“It is our narrative, it is our story, that we will fight every corrupt leader and every corrupt government until the lands of the world are free, and have justice from sea to sea, from mountain range to mountain range, from desert to desert, from forest to forest, from city to city, and from street to street.” Justice, for a Muslim American Society operative like Rami Kawas, means Sharia. The Muslim American Society is one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief operating arms in the United States.
In a Friday sermon delivered in New York on August 8, 2014, activist Rami Kawas, who according to his Facebook page is youth director at The Muslim American Society’s Brooklyn and Staten Island Subchapter, called for American Muslims to boycott companies that support Zionism. He enumerated Coca-Cola, Nestle, and the French company Danone, and said: “We will fight every corrupt leader and every corrupt government until the lands of the world are free.” The sermon was posted on the Internet.
Following are excerpts:
Rami Kawas: What do we do today to free the land of Palestine? What is our narrative? What is our story? What can we do?
“Oh you who believe” – all of you – “it is prescribed upon you to fight.”
“Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you. But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” — Qur’an 2:216
But let’s make this clear: Muslims are obligated to fight – anybody, anywhere, anytime – for their justice and their freedom. There are no qualms about it. Our community and our religion tell us that any time there is a need to fight and resist occupation, oppression, injustice, crimes, murders, thieves, or criminals – we will fight. We have no qualms about it.
Our religion makes it very clear to us that our obligation is to resist whichever way we can. If our own hands have to do something, then we will do something about it. So it is very clear that Allah tells us that it is our obligation to resist oppression, tyranny, and occupation.
EVENTS in the Middle East today have repercussions on the streets of Britain and Europe.
But too few people seem to want to notice this or admit what it means. They think this is just about Israel, or just about Jewish people. It isn’t. It is about all of us.
The decision last month by the Israeli government to respond to Hamas rocket-fire from Gaza is the response any government would choose if rockets were fired at its citizens. The Israeli government has the right – as does any government – to stop the bombarding of its people.
However, in recent weeks it has become plain that much of the world expects a different response from Israel. They expect Israel not to fight for the safety, security and survival of their people, but to lie down in front of the Islamic extremist enemy.
The UK government has even – disgracefully – stopped selling some arms to Israel just when the country needs such weapons most. But in expecting Israel to behave differently from the rest of us our societies and governments reveal far more about our own state than the State of Israel.
Because the truth is that behind the demands for Israel to lie down in front of its enemies is a fatal unwillingness of our own to face the problem which is in our midst.
The ambition of the jihadists – from al-Qaeda to Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram and more – is to subjugate the entire world
The extremists of Hamas are the ideological bedfellows of the extremists of ISIS who are rampaging through Syria and Iraq, crucifying and beheading as they go.
The video of the apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by an ISIS murderer with a British accent has shocked the world. ISIS or IS are the soul-mates of Boko Haram who kidnap and kill Christian villagers in the North of Nigeria and stole 300 schoolgirls earlier this year.
They also share the exact same ideology – if not yet the same means – as those people who were found in Birmingham earlier this year teaching British pupils to hate wider British society and cut themselves off from non-Muslims.
But it is this last part of the equation which many people seem so incapable of dealing with. They see the millions of Muslims who have come to our continent and see how many of them are radical. But it is a problem they fear they cannot deal with.
They see young Parisian Muslims throw slabs of concrete at police and set fire to cars and they think “If only Israel weren’t responding to Hamas rocket-fire.” And they see Imams in Germany and Italy preach that all Jewish people must be killed and they pretend that it is not a problem for all of us.
How wrong they are. The problem of anti-Semitism, and Islamic anti-Semitism in particular today, is undoubtedly a problem for Jewish people. But it is only a problem for them first. It is a problem for all of us next.
What is it that lies behind this terrible Hamas-driven rage against Israel? What lies behind the desire for Israel to disappear? Today the world is finding out.
Because behind the flags of Hamas and Hezbollah which have flown at anti-Israel demonstrations in recent weeks is another flag. The black flag of jihad – the black flag most recently being waved in Iraq and Syria by ISIS.
And this is not only about Christians. It is also about other minority faiths in Islamist dominated countries. In Iraq it is also about the Yazidis, the Mandeans and other ancient beliefs which predate Islam.
