by Victor Sharpe
The well-funded campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state is no doubt bringing a smile to the ghost of Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels.
The drones who spew again and again the anti-Israel big lies are, perhaps, not aware that their words and falsehoods come straight from Goebbels’s own handbook.
These western Israel bashers spend all their energies in supporting the unsupportable, namely the Hamas thugdom that has arisen in the Gaza Strip. But they do it by perpetrating the sin of moral equivalence and victimizing the victim.
They are like the cheering audience in George Orwell’s futuristic novel, 1984, who unquestionably accepted the Ministry of Truth’s double speak that Knowledge is Ignorance; Freedom Is Slavery.
Every outrage, atrocity, and violent act perpetrated by Hamas is overlooked or simply ignored. Every act of blatant aggression by Hamas against Israeli civilians is presented as an act of “resistance.” But what is this Hamas resistance to? Is it to Israel’s very existence? It seems so, and that tells us much about what the Israel haters themselves believe.
How happy the shade of Goebbels must be as the latter day aspirants of his dark evil ways continue the man’s deadly work sixty six years after his death – and against the same victims: the Jews.
But I wonder how many of those who read the poisonous letters, articles and pamphlets created by the Israel bashers truly know what the reality is?
Do they know, for instance, how many missiles have been fired from Gaza into Israel since the Jewish state gave Gaza to the Palestinian Arabs in 2005 – an historical and unprecedented concession?
Do they know that the mostly Muslim Arab inhabitants have proven to the world that they are incapable of creating a viable and democratic state, and still are unwilling to live in peace with Israel?
No, they don’t know, or if they do, they don’t care. After all, these are inconvenient truths and the truth plays no part in the lexicon of hate.
But for those who are not blinded by hatred towards embattled Israel, they should know that the number of missiles Hamas and Islamic jihad have launched, in a veritable bombardment of Israeli civilians, is now close to twelve thousand. Yes, that is 12,000! And it goes on.
In the last few days of 2010, some 15 mortar shells were fired at Israel’s western Negev. On one day alone, December 20, 12 mortar shells were aimed at Israeli villages.
On the previous day, three mortar shells were fired from Gaza. All these lethal missiles and mortars were deliberately aimed at Israeli civilians or farmers working their fields.
In the last three months of 2010 a total of 40 rockets or mortars were fired. This is considerably more than in the previous 3 months. According to my friend, Stuart Palmer’s, Haifa diarist blog: “… within the first week of 2011, 11 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel’s southern villages and towns. On Saturday (Jan. 1), a Qassam rocket was fired at the Sha’ar Hanegev regional district, home to approximately 6,500 civilians in villages and hamlets.
“On Sunday (Jan. 2), a rocket was fired into the Eshkol Regional District, home to approximately 10,000 residents. “On Tuesday (Jan. 4), a Qassam missile was fired and hit the Ashkelon Shore regional district, home to approximately 13,000 residents. “On Wednesday (Jan. 5), seven mortar shells were fired into the Eshkol regional district. “On Thursday (Jan. 6), a rocket was fired into the S’dot Negev regional district, home to approximately 8,000 villagers.‘Throughout the year 2010, over 235 Grad missiles, Qassam rockets, and mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory – all aimed at civilian targets.”
But little, if any, news of these continuing Arab outrages appear in the international and national mainstream media. However, when Israel is finally provoked beyond endurance by Muslim Arab aggression and retaliates, banner headlines are the order of the day in the very same media: Double standards and hypocrisy writ large.
Israel responds towards each act of Hamas aggression, not like Hamas by targeting civilians but by hitting the gangs launching the missiles, or by bombing the smuggling tunnels used by the Palestinian terrorists to bring in sophisticated and lethal weapons.
When one Israel basher was given information about the numbers and lethality of the missiles and mortars, he merely replied: ‘Oh, come on. They are only like pea shooters.’
In other words, if the anti-Israel handbook of lies and deceptions is challenged, the programmed Israel bashers resort to any reply however ludicrous.
These drones are not willing to accept the passion and suffering of Israeli men, women and children enduring a situation in which every day missiles strike and the traumatized civilian never knows where or when it will happen.
As the admirable Colonel West, now Republican Rep. Allen West, said at a Ft. Lauderdale conference last December 12, 2010, “… how much more is needed for people to understand the desire by some to wipe Israel off the map when Iran’s leader, Mahmoud Ahmedinijad, goes to Lebanon and stands with Hezbollah calling for Israel’s destruction? When is enough, enough?
“When is it enough that in S’derot, the little Israeli town just two or three miles from the Gaza border, the Jewish children are shell shocked and the playgrounds have bomb shelters. Why? And when is the implacable hatred of Israel clear enough when Israeli soldiers armed with paint ball guns – yes Paint Ball guns – land on the Gaza flotilla’s Turkish ship and forced to defend themselves from axe wielding thugs, Turks and others, masquerading as “human rights activists” and “peace loving activists?”
Remember, the ship was attempting to symbolically create a precedent whereby other large ships could bring huge quantities of weapons to the Hamas terror occupiers of Gaza to be used against S’derot and all the other nearby villages and towns in Israel.
For the Israel hater wants only one thing: No Israel. Exposing their lies and pointing out their brazen untruths does not faze them for it is not part of the program they are indoctrinated into absorbing. Only the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians – terrorists included – are to be sympathized with; be they right or wrong.
Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer and author of Volume One and Two of Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.