Cry for humanity

This is a very hard column for me to write. There was more horrendous, despicable terrorism in Israel and elsewhere in a very short period of time, and the civilized world lost a moral giant. After everything, I have had so many emotions and wanted to say so much, I just didn’t know where to start. I am disgusted, I am heartbroken, and I am angry.

On Tuesday June 28, Islamic terrorists, most probably ISIS, attacked the airport in Istanbul murdering over 40 and injuring nearly 150.

On Thursday June 30, a Palestinian terrorist thought he could honor his religion by knifing to death a 13-year-old Israeli-American, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, as she slept in her bed.

On Thursday June 30, yet more Palestinian terrorists, also motivated by their religion I am sure, shot to death an Israeli, Michael “Miki” Mark, 48 and a father of 10, as he was driving in his car with his wife and two of his children.

On Friday July 1, over 20 were murdered, including three American students, by ISIS Islamic terrorists in a café.

On Saturday July 2, Elie Wiesel, famed Holocaust survivor, died at the age of 87.

On Sunday July 3, an ISIS Islamic suicide bomber murdered over 200, including many children, and injured nearly 150 in an Iraqi shopping district.

Last Tuesday I was thinking, well, I will write about ISIS and terrorism again and how a stupid world with stupid leaders caused the problem by negligence to put it mildly, and by continuing to enable the problem by refusing to acknowledge it for what it is and act on it forcibly.

On Thursday, after I learned about Hallel Yaffa Ariel’s brutal murder, I wanted to express my anger about that. A beautiful child, helpless, butchered as if she was less than human by someone who was! I would again lash out at the terrorists and their so-called moderate leadership. On June 23, Palestinian Authority president and inciter-in-chief Mahmoud Abbas claimed in a speech to the immoral and corrupt European Union parliament that Israeli rabbis were demanding that wells should be poisoned to kill the Palestinians. He received a standing ovation. I was not surprised.

Later that day, after hearing about Miki Mark’s brutal murder, the anger went to rage, and I knew what I would say. I would add the loathing I feel for my president who with his criticisms of Israel, along with his and his state department’s agenda of moral equivalence between Israelis and Palestinians – when there is not and never was any, and with his appeasement of Iran, give license to what is another attempt at genocide of the Jewish people.

[Click here for a comprehensive list of terrorist fatalities in Israel. Sadly, it gets updated on a very frequent basis. These are fatalities and not attacks, mind you. The site could never keep up with attempted murders.]

When the US State Department spokesman was asked about Abbas’ ridiculous new blood libel claim, well, you need to read the exchange to believe it:

QUESTION: Are you familiar with the comments — the part of his speech in which he said that there were some rabbis who were wanting to poison Palestinian water?

MR KIRBY: I’ve seen the comments. I can’t confirm the veracity of that.

QUESTION: You can’t — I’m not asking you to confirm it. I’m asking you what you think of it.

MR KIRBY: Well, look, I mean —

QUESTION: I mean, is this the kind of — is this the kind of language that you guys want coming from someone who says that he’s a partner for peace and wants to negotiate, and then he accuses the other side of trying to poison his people?

MR KIRBY: We’ve been — without speaking to specific comments, as you know I’m not wont to do, we have been very clear — the Secretary’s been clear about our concerns about inflammatory rhetoric and incitement and —

QUESTION: Well, this is before the EU parliament. What —

MR KIRBY: Again, we want – here’s how I’d put it, Matt: We —

QUESTION: You don’t think it’s —

MR KIRBY: As we’ve said before, we —

QUESTION: You don’t think it might be true, do you?

MR KIRBY: I – again, I’ve seen nothing to indicate the truth of that. But we have long said what we want is for both sides to ratchet down not just the violence but the rhetoric, which can inflame some of the violence. And we just don’t find that sort of rhetoric helpful.

QUESTION: Why can’t you demand evidence from the Palestinian side?

MR KIRBY: Why can’t I what?

QUESTION: Why can’t you demand the Palestinians submit an evidence on this? Will you ask the Palestinians that if that – these are serious allegation, and if they exist, they ought to submit evidence, right?

