January 7, 2009
Gaza: Another Jihadist Ploy to Fuel Worldwide Anti-SemitismBy Marc Sheppard
Recent protests against Israel's long overdue response to six months of its cities' continual barraging by Hamas missiles have displayed a far more dangerous anti-Semitic tone than did precursors. In fact, despite the claims from many on the Arab street that the only "real Holocaust" is the one currently unfolding in Gaza, cries of "Death to Israel" are now being punctuated by shouts referring to Nazi death apparatuses of "gas chambers" and "ovens."
A perilous precedent indeed, particularly in a world whose populace, media, and international organizations grow increasingly sympathetic to the largely peer-orchestrated plight of Palestinians.
Once again, duped media toadies have decried the "disproportionate response" of the joint Israeli armed forces while themselves offering blatant disproportion in their coverage of the event. Images such as these, one depicting a "Palestinian medic carr[ying] a child, injured during the Israeli army operation in Gaza, into Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009," and this WaPo front pager of a "wounded Palestinian child scream[ing] as she arrives at Shifa Hospital after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City" are everywhere. But just try finding a single picture of Israeli children being terrorized by incoming Katyusha, Kassam, and Grad rockets on a daily basis.
Small wonder -- just as did Hezbollah guerrillas in launching their Katyusha missiles from Lebanese civilian homes and apartments in July of 2006, so have Hamas terrorists intentionally provoked Israeli counterstrikes on civilian Gazan targets. And, just as over 2 years ago, the MSM are quick to emphasize the "innocent" casualties of Israel's mischaracterized "disproportionate response." As we reported then, this is a preferred tactic of Islamic terrorists, one taught to PLO leader Yassir Arafat in 1970 by a team of North Vietnamese communists who had earlier discovered the advantages of "manipulating the American and Western media to the point of having a direct impact on the US ability to wage war against North Vietnam and the Viet Cong."
Israel has been forced to deal with a similar and growing "impact" on its ability to defend its borders ever since. What's more, Islamic terrorists have steadily improved their ability to exploit the Vietnamese lesson that "the west could not stomach the sight of blood and casualties." Particularly civilian.
But the ploy transcends western societies and media, as nowhere is such lack of intestinal fortitude more evident and unilateral than within the ranks of the United Nations. On Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was quick to place casualty counts above culpability in condemning Israel's actions as "clearly excessive," while referring to Hamas' continuing rocket attacks as merely "terribly counter-productive." So what path to self-protection of its sovereignty would the U.N. chief actually abide -- sanctions? Apparently not -- back in 2007, when Israel attempted to quell similarly terrorizing daily missile attacks by reducing gas and diesel supplies to Gaza, Ban called the plan "punitive and unacceptable."
So there he stood Monday responding to Secretary-General of the League of Arab States Amre Moussa's demand that the UN "put an end to this fighting and these massacres" by promising to "feed and help the men, women and children of Gaza and ease their suffering in the midst of this frightening and dangerous ordeal."
Of course, simultaneously reacting to and reinforcing the Hamas-orchestrated worldwide perspective of Israel as the unprovoked bully, Ban made no such overtures regarding the suffering of its men, women and children. In fact, were it not for the United States' refusal to sign on, a Ban-backed statement calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel would have already passed the U.N. Security Council. U.S. deputy ambassador Alejandro Wolff explained that Hamas' history has proven them to be untrustworthy participants in any cease-fire agreement. Indeed, they and their ilk typically treat such accords as duplicitous opportunities to rearm and reentrench.
So once again, America stands alone beside its vital Mideast partner, and once again, the ensuing floodgates of Jew-hatred crash wide open, spewing the seeds of anti-Semitism even among those to whom the jihadists pose the greatest threat. And each time the world by-and-large falls for this remarkably transparent ruse, the peace-at-any-cost crowd become more mobilized while the hate-mongers grow all the more emboldened.
In the past, we've seen easily-impressionable Liberals respond as they did at this Boston rally [video] last week, playing follow-the-leader both in their aimless circular marching and mindless repetition of whatever a fellow unwashed rocket-scientist happened to cry out. Here the little ditty was "Resistance is justified when you are occupied," sounding all the more brilliant considering that Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip ended in 2005
But now, these useful idiots can be seen at rallies where imagery of Mideast conflagration quickly gives way to that of Auschwitz crematoria. Check out this moron [video], Dutch Socialist Party MP Harry van Bommel, caught chanting "Intifada intifada, Palestine free" during a Saturday pro-jihad rally in Amsterdam, while the maniacs behind him clearly recite "Hamas, Hamas, Joden aan het gas (Jews to the gas)."
You're probably thinking this the type of loathsome behavior one might expect in a country that has all but surrendered to the Sharia-imposing Islamofacists, and that such outrageously hateful screeds couldn't possibly happen here, where we're assured that Muslims are so well "assimilated."
Think again. Take a gander at this colorful December 30th pro-Hamas rally [video], which also carried the requisite cries of "Nuke, Nuke Israel," "Israel go to Hell," and "There is no Israel!" But listen to these obviously well raised and educated "religion of peace" representatives shout out to pro-Israel demonstrators first "your mothers are whores," at 1:47, then "Go back to the oven" at 3:26 and finally, just seconds later "You need a big oven, that's what you need!"
Yet this rally wasn't in Brussels, or London, or any of the growing number of European Dhimmi-dumb safe-havens for Islamic jihadists and their sympathizers. It took place in Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, Florida. These venom-filled ignoramuses in head scarves evoked threats of Nazi proportions in the midst of the fifth largest Jewish community of any county in America.
Imagine, if you can, the treatment their far outnumbered counter-protestors would have received from the crowds, the police, the media, and the U.N. - adoring world, had they been equally despicable -- perhaps calling Islam's a false prophet or the Koran a terror manual. Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen Poll reports that while 62% of Republicans support Israel's military action in Gaza, only 31% of Democrats agree. And just how many of Broward (Home of the dimpled chad) County's quarter million plus Jews do you suppose voted for Bush or McCain? Wake up, people!
While the ten-to-one majority of those screaming the praises of Hamas to Israel supporters was typical of such recent demonstrations across the globe, this one's setting made it uniquely disturbing. With the rest of the world readily duped by these murderous Islamic conmen and reflexively siding against Israel time and time again, who, if not its Jews, will stand-up for the Jewish State here in America?
Neither the call for nothing short of the "Zionist Enemy's" total annihilation in its very charter, nor its abysmal record of disregarding all prior truces appear to be of any concern to those who demand Israel once again negotiate with Hamas. Neither does Iran's mounting potential to fulfill its Palestinian proxy's mandate with an atom-bomb. Nor, apparently, does similar anti-Semitism festering alongside the growing influence of jihad-funded Islamic front groups throughout Asia, Africa and Europe.
Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar declared Monday night that Israel "legitimized the murder of their own children by killing the children of Palestine," threatening that "their people all over the world" would be fair game.
Somehow, American Jews remain convinced that it can't happen here. But, as last week's Nazi-inspired taunts in Fort Lauderdale must remind us all, European Jews once held similarly quixotic beliefs.
Whether through counter-demonstration, blogging, correspondence, financial support, vigilance, or what have you, don't just stand there - do something.
Marc Sheppard is a frequent contributor to American Thinker and welcomes your comments.