Benjamin Folkinshteyn

The Lunatics are in Charge of the Asylum

Пусть Жираф был неправ,
Но виновен не Жираф,
А тот, кто крикнул из ветвей:
– Жираф большой – ему видней!
So the Giraffe was a big dolt,
But the Giraffe was not at fault
‘Twas he who called out from the tree
Giraffe is tall – just let him be!

Vladimir Vysocky, A Song About a Giraffe

The October 7 atrocities and the world’s response thereto have made it quite evident that the lunatics have taken over the asylum. Terror enablers and apologists have repeatedly ignored history, perverted language, and rationalized away all sorts of abhorrent and inexcusable behavior and brainwashing of Palestinian society. Just to stick it to the only Jewish state. Worse yet, the rest of the world just stood by and allowed it to happen, lobbing “yes, but” equivocations from the sidelines.

Thus, the blame for repeated waves of terror lies as much with the terrorists and their sponsors as with those who stood by and made excuses for it and continue to do so to this very day!

You think Israel has a moral and legal right to respond with force to the heinous attacks on Israeli civilians by Hamas terrorists and their fellow travelers on October 7 and to prevent it from happening again? Wrong! Francesca Albanese, a special rapporteur to the UN for the Palestinian territories says otherwise. In her playbook, Israel has no right to self-defense.

You think that wanton rape, kidnapping and beheadings should be condemned without equivocation? Wrong again! Obviously, these atrocities are “legitimate” acts in the purported fight against the “occupation”.

You think that it is wrong that billions upon billions of international funds have been misappropriated and misdirected to militarize Gaza and enrich its Arab leadership? Oof. Oh for three. Many international agencies have for years chosen to willfully ignore Hamas’s use of civilian infrastructure for military purposes, including mosques, hospitals, schools, and press offices, and you better do the same. (The MTA can take some pointers from Hamas on tunnel maintenance.)

You think that international funds should not be used to teach Jew hatred? Wrong again! UNRWA happily promotes vile anti-Semitism masquerading as education.

Do you think that “From the River to the Sea” chants embody and promote eliminationist goals concerning the only Jewish State? You cannot be more wrong despite what the maps tell you!

It is all about “peaceful coexistence” by any means necessary.

It has also been argued that there should be only one state in Israel proper for all, because, of course, Israel’s neighbors are paragons of democracy were even Jews and Palestinian Arabs enjoy full and unrestricted civil rights and have shown centuries of willingness to share governance and peacefully coexist with the Jews.

You think that major university donors should be able to withdraw funding from institutions they no longer support? Nope, you’d be wrong again. These Jewish donors should keep their mouths shut and continue giving millions to institutions that reject their ideas, but not their money.

You think Israel’s willingness to negotiate for the release of civilian hostages by promising a greater number of lawfully detained Palestinian prisoners in exchange (many convicted of violent crimes and who also upon their release proclaim their allegiance to Hamas) unequivocally demonstrates Israel’s moral high ground? A swing and a miss again! It “in reality” shows that Israel doesn’t value Palestinian lives as much as Israeli lives.

You think that maybe, just maybe, we shouldn’t rely on Hamas and Hamas apologists propaganda to whitewash terrorism and buy into blood libel tropes targeting Israel? Oh, sweet summer child. Our elected officials and Hamas propagandists think otherwise and so should you! And you of course should be aware that Hamas-filmed atrocities on October 7 were actually just Jewish Hollywood misinformation.

You believe Hamas leadership who promise to repeat the atrocities of October 7 again and again?  Don’t believe your eyes and ears! That’s just how the “oppressed” express themselves in their yearning for freedom and peace.

In the 1951 Disney adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, Alice says “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be.”

We are living in Alice’s world today. We got here through decades of feeding into Palestinian denialism and ignoring or excusing the radicalization of international and student bodies. It’s time to take the asylum back.

About the Author
Benjamin Folkinshteyn is an attorney in private practice in the Greater New York area. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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