Aiding and abetting terror in Israel

Israel suffered another terrorist attack. A philistine ran into a bus station- not to catch a train-but to kill as many Jews as possible. Encouraged by the Imams of the “religion of peace” (something President Obama constantly reassures us) who have been calling for the stabbing deaths of Jews, the man entered the Beersheba Central Bus Station and killed IDF soldier Sergeant Omri Levy. He then grabbed the soldier’s rifle and began shooting, wounding at least 10 Israelis before being shot dead by police. Sadly, this was just another day in the life of Israelis.

Too many have tried to make excuses for these acts rather than declare that hate is the cause for these attacks. Unbridled visceral hate taught from before birth, in the womb, then nurtured in the breast milk and reinforced in school and television with lessons on killing Jews. And then taught in their mosques how to kill Jews.

They are taught in their “religion of peace” that only Muslims matter-all others are lesser than-dhimmis.

According to Palestinian Media Watch, the PA teaches on television that Jews are “most evil among creations, barbaric ‎monkeys.” ‎ They are “Allah’s enemies – sons of pigs”‎ that “our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail.”‎  The goal is “to boycott Israeli products and fight the Jews, kill them.”‎ A Muslim should: “Pick up your rifle… Destroy, shock, burn and set fire”‎ in order to go “To war that will… destroy the Zionist’s soul”‎

An official PA TV children’s programme teaches: All of Israel is “occupied” and “will return to us.” And teaches kids to expect Israel’s destruction.

In the schools the children are encouraged “to reach the level” of a terrorist who killed 37. The PA teachers’ union officials glorify terrorist murderers, uses hate speech against Jews and one teacher in particular calls Jews who visit the Temple Mount “monkeys and pigs.” The head of Jerusalem’s Teachers’ Association said: “We teach… that Palestine – from north to south, from the River to the Sea – is Islamic Palestinian Arab.”

In Canada, after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist based out of Hamilton, Ontario, standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, was murdered by  Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who then went to Parliament Hill in an attempt to kill our members of Parliament, our pundits declared that the shooter was mentally ill. No way was this a terrorist attack. Our liberal media, Toronto Star publisher John Cruickshank, Jonathan Kay, at the time the comments editor at The National Post, and Judy Rebick of went out of their way to blame mental illness, calling him deranged “crazy” and “clinically insane”- on a CBC media panel discussion October 24, 2014, rather than face the fact that this was an Islamic terrorist attack.  Mr. Cruickshank said:

And right now in a period when a kind of craziness leads to people thinking that they are terrorists supporting ISIL. If we take that seriously we are simply taking the nuttiness seriously. We are taking crazy seriously. And we’re telling people this is on all fours with an organized attempt to create terror amongst the population and subvert our society. This is not what is happening here.

Islamophobia is highly successful in Canada preventing real free speech for fear of being called anti-Muslim.

This attempt to downplay terror in favour of blaming mental illness does two things. First it re-stigmatizes the mentally ill. We are portrayed as deranged, uncontrollable, terrifying people. Ready to kill at a moment’s notice. This re-stigmatization leads to fear of accessing care that then leads to horrific events like those mass shootings in America.

And secondly, by deflecting away from Muslim terrorism we make excuses for these people. If not mental illness then victimology. In this sick desire not to the label the murderer a terrorist, the West has made it easier for these people to terrorize. They know we will provide them with an excuse, a justification for their barbarity, their lack of respect for human life.

October 15 the Obama administration  sought to equate both sides in the conflict.

“Individuals on both sides of this divide are — have proven capable of, and in our view, are guilty of acts of terrorism.” The administration has heard “credible reports” of Israelis using excessive force to deal with the Palestinian attacks.“We’re always concerned about credible reports of excessive use of force against civilians, and we routinely raise our concerns about that.”

October 18, Secretary of State John F. Kerry seemed to justify the terrorist attacks by saying that Israel’s building of settlements had reached an all-time high, stirring frustration among the Palestinians.Yet, according to data from Israel’s Housing and Construction Ministry, there’s been less construction activity in Judea/Samaria since Mr. Netanyahu became prime minister in 2009 than under any other Israeli prime minister in the past 30 years. The Washington Post wrote, “If the settlements were really the issue, then shouldn’t Palestinian terrorist activity also be at an all-time low?”

The EU, the UN, and most significantly the USA, under the direction of Obama and Kerry, have encouraged the Muslim attacks on Jews in Israel. Today’s big lie is the repression of these people under Israel’s “occupation.” Nonsense. Muslims have been killing Jews in Israel for more than 100 years-long before Israel was declared a nation state-not a state- a nation state.

A nation state is more than borders-like Syria ,Sudan or Turkey where lines are drawn and people from different ethnic groups are suddenly one state. Israel is a nation state- a country that was designed to hold the Jewish nation, a people with common shared interests, culture, language and law with an historical connection to the land. “For a People to become a Nation, they need to identify to a historical Land of their own, which formed the cradle of their culture. The Jews became a nation when they settled the Land of Israel over 3,200 years ago, and never ceased to inhabit that land ever since.”

Each time Obama or Kerry refuse to name an act of terror as terrorism, or morally equate Israel’s response to the aggression of the Muslims, they are telling the Muslims that terror works. The Muslims aren’t held accountable for their behaviour. It’s always the fault of Israel. And then then the Muslims laugh when people like Obama and Kerry talk of peace because they know they have fooled the West once again into pushing Israel to the “Peace Table” where giving up a little Jewish piece of land here and a little Jewish piece of land there will give them what they want. All of Israel. And still there will not be peace because Muslims all over the Middle East and North Africa are massacring each other in the most barbaric ways. Giving land will not stop tribal warfare.

There will only be peace when Obama and Kerry et al decide that Jewish Lives Matter. Until then, Israel must stand up to the terrorists and their proxies-the EU the UN the NGO’s, and unconditionally protect the Jews in Israel.

About the Author
Diane Weber Bederman is a multi-faith, hospital trained chaplain who lives in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto; She has a background in science and the humanities and writes about religion in the public square and mental illness on her blog: The Middle Ground:The Agora of the 21st Century. She is a regular contributor to Convivium: Faith in our Community. "
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