January 19, 2009

The Jewish are to blame … right

Are you wondering about the root cause of problems in the Middle East - no, scrap that ... are you wondering what’s behind all the problems between Islamic fundamentalists and Westerners, right across the globe?


Images purportedly from Gaza such as the one on the left have been circulated by e-mail in Malaysia and Indonesia in recent weeks, accompanied by text in Malay which translates in part as: "I cry because I'm a Muslim, and my brothers are being killed!" Therefore, Muslims worldwide are being energized and drawn into a conflict which otherwise has no direct bearing on them.

As Donald Douglas noted at American Power on January 6: No one is unaffected by the civilian causalities. But it's precisely images like these which are used by Hamas for diabolical propaganda purposes. Israel has been extremely judicious in abiding by the laws of war and in conducting its campaign with respect for human rights and the prevention of civilian deaths.
And so, we come to Caroline Overington a senior writer and columnist with The Australian and two-time winner of the Walkley Award for investigative journalism and her scrutiny of a loathsome article that appeared in the Melbourne Age:

Are you wondering about the root cause of problems in the Middle East - no, scrap that ... are you wondering what’s behind all the problems between Islamic fundamentalists and Westerners, right across the globe?

The Jews are to blame!

So says Michael Backman, in this opinion piece in The Melbourne Age.

Some choice cuts ...

Israel’s utter inability to transform the Palestinians from enemies into friends ...

Excuse me ... Israel’s inability to transform the Palestinians into friends… ? Like, Palestinians want to be Israel’s BFF? (Then again, perhaps they do; they’re always sending things over.) But anyway, Israel’s refusal to take a missile as a hand of friendship in a cunning disguise ....

... has imposed big costs on us all.

It has? How so, Mr Backman?

We have paid for Israel’s failure with bombs on London public transport, bombs in bars in Bali, and even the loss of the World Trade Centre towers in New York.

Ah-hah! It was Jews that flew those planes into the towers, and carried those back packs onto London buses. Who knew?

It is not true that these outrages have occurred because certain Islamic fundamentalists don’t like Western lifestyles

No. There is nothing Islamic fundamentalists like more than Western decadence.

Rather, it is Israel — or more correctly the treatment of the Palestinians — that is at the nub of these events.

Well, of course. Israel - that is, the Jews - are responsible for the death of thousands of people in the World Trade Centre and of footballers on holiday in Bali.

Mr Backman goes on to say that the Jews have managed to unite Muslims across the world in hatred of them:

The world’s Muslims have no head ...

Actually, it’s Daniel Pearl who has no head, but go on Mr Backman:

So, how extraordinary that Israel and the West have managed to unite this headless, diverse, dispersed grouping without any institutional framework, around just one issue — anger at the treatment of the Palestinians.

Is that not a touch racist? Backman seems to be saying that all Muslims hate Israel, and support gross acts of terror.

Groups of Muslims do seem to feel for one another in a way that Christians and others do not.

Which is why no Western nation has ever gone to the aid of an ally in, say, a world war; why there are no links whatsoever between, say, Australia and the United States; or indeed England and the United States; none between the nations of Europe; none between christians across the globe.

Pictures of distraught Gazan mothers beside the mutilated bodies of their children are circulating right now among Muslim communities worldwide.

Which can mean only one thing. More dead 15-year-old surfer girls in a bar in Kuta.

The enmity many Muslims now feel for Israel has nothing to do with religion ...

No, of course not. If all the Jews of Israel were driven into the sea, terrorists would still be firing rockets into people’s homes and blowing up buses of others in Israel.

Besides, it isn’t the Jewishness of Jews that Muslims find offensive. No, it’s just that Jews are loathsome.

Trekking in Nepal is fashionable among young Israelis. So much so that many shops in Kathmandu and Pokhara have signs in Hebrew. But once you get on the trekking circuit and speak with local Nepalese guides and guesthouse operators you soon discover how disliked the Israelis are.