The ambition of the jihadists – from al-Qaeda to Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram and more – is to subjugate the entire world.
It is now the duty of all decent people – including decent Muslims – to turn on these barbarians and make it clear they will not win.
Rather than offer up beleaguered Israel we should send another message. That the extremists will not win in their desire to take over Israel anymore than they will win in their stated desire to raise the black flag of jihad over Rome, Washington, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.
Israel is not the cause of the world’s problems. It is simply on the front line of them.
But increasingly so are we all. And if we abandon Israel today then one day – too late – we will realise that in fact what we abandoned was ourselves.
* Douglas Murray is the Associate Director at the Henry Jackson Society
Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV channel in late July broadcast a Friday sermon in which an imam issued a chilling threat to Jews: “We will not leave a single one of you alive. Our doctrine in fighting you is that we will totally exterminate you. We will not leave a single one of you alive.” Such savagery may be expected from Hamas, but a similarly virulent antisemitism is becoming increasingly common all over the world.
6. Sweden: Muslim politician denounces “Jewish pigs”
Last week, the Swedish Social Democrat Omar Omeirat, a Muslim and a candidate for town council in Filipstad, wrote on his Facebook page:
The entire Muslim world is sitting and watching while our brothers and sisters in Palestine are slaughtered by the Jewish pigs.
When this came to light, Omeirat had to resign under pressure, at which point he was contrite: “I regret what I said. It was the wrong choice of words and no one should say something like that.” He didn’t explain, however, how a phrase derived from the Qur’an itself, which three times says that Allah transformed disobedient Jews into apes and pigs (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166), could possibly be a “wrong choice of words.”
5. Italy: Imam prays that Allah kill the Jews “one by one”
In a late July Friday sermon in Italy, the imam Abd Al-Barr Al-Rawdhi denounced the Jews, reminding his audience of several of the enormities ascribed to them in the Qur’an, and then prayer:
Oh Allah, bring upon them that which will make us happy. Oh Allah, count them one by one, and kill them to the very last one. Do not spare a single one of them. Turn their food to poison, make the air they breathe blazing hot, make their slumber full of grief, and make their days black. Oh Allah, plant fear in their hearts.
To the credit of Italian authorities, Al-Rawdhi was expelled from Italy after video of this sermon came to light.
4. Belgium: Doctor refuses to treat Jewish patient
Far from Gaza, in Belgium on July 30, the son of Bertha Klein, a 90-year-old Jewish woman, called a medical helpline for his mother, who had fractured a rib. Determining that the caller and his mother were Jewish, the doctor shouted: “I will not come! Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she will not feel pain anymore.”
Michael Freilich, the editor of Belgium’s Jewish News, noted that this was not an isolated event:
This is yet another incident in succession in a short period of time. A shop in Antwerp refused a woman to serve because she was Jewish, a cafe in Liege has a sign hung with the message “Dogs are welcome, Jews are not,” and in Brussels slogans like “Death to the Jews” were chanted during a demonstration. And on Facebook, we see calls every day of hatred against the Jewish people.
3. Canada: Muslim protesters shout “Heil Hitler” at Jews
On July 31 in Calgary, Muslim protesters against Israel’s defensive action in Gaza berated Jewish counter-protesters and ultimately shouted “Heil Hitler” at them.
Canada believes in freedom of speech (sort of: it is crippled by “hate speech” laws, which are tools in the hands of the powerful to silence the powerless), so probably it is no crime to shout “Heil Hitler” there. On the other hand, don’t you think that if the Jews had shouted “Down with Muhammad” or some such, that the police would have stepped in and hauled them before the Human Rights Commission? So do I.
2. UK: Muslims chant “Heil Hitler,” assault Jews
In Britain, Muslims went one step farther than their Canadian coreligionists. The Daily Mail reported that “304 anti-Semitic incidents were reported in the UK between January and June – a 36 per cent rise compared to the same period a year ago.” Among these were groups of Muslim men driving through Manchester and not only chanting “Heil Hitler,” but throwing what the Mail described as “missiles” at Jews walking along the street. In London, “a Jewish boy riding a bicycle had a stone thrown at his head by a woman in a niqab.”