MR KIRBY: Look, we just saw the comments today. Again, what we want to see is that kind of rhetoric – the kind of rhetoric that could inflame tensions, we want to see that stop and for tensions to be —

QUESTION: And this is that kind of rhetoric?

MR KIRBY: I’m not going to characterize each and every comment. As I said earlier, we just don’t – we want to see both sides take affirmative steps to get us closer to a two-state solution, and we believe a part of that is showing the kind of leadership that goes with reducing the kinds of rhetoric that could inflame tensions. I’m not going to characterize each and every comment.

QUESTION: All right. How about I ask you again tomorrow, because I have a feeling you’re going to want to say something a little bit stronger than what you just did. So —

MR KIRBY: Now you’re just encouraging me not to change my story.

QUESTION: Well, no. I mean, I just can’t believe that you’re saying that there might be some credence to this.

MR KIRBY: I didn’t say that.

QUESTION: Well, you’re —

MR KIRBY: I said I’ve seen absolutely no indication that there’s any truth to that.


MR KIRBY: That’s what I just said. I see absolutely no indications that there’s any truth to that.

QUESTION: Okay. All right.

(Nothing on this the next day.)

Wow! How low Barack Obama and his cold collaborators have sunk. All the back and forth on something so obviously outrageous? The spokesman couldn’t just condemn those remarks without hemming and hawing about both sides? Confirm the veracity? No indications that there is any truth to the statement? And how low are Obama’s supporters, even Jewish ones, who rarely if ever call him out about his “even-handedness.”

Equivocating and equally moralizing about evil words and evil intent is itself evil!

Had Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said anything remotely contemptible, you can bet President Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry would have been all over him.

Only a few days after Abbas’ filthy statement, one of his advisors said, “…every place you find an Israeli, slit his throat.” A couple days after that, Hallel Yaffa Ariel’s throat was slit and she was stabbed to death.

Had any of Netanyahu’s advisors said the same vile thing about Palestinians, you know Obama and Kerry would be publicly berating the PM. Israelis don’t get passes by Obama. Palestinians (and Iranians, etc.) do and it emboldens them to keep committing atrocities.

When Elie Wiesel died, I thought perhaps I should write about Wiesel and his life. My Holocaust survivor parents so admired him, as did I. Then I read Barack Obama’s tribute. It was nice, but it also added to my anger.

In 2010, Wiesel actually took out an open letter in four major newspapers criticizing Obama’s pressure on Israel, especially when it came to Jerusalem. And in 2013, he took out a full-page ad in The New York Times demanding the dismantling of Iran’s nuclear capabilities. In 2015, he lent his support to Israeli PM Netanyahu regarding his speech to the US Congress about the Iranian deal, by being part of an ad campaign and by attending the speech.

Mr. President, with your and your administration’s attitude toward Israel and Israelis, with your Iran nuclear deal, with your world leadership abdication, with your refusal to open your eyes to the true cause of evil, with your bending over backward to appease aggressors to the severe detriment of their victims, you have diminished yourself with your own words by comparison to Wiesel.

Mr. President, you said, “Elie Wiesel was one of the great moral voices of our time, and in many ways, the conscience of the world.” He was, and you are the complete opposite. This, the greatest country on the face of the earth, the hope of humanity and the light of freedom for countless millions, celebrated its run up to its Independence Day by witnessing bloodbath after bloodbath, massacres on small and large levels, which without your failures as a world leader, might very well have been prevented. And I mourn for the innocents, Jew and non-Jew alike.

Friends, my initial title to this piece was Terrorism, Elie Wiesel, and Barack Obama, but as quickly as the words appeared on my computer, I knew I could not in good conscience include for all internet eternity, a headline that contained the name of one of the greatest moral leaders of our time along with one of the worst.

The planet is descending deeper and deeper into radical Islamic hell, and my clueless president along with his in-lockstep-support party concern themselves more with staging gun control red herring stunts and with who can use what toilet where.

What a tragic and sad week. Cry for humanity. If you have any tears left.

About the Author
Shia Altman who hails from Baltimore, MD, now lives in Los Angeles. His Jewish studies, aerospace, and business and marketing background includes a BA from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Baltimore. When not dabbling in Internet Marketing, Shia tutors Bar and Bat Mitzvah, and Judaic and Biblical Studies to both young and old.
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