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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Support the 'Palestinians' by supporting Israel

There was a great op-ed in Denmark's Jyllands-Posten on Friday. If the name sounds familiar, it should: That's the same paper that published the Muhammad cartoons (one of which is pictured at the top left of this post).

The op-ed was written by Poul Højlund. From what I could gather through a Google search (nearly all of whose results are in Danish), Højlund is a frequent commenter on Islam. The op-ed was translated and posted at Gates of Vienna.
Why is the Left so systematic in its support of the vilest scum of the Earth? Probably not due to inability to recognize a terrorist when they face one. But then, why? Ignorance, perchance? But where does it come from? Why are the journalists and editors not relating what really goes on?

I can’t find any other plausible explanation than creeping anti-Semitism, lurking right below the humanitarian surface. This, of course, is a harsh accusation. Thus, let me repeat it: Behind the inexplicable goodwill towards Hamas hides a creeping anti-Semitism. There is no other rational explanation.

Where were all the soft leftist well-meaning humanitarians and the enraged journalists when the Chechens were killed by the thousands by the Russians? Where are they when the population of Darfur is murdered by Arab militia? Where are they with regards to the rampant killings in Congo?

Nowhere, for in these cases it is not Israelis on the other side. To put it briefly. As long at it is not the Israelis (read: “Jews”), these nice humanitarians are not reacting. They are mum, they see nothing, they plainly do not care. But as soon as Israel (read: “the Jews”) are on the other side, they react.


The democratic state of Israel lost 1176 citizens, with an additional 9,000 wounded, due to Hamas terrorism in the years 2000 through 2008. None of these were terrorists. Nor were they terrorist sympathizers. Not a single one of them. Their ‘crime’ consisted of riding a bus, queuing up at the bakery, dancing at a discothèque or simply being around in their own country.

What did the gentle humanitarians say back then? Nothing. Why did they close their eyes towards the murderous inhumane behavior of Hamas towards both Israel and their own population, and why is their conscience constructed in such a peculiar way as to turn Israel into the crook here?

Why don’t we help the Palestinians by helping those taking action to rid them of the criminal regime they are subjected to? Why do we not support the only state on Earth willing to do the hard work here? Why do we even imagine there can be a genuine ceasefire as long as Hamas remains in power?

But no. We see support demonstrations for Hamas, with leftwing party Enhedslisten tailing along. We see violent ‘peace demonstrations’ solely against Israel. Our foreign affairs committee is called in (by the possibly well-meaning Jeppe Kofoed) solely to protest against Israel. We face a national and international press almost in unison failing to report on the atrocities of Hamas.
Read it all. This guy gets it.


At 7:26 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - I submit that criticism of Israel is like a Rorschach Test. If the speaker is obsessed with Jews, you can be sure he's an anti-Semite. Now, I'm not talking about criticism of Israel's leaders and the country's wrong-headed policies. Jews and non-Jews have done that and its a legitimate subject for honest debate and people of goodwill and those love and support Israel can and do disagree.

What IS anti-Semitism is a virulent and blind antipathy to the Jewish State, a dislike of Jews as a group, and a conviction that Israel has to be held to an unreasonably higher of conduct or that the alleged multitude of the country's sins indict it and that it should be sentenced to death. In this case, the argument is not about Israeli policy but about Israel place among the nations. And there can be no room for honest debate here. Either one supports Israel's existence and having equal rights or one is an enemy of the Jewish people and an anti-Semite.

What the demonstrations around the world in the last couple of weeks have revealed is that they were not about Israeli policy but about killing Jews, something no civilized and decent person should ever accept and what made them thoroughly disturbing is they took place not in some distant Third World backwater but in the enlightened and progressive metropoles of the West itself. So something had changed and especially life for Jews in Europe in a new atmosphere of virulent Jew hatred at a level unseen since the 1930s.

The guy you spoke of gets it but I'm afraid the rest of the world doesn't and along as it refuses to exhibit zero tolerance for anti-Semitic behavior among the Palestinians both abroad as well those who live alongside Israelis, there will only be more bloodshed in the future. Such people, far from advancing peace, are making sure it wouldn't happen in our lifetime and the lifetime of our children and the lifetime of our grandchildren. The world does the Palestinians no favors by indulging them in their hate of Jews.

Support Israel is important to reinforce Jews in the justice of their cause and to let her enemies know that the new enemy of the Open Society will not snuff out the lights of freedom all over the world and Israel will not be sacrificial lamb towards that end. Perhaps one day the Palestinians will abandon Jihadism and accept the Jewish people as their neighbors. But until that day comes, Israel must continue to stand strong until the enemy is broken.

There is no alternative.

At 7:38 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

Another guy who gets it, Australian writer Tim Blair of the Sydney Morning Herald, talks about the great George W. Bush, who -with some lapses- truly gets it.

At 7:44 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

Wups! My bad. That's Tim Blair of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, not the Sydney Morning Herald. The link is correct, though.

At 8:00 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

I forgot to mention, here's a short video at blog Hot Air of President George Bush's homecoming speech in Crawford, Texas.

And if anyone cares to sign an online letter of thanks (54,543 signatures so far) to President Bush and maybe add a brief comment, go here.

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


I signed it the first day it was posted.


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