Camie Davis

Along with its boys, I hope Israel gets its narrative back

I have many positive stories just waiting to be written about my trip to Israel. But it seems inappropriate to write those stories without first writing about the three kidnapped Jewish boys.

The boys, Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Frenkel, and Gilad Sha’ar, were kidnapped while I was still in Israel. The horror that they and their families were facing was all I could think about.  The joy of being in Israel was replaced by the sorrow of what the Jews of Israel so often face.  Hatred and terror.

If you live outside of Israel, maybe you heard of their abduction despite the lack of coverage by the main-stream media, and despite the White House not making a statement until six days after the abduction. Never mind that one of the boys was an American citizen. If Obama had a son, he would definitely not look like Naftali Frenkel. Which is a nice way of saying that it appeared the Obama administration did not give much of a damn. At least not for six days. When the Obama spokesperson finally made an official statement about the kidnapping, she didn’t even know Frenkel’s name. One would think that six days is long enough to learn the name of an American kidnapped by terrorists.

But I promised myself this piece would not be about politics.  Rather it is a small attempt to help open the eyes of those living outside of Israel, who are being spoonfed propaganda about Israel and Palestinians, to the other side of the story, i.e., the truth.

One of the main reasons I traveled to Israel was to go to a town in Judea Samaria. My dear friend’s daughters and their families live there. I had “met” them via Facebook and desired to meet them in person.

On our way to this Jewish community, which is in the Heartland of Israel in the region of the tribe of Benjamin, my friend carried his firearm with him and was ready to use it if needed. Heartland of Israel. Firearm needed. Why? Because the Heartland of Israel has been given away to people who hate Jews. Hate them enough to kill them. And unfortunately, they often do.

On our way to the Jewish community we passed a Palestinian community. It reminded me of communities I’d seen in Southern California. The entrance of the gated community was lined with palm trees. The red-roofed stucco homes were mansions. It could easily pass for an upscale California community except for one thing. There was a sign leading into the community warning Jews that if they entered the Arab community their lives would be endangered.

What a stark contrast to the many Arabs we saw freely, and without fear, shopping in the shuk in Jerusalem and on Ben Yehuda Street. Or riding the bus and train, or walking around the Temple Mount area. Arabs were surrounded by Jews, and they feared not for their lives. Yet Jews are warned that if they go into a region dominated by Arabs, they will most likely be killed.

If you don’t see something very wrong with this picture, then something is very wrong with you.

Arabs kill Jews because they hate Jews. Jews kill Arabs out of self-defense. It is so maddening that this simple fact of life, that this narrative has been turned upside down by Israeli liberals, foreign politicians, and the media. It is Arafat’s dream come true.

Arafat hated Jews. He had a bloodlust to kill Jews and to destroy Israel. That was his goal in life. He was told by communists in the KGB, in Romania, and in North Vietnam that there was only one way to get international support to achieve his goal to destroy Israel – to invent the “plight of the Palestinian” narrative and to cloak his hatred of Jews as a humanitarian crisis. The communists said, “Stop talking about annihilating Israel and instead turn your terror war into a struggle for human rights. Then you will have the American people eating out of your hand.”

Hence, Israel is forced by leaders of the “civilized” world to negotiate with people who hate them and to give the Heartland of Israel, and other areas of Israel, to them. Oops, I got political. But it’s hard not to get political since politics is a big part of what created an environment that resulted in Jewish youths being kidnapped by Arab terrorists.

The kidnapped boys were near the town of Hebron. Do you know what Hebron is famous for? It is where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah are buried. You might have heard of them. They are the patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel. Yet Hebron has been given away. To Arabs who hate Jews. Arabs who have been known to kill Jews who visit the tomb of their forefathers and foremothers.

Most of the media that bothered to report that Jewish boys were kidnapped by terrorists, referred to the boys as “settlers.” A label created by the world for Jews who dare have the audacity to live on Jewish land that has been given away to Arabs. Who could have ever imagined that Jews living near the place Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah are buried would be called “settlers?” Arafat and the communists who groomed him into a “statesman,” that’s who.

Back to our trip to the Jewish community and the upscale Palestinian community we passed on the way. Some of the most heinous and brutal killings of Jews were committed by Arabs from this community. Please don’t let that irony go over your head.

The media and politicians want you to think of the Palestinians as a poor, needy people who go without the bare necessities of life because of the “brutal occupation” of Israel. The Arabs who kill Jews don’t kill because they lack food, housing, or freedom. They kill because they hate Jews. They are not freedom fighters. They are living, walking embodiments of hatred.

That is the sole reason the three Jewish boys were kidnapped. Because the Arabs who abducted them hate Jews.  And if you try to argue that point, congratulations, you have become a mouthpiece for Arafat, the Father of Modern-Day Terrorism/hater of Israel. How pathetic that any civilized person could be fooled by the narrative and plan of the savage Arafat and his offspring.

About the Author
Camie Davis is a non-Jewish writer and advocate for Israel.
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