1. Australia: Supporters of Hamas terrorize bus full of Jewish children
Australia’s Daily Telegraph reported that on Wednesday, “Jewish children as young as five were subjected to a terrifying racial attack when thugs stormed their school bus and threatened to slit their throats. Screaming ‘Kill the Jews’ and ‘Heil Hitler’ the louts jumped on the bus packed with about 30 students, from kindergarten to year 12, who were on their way home from school.” They also shouted, “We are going to cut your throats and slice your throats open.”
The young attackers appear to have been non-Muslim, but the Israeli action in Gaza was clearly central to their motivation, as they yelled, “Palestine must kill you Jews.” Their terrorizing of these children thus illustrates how the increasingly violent, thuggish and authoritarian Left eagerly does the bidding of Islamic supremacists and jihadists.
When and how will this pandemic of antisemitism end? The last time it was this bad in Europe, it ended in genocide. Today the Palestinians, the darlings of the international media and “human rights community,” call openly for another Jewish genocide, and nonetheless never lose favor with the intelligentsia and elites.
The moral myopia is as pandemic as Jew-hatred is becoming. Neither shows any sign of abating.
Palestinian Media Watch (Aug 7) — Fatah, like Hamas, continues to present all of Israel’s land as “occupied” and maintains the destruction of Israel as its ultimate goal.
In a recent example of this, Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi posted the following message on his personal Facebook page two days ago:
“O our free people of resolve and sacrifice in Gaza, you are more honored than us all… We remain committed to the promise: freedom, independence, and driving out the occupier from the entire pure land, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea.
Long live free Gaza!
Your brother, Tawfiq Tirawi.”
[Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member, Tawfiq Tirawi, Aug. 5, 2014]
The PA and Fatah regularly teach that the ultimate Palestinian goal is the destruction of Israel. As Palestinian Media Watch documented a few months ago, official PA TV taught in three different episodes of its children’s program Best Home that all of Israel will be replaced by “Palestine”:
Sabrin, young singer: “We say that Palestine exists, and Palestine will return to us, and there is no such thing as Israel.
PA TV host: “Bravo!”
Sabrin: “There is something called the occupied lands (i.e., all of Israel is ‘occupied land’).”
Host: “Bravo, bravo, bravo!”…
“Hamas TV: Every Muslim mother ‘must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion,’” by Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch, August 3, 2014:
A Muslim Brotherhood leader in Kuwait, Tareq Al-Suwaidan, said Muslims “hate” the sons of Zion. He called for Muslim mothers to nurse their infants on this hatred and to plant it in Muslim children’s “souls,” so that the new generation “will erase the (sons of Zion) from the face of the earth.” Last week, Palestinian Media Watch documented a similar Hamas sermon calling for the extermination of Jews.
The Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood speaker also reiterated the MB belief that death for Allah – Shahada(Martyrdom) – is the loftiest goal a Muslim can achieve. Turning to residents of Gaza he said:
“Death for Allah is the highest wish…
you received the death you wanted.”
This speech, which was originally broadcast on July 14th on Sarmad TV (Kuwait), was rebroadcast by Hamas two days ago on Al-Aqsa TV. Hamas defines itself as “one of the wings of Moslem Brotherhood…” [Hamas Charter, Article 2]
Tareq Al-Suwaidan, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait:
Without a doubt, the blood being spilled [in Gaza] is dear. But the equation is: ‘Those killed from our side are in Paradise, and those killed from their side in Hell.’ (Hadith)
We are not afraid of Martyrdom. Not long ago, you cried out loud: ‘Death for Allah is our most exalted wish!’ (Muslim Brotherhood slogan) You received the death you wanted. We have no problem with death. We are not like the children of Israel: ‘And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life.’ (Quran) Whereas we yearn for death and Martyrdom… Every mother – especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine – must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their [our children’s] souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth.” [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), August 1, 2014]…
PMW documented two weeks ago that Hamas TV defended the deaths it brought on its population, saying that Gaza civilians were privileged to have died in the conflict as Martyrs, since their date of death was in any case predetermined – “their time had come.”
Hamas leader Muhammad Deif: “We love death like our enemies love life!”
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh: “[Hamas] loves death for Allah like you [Israelis] love life.”
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), July 30, 2014]
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GlennBeck.com (July 28) — Violent anti-Israel protests are happening all around the globe, most notably in France where protesters have clashed with police and set the streets on fire. This is nothing new, however, as anti-Semitism has been around since the beginning of civilization. An unlikely source – late atheist Christopher Hitchens – explained it best.
