Beyond the Cusp

February 19, 2019

International Committee of the Red Cross and Anti-Semitism

 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has decided that Jews who reside in a general region they have decided unilaterally is to be Judenrein and any Israeli services in that area are to be forbidden or minimized to the point of uselessness. The region has a Jewish population approaching if not exceeding half a million. But that is but half of the problem as that region also has a sizable Arab population who were also served by Israeli services. But the ICRC has decided that it will enforce a BDS type of policy on all of Judea and Samaria. This includes an area which according to even the Oslo Accords is to be civically, militarily and governance under Israel and is know as Area C. It is only Arab and Islamic propaganda which refutes this and it is easily verified through a simple reading of the Oslo Accords. But since when has international law, treaties or any other legally binding rules, agreement or laws ever stopped the anti-Semites. It was the ICRC which forced Magen David Adom (MDA) to completely alter their official logo simply because the Arab and Islamic world threw up a fit over the large Star of David which they stated was racist against Islam. Of course, there is no problem with the crescent used by the Arab and Islamic branches of the Red Cross, just the Israeli emblem was found offensive. The emblem below was a compromise reached after years of conflict and a threat by MDS to simply leave the not so fertile ranks of the ICRC otherwise Israel was to be forced to utilize simply a red diamond with no reference to the Jewish emblems. So, the history of the ICRC and MDA has been a fairly rocky one and perhaps it is time for Israel to go her own way and start to simply ignore the world gone mad.

 

Traditional and ICRC Approved Forced Logos

Traditional and ICRC Approved Forced Logos

 

The current problem is that as far as the ICRC is concerned, Israel is to be banned from providing services to anybody beyond the 1949 Armistice Lines when Jordan occupied lands which were legally a part of Israel. Ever since Israel liberated these areas, the world and most of its international organization have been pressing Israel to leave these lands and give them to terrorists so that they can launch rockets at their hearts’ content into central Tel Aviv. This is the latest assault by the ICRC in their attempt to push the MDA ambulance and other life-saving services from the regions that they desire all Jews be removed. What they are ignoring is that the MDA also saves countless Arab lives in these regions as well. Are the Arabs also to go without ambulance service? And what happens when Arabs start to die because the MDA was not allowed to fully man ambulances throughout this region? We can tell you exactly what the ICRC will say and then the European Union, United Nations and countless human rights NGOs will all say. They will start on how Israel has cut back on ambulance service in Arab areas and are allowing Arabs to die. Israel will be castigated as heartless in allowing ambulance service to be cut back so that Arabs are no longer receiving timely medical assistance which could very well mean the difference between life and death. The fact that the ICRC policies and demands were responsible for the cut in the number of ambulances and emergency services which produced the situation in the first place will be ignored and it will be only because the Israelis (read Jews) are so heartless and are intentionally limiting these services to Arabs. The fact that these restrictions are also affecting Jews will also be ignored completely as Jewish lives lost are not something to get all upset about, only other than Jews matter to these international organizations.

 

But none of this is new. The European Union and United Nations and the numerous organizations and NGOs that they bankroll have been playing the double gambit for years. They demand, for example, that SodaStream build their new factory somewhere within the Green Line (1949 Armistice Line). Then when over five-hundred Palestinian Arabs lose their positions with the company, there are calls to boycott them for not employing the Palestinian Arabs. This is an old ploy which has been the calling card of the anti-Semites for centuries. Way back in those fun times around and before the Middle Ages the Jews were forbidden from owning land. Since the Muslims and Christians were not permitted to lend money and businesses needed some means of trading goods other than bartering, the Jews were often what were called moneylenders. Then the Jews were persecuted for charging interest. Further, many courts would not prosecute anybody who owed a Jew money because it was the Jew’s fault for lending to one who could not pay. This is the same game on a different board and different times, but it is the same old game of force the Jew and then condemn the Jew for doing what you demanded. This is the game being played by the ICRC as they demand that MDA pull most of their ambulance and rescue personnel from the regions the ICRC has decided does not belong to Israel and they are looking at it now as denial of decent service to half a million Jews. But when Arabs also end up being affected, then it will be the fault of Israel for this lack of emergency service just as it was the fault of SodaStream for most of their Arab workers not being able to gain the security approvals in order to work inside Israel. Of course with SodaStream they wanted these Arabs to have free entry into Israel along with all the Palestinian Arabs despite their not being citizens of Israel. This is the same ICRC which was less than thrilled when President Trump refused to allow the caravan of illegal immigrants entry into the United States when they reached the border. For some reason, it appears that the entities which are always harping about Israel also seem to have difficulties with the United States whenever a Republican is in the White House but these same groups never appear to have any problems with China over Tibet or the Arab world over their human rights abuses.

 

Israel will continue to try and mollify these groups such as the ICRC, United Nations, European Union, various presumed human rights NGOs and countless governments from Europe to the Americas to the Middle East and North Africa to whatever extent is not proven to be lethal, and even sometimes things which prove lethal such as the Oslo Accords and Gaza Disengagement. What might be a more prescient and wise plan of action would be to simply distance Israel from these groups and inform them that they no longer hold any sway over Israeli policies. Even many Israelis look at such a plan and exclaim that Israel must not isolate herself from the rest of the world. That is not about what this idea is. What it is about is those nations and organizations which have a proven track record of hatred for Israel to the point of anti-Semitism as they single out Israel and set standards that only Israel must meet and that no nation could ever possibly attain and then castigate Israel for not meeting those standards. There has been a small move in this direction with certain United Nations agencies, but only when done in concert with the United States thus far. Israel need act on her own against these blatantly hostile entities. No nation would put up with half of what Israel faces with only the United States even coming close. The ICRC though has a particular problem when it comes to Israel and this latest foolish demand for Israel to refuse to properly service a region which by international law she is responsible for such services, that is a criticism just awaiting the right time to lower the boom. The reality is that should the world continue on its dizzying drive into anti-Zionism, anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism, it will not be too much longer before Israel really will be a nation apart. This is not what Israel or her people wish, but it sure is beginning to appear that it is what the world desires.

 

For proof, all one need do is look up United Nations votes on condemning Israel, look at the European Union and its preoccupation with criticizing Israel, United Nations agencies and their condemnations of Israel, the ICRC and their continued harassment of MDA, the numbers of NGOs whose main emphasis is attempts to cripple Israel through BDS or other means and the growing anti-Semitism riding alongside growing anti-Zionism and anti-Israelism across Europe and now taking root in the United States including in the House of Representatives. How much longer will friends of Israel be capable of preventing the foaming at the mouth rabid hatred for the Jewish State. Nothing Israel could do and remain the Jewish State will turn back the coming tsunami of hatred and bile from the rest of the world. When regularly the United Nations General Assembly votes over one-hundred nations condemning Israel no matter what the reason as the reason is not what matters, what matters is the condemnation of Israel for any and every possible reason. The root of this problem is that anti-Semitism has become an international plague infecting virtually every corner of our globe. The infection is growing at an alarming pace and it shows absolutely no sign of abating any time in the coming future. If anything, this growing tidal swamping appears as if it could easily overtake every nation even in the remotest parts of the world. When investigations are performed on anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism and it is found that almost one-third of those