Yes, I know a lot of readers support the Palestinians as victims of Israeli oppression, and some even want the state of Israel eliminated. Others tend to ignore the Palestinian suicide bombings against civilians, the Palestinian placement of weapons in civilian areas, and other violation of the Geneva convention. As I’ve pointed out before, there’s a disgraceful double standard in this situation: Israelis are simply expected to act better than Palestinians, with Palestinian atrocities simply ignored. If Israel sent suicide bombers to Palestinian weddings, you know the world would raise a far stronger alarum than if Palestinians did they same thing—which they do.
I’m no diehard fan of Israel: for example I think they need to immediately get all the settlers off the West Bank before there can be peace, and I favor the establishment of a Palestinian state. But I do see a clear double standard, and a climate in which it’s simply politically correct to ignore Palestinian transgressions and concentrate on the Israelis. Feeding into this is, I think, is some anti-Semitism. That anti-Semitism is clear among Arab states. Hate-filled messages are daily fare on official Arab media—things far more hateful than the ludicrous and bigoted film “Innocence of Muslims” that rightfully angered not only Muslims, but much of the West. But films that are similar, but more bigoted, appear daily on official Arab television, but of course we all ignore those. Many of you ignore that.
You do so at your peril, for the hatred of Jews and Israel in Arab media reflect the greater problem of Islam: a visceral disgust at all things western, and a desire to conquer the lands of heretics, apostates, and infidels. That’s why the two-state solution, which I favor, along with considerable Israeli concessions, will not quell Islamic fanaticism in the Middle East.
Here’s exhibit A (apologies to Chris Mooney!): part of an official bulletin issued yesterday by the Palestinian Authority, and printed in part by the Palestinian Media Watch (if you’re going to call the PMW biased, fine, but if you’re going to accuse them of making this bulletin up, be careful). And remember that this week President Obama is going to the Middle East in an attempt to broker peace by talking to Israeli and Palestinian officials.
Here’s part of the bulletin (my bold)
Op-ed by Hassan Ouda Abu Zaher:“‘History is a great lie written by the victors’ – said Napoleon Bonaparte, the source of dubious historical writing and father of Freemasonry in France. If so, is the history planted in us through TV and the standard educational curriculum indeed true? The source of this history is the West – the victor ever since the fall of Andalusia (Muslim Spain)! …Our history is replete with lies, from lies about the corrupt [Caliph] Harun Al-Rashid, which ignore the sources indicating that he dedicated one year to pilgrimage [to Mecca] and one year to Jihad (i.e., he was a good Muslim), to the lie about Al-Qaeda and the Sept. 11 events, which asserted that Muslim terrorists committed it, and that it was not an internal American action by the Freemasons, which was mentioned in the Illuminati game cards ten years before it took place, and in over 15 Zionist and Freemason Hollywood-produced films in the 1990s. The method of repeating [the lies] over and over has authenticated false facts. Had Hitler won, Nazism would be an honor that people would be competing to belong to, and not a disgrace punishable by law. Churchill and Roosevelt were alcoholics, and in their youth were questioned more than once about brawls they started in bars, while Hitler hated alcohol and was not addicted to it. He used to go to sleep early and wake up early, and was very organized. These facts have been turned upside down as well, and Satan has been dressed with angels’ wings…”[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 18, 2013]
- The 9/11 attacks were not committed by Muslims, but were engineered by American Freemasons.
- Hitler was a good man, and it’s a shame that the Nazis lost.
- Churchill and Roosevelt were alcoholics, ergo worse than the punctilious, teetotaling (and, I should add, vegetarian) Hitler.
Remember, this is from the official bulletin of the Palestinian Authority. It whips up hatred not only against Jews (the usual stuff) but against America. And it comes two days before Obama’s visit.
If you are going to use this post to beat on Israel, consider what you are doing—and justifying. This is Islamic lunacy, pure and simple, and we must oppose it—even if it comes from Palestine.
Do you really want to be on the side of a regime that sees Hitler as a hero?