A ‘groomed’ UK can’t see evil in front of its eyes

Hamas are, quite literally, getting away with murder.

Obviously not in terms of the IDF response, but in terms of world opinion. That continues to reward them with demonstrations on London’s streets – and on the streets of many other cities – where there are calls for the annihilation of Israel; for the slaughter of Jews and where people grieve for Palestinian lives while ignoring the brutal butchery of Israelis including babies and young children and the abduction of more than 240 Israelis, again, including babies and children.

But this savage butchery of October 7th could have had a different outcome for the Palestinians and its lobbyists. Instead of thousands pouring onto the streets calling for the annihilation of Israel and the slaughter of Jews, it could have served as a wake-up call for the Useful Idiots to realise they have been sucked in to a campaign that has nothing to do with compassion for Palestinians (how could it when Hamas deliberately put them in harm’s way for photo-ops?) and everything to do with geo-politics and Jew-hate.

Terrorist leaders must have had a pretty good idea they could get away with murder after observing the reactions in April when three Jewish women – three British-born civilians – were cold-bloodedly shot to death on a public highway by Palestinian terrorists. The Jihadists would have seen that there was no outrage from their celebrity supporters and no protests on British streets. At CNN the murders were even called “a shoot-out” suggesting – perhaps deliberately –a clash of armed combatants rather than the cold-blooded murder of three unarmed civilians.  The terrorist leaders – and their paymasters – would also have seen how quickly the Useful Idiots and apologists stepped up to make excuses for the terrorist murder of Lucy, Maia and Rina Dee, and would know these same Useful Idiots and apologists could be relied  on to air-brush, obfuscate, dissemble and offer “justifications” following any future slaughter.

But most importantly, the terrorist leaders would have known when planning their massacre that thanks to three decades of careful “grooming” by propagandists and the media (in particular, an especially compliant – if not actively biased – BBC) there was a cohort primed to think of Israel as “racist,” as “an apartheid state” and a “brutal occupier.” As I said in a previous blog, Hamas are monsters but not fools. They deliberately and savagely targeted Israeli civilians in the certain knowledge that Israel would respond as it has, and with the certain knowledge that the apologists and the Israel-haters would respond exactly as they have because the apologists and Israel-haters have been primed, groomed and indoctrinated for three decades.

Thus the terrorist leaders would know that any outrage – apart, obviously, from Jewish outrage – would be swiftly replaced by condemnation for Israel for defending its people, and by calls for Israel to “show humanity” rather than for Hamas to show humanity by releasing its 240 hostages, who include 37 babies and children.

The world had, after all, wiped from its collective memory, 50 years of slaughter perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists – in Brussels, Rome, London and other European cities as well as in Israel on buses, in cafes, bars, malls, pizza restaurants and markets. The terrorist chiefs would also know how easily Palestinian victimhood (and corresponding Israeli “aggression”) could be intensified with media complicity. They would remember countless examples of coverage that helped demonise Israel and distort reality by deliberately ignoring context or minimising the threats to Israel, such as the coverage in the 1990s, of the barrier wall erected to prevent terrorist bombers slipping in to Israel. Instead of recognising that the wall – admittedly an eye-sore and an impediment to Palestinian farmers – was a non-violent solution to a deadly threat to Israel, it was relentlessly and systematically portrayed as “an apartheid wall” that exemplified Israel’s “brutal occupation.” They would have also been aware of media complicity in reporting deadly missiles fired on Israeli cities; complicity that minimized or ignored the threat to Israel while amplifying Palestinian victimhood, and  would also know that there is long-term collusion – either willing or extracted in exchange for “access” – between broadcasters and Palestinian spin-doctors to show only refugee camps or bombed-out ruins instead of the reality (houses, villas, apartment buildings, parks, shopping malls, offices and hotels), thus making all Palestinians appear as homeless refugees and intensify Palestinian victimhood.

Terrorist leaders would have also noted that the “celebrity” supporters had failed to utter a single word of protest when Palestinians were being murdered, displaced, brutalised or discriminated against by, among others, the Syrians, the Lebanese and ISIS. They would have noted that no Oscar-winning actors wrote plays to be performed at London theatres; that no creatives and luvvies got together to write Open Letters or organise boycotts.  The celebs, they would see, stay silent unless they are condemning Israel.

Such selective myopia would have reassured terrorist leaders that the poisonous narrative of lies, half-truths and omissions had taken deep root and that thanks to media complicity – and a modest sprinkling of endemic Jew-hate – anti-Israelism was flourishing. Thus they knew with some certainty how a “groomed” populace and the myopic celebrity supporters would respond to a frenzy of savagery and brutality – including the beheading and burning alive of Jewish babies. It woud shrug, and take to the streets to turn full-throttle hatred on the real victim here, Israel.

About the Author
Jan Shure held senior editorial roles at the Jewish Chronicle for three decades. and previously served as deputy editor of the Jewish Observer. She is an author and freelance writer and wrote regularly for the Huffington Post until 2018. In 2012 she took a break from journalism to be a web entrepreneur.