Holocaust led the post--WWII Jews to the conviction that their future lay in a place where they would be able to defend themselves. He agrees that the territory they chose is perilous, just a “dot on the map, a tiny patch of near desert” that can be obliterated entirely by one small battery of nuclear-tipped Scuds. 

Krauthammer concludes: “The terrible irony is that in solving the problem of powerlessness, the Jews have necessarily put all their eggs in one basket, a small basket hard by the waters of the Mediterranean. And on its fate hinges everything Jewish.” (Charles Krauthammer, Things that Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, 2013, p. 271.) 

The Demonizing of Israel.

The second, perhaps the most dangerous threat faced by Israel, is the success of the haters of Israel in spreading their vile ideology worldwide. The breeding soil for this anti-Israel  ideology  is the Muslim madrassas and mosques in the Middle East and other parts of the world. This is where fiery imams and teachers denounce the Jews  in the most diabolical terms who must be eliminated from the earth. All too often, this happens even in many mosques and Islamic schools in the free West. (A number of mostly young men have been radicalized in Western mosques and joined the Muslim jihadists in various parts of the world.) 

Many university campuses in the U.S.  and Canada also have become the breeding ground  of Israel-hatred. Since 2004, each year in the month of March, professors and students have organized an “Israel Apartheid Week” by calling for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Their propaganda consists in picturing Israel as a pariah state that must surrender part of its territory and accept large numbers of returning Palestinian “refugees.” Both measures would spell the end of Israel.  

Various fraudulent documents used by the enemies of Israel have played a major role in spreading their hate-filled message. They promote the outlandish idea of the so-called blood libel, that is, the charge that the Jews kill Gentile children in order to use their blood in their religious rituals. 

During the 20th century The  Protocols of the Elders of Zion, first published in Russia in 1903, has been praised by many anti-Semites. Its major theme is that the Jews are scheming to control the world , especially the world of banking and finance. Although it has been unmasked as a fraud on the basis of comparisons with a number of books, it has been published in many countries and is especially popular in the Arab world.  

The Protocols was a favorite of Hitler, and it became a propaganda tool for the Nazis who ordered it to be required reading in the schools.  Arab translations of Hitler’s Mein Kampf were widely  distributed in the Arab world, under the title My Jihad.  Not surprisingly, Hitler was pleased that the Arabs were his allies in their hatred of the Jews. He established friendly relations with their leaders, including the then Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.  

The  authenticity of  the Protocols  was tested in a Swiss court in 1934 -1935. Judge Walter Meyer declared that as harmful as they are, they “are nothing but laughable nonsense.” 

 The UN, Enabler of Israel-Hatred

  The United Nations could have and should have been a force for good among the countries of the world. After all, the UN Charter states that it is “determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.”  Its purposes and principles include the following: “To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principles of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.” Among those rights it mentions respect for the ”fundamental freedoms for all  without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion.”   

The UN , in clear violation of its own founding document and led by a coalition  of 57 Arab states, has consistently  carried on a campaign of denouncing Israel as the worst human rights violator. This happens despite the fact that Israel is the only law-based, democratic state in the Middle East, where some one million Arabs enjoy all the rights of citizenship, including the right to elect their own members in the Israeli parliament (Knesset). 

One of the worst instances of UN bias happened in 2001 at the UN World Conference  Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance,  in Durban, South Africa.  This occasion was used to demonize the U.S. and Israel.  Yasser Arafat and Fidel Castro (who was treated as a hero) gave free reign to their hatred.  The South African Foreign Minister described Cuba as “the most democratic country in the world.” The flagrant abuses of human rights in Arab countries were ignored, while privately the participants applauded the suicide attacks on Israel. (See Arch Puddington, “The Wages of Durban,” Commentary, November 2001) 

It is a grave error to participate in this kind of conference and thus give credence to the monstrous lies about Israel, also called the Little Satan. The Americans did the right thing by refusing to attend. It should not be forgotten that the double-talk and outright falsehoods for which the UN is a willing carrier are far from harmless. They have a way of poisoning everything they touch. What is worse, they degrade the very basis of civility without which relations among persons and nations cannot be civilized and peaceful. 

In the Face of Evil

Prime Minister Harper did the right thing in telling the Israeli parliament that Canada stands with Israel at this perilous (again) stage in its history. His position is in stark contrast to that of Prime Minister Mackenzie King in 1939 when Canada refused to accept 907 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany aboard the German ship St. Louis. No other country would take them either; so the ship was forced to return to Europe, where 254 would later perish in Nazi concentration camps.  

But what does it mean for each of us to stand with Israel at this time? The Prime Minister hints at this when he says that all of the Western nations face the same hostile forces that threaten Israel. He does not name them, but his description makes it clear that he has in mind the Islamist jihad ideology and practice. It seems that most people in the West do not understand that this ideology turns people into coldblooded haters and killers. Here is a story about the real consequences of this kind of mindset. 

On the evening of March 11, 2011, two Palestinian teenagers, Hakem Awad and his cousin Amjad Awad, breached a security fence and broke into the home of a Jewish family in the West Bank village of Itamar. They massacred the parents, Ehud and Ruth Fogel and three of their six children, Yoav (11), Elad (4), and three-month old Hadas.  

The killers missed two other children, Roy (8) and Yishai (2). The oldest daughter Tamar (12) who was at a youth event, arrived home after midnight  and found her father, mother and three siblings dead or dying. She ran screaming to a neighbour’s house who returned with Tamar and alerted security personnel. They found Yishai crying over his parents’ bodies trying to wake them up. 

Caroline Glick described the released photos of the murder scene: “There was Hadas, dead on her parents’ bed, next to her dead father. There was Elad, lying on a small throw rug wearing socks. His little hands were clenched into fists. What was a four-year old to do against grown men with knives? He clenched his fists.  So did his big brother.” 

There was rejoicing in Gaza with carnivals and distribution of sweets. A Hamas website praised the murderers. The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine called it a “heroic attack” that proves “the Palestinians are able to go ahead with armed resistance and overcome all difficulties to reach the targets.” 

Israelnationalnews.com reported that the killers showed no remorse and said that if they had known that there were two more children in the house, they would have killed them, too. They saw no problem in slitting the throat of three-month old Hadas since she was a Jew. 

Words fail to adequately fathom the horror of such unmitigated evil.  

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