Protesting the war in Gaza

by Maskil on January 13, 2009

The news networks are bloated with images of the worldwide protests against Israel’s operation in Gaza.

While my response is obviously partisan, it really doesn’t take much intellectual effort to get closer to the truth about why Israel is in Gaza (in fact, why it should have taken action a lot sooner). I therefore see this “stop the nasty war and those brutish Israelis” reaction as a combination of the following:

  • Ignorance, wilful or otherwise
  • Misinformed and/or misguided
  • Possibly just plain stupid
  • Malicious, with a great deal of overlap with good ol’ fashioned anti-Semitism

While I dislike dragging the Holocaust into every discussion about Israel or Jewish affairs in general, it’s difficult not to (rhetorically) ask the question of these protestors: “Where were you during the Holocaust?” (The real Holocaust, not the Pallywood collateral damage one.)

Perhaps it’s an unfair question; I’m sure the well-intentioned among them would have participated in the WW2 equivalent of taking to the streets. It just seems, though, that having failed to prevent that genocide, these people are determined to besmirch the victims and survivors with the accusation of trying to inflict it on another people.

These observations could apply equally to the UN’s secretary general, the media, and many NGOs and “humanitarian organisations” such as the ICRC, with their ceaseless one-sided condemnations, the endless video loop of Gazan civilian casualties and repetitive accusations about the (self-inflicted) humanitarian crisis and Israel’s weapons and tactics.

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  • Noga

    The war Israel if fighting is far from over. The real battle, for Israel’s right to exist and prosper and for a safer Middle East for our children to grow up in, is yet to be fought. This battle will not be fought in the streets of Gaza but in the halls of the UN and the White House. To win this battle we need a strong government, resolved to do the best for Israel and its citizens.

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    As a party with a history of attracting new immigrants, Yisrael Beytenu has identified the English-speaking community as one of its key constituencies. As proof of this, former Ambassador to the U.S. Ayalon, until recently co-Chair of Nefesh B’Nefesh, was asked to head the Anglo division at Yisrael Beytenu. This stands in stark contradiction to most other political parties which do not assign such a high-profile figure or any significant resources for the Anglo community campaign.

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  • Noga

    The war Israel if fighting is far from over. The real battle, for Israel’s right to exist and prosper and for a safer Middle East for our children to grow up in, is yet to be fought. This battle will not be fought in the streets of Gaza but in the halls of the UN and the White House. To win this battle we need a strong government, resolved to do the best for Israel and its citizens. This is a crucial election where in the fate of the country will be decided. If you want a strong, right-wing government determined to defend Israel’s NATIONAL interests, we invite you to participate in a unique, unprecedented event Yisrael Beytenu will be holding this Thursday, January 22nd at the Shalom Hotel in Bayit Vegan, for the English speaking community. Key figures such as Dr. Uzi Landau, Ambassador Danny Ayalon and Adv. David Rotem will speak about the policies and platform of Yisrael Beytenu.As a party with a history of attracting new immigrants, Yisrael Beytenu has identified the English-speaking community as one of its key constituencies. As proof of this, former Ambassador to the U.S. Ayalon, until recently co-Chair of Nefesh B’Nefesh, was asked to head the Anglo division at Yisrael Beytenu. This stands in stark contradiction to most other political parties which do not assign such a high-profile figure or any significant resources for the Anglo community campaign.If you wish to hear more about the party that’s set to become, according to recent polls, the third largest party in the Knesset, about the party with the highest percentage of women likely to becomes MK’s, which also has the highest Anglo on any of the major lists in Danny Hershtal, formerly of TorontoCome meet out candidates: Venue: Shalom Hotel, 22 Shacharai Street, Bayit Vegan, Jerusalem (Behind Shaarei Tzedek Hospital)Date: Thursday, January 22th 2009, at 8:00 PM For more information or if you wish to help get the word out, please contact us at beytenuanglo@gmail.com

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