Hamas has genocidal intentionsIsrael is at war and were Israel to be defeated much of the world would not shed wet tears. What would happen after such a defeat? No one can seriously doubt that Hamas has genocidal intentions.
By: Clifford May, The Dickinson Press
Israel is at war and were Israel to be defeated much of the world would not shed wet tears. What would happen after such a defeat? No one can seriously doubt that Hamas has genocidal intentions.
Abdallah Jarbu, Hamas’ deputy minister of religion, recently asserted that Jews “want to present themselves to the world as if they have rights, but, in fact, they are foreign bacteria — a microbe unparalleled in the world.” Jarbu then offered this prayer: “May He annihilate this filthy people who have neither religion nor conscience.”
Jarbu is restating what Hamas’ Iranian sponsors have been saying for years. Kayhan, the newspaper that speaks for Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, recently called Israel a “cancerous tumor” that must be excised from “the Islamic Middle East.” The goal, Kayhan added, must be Israel’s “total annihilation from the political geography of the region.”
Let’s stipulate that not all those who support the Gaza “Freedom Flotilla” would welcome a second Holocaust. But let’s acknowledge, too, that those who do not endorse genocide feel it unnecessary to distance themselves from those who do.
The American journalist, Helen Thomas, was videotaped last week saying that Israelis should return to “Germany and Poland.” What was shocking is not Thomas’ anti-Semitism but that she was echoing, with just a tad more subtlety, the message radioed last week from the flotilla’s Turkish flagship to the Israelis: “Shut up, go back to Auschwitz.” There also was this pro-terrorism message: “We’re helping Arabs go against the U.S., don’t forget 9/11.”
Despite such evidence, most media have been reporting that those aboard the flotilla were on a “humanitarian mission.” Few have mentioned that Palestinians already are the largest per capita recipients of foreign aid in the world. A Washington Post reporter in Gaza last week noted that “grocery stores are stocked wall-to-wall with everything from fresh Israeli yogurts and hummus to Cocoa Puffs. Pharmacies look as well-supplied as a typical Rite Aid in the United States.”
What is needed is not relief but development — not shiploads of free food but paying jobs. And that, in turn, requires investment in businesses and agriculture. Gaza lacks such investment because it is ruled by Hamas which, again, is at war with Israel. Hamas leaders reject any steps that might lead to peace. Abdallah Jarbu has laid out the Hamas position: “I condemn whoever believes in normalizing relations with (Israelis), whoever supports sitting down with them, and whoever believes that they are human beings. They are not human beings.”
One of the flotilla’s organizers, Greta Berlin, was candid enough to acknowledge that the flotilla’s primary purpose was not to deliver aid but to stop Israel from inspecting cargo heading for Gaza. Israel does that in order to reduce the number of missiles, explosives and other weapons Hamas receives. In other words, Berlin wants to increase Hamas’ ability to wage war against Israel. “War is peace,” George Orwell wrote in “1984.” In 2010, war activists are peace activists.
Ah, but the root cause of this conflict is Israeli “occupation,” isn’t it? Except that the conflict began long before Egypt, Jordan and Israel’s other Arab neighbors launched a war intended to wipe Israel off the map in 1967. That led to Israel taking Gaza from Egypt and the West Bank from Jordan. Never in history had these “Palestinian territories” been ruled by Palestinian Arabs.
Five years ago, Israel withdrew from Gaza — leaving behind only greenhouses, which Gazans soon destroyed. Had they not done so, Gazans could now be exporting food rather than importing missiles.
Do such facts matter? Jew-hatred is increasingly acceptable, even fashionable, not just in the Middle East but in Europe and in some of America’s finer salons — and journals and blogs — as well. And now, apparently, interest in a “final solution” is emerging as well. Helen Thomas’ retirement is unlikely to slow that trend.
Radical anti-Semites of the 20th century had a goal: the extermination of Europe’s Jews. Radical anti-Semites of the 21st century also have a goal: the extermination of the Middle East’s Jewish state. Opposing the former is so much less demanding than opposing the latter.
— May is president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism.