If you read or listen to most news reports, you would come away with the sense that the planet’s tiny Jewish minority is the main obstacle to world peace.
I believe this impression is being promoted to further a particularly frightening, though familiar agenda.
For instance, some of the Egyptian protesters who were arrested have been reporting since their release that while in custody, they were tortured and accused of working for Israel. I would therefore be surprised if in the next few days or weeks, it isn’t “leaked” that the Israelis are behind the protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
An 18-year old Egyptian reportedly told the AP he was detained Feb. 3 and released with hundreds of others on Feb.10.
“Then I was taken for interrogation where they insulted me and my family,” he reportedly said. “They said things one should not say. They took off my handcuffs, because they ordered me to take off my clothes, except my underwear, but I remained blindfolded,” he said. He was then tied by the legs and, in true witch trial fashion, repeatedly dunked into a barrel of water.
“They told me to confess that I was trained by Israel or by Iran. They also put electric shocks to my body and I fainted,” he said.
A 29-year-old man also reportedly said he was detained Feb. 3.
“They called me a traitor and a foreign agent and forced me to take off my clothes except my underwear and to lie face down on the floor,” the man reportedly said “Then they beat me with a whip and stepped with boots on my back and on my hands. They kicked me.”
Like totalitarian regimes everywhere, Egypt’s army now answers to no one, and it is clear that their plan is to find a way to blame the unrest on Israel (read Jews) – the handiest and most effective, tried-and-true scapegoat available. I would be surprised if this tactic doesn’t spread with the violence across the Arab world.
And, boy is it spreading, now having reached not just Tunisia and Egypt, but also Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, northern Iraq and Jordan.
It is my contention that while many of the protesters are in it for the democracy they hope to see, I believe that in the background, Iran, or those with an Iranian-style Islamist mindset, are fueling the fire, hoping to step into whatever breach is created while simultaneously blaming and provoking Israel.
To that end, the Iranian Islamo-Fascists have decided that after many years of never even attempting to do so, Iran is sending war ships along Israel’s coast and through the Suez Canal, presumably to Syria.
The ships will likely be allowed to pass, since Iran is not technically at war with Egypt and therefore meets the established Egyptian criteria for passage.
Israel has called the move a “provocation,” and at least one government official warned that Israeli tolerance has a limit. And I’d say watching war ships of the nation that repeatedly threatens to wipe you off the map while at the same time working to develop the means to do it, and supporting terrorist organizations around the world, could be it.
Israeli officials are further concerned that they don’t know what’s on the ships, where they’re actually going and what the cargo is meant to do. Somehow I doubt those ships are filled with Trini Lopez records.
And even as the west watches anxiously to see if Israel is going to be forced to defend itself again and the Palestinians are calling for the United (against Israel) Nations to condemn as illegal the housing the Jewish state is building “in areas the Palestinians claim for their state,” Israeli school children can’t take a field trip without sparking outrage.
The AP reports, in a tone that suggests that the Jews have hatched a seriously sinister plan, that “at a time when peace talks with the Palestinians are stalled over Jewish settlements, the Israeli government plans to send schoolchildren on field trips to a disputed holy site in one of the West Bank’s most volatile flash points.”
A bunch of little kids want to go see the burial site of the biblical patriarch Abraham – the father of the Jewish people – in Hebron – “as part of a plan to acquaint Israeli youngsters with their heritage,” an Israeli official is quoted saying.
How monstrous. Anyone can see it’s at least as bad as strapping explosives to your child and sending him into a disco or a pizza parlor to commit murder-suicide. How dare those Jews send their children on a historical field trip? Something must be done immediately.
One Israeli government official reportedly said that this site “is the place where our ancestors are buried and it is part of our history. Whoever objects to this, in my view, is trying to disconnect us from our roots.”
And of course they are. They also are now insisting that there was never a temple in Jerusalem, King David never lived and there is no Jewish connection whatsoever to the city or the area, evidence in both bible testaments and even the Quran notwithstanding.
The story notes that “this will be the first time the ministry is sponsoring trips to Hebron, a city bristling with tension because it is the only place in the West Bank where settlers live in the heart of a Palestinian city.”
Here, again, we see the inexplicable international mindset that Arabs have the inalianable right to live unmolested in Israel, but Jews must not be permitted to be in Palestinian areas. In Israel, Arab areas are “neighborhoods,” or “villages,” while the exact same arrangement where Jews live in the Palestinian-occupied areas are called “settlements,” which has, intentionally, an entirely different connotation.
I don’t understand how the world can fail to see the hypocrisy and anti-Semitism inherent in this.
“The plan comes at a time when Israel is under fire internationally for refusing to stop building settlements (read neighborhoods) on lands Palestinians want for a future state.”
They also want all of Israel. So? The fact that they want it means they must have it? Does that work for me, too? Because I want the South of France for a summer home.
The story notes, by way of providing some historical perspective, that in 1929 – nearly 20 years before the creation of the modern state of Israel, which is blamed by much of the world for all Middle East violence –rampaging Arab mobs killed 67 Jews living there. It notes that by the time Israel was established in 1948, all the Jews had been chased from what was historically a Jewish town. This is not how the story is presented in the article, however, which provides this information in order to note that by 1948, no Jews lived in Hebron, which, it implies, is therefore now by rights a Palestinian Arab town.
And, lest one think the Jews victims here, the story notes that in 1994, “an American-born Jewish settler, Baruch Goldstein, entered the room in the cave that serves as a mosque and shot dead 29 Palestinian worshippers before survivors overwhelmed him and beat him to death.”
I doubt the fate of the Arab mobs that massacred nearly 70 Jews in 1929 was as gruesome as that of this lone Jewish nut. There is no moral equivalency here, though that’s what this writer is obviously going for.
Meanwhile, the Palestinians refuse to resume peace talks until the building of “Jewish” homes stops, holding their own future hostage. And a Palestinian spokesman calls the childrens’ field trip “another provocative step that will generate more tension.”
So, let’s weigh the two “provocations” which in print seem to be afforded similar importance… Let’s see – enemy warships off your coast… or little kids on a school field trip. Hmmm. That’s a hard one.
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