The message of the great Paris Anti-Terrorism rally

The great anti-terrorism rally in France has proven only one thing. France will not do a thing against terrorism. President Obama has demonstrated, as plainly and forcefully as is possible, that the United States of America will not even protest the murder of white Frenchmen and Jews by Islamic fanatics. But let’s not confuse the discussion. The subject here is France.

Ah, but four million people demonstrated both their solidarity with the victims and their rejection of terrorism. Scores of the world’s leaders came to give their support to the surge of indignation at the assault on basic rights. How can I say such a thing?

If you want to fight piracy, you have to fight pirates. If you want to fight the drug trade, you have to take on the drug cartels. If you want to fight terrorism, you have to fight terrorists. Fight them? The world will not even name them. The world cannot even define “terrorism.” The world is stuck on the cliché, “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” So if you can rebrand your fight as a war of national liberation, you are permitted to do, quite simply, anything.

France is so confused by it all that notice of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s intention to attend so perplexed President Francois Hollande that he threatened to invite Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas, which he did. He also honored Abbas with a personal audience for his presence at the anti-terrorism rally.

And that is not all. At the commemoration at the Great Synagogue in Paris, when Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu went to the rostrum to speak, French President Hollande walked out.

Why did all that seem logical to the French president? Well, he can agree to condemnation of terrorism against French Jews but for Israel to be represented makes it appear that France also condemns acts of terror against Israel by the Arabs who call themselves “Palestinians” and pretend to be conducting a struggle of national liberation. Hollande cannot appear to be condoning such a position. So he felt he had to embrace Abbas and snub Netanyahu.

But who is Mahmoud Abbas really? He is a terrorist chieftain. Abbas is not only the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority (who calls himself the President of the State of Palestine). He is also the chairman of the PLO and its dominant organization, Fatah. As such, he is commandant of not one terrorist organization but two: the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and Tanzim. They are responsible for more carnage in Israel than is Hamas. They have never been disbanded. In fact, last summer, Fatah terrorists participated in the rocket attacks on Israel together with Hamas

Furthermore, Abbas had formed a unity government with Hamas last spring. Since the summer war, he has been calling on his people to “liberate” the Temple Mount (which the Western media now call the Haram al Sharif) from the Israelis “by whatever means necessary,” which is a thinly veiled code word meaning random bloodshed; terror.

Abbas personally has a long terrorist history of his own. He financed the Ma’alot massacre of Israeli children and the Munich massacre of Israeli Olympic athletes. His doctoral thesis at Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the Soviet Union is a work of Holocaust denial. And this is only a small smattering of his terrorist “credits.” See a much more inclusive exposé at this discussion.

That is who was present at the personal invitation of the President of France, who also honored Abbas with a personal audience, as pointed out.

Also present at the rally were President Erdogan of Turkey and high ranking representatives of Qatar. Turkey has been the bulwark of support for Hamas and, until they started massacring Sunni Moslems, of Islamic State (AKA “ISIS”). Qatar is the principal source of funding for Arab terror organizations, including Hamas and Islamic State.

A rally such as this should end with a clear call to action. What are we going to DO about the terrorists and their brazen assault on our freedoms? We, the scores of nations represented at this rally of millions of people, what are we going to do? Somehow the anti-terror message is confused. We can’t offend the terrorists and their supporters, after all, who have honored us with their participation, can we? Certainly not, especially since at least one of them is present at our invitation as an honored guest.

The world did not have to wait long for the outcome. It came only one day after the massive rally about … whatever. The next day, Fatah glorifies terror one day after Abbas attends Paris rally.

Without a clear call to action, the rally of four million people and scores of heads of state is just smoke in the wind.

About the Author
Ya'akov has practiced law in New York, California and Israel for a multi-national clientele including Israeli NGO's. He was a professor of law in the US and has contributed numerous opinion pieces to various media outlets.