A history of ignominy

Some news coverage and positions of certain governments, including Brazilian diplomacy, should be a part of the history of ignominy.  Versions take the place of facts, ideology vilifies the truth and terrorists are regarded as innocent victims.

The events perpetrated by the UN in Gaza should offend any reasonable person.  Rockets were found in two UN schools stored there by jihadist groups. It is assumed that they didn’t just come walking in by themselves but depended on explicit collaboration with officials of the international organization. This is in clear violation of international law.

The UN, interestingly enough, did not provide the photos of these rockets because they would have had a strong impact on the media, showing how little Hamas cares for women and children who the international press proposes they defend.  The organization played the game of terror pretending to present themselves as neutral.  However, they previously had delivered the same rockets to “government authorities,” that is, to Hamas!

Nothing much different from what happened in the last war. For weeks we were bombarded with headlines that a UN headquarters was bombed by the Israeli military. It was an outright lie. The international organization itself took thirty days to clarify that matter.  How so?  The truth came a month later on the inside pages of newspapers reported as small irrelevant news. The media whitewash was done in collaboration with the UN.

And when I say that Hamas only cares about the lives of elderly, women and children when talking to the international press, I am referring to a fact.  In its charter, this terrorist organization openly preaches the “education” of children for “holy war,” instilling in their minds that they must be prepared for martyrdom.

Several Hamas leaders have also clearly stated that they use women and children as “human shields,” although its presentation is, of course, the fight for Islam, where lives are to be sacrificed. Why isn’t this fact communicated in the media?

The Israeli military is careful in the preservation of human lives.  They call and send messages to the people of the areas that are to be bombed.  What happens is that Hamas prevents these people from escaping in order to produce the largest number of civilian casualties which in turn will be filmed and photographed.  So these are the images that form world opinion. This is horrifying!

Terror is characterized by having no concern whatsoever for the lives of civilians. So it is with over 2,000 rockets launched against the State of Israel. So it is with the insurgents that were sent to attack a civilian kibbutz near the border. So it is with the Palestinians who become hostages and victims of terrorist strategy.

Hamas mixes itself with the civilian population. It uses schools, mosques, hospitals and UN facilities as caches for weapons and bases for attacks. Its top leaders are housed in a bunker at a hospital in Gaza City.  They also live in the tunnels which are inaccessible to the civilian population who could go there to protect themselves.

The Hamas Charter is an anti-Semitic libel that clearly seeks the destruction of the Jewish state. “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

Their target are Jews and Christians. Incidentally, the latter are already the victims of jihadist terror organizations in Syria and Iraq. So it is written: “Do what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture (Jews [Christians]) had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.”

For them, the Jews are part of a large international conspiracy to which end Christians are automatically associated. For such a purpose, they use an anti-Semitic book of the nineteenth century, forged by the Tsarist police, to justify the massacre of Jews. Here is the statement: “Their plan is exposed in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and their behavior in the present is the best proof of what is said therein.”  Against the obvious, they insist in their ideological myopia.

Those who say that Hamas seeks to negotiate are totally deceived. To them there is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad (holy war), ie, the extermination of the Jews.

Israel accepted the proposed ceasefire and was reluctant even to undertake a ground invasion. What did Hamas do? Continued to fire rockets and broke the truce. Moreover, they were consistent with their charter: “Peace initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences are but a waste of time, an exercise in futility.”

In this context, to talk of “disproportionality” in the Israeli military response reveals ignorance or even mauvaise foi. The country cannot continue living under rocket fire as if the Jews were destined to live as moles in underground shelters. Incidentally, this is a good distinction between Israel and Hamas. The shelters are for civilians while in Gaza they are for the terrorists.

Note that all resources are channeled to Hamas military training, construction of tunnels (now for attack) and the purchase of weapons and rockets.  The result: the misery of its population.

The pro-Hamas demonstrations that took place in Paris had the “virtue” of showing their anti-Semitic nature, mingling statements against capitalism, death to the Jews and attack on synagogues. This has the “merits” of coherence. This sector of the left clearly associates itself with terror, exposing its rottenness to the core.  Will certain sectors of the Brazilian left also be treading this path of ignominy?

About the Author
Denis Rosenfield is currently the Professor of Philosophy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil. He has the French title of 'Docteur d'Etat' from the University of Paris and has published several books and articles in France, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and Brazil.