Sunday, January 11, 2009

Not a Tear!

Faced with a barrage of new footage of dead children, Israel's PR is negligible. Hamas has proven that it has no shame in abusing the dead, but gleefully shows pictures of maimed or killed children. The terrorists in Gaza use death pornography to further their nefarious plans of defaming Israel. The crowds worldwide scream "stop the holocaust in Gaza!" while employing the most cynical and obscene comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany. Suddenly, the world pretends to be interested in human rights and uses them as a weapon against the Jewish state. Politicians and celebrities denounce the supposed massacres in Gaza and even Jewish leaders preface their support of Israel with apologies over civilian deaths.

Save me the pieties over Gaza. The very same people marching in the streets against Israel had nary a word to say when over 4000 rockets fell on Southern Israel during the past 3 years. When Jews were murdered by Hamas missiles, schools and hospitals bombarded and lives torn apart, the world was silent. The streets of Europe were empty as long as Arabs did the killing and Jews the dying. That is "peace" according to the "humanitarians". There were no pictures in the media of grieving Jewish mothers and fathers, or of children who lost limbs to jihadist bombs. Where were the marches and protests when a gunman murdered 8 teenagers studying in a yeshiva, or a berserk Arab bulldozer driver crushed a mother and her young daughter?

The same day that the operations in Gaza began, a Sunni suicide bomber blew himself up in a Shiite mosque in Iraq, murdering 40 people. This barely made news. When Jews kill Muslims, it is a massacre. When Muslims kill each other, it's like the weather. Nobody pays attention. In the past few years, close to a million black Africans have been murdered by Arab janjaweed militia in Darfur. Thats is a real humanitarian crisis. If the same protesters opposing Israel's right to self-defense would have used even a fraction of that energy to protest the situation in Darfur, there would be no genocide. The protests have little to do with human rights but are just another excuse to demonize and vilify the only democracy in the Middle-East. Over 60 years after the Holocaust, many are still uncomfortable with the idea of Jews fighting back. A "ceasefire" is when rockets fall on Jews and they do not retaliate.

The mainstream media feeds us constant images of dead Arabs. They inform us that women and children were among the dead in Israel's attacks. Somehow they neglect to mention that the blame for the dead lies squarely on Hamas, which hides among civilians when firing rockets at Israel. Hamas brazenly uses schools, mosques and hospitals to store weapons and attack Israel, then cries about Israeli retaliation. It has used women and children to carry out its murderous attacks against Israeli targets. The same group that self-righteously complains of Israeli attacks on children fires missiles on kindergartens and schools in Sderot, Ashklelon and Ashdod. They raise their children on a diet of hate, death and anti-semitism.

I have not a tear to spare for any Arab killed in Gaza. The international community treats Gazans as pawns, not letting them take responsibility for their own actions. Last year, the people of Gaza democratically voted Hamas, a terrorist organization, into power. They chose, of their own free-will, to have Hamas represent them as their government. As such, they should suffer the consequences of their choices. After the attacks on Merkaz HaRav in March, thousands of Gazans danced in the streets, giving out candies and celebrating the cold-blooded killing of Jewish teenagers. My tears are spent on the victims of Hamas, not their enablers. I wish that Israel would attack Gaza with a true proportionate response, letting the people of Gaza know the pain of the citizens of Sderot who have not had a complete night's sleep in a decade, or of the Jewish mothers and fathers who lost children to Hamas jihadist attacks.

The world does not deserve our apologies. They forfeited their rights to moral superiority after 2000 years of deportations, expulsions, forced conversions, persecutions and pogroms. A world that did not treat Jews as human beings for two millenia has no right to lecture us on how we may defend ourselves. At anti-Israel rallies worldwide, crowds chanted "Hamas, Hamas, Jews to the gas!", hoping that the wicked smoke of the ovens should blow over to the Holy Land. A world that still dreams of Auschwitz does not deserve any explanations or justifications.

Am Yisrael Chai!

Cross-posted to Goat's Barnyard


Jacob said...