“I don’t think we ever head Christopher Hitchens up as a guy you should listen to, but you should listen to him. One of the biggest atheists on planet earth in the last 50 years…listen carefully to what he said about Israel,” Glenn said.
Back in 2010, Hitchens said:
Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people alone, but as the common enemy of humanity, and of civilization, and has to be fought against very tenaciously for that reason. Most especially in its current, most virulent form of Islamic Jihad.
Daniel Pearl’s revolting murderer was educated at the London School of Economics. Our Christmas bomber over Detroit was from a neighboring London college, the chair of the Islamic Students’ Society. Many pogroms against Jewish people have been reported from all over Europe today as I’m talking, and we can only expect this to get worse, and we must make sure our own defenses are not neglected. Our task is to call this filthy thing, this plague, this pest, by its right name, to make unceasing resistance to it, knowing all the time that it’s probably ultimately ineradicable, and bearing in mind that its hatred towards us is a compliment and resolving some of the time at any rate to do a bit more to deserve it. Thank you.
“He’s right. Anti-Semitism is not about the Jews, anti-Semitism is a scourge against humanity,” Glenn said. “We have to be very, very clear. And in this country, we no longer can speak plainly to each other. They have tried to make us afraid. No one dare molests them now. No one dare make them afraid. This is their hour, this is their time. You must be very clear and stand against this storm. You must be very, very clear.”
“I want you to know, people of the world, listen, listen. We outnumber them. The good people of all faith, color and creed, we outnumber the bad guys. Listen, people of Islamic faith, you outnumber the bad guys. You just have to stand up. And if you won’t, well, then there’s nothing we can do.”
Watch Hitchens’s comments below:
Reuters (July 31) — Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of the Israeli operation against Hamas in Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.
The Community Security Trust, which advises Britain’s estimated 260,000 Jews on safety, said the surge came as figures showed a significant rise in such incidents for the first six months of the year.
While there was no obvious reason for the general increase, it noted that July’s rise took place at the same time as the Israeli campaign against Hams terrorists, in which more than 1,200 Palestinian have reportedly been killed.
On the Israeli side 53 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.
“There is no excuse for this wave of racist intimidation and violence and we call upon all good people to unequivocally condemn it,” said CST spokesman Mark Gardner.
Tens of thousands of Britons have taken part in protests in London and other cities against the Israeli action. Pro-Palestinian activist groups stress that they oppose Israeli government policy and are not hostile to the Jewish people.
Some of the signs at protests have however been distinctly anti-Jewish.
The Trust said there had been 304 anti-Semitic incidents between January and June, a 36 percent rise compared to the same period a year ago. Since the start of the offensive at the beginning of July, 130 anti-Semitic incidents had been recorded – the second highest month on record.
The Washington Post (July 31) — Before the start of a pro-Palestinian rally — one of the scores being staged almost daily here since Israel launched its offensive in Gaza — an organizer on a bullhorn yelled out the do’s and don’ts as ordered last week by the Berlin police.
No burning the Israeli flag. No shouts of “Death to Israel.” And absolutely no repeating the slogan “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone” — a rhyming chant in German that had become increasingly common at pro-Palestinian rallies here before being nipped in the bud by German authorities.
Some demonstrators may have said such things, conceded Leila El Abtah, a 29-year-old protester who is the daughter of a Palestinian father and a German mother. But, she insisted, even thoughtful criticism against Israel is being misinterpreted here as hate speech. “There are more of us speaking out about Israel now,” she said. “Because of what happened during Hitler’s day, it is making Germans nervous.”
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is echoing on the streets of Europe, sparking a rash of protests — both peaceful and violent — and ratcheting up tensions across the continent. Saturday in London, 45,000 protesters gathered outside Israel’s embassy, chanting “Free Palestine.” In France, a nation already facing an uptick in anti-Semitic violence before the Israeli strikes on Gaza, pro-Palestinian youths last week looted and set fire to Jewish businesses in a suburb of Paris. French authorities have banned anti-Israel protests, but thousands of young demonstrators have defied the edict, engaging police with rocks and bottles.
