Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 5, 2010
Last week four Israeli civilians were ambushed and murdered in the Hebron Hills by Palestinian terrorists. The dead included a husband and his pregnant wife, a newly married college student and a nursery school teacher, the mother of an 8-year old. Hamas, the terrorist organization that runs Gaza, immediately claimed responsibility.
While there were tepid objections raised to this act, compare this response to world’s reaction when the Israeli’s killed 9 Turkish activists on the ship earlier this summer. Then, the United Nations called for an investigation and many countries condemned Israel. Where are the calls from the UN to investigate Hamas? The answer is clear. The United Nations is a corrupt organization with no moral standing.
As heinous as the Hamas murders are, the reaction by Palestinians in the street should be of greater concern to the West. Pictured below are children in Gaza celebrating the murders of the four Israeli Jews. In how many countries would the death of innocents be rejoiced like this? Can there be peace when one side indoctrinates its society with such hate. Answer to questions like these is the real issue for the free world to consider.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 4, 2010
Some have said that the Turkish-paid for vessel went to Gaza to delver humanitarian aid to residence of Gaza. The Israelis accuse them of having more nefarious intent. Bob forward us an interesting video posted below where one of those killed by the IDF pronounced his intent to become a “martyr” the day before he was killed. And with this kind of evidence the United Nations dares to condemn Israel!
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 3, 2010
Over the years the Palestinian movement and some other Islamic countries have used terrorism and suicide bombers to further their goal to destroy Israel. Those efforts have so far failed and in fact Israel has become one of the few Middle East countries that produces anything of value for the world other than oil. Unfortunately while the Progressives in Europe preach “Green”, they are very dependent on Middles East’s oil and the money that flows with it to Israel’s detriment.
This week the terrorist group Hamas and sympathizers used new approach to further their goals sending a supposed humanitarian ship convoy to Gaza. While the convoy included supplies, that was not its primary goal or they would have allowed the cargo to be inspected. No, their goal was to create a crisis and they succeeded at the cost of human life, an asset they frequently care little about.
Nine people aboard the vessel Marmara were killed by IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). The world reacted almost before the event occurred. As more information is known about those who were killed it has become apparent that “martyrdom” was part of their intent.
The United Nations condemned Israel immediately calling on it to explain its use of “disproportionate force” against the “victims” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon saying that he was shocked by the killings and demanded answers urgently. Then in lockstep, Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian UN observer, called the attack a “war crime”. This type of rhetoric is expected from a UN run by Left-wing Progressives. However, this time the facts were captured on video tape, as attached below. IDF solders boarded the ship and were immediately attacked. This is undeniable. After viewing this video only Progressives and anti-Semites would question those solders’ right to defend themselves. That includes those that call the IDF’s actions “disproportionate” or “war crimes”.
Making this story even more outrageous are the unclean hands of two of the major complainants to the Israeli actions, Turkey and the United Nations. Let’s review some of their dirty laundry.
Turkey was the major backer of the convoy through the “Free Gaza Movement”. The name helps explain their mission; not humanitarian but at least political. But that does raise the first question: Why should Gaza be free? After Israel withdrew from Gaza the terrorist organization Hamas took control of it. They not only do they include the destruction of Israel in their charter, but fired thousands of rocket from Gaza into Israel. Israel has the right to defend itself including insuring that rockets do not get supplied to Hamas.
In addition, Turkey’s concern for the plight of Palestinians serves the interests of the more radical Muslim gaining power in that country. While they loudly protest the death of the nine activists killed by the IDF, minority Christians in Turkey are being murdered. In fact today, Luigi Padovese, the pope’s vicar in Anatolia, was killed in his home in port of Iskenderun. Other attacks in Turkey include a Catholic priest in Izmir, after Sunday Mass, as well and three Christians in Anatolian. These poor folks were tied up and had their throats slit. Another Catholic Priest, Father Andrea Santoro, was killed as he prayed in church near Trabzon.
Finally, Turkey has had no problem attacking the Kurds in its own country as well as in Iraq in the name of national security. These Kurds have the audacity to want their own homeland. Why is that they are less worthy than the Palestinians? Hypocrisy!
Now on to the United Nations, the ultimate poster child for hypocrisy. Nine activist die at the hands of Israelis trying to defend themselves and we have a worldwide crisis the next day. However, when hundreds of thousands are murdered or starved in Africa, it takes the UN months to decide if even anyone is to blame. More recently on March 26 the North Koreans torpedoed a South Korean naval vessel killing over 40 sailors. While clearly an unprovoked act in international waters, over two-months later there is still no UN condemnation. Progressive are not even willing to make excuses for this unequal expression of moral outrage because they would ultimately lead to the question of anti-Semitism or oil money. The United Nations is a corrupt body that has no moral authority to judge any nation.
Today the Wall Street Journal had a headline on the front page the reads “Israel’s Isolation Deepens”. While an accurate, the real question is why? Israel’s actions over the years in its self-defense have not changed. What has changed is the political atmosphere and that to a large extent is due to the way the current President Barack Obama views Israel and its rights. His tilt against Israel has been notice and Israel’s enemies see this as an opportunity. But instead of bringing about peace, Obama’s policies will more likely create war as Israel will find the need to make an aggressive effort to protect itself in a less friendly world.
When Barack Obama was running for the presidency many American Jews were concerned by his position towards Israel. They, like many other Americans, were duped by charisma that overshadowed his substance (or lack of it). Obama created a narrative with eloquent words like comments made to in June 2008 to AIPAC: “Our alliance is based on shared interests and shared values. Those who threaten Israel threaten us. Israel has always faced these threats on the front lines. And I will bring to the White House an unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.”
Obama’s actions since the election have not shown an “unshakeable commitment” to Israel. In fact it has been just the opposite. This is but another example of the President’s words carrying little credibility. The Middle East is a more dangerous place because of this. The world is a more dangerous place since American stopped acting like a leader, the day we elected our new leader..
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