I imagine you frothing at the mouth as you scream about neo-antisemitism. There is no relationship between Judaism and Zionism. Anti-semitism is distinctly a hatred of the Jews. Anti-zionism is distinctly opposition to the notion of the State of Israel. Israel does not speak for the Jews, Israel speaks for capitalist greed and colonialist terror.

People don't march against palestinian resistance for the same reason that they don't march against zapatista resistance or any other resistance against an oppressive authority.

It seems to me that you want all the people living in the Gaza Strip to die.

Avi said...

Cabbage, you are naive or willfully ignorant. In Chicago, 5 synagogues and Jewish institutions were vandalized on shabbat. In France, a synagogue was firebombed and Jews beaten up. In London, kosher restaurants were graffitied. According to Amos Hermon, head of the Jewish Agency task force on anti-Semitism, more than 100 anti-Semitic incidents have taken place worldwide since the operation in Gaza began. In Florida, crowds screamed "Jews to the ovens!". Protests against Israel are merely a cover for blatant anti-semitism.

Zionism is an essential part of Judaism. Judaism has an integral redemption national component. Those who deny the Jews the right of self-determination, which they profess to support for every other nation, are pure anti-semites.

Cabbage, they're coming for you.

Jacob said...

I don't recognize the right of any state to exist: I'm an anarchist.

The conflagration of Anti-Semitism and Anti-zionism, holding that protests against a genocidal occupation are invalid because they are truly a front for anti-semitism is paranoid and denies a much greater sense of nuance to the issue. It denies any legitimacy to resistance against violent, illegitimate authority.

Your fears have already made your decisions for you. Your fear allows you to condone the deaths of hundreds and hundreds and accept it on account of this rhetoric that Hamas placed weapons within these places.
So what about the ambulances being shot at?
What about the UN school being bombed?
What about the doctors being sniped at by IDF soldiers?
What about the human shieids that the IDF uses?

The only people who might be coming for me are the state apparatuses that crush and criminalize dissent.

Avi said...

For all your anarchist nonsense, I don't see you, or anybody else for the at matter, in the streets protesting the right of Saudi Arabia or Iran to exist. You support "Palestinian" statehood while you deny Jews the same right. Your hypocrisy is incredible.

The protests are disproportionate and driven by hatred. Never was there anything similar over the real genocide in Darfur, or when China occupied Tibet. No real human rights abuses drove such amounts of people to the streets. The world was silent for 8 years when rockets rained down on Sderot.

The IDF has videos of Hamas booby-trapping schools, in order to kill Israeli soldiers and innocent children:

Israel has allowed UN food supplies into Gaza, although they have been used to provide weapons and relief to Hamas. Never in history has a country fed its enemies. Numerous ambulances have been used to transport weapons. Schools and hospitals have been used to store rockets. Speak to Hamas. Israel has the right to defend herself.

Jacob said...

Resistance against various states:

The occupation of Palestine is only possible by the fact that the United States government gives billions of dollars of taxpayer money to Israel, and the deep relationship between AIPAC and Congress.
This is not so with Tibet or Darfur.

Avi said...

The term "occupation" has little validity. The territory that today occupies Israel was purchased legally by the Jewish National Fund and various Jewish organization, during the times of the first aliyot. Jews had a constant presence in Israel since biblical times and began to return en masse in the 18th century. No Arabs (ARABS --- the term "Palestinian" did not exist yet to refer to any people) were displaced. Rather, the early Zionists purchased the land from the landlord effendis and settled the land, legally and legitimately. During the war of Independence, hundreds of thousands of Arabs fled, at the behest of the invading Arab armies, and were promised that they would be allowed to return once the Jews had been killed. Israel belongs to the Jewish people, according to every political, historic and religious right. To paint the Jews as colonialists in their native land is absurd. The Arabs have 22 states- the Jews have one tiny strip of land, consisting of less than 1% of the land in the Middle-East. The real colonists and occupiers are the Arabs squatters on Jewish land.