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Friday, December 09, 2011

Why is the World silent about Israel?

Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, has a great piece in Friday's Chicago Tribune decrying the World's silence on the rockets falling being shot by 'Palestinian' terrorists at southern Israel (Hat Tip: Lance K). This is from the first link.
So if it is natural to be outraged and support the defense against terrorists who attack Texas, or England or Russia or China, why is it not natural to support the same for Israel? Since the beginning of October, more than 70 rockets and missiles have rained down on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, which remains under the control of the Hamas terrorist organization. Last week, Israel's densely populated northern towns were hit by rockets fired from Lebanon.

Hamas deliberately fires rockets into the heart of Israel's major cities, which have exploded on playgrounds, near kindergarten classrooms and homes. Last month, a man was killed when a rocket struck his car on his evening commute home. Many more people have been injured. In the last month alone, more than a million Israelis had to stay home from work and more than 200,000 students were unable to attend school. You don't read about this because if it's covered at all, it's buried in the back pages of newspapers.

Although these horrific attacks should appall good people everywhere, not one word of condemnation has come from the Security Council in the United Nations. Peace activists that regularly criticize my country are silent on this one as well.

Underlying the violence that continues to emanate from Gaza is a deeply rooted culture of incitement. Last month, would-be Palestinian suicide bomber Wafa al-Biss was released from prison as part of an exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit. Al-Biss offered a breathtaking challenge to cheering schoolchildren at her Hamas welcome-home rally. She said, "I hope you will walk the same path that we took and God willing, we will see some of you as martyrs." Her crime? She tried to kill doctors, nurses and patients by blowing herself up in an Israeli hospital. Luckily, she failed to detonate.

These are the poisonous values that are being fed to the next generation of children in Gaza. When Israel looks at children, it sees the future. When Hamas looks at children, it sees suicide bombers and human shields. If only incitement were confined to Gaza. It also pervades the official institutions of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank — and many other corners of our region. In schools, mosques and media, generation after generation of children across the Middle East have been taught to hate, vilify and dehumanize Israelis and Jews.

The intolerance all too common in the Middle East finds its way around the world, even entering the halls of the U.N. Today the U.N. is home to a triple standard: one standard for democracies, a different standard for dictatorships and a special, unobtainable standard for Israel. So I pose this ethical question, not from a philosophy course at a great university but based very much in the real world: If it is not OK to fire deadly rockets at the citizens of any of the other 193 member states that make up the United Nations, why is the world silent when the victims are Israelis?
Why? Dare we say it? Anti-Semitism....

P.S. I'm not sure the Obama administration would react as quickly as Prosor thinks, although previous administrations clearly would have.

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At 10:21 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Israel Matzav has condemnations of the rockets in the comments section almost every day (because I put them there! at the risk of being infinitely repetitive!). And I think the silence is a combination of the antisemitic marxist caliphate people, the Euros and Russians wanting to finish the job... these combined with the silence of people irritated by Israel's tech success and thinking that the attacks on Israel will slow them (you) down in the competition. That's what the silence of non-anti-semitic technology people is about. That's it.

At 10:22 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Rock on, Israel!

At 10:31 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Also, in case you (Israel) feel too special ( :) ), our current Dept of Justice has facilitated (or directly done it) thousands of guns being put into the hands of drug cartels in Mexico and their gangbangers in the U.S. Thousands already dead from it in Mexico and an unknown number in the U.S. Also, they have been laundering $millions for the drug cartels. Holder yesterday summarized that there will be dead people on both sides of the border from this for "years to come". We all have our challenges.


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