Because of Palestine? No:

This has nothing to do with religion or politics: rather, they say that the young Israelis are rude, arrogant, and argue over trifling amounts of money even though they clearly have means.

A-ha! See, it’s not because they are Jewish! It’s because they are money-hungry, penny-pinchers.

Israel needs to change.

Or else ...what? More dead civilians in many distant cities?
Be sure to read the rest here

An article that appeared at the Jewish Center for Public affairs site by Prof. Efraim Karsh appears to answer most if not all the reasons for the West’s contempt for Israel’s war against Hamas.
  • With a unanimity that has become all too familiar, politicians, the media, NGOs, and church leaders across the globe took their cue to denounce Israel's legitimate act of self-defense against one of the world's most extreme terror organizations. This chorus of disapproval is in stark contrast to the utter indifference to far bloodier conflicts that have been going on around the world.

  • Why do citizens in democracies enthusiastically embrace a radical Islamist group that not only seeks the destruction of a fellow democracy but is overtly committed to the substitution of a world-wide Islamic caliphate for the existing international order?

  • Decades of mistreatment of the Palestinians by the Arab states have gone virtually unnoticed. Only when they interact with Israel do the Palestinians win the world's attention.

  • The fact that international coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict has invariably reflected a degree of intensity and emotional involvement well beyond the normal level to be expected of impartial observers would seem to suggest that it is a manifestation of longstanding prejudice that has been brought out into the open by the conflict.

  • The Palestinians are but the latest lightning rod unleashed against the Jews, their supposed victimization reaffirming the millenarian demonization of the Jews in general, and the medieval blood libel - that Jews delight in the blood of others.

A Tidal Wave of International Indignation

No sooner had Israel opted to stop Hamas' attacks on its civilian population, after years of self-imposed restraint, than it was confronted with a tidal wave of international indignation. With a unanimity that has become all too familiar when it comes to the world's pronouncements on Israel, politicians, the media, NGOs, and church leaders across the globe took their cue to denounce this legitimate act of self-defense by a sovereign democracy against one of the world's most extreme terror organizations, overtly committed to its destruction, which for years had been raining down thousands of rockets and mortar shells on civilian communities (not to mention the long string of suicide bombings).

Echoed by the international media's blanket coverage of Israel's response in Gaza, but not Hamas' murderous ideology and actions, this chorus of disapproval over the Jewish state's "disproportionate" use of force is in stark contrast to the utter indifference to far bloodier conflicts that have been going on around the world, from the long-running genocide in Darfur, with its estimated 400,000 dead and at least 2.5 million refugees, to war in the Congo, with over 4 million dead or driven from their homes, to Chechnya, where an estimated 150,000-200,000 have died and up to a third of the population has been displaced at the hands of the Russian military. None of these tragedies saw protesters flock into the streets of London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Oslo, Dublin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Washington, and Fort Lauderdale (to give a brief list), as has been the case during the Gaza crisis.

Arab Mistreatment of the Palestinians Went Unnoticed

How can this be? Why do citizens in democracies enthusiastically embrace a radical Islamist group that not only seeks the destruction of a fellow democracy but is overtly committed to the substitution of a world-wide Islamic caliphate (or umma) for the existing international order based on territorial nation states? Not because of compassion for the Palestinians, whose plight has never attracted genuine international interest, especially by the Arab states (and for that matter, the Palestinian leadership), whose decades of mistreatment of the Palestinians have gone virtually unnoticed.

Between 1949 and 1967, Egypt and Jordan ruled the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank respectively. Not only did they fail to put these populations on the road to statehood, but they showed little interest in protecting their human rights or even in improving the quality of their life - which is one of the reasons that 120,000 West Bankers moved across to the East Bank of the Jordan and about 300,000 others emigrated abroad between 1949 and 1967.

Nobody in the international community paid any more attention to this than they have more recently to the ongoing abuse of Palestinians across the Arab world from Saudi Arabia to Lebanon, a country which was condemned in a June 2006 Amnesty International report for its "long-standing discrimination and abuses of fundamental economic and social rights of Palestinian refugees."

