All eyes are on Israel

Thanks be to G_d for the Jews. As always they are a stand-in and convenient fodder through which to highlight and resolve the world’s problems.

Of course, I am talking about the Middle East, the Palestinian cause, and the current constant news-feed of crisis at the Gaza borders. Now, one would have to admit that as a matter of convenience and out of kind consideration for journalists, being bused to the front-lines, accompanied by victims’ families, and supplied with additional documentation precisely describing scores of injustices, who could resist the story, especially when it’s already half written? As I write this story I can tell you what a Google search inputting Russia and Syria yields. We find scores of reports on political considerations, some discussions of military activities, and remarkably, no atrocities, deaths or maiming injuries. It’s really a clean slate to be solved by academics and politicians. Gaza and Israel? You guessed it. Highlighted by Google hits including atrocities on camera and off camera, horror stories of “Video Shows Palestinian Protester Shot in Head Dozens of Meters From Gaza-Israel Border Tahrir Abu-Sabla was waving his hands in the air when he was shot Sunday at a protest near Khan Yunis. Palestinians report he was critically wounded.” This is a clear case, at least from the newsworthiness point of view, full of visual drama and harrowing suffering that point clearly to perpetrators and victims. No subtleties here, no need to do investigative work, everything is cleanly packaged ready for televising and printing.

Since I tend to wonder in thinking, right now I’d like to know what Frederica Mogherini is doing? The questions are not that difficult. Federica Mogherini’s website shows an impressive team with wide reaching interests that are ready to solve all of the world’s problems (as a reference point: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019/mogherini/team_en)

Once I examined this website with great care, I was still left with a few questions. Questions such as, have you ever heard of Russia? Do you know who Putin is? It is an incredible fact that the EU spends more effort critiquing Israel, highlighting the Palestinians’ cause, and in general, admonishing Israel and intruding directly on the nation’s political processes, than any other causes, situations, or tragic atrocities. The most recent of the atrocities I mention, are taking place in Syria as this is written. While at the UN level Russia successfully blocks any effort to condemn these events, the EU is completely silent, even as its members are finally reacting in a concerted manner. Make no mistakes; it is the EU and Mogherini who I am pointing my finger at.

There is something really amiss with the EU attitude toward Russia, especially when one considers the fact that this is the one very large country sitting just over the borders of member countries. While inexplicable, I cannot help but remember that roughly speaking the EU nations borders have a very familiar resemblance to the countries most responsible for hosting the Holocaust and sites of atrocities. Yes, I am speaking of the birthplace of 19thand 20thCenturies anti-semitism.

About the Author
Born in Romania to Holocaust survivor parents, Dr. Gabriel Mayer reached the US, after his family escaped Communism, reaching Italy, and as refugees, was supported by the Jewish Agency. He grew up in New York and attended college and medical school in Boston, at Boston University. He spent the first half of his working life as a medical doctor, professor, clinician and researcher in the USA [Professorships at University of Florida and Boston University medical schools]. A distinguished accomplishment of Dr. Mayer and his team was the introduction of thrombolytic therapy to treat acute myocardial infarction; this was the first team in the world to publish research based on clinical work. These procedures have lasted until the present and have saved millions of lives. In 2013 he began his studies at the University of Haifa, earning back-to-back MA degrees in Holocaust Studies and Israel Studies. Currently, he is focused on Judaism, and Jewish personhood/peoplehood and the Diaspora and Israeli discourse as driven by academic and philanthropical energies. For two years (2015 & 2016) he served as Head Historian of Martef Hashoa Museum, Jerusalem.
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