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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Spill Blood

As murderous attacks by palestinians against Israeli civilians continue, Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, John Kerry, predictably cluck their tongues, draw a bizarre moral equivalence between Israel's actions to defend its people and palestinian attacks against Jews, call for "talks" whose ultimate goal is the dismemberment of Israel, and subtly continue their work to isolate and demonize the only democracy in the Middle East.

Tzipy Hotovely comments:
The latest surge of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis has come in the immediate wake of explicit calls by the Palestinian leadership to “spill blood.” This well-orchestrated campaign of violence follows many years in which Palestinian children have been taught to idolize the murder of Jews as a sacred value and to regard their own death in this “jihad” as the pinnacle of their aspirations.

Such violence has deep roots. It goes back to the rampages at the behest of Haj Amin al-Husseini, a Muslim activist and at one point grand mufti of Jerusalem, in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. It continued with the fedayeen Palestinian militants in the 1950s and ’60s, and evolved into the terrorism of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Fatah under Yasser Arafat and now Mahmoud Abbas. Anyone who claims that Palestinian terror against Jews dates only to 1967, or is a response to Israeli settlements, should become more informed of the conflict’s history.

Yet the apathy shown by the international community to the death-culture fostered by Palestinian elites, and the unbalanced manner in which subsequent violence is often treated by the international media—as if there is any kind of symmetry between terrorists and their victims—is doing long-term, and possibly irrevocable, harm to generations of Palestinians.
The "international community," lead by Obama and Kerry, would like nothing more than for Israel to disappear. After all, in their delusional world view, that would "solve" the Muslim problem in the Middle East— Islamists would sit down with Christians and sing Kumbayah, Arab dictators would happily step down and each country would become a vibrant democracy, brutal civil wars would cease, poverty, unemployment and oppression in the Arab crescent would be eradicated, and peace would reign. Yeah, that's the ticket—just force the dismemberment of Israel and every structural problem in the Middle East would be gone.

It's jolting when fantasy—the operative Leftist world view—collides with reality. Hotovely continues:
Mr. Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, said the following on Palestinian television on Sept. 16: “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah. With the help of Allah, every martyr will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.”
Yeah, that would be the same Abbas about whom Obama stated:
I commended President Abbas for the excellent work that he and Prime Minister Fayyad have been engaged in over the last several years in strengthening the security as well as improving the economic situation for his people. He’s done so through hard work and dedication, and I think the whole world has noticed the significant improvements that we've seen as a consequence of his good administration.
Is calling for the death of Jews and spilled blood "excellent work?"

But calling for the death of the Jews is S.O.P. for palestinian leaders. A video of Sheikh Mohammad Abu Rajab, demonstrated the best way to stab a Jew during a sermon in the Al Abrar Mosque in Rafah, Gaza. Yep, the poor beleaguered palestinians only want peace, don't they? I wonder—is that before or after they murder as many Jews as possible?

Of course, John Kerry suggests that this violence is due to Israeli "settlements" built on Israeli land. He said:
“What’s happening is that, unless we get going, a two-state solution could conceivably be stolen from everybody ... and there’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years, and now you have this violence because there’s a frustration that is growing.”
That statement was so ridiculous and factually incorrect that the State Department walked it back the next day. The so-called settlements are actually apartment blocks; no new apartment blocks have been built recently, but people who live there have had children—that's the "massive increase" that Kerry is talking about. Apparently, in the bizzaro world of John Kerry, Israelis shouldn't have any children if they live in apartment buildings that the palestinians covet.

So ... let's recapitulate. Barack Obama and John Kerry, their left-wing supporters, and their media hamsters think that both sides are equally to blame and that both sides commit terror, that stabbing civilians in the street and shooting the palestinians who commit those attacks are morally equivalent, that Israel is the aggressor and the palestinians are the "victim." In the fantasy world of the Left, all of this makes sense. In the real world, it is a delusional position that will do nothing to stop the slaughter throughout the Middle East. Unless and until Islam reformed, none of these problems will be resolved. But hey, that's reality, and the Left's narrative simply can't accommodate that.