Yet perhaps nowhere are the deeds of protesters sparking more discomfort than here in Germany, where the most radical protest chants are rattling through the streets of Berlin like disturbing ghosts of the past.
… One imam at Berlin’s al-Nur Mosque is under investigation for recently calling on God to smite all “Zionist Jews.” Last week, a group of about 30 Muslims gathered outside an empty Berlin synagogue and hurled anti-Semitic abuse from the street.
“They pursue the Jews in the streets of Berlin . . . as if we were in 1938,” Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, the Israeli ambassador to Germany, recently wrote in the Berliner Zeitung newspaper.
Levi Salomon, spokesman for a group that campaigns against anti-Semitism in Germany, said the Jewish community was shocked by photographs taken at a Berlin demonstration last week where the clothes of children were brushed with red paint. To some, such images allude to the death of Palestinian children in the Israeli strikes on Gaza. But Jewish leaders here have condemned them as a revival of anti-Semitic myths that paint Jews as child killers who used their victims’ blood in religious rituals.
“I’ve monitored anti-Semitism in Germany for 20 years, but this is the worst image I’ve seen,” Salomon said.
Former Tehran defense adviser says Tel Aviv, Haifa will be much easier to hit from Judea and Samaria
Times of Israel (July 29) — A former adviser to Iran’s defense minister said that Tehran would seek to arm Palestinians in the West Bank with “strategic weapons” including missiles to target Tel Aviv and Haifa.
Iranian researcher Amir Mousavi told Lebanon’s Mayadeen TV channel this week that “a major reshuffle awaits the region” as “new and significant fronts will be opened all of a sudden, to support the Palestinian cause in the West Bank and Gaza.”
“A new front must be opened from the West Bank, after it has been armed, especially with missiles,” Mousavi said in comments relayed by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), “because we know very well that the distance between the West Bank and Tel Aviv, Haifa, and other areas is much shorter than the distance from Gaza. Therefore, simple means are required. There is no need for long-range missiles. Short-range missiles can change the entire picture in the occupied lands.”
Mousavi added that Gaza would also receive increased military support from Iran. As for the Palestinian Authority which controls the West Bank and has in recent years cooperated closely with Israel on security issues, Mousavi remarked: “We hope that the brothers in the Palestinian Authority will help rather than impede this.”
On Tuesday Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Islamic world to arm Palestinians to allow them to counter what he called Israel’s “genocide” in the Gaza Strip.
In a speech marking the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, Khamenei said Israel was acting like a “rabid dog” and “a wild wolf,” causing a human catastrophe that must be resisted.
“The US president issued a fatwa that the resistance is disarmed so that they cannot respond to all those crimes (committed by Israel),” the supreme leader said, referring to Barack Obama’s call for the “disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.”
“We say the opposite. The world and especially the Islamic world should arm… the Palestinian people.”
GlennBeck.com (July 29) — I want to thank you for watching tonight. I want to warn you that tonight you’re going to see some very disturbing images that you won’t see on other outlets, but I think it’s really important. In fact, I spent a lot of time this weekend debating with myself whether or not to show them to you, and I came down on the side of we showed the pictures of the Holocaust, and if we hadn’t have shown the pictures of the Holocaust, I don’t think anybody would believe it. And as it turns out, because we don’t show the pictures of the Holocaust because they’re too horrible to look at, we no longer believe it.
I want to show you these pictures tonight not because of their brutality but because they don’t fit the narrative, and that’s why nobody else is showing them. It’s a narrative that is hopelessly lost in politics and completely detached from the old standard that we used to use. We used to use the standard of good and evil. It was very pretty basic, good and evil. Whether it’s due to wistful blindness or ignorance, but we have lost the ability to be able to distinguish between these two.
Do you remember how outraged we were when we thought that American soldiers would be urinating on dead bodies? This, my friend, is what evil looks like. This is what Israel is up against, heads on pikes and fences.
We have told you this was happening for a while, but we haven’t had the evidence to prove it until now. I believe you have to see the truth. You have to see what evil looks like, because it matters. It matters.
Let me take you someplace I never thought we would actually go. I never thought we would, you know, take the words, in talking about good and evil, take the words of an atheist who technically, again, I don’t think believes in good and evil, but the words of Christopher Hitchens. He was speaking in 2010, and I think this is really important that you listen to what he’s saying.
