Barry Shaw
Barry Shaw

Villain of the Day. Geraldo Rivera.

I almost crashed my car as I listened to a rerun of his appearance on Sean Hannity last night talking not about the unprovoked Hamas bombardment of Israelis, but of Israeli guilt.

This media freak repeated “dead Palestinian children” ad nauseum as a weapon to indict Israel.

This is the emotional imagery of the left. They can find nothing else, nothing substantial, with which to slam Israel. So they hurl emotional accusations at us to win brownie points.

“Why don’t you show the pictures of dead Palestinian children,” he demanded. At this stage, it’s doubtful that Rivera has seen any. He is driving the anticipated narrative that is going to be hurled at Israel to create fault claims against Israel’s to deflect from the guilt of Hamas.

There will be dead kids, but who was really responsible? Not Israel.

Dead kids was never an issue when American went after Al-Qaida after 9/11 and bombed the hell out of Afghanistan.

Nor was it an issue when they went after ISIS in Iraq and Syria. In both cases, American killed thousands of children. It didn’t count then. It does now. the reason? Israel.

It only counts when Israel in under attack and is forced to respond to Palestinian terror. Then, dead kids are paramount.

Hamas is never linked to dead Palestinian kids. Ever. Not by Rivera. Not by any anti-Israel, pro-Palestinian propagandists. And Rivera is an anti-Israel propagandist.

Rivera, who was raised Jewish, said in 2018 that he regretted not siding with the Palestinians during the Second Intifada in which Yasser Arafat launched a brutal terror war against Israeli civilians which included suicide bombings. I know. I became the founder of the Netanya Terror Victims Organization after several of Rivera’s idols came into my hometown and bombed our residents to death including two at Beit Lyd bus stop, two at our main shopping mall, on in our local market, and the notorious Passover Massacre in the Park Hotel. Add to those car bombs and shootings which killed and injured others.

No tears from Rivera about dead Jewish kids blown up by Palestinians on buses, on the street, in the Sbarro pizza parlor in Jerusalem, in heir homes as they were sleeping. No weeping over dead survivors of the Nazi death camps murdered by the Palestinians he supports as they hurl death on us.

This guy is more than a hypocrite. He is a villain that haunts our TV screens.

Barry Shaw,
Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.

Geraldo Rivera regrets not backing Palestinians in Second Intifada

About the Author
Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. He is also the author of ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism,' '1917. From Palestine to the Land of Israel, 'BDS for IDIOTS,' and his latest work 'A Tale of Love and Destiny,' the dramatic life of a Jewish heroine.
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