Dear Mr. Netanyahu: It’s a 21st Century Pogrom: Not an Intifada

Dear Mr. Netanyahu: It’s a POGROM not an Intifada

“The settlers’ presence is illegal, and therefore every measure taken against them is legitimate and legal.”

Another pogrom in the 21st century is taking place-in Israel the Jewish state. It’s based on the latest blood libel-the Jews defiling the Temple Mount with their “filthy feet.”

Abbas and the PA leadership are sending “a message to Palestinians that it is fine to murder Jewish parents in front of their children, or Jews on their way to pray at the Western Wall.”

I fear Israel is acting as if she were held hostage by the terrorists.  For the past twenty years Israel has sustained buses blown up, suicide attacks against pizzerias, nightclubs and supermarkets, missiles shot at Israeli civilians, shootings, stabbings, kidnappings, cars rammed, stones as deadly as bullets, and harassment of Jews at religious sites.

If Jews cannot be safe in Israel where can we be safe? If Jews are not aggressively defended in the Jewish state who will defend us?

Why is there this policy of restraint, a fear of offending? Offending whom? The EU?  EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini  said Israel must conduct “a thorough investigation” on circumstances which led to “the deaths of Palestinians at the hands of Israeli security forces.” The UN? The man in the White House? The moral relativist? White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the US “condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians.” These are same people who pushed Israel under an Iranian bus. The ones who accuse Israel of incitement.

Do we fear offending the Arabs who have stealthily attempted to erase our history and replace it with a fairy tale that includes their belief that they own the Temple Mount, that they are the indigenous people of Judea/Samaria when all the facts say unequivocally that this is the land of the Jews?

Khaled Abou Toameh wrote

“The campaign of incitement reached its peak recently when Abbas was quoted as accusing Jews of “defiling the Aqsa Mosque with their filthy feet.” Abbas also announced that, “Every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem is pure blood…The Palestinian Authority’s fiery anti-Israel rhetoric has led to a wave of terrorist attacks that could easily deteriorate into a third intifada.”

A Third Intifada? This is no intifada-a shaking off-of the Jews. These people are in the mood for another feeding frenzy and they want the world to support their killing of us so they use the word intifada, to play on the emotions of the Western liberals who choose to see these Arabs as victims rather than the aggressors.

And it’s working. Main stream media, like the CBC in Canada write:

“A new generation of angry, disillusioned Palestinians is driving the current wave of clashes with Israeli forces: too young to remember the hardships of life during Israel’s clampdown on the last major uprising, they have lost faith in statehood through negotiations, distrust their political leaders and believe Israel only understands force.”


“A major Jerusalem shrine that is central to the national identities of both sides and sparked major bouts of violence in the past also looms large in the rising tensions.”

The only tension on the Temple Mount comes from the Muslims: The Murabitun and Murabitat; their special forces who harass the Jews and the Christians. And it has overflowed to a full on attack against the Jewish people.

Female Palestinian terrorist shot after stabbing Jewish man in latest Jerusalem attack. Israeli couple killed in West Bank shooting attack, 4 children escape unhurt. Terrorist kills two, wounds toddler and mother in capital’s Old City.

Assailant stabs IDF soldier in attempted weapon snatch in Kiryat Gat.

Petah Tikva stabbing attack: Terrorist a 30-year-old resident of the Hebron area.

Israeli Seriously Hurt in Terror Attack Near Hebron:IDF hunting Palestinian suspect who stabbed 25-year-old man in back outside West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba.

And, and, and…

On Wednesday in Judea/Samaria near the community of Tekoa a Palestinian mob smashed the windscreen of Rivi Ohayon’s car, surrounded the vehicle, opened the door, and tried to attack her. Six other vehicles were hit by the stone-throwing mob; Israelis in the area fired on the attackers, badly injuring a Palestinian teenager.

A Palestinian youth was subdued by security forces in Jerusalem’s Abu Tor neighborhood after pulling out a knife. There was another incident on the Jerusalem-Ma’ale Adumim highway — an apparent attempt by a Palestinian motorist to ram into soldiers at a roadblock.

A Jewish man was stabbed Thursday in his upper body in Jerusalem, in the third stabbing attack in just over 24 hours. In addition, a fourth stabbing attack and a fifth suspected terror attack were thwarted Wednesday evening.

Asraa Zidan Tawfik of Nazareth was shot by security forces in the northern city of Afula on Friday morning after trying to stab a security guard. Seven more Israelis were injured in attacks in Hebron, Kiryat Arba and Afula.

There are riots in Jaffa.

And, and, and…

This is a pogrom. One of too many in our history. And in the Middle East they began long ago. Mufti Haj Amin al Husseini of Jerusalem, a collaborator of Hitler, was “considered largely responsible from the beginning of the 20th century for organized anti-Jewish pogroms throughout Palestine” (ed. the future Jewish state) We cannot stand by and allow anyone to wantonly kill Jews; especially in the Jewish state. When we had no country we were at the mercy of the Jew-haters. We had to lie low, be quiet, and persevere with restraint. Now we have a country.

Mr. Netanyahu-stop this pogrom.

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. "