Hitchens: Because anti-Semitism is the godfather of racism and the gateway to tyranny and fascism and war, it is to be regarded not as the enemy of the Jewish people, but as the common enemy of humanity and of civilization and has to be fought against very tenaciously for that reason, most especially in its current most virulent form of Islamic Jihad.
Our task is to call this filthy thing, this plague, this, this pest, by its right name, to make unceasing resistance to it, knowing all the time that it’s probably ultimately ineradicable, and bearing in mind that its hatred towards us is a compliment, and resolving (some of the time, at any rate) to do a bit more to deserve it.
Amen. Maybe we should do a little more to deserve their hatred. Are we standing up against it? I will tell you that I was shocked when I heard those words because he absolutely is right. He gets it. If you look back in the history, the Holocaust happened once, once, but the attempt to kill all the Jews has happened 19 times. Let’s not make it an even 20. Let’s stand, let’s choose a different path. Let us be the people who say we know the difference.
The Daily Caller (July 25) — Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Wednesday that the only solution for the region is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza.
Meanwhile, revolutionary guards announced new missiles which could destroy Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
Fars News Agency, a media outlet run by the Iranian state, reported today that Khamenei addressed the conflict in Gaza in a meeting with Iranian college students.
“These crimes which are beyond imagination and show the true nature of the wolfish and child killer regime, which the only solution is its destruction,” the ayatollah declared to his audience. “However, until that time, the expansion of the armed resistance of the Palestinians of the West Bank is the only way to confront this wild regime.”
Khamenei then criticized America, claiming its defense of Israel is “shameful,” and suggested that its support affects Iran’s behavior towards America.
“The anti-American and anti-West view in Iran is a logical view based on experience and a righteous calculation,” he said.
Referring to Israel, Khamenei added, “This event is a sample of the ‘violent policies with iron fist’ which the fake and illegitimate regime [Israel] in its 66 years of existence has repeatedly and proudly conducted.”
JihadWatch (July 24) — The French condemnation of Israel obviously didn’t appease the savage Muslims rioting and brutalizing innocent Jews and others in France. And clearly the rioters don’t believe that they have much of anything to fear from the French police, whose order banning pro-”Palestinian” demonstrations they are repeatedly and brazenly defying.
This is France today: violent, aggressive Muslims menacing a cowed, supine police force. What will France look like ten years from now?
Photos thanks to Pamela Geller, who has more here.
One hadith explains why it’s acceptable for Jihadists to kill women and children…
By Robert Spencer, the world’s best jihad expert for PJ Media (July 20) — Children killed on a Gaza beach, Palestinian deaths now over 200 with Israeli deaths numbering only one – the mainstream media is in full anti-Israel mode, as it always is whenever Israel acts to defend itself against the relentless jihad that is determined to destroy the Jewish state. But its attempts to demonize Israel and portray the Palestinians as innocent victims of Israeli aggression founder on the facts, as they always have in the past. The question is increasingly becoming that of whether the mainstream media has any actual interest in the facts. Here are seven that mainstream “journalists” are overlooking:
7. Palestinians cheer as Gaza rockets fly toward Israeli population centers.
Reuters reported that “West Bank Palestinians cheered on Saturday as Hamas militants fired the largest salvo of rockets yet on the Tel Aviv area since the start of the recent escalations.”
This is to be expected from a culture that celebrates death – and the Hamas statelet in Gaza certainly does that. A Muslim child preacher once taunted those he has been taught to hate most: “Oh Zionists, we love death for the sake of Allah, just as much as you love life for the sake of Satan.” This taunt is derived from the Qur’an: “Say, ‘O you who are Jews, if you claim that you are allies of Allah, excluding the people, then wish for death, if you should be truthful.’” (62:6)
And if the Jews won’t wish for death, the Palestinians will wish it upon them.
6. Islamic jihadists fired rockets at the Israeli holiday resort Eilat.
The Guardian reported Tuesday that “several people were injured and cars and buildings were damaged” as rockets from Gaza hit the Israeli resort city of Eilat.
In targeting Eilat, the jihadis showed anew that they love civilian casualties on both sides. They love to target Israeli civilians. And they love to mount jihad attacks from civilian areas, so as to cause civilian deaths by Israeli retaliatory fire, as they then use those civilian deaths for propaganda purposes. They are the ones responsible for those civilian deaths, not Israel.