Nor has there been any international outcry when Arab countries have massacred Palestinians on a grand scale. In 1970 King Hussein of Jordan ordered the indiscriminate bombing of Palestinian refugee camps in the course of putting down the Palestinian uprising during "Black September." This left between 3,000 and 5,000 Palestinian refugees dead. But the fact that Hussein killed more Palestinians in the course of a single month than Israel managed to do in decades was never held against him or dented the widely held perception of him as a man of peace. As the supposedly pro-Palestinian journalist Robert Fisk put it in his recent memoirs, King Hussein was "often difficult to fault."

Again, more than two decades ago Abu Iyad, the number two man in the PLO, publicly stated that the crimes of the Syrian government against the Palestinian people "surpassed those of the Israeli enemy." While in the wake of the liberation of Kuwait in 1991, Kuwaitis not only set about punishing the PLO for support of Saddam Hussein's brutal occupation by cutting off their financial support for Yasir Arafat's overblown and corrupt organization, but there was also a widespread slaughter of Palestinians living in Kuwait.

This revenge against innocent Palestinian workers in the emirate was so severe that Arafat himself acknowledged: "What Kuwait did to the Palestinian people is worse than what has been done by Israel to Palestinians in the occupied territories." Yet there was no media coverage or specially convened UN meetings because it is only when they interact with Israel that the Palestinians win the world's attention.

Only Palestinian Interaction with Israel Wins World Attention

In other words, the extraordinary international preoccupation with the Palestinians is a corollary of their interaction with Israel, the only Jewish state to exist since biblical times, a reflected glow of the millenarian obsession with the Jews in the Christian and the Muslim worlds. Had their dispute been with an Arab, Muslim, or any other adversary, it would have attracted a fraction of the interest that it presently does. On occasion, notably among devout and/or born again Evangelical Christians, this obsession has manifested itself in admiration and support for the national Jewish resurrection in the Holy Land. In most instances, however, anti-Jewish prejudice and animosity, or anti-Semitism as it is commonly known, has served rather to exacerbate distrust and hatred of Israel. Indeed, the fact that the international coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the libels against Zionism and Israel, such as the despicable comparisons of Israel to Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa, have invariably reflected a degree of intensity and emotional involvement well beyond the normal level to be expected of impartial observers would seem to suggest that, rather than being a response to concrete Israeli activities, it is a manifestation of longstanding prejudice that has been brought out into the open by the vicissitudes of the conflict.

Be sure to read the rest here

As I wrote in late December Israel will never win the any popularity contest in the West, it may as well “brave the backlash”. The State of Israel has the right to defend herself to safeguard her interests, and protect its citizens; the failure t do so would be a dereliction of its duty.

6 comments:

The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Otto, Israel is to blame because the politically correct leftist idea is tht Israel is bad and Hamas, Hezbollah, and other similar pro Palestinian terrorsit entities are good.

I seriously doubt body count that the Palestinian agencies have released. Especially since they always manage to mention that 80% of anyone, "killed, " by Israeli attacks are always women and childern. Not a chance that those numbers are true.

Israel is surrounded by enemies who wish here distruction and use the UN and liberal world opinion to justify their attacks and in like manner always get those same leftists to rally against Israel when Israel defends herself!

Vince said...

Israel is to blame because the politically correct leftist idea is tht Israel is bad and Hamas, Hezbollah, and other similar pro Palestinian terrorsit entities are good.

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BCA said...

Interesting article. I plan on writing about this a little later on in my blog. But I'm procrastinating because it is a very sensitive issue...
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AI said...

BCA http://moderatescope.blogspot.com/:

Let us know if you get around to writing it .. and thanks for coming by ... Otto

Azeem Mahmood said...

That is, the Jews - are responsible for the death of thousands of people in the World Trade Centre and of footballers on holiday in Bali