And when Islamic spokesmen claim that Islam forbids the killing of civilians, that is only half correct. The available hadiths are contradictory (as is so often the case). There are hadiths in which Muhammad forbids the killing of civilians, but there is also this one: “The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, ‘They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).’” (Bukhari 52.256)
That is, it is permissible to kill the women and children, because they are of the pagans.
5. Palestinian rep to UNHRC: Israel warns civilians before attacks, we don’t.
Last week, the Palestinian representative at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Ibrahim Khreisheh, was asked if the Palestinians could mount a case against Israel in the International Criminal Court. Khreisheh pointed out one problem with this: “The missiles that are now being launched against Israel – each and every missiles constitutes a crime against humanity whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at a civilian targets….Targeting civilians – be it one civilian or a thousand – is considered a crime against humanity.”
Khreisheh also noted that “many of our people in Gaza appeared on TV and said that the Israeli army warned them to evacuate their homes before the bombardment. In such a case, if someone is killed, the law considers it a mistake rather than an intentional killing, because [the Israelis] followed the legal procedures.” By contrast, “as for the missiles launched from our side.… We never warn anyone about where these missiles are about to fall, or about the operations we carry out.”
4. Hamas to social media activists: “Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank.”
Yes, you read that right: Hamas is telling its supporters on social media to refer to all Palestinian casualties as “civilians,” before noting their military rank. In other words, they’re all civilians now in Gaza, and every Israeli strike against them is an unwarranted attack on innocent people. Hamas also advises its media stooges to “begin [your reports of] news of resistance actions with the phrase ‘In response to the cruel Israeli attack,’ and conclude with the phrase ‘This many people have been martyred since Israel launched its aggression against Gaza.’”
Not just social media writers, but mainstream media journalists have heeded this directive, with the death toll of Palestinians and Israelis now a feature of mainstream reporting about the conflict. Never, meanwhile, is it explained that Palestinian casualties are largely the result of its launching attacks against Israel from civilian areas, hoping to provoke a retaliatory strike that they can exploit.
3. Islamic jihadists place rockets in Gaza UNRWA school.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency reported that last Wednesday, “in the course of the regular inspection of its premises, UNRWA discovered approximately 20 rockets hidden in a vacant school in the Gaza Strip.” It declared: “This is a flagrant violation of the inviolability of its premises under international law.”
This incident vividly illustrates the primary reason why there are civilian casualties in Gaza: because Islamic jihadists do all they can to provoke them. They know that civilian casualties are useful to swing public opinion to their side.
2. Hamas claims horror movie photo depicts civilian killed by Israelis.
Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, said “War is deceit,” and Palestinians have taken that dictum to heart. Their manipulation of the media with staged atrocities is well-documented, with the shooting of Mohammed al-Dura being only the most notorious example.
Yet despite the fact that their fakery is well-known, they’re still at it – secure in the knowledge that the mainstream media will generally report their fiction as fact. Algemeiner reported Tuesday that “Hamas supporters are being called out on Twitter for posting photos of Syrian casualties from 2012 as victims of the Israeli Army in Gaza in 2014,” and even worse, Hamas had posted a photo of a decapitated woman from the horror movie Final Destination 4, claiming that it was of a civilian killed in an Israeli attack.
Their fakery was unusually inept in this case: the woman was wearing a mini-skirt – not a sight often seen on the Sharia-compliant streets of Gaza.
1. Israel is being attacked from areas from which it withdrew for peace.
Reuters reported Monday that “at least one rocket fired from Lebanon hit northern Israel on Monday….The rocket was fired from the area around the southern city of Tyre, Lebanese security sources said.” AFP noted that “a rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights on Sunday.” Rockets from Gaza continue to hit Israel despite the Israeli defensive actions. And according to Al Arabiya, “Egyptian security thwarted on Sunday an attempt to launch two rockets from Sinai at Israel.”
Southern Lebanon, Gaza, Sinai – all previously “occupied territory” from which Israel withdrew in order to help bring about peace.
Israel withdrew from southern Lebanon in May 2000. Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media. Israel withdrew from Gaza in September 2005. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media. Israel withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula by 1982 as part of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty resulting from the Camp David Accords. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s government thought that the withdrawal would show that Israel was serious about making peace, and would bring to an end the relentless attacks against Israel at the United Nations and in the international media.
Peace never came, and the condemnations never stopped.
But at very least, those who have been watching all this unfold know that the media’s ongoing attempts to present the Palestinians as occupying the moral high ground are futile: they founder on cold, harsh reality.
It’s a moral scandal that it’s even necessary to debunk equating Israel with the Nazis.
Jonah Goldberg for National Review (July 17) — Here’s the difference between us,” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained on Fox News Sunday. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.”
It’s a classic talking point. It’s also objectively true, and that truth is very frustrating for Israel’s critics.
All one needs to do is delve into the muck of Twitter and read the timelines for such hashtags as #GazaUnderAttack and #GenocideInGaza: “They’re killing the women and children to ensure there won’t be a new generation of Palestine.” “One Holocaust can NEVER justify another.”
And let’s not even talk about the globally trending hashtag #HitlerWasRight.
Of course, it’s not just on Twitter. Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the feckless Palestinian Authority, recently condemned Israel for committing “genocide” in Gaza. For decades, political cartoonists and cartoonish politicians have been jaw-jawing about how Israel now wears the SS uniform.
This too is basically a talking point — and a very old one. But this one is plainly a lie.
If the Israelis are, or have ever been, interested in genocide, they are utterly incompetent at it. As slanders go, it’s almost funny, like the old paranoid delusion that George W. Bush was simultaneously an idiot and a criminal mastermind.
On the one hand, the Israeli military is supposed to be ruthlessly competent and determined to wipe out the Palestinians. On the other, the Palestinian population has grown more than 100 percent since 1970. The population in the Gaza Strip has grown nearly threefold since 1990. The Palestinians themselves expect the population to double over the next two decades. “Genocide” is a loaded political term, but under any remotely reasonable definition, shouldn’t those numbers be going the other way?
It’s just a hunch, but if the Israelis wanted to wipe out as many Palestinians as possible, never mind commit genocide, they probably wouldn’t issue warnings to Gazans (by phone and leaflet) to get out of harm’s way. Nor would Israel continue to allow hundreds of trucks of food and medical aid to enter Gaza even as hundreds of rockets leave Gaza.
And if Hamas were chiefly concerned with protecting Palestinian lives, it would not implore Gazans to stay in their homes — serving as human shields and inflating the body count as a propaganda prop to increase international pressure on Israel.
One perverse complaint, often subtly echoed in the mainstream media, is that it is somehow unfair that Israelis are not dying, so far, from Gaza rocket strikes. The Israelis have the Iron Dome defense system, which intercepts the rockets aimed at civilians. They also have bomb shelters; the Palestinians do not. They have these things because, as Netanyahu said, Israelis are interested in protecting their citizens.
As Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin notes, no one is asking why the Palestinians don’t have bomb shelters. The assumption seems to be that the Gazans don’t have the wherewithal to build them. This is untrue because they do have bomb shelters — they just reserve them for Hamas’s leaders and fighters. Indeed, Hamas has dug thousands of tunnels under Gaza, largely so it can smuggle in, and store, more rockets to fire on Israel. Better that those tunnels were used as shelters for civilians, but that would mean not letting them die for the greater “good.”
Of course, not being as bad as the Nazis is a very low bar. And the fact that Israel clears it like a pole-vaulter leaping over a brick is not the same as saying Israel is without fault. But Israel’s shortcomings stem largely from the fact it is trying to deal with “peace partners” openly uninterested in lasting peace. Solving that problem is hard. So hard that some would rather shout “Nazi!” at Jews.
It’s a moral scandal that it’s even necessary to bring up this inconvenient truth. But it is necessary because even many of the people who would never say “Hitler was right” have nonetheless internalized another lesson from the Nazis. It was Joseph Goebbels who said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
Palestinian protesters are growing increasingly violent and brazen around the world, no doubt emboldened by the utterly supine response of Western governments to Islamic supremacist intimidation.
Pro-Israel Jews and Christians were attacked by an angry mob yesterday at Calgary’s city hall. Video footage shows this clearly:
In addition to the males, 2 females were taken to the ground and kicked by a group of men. They sustained injuries. The crowd also chanted “kill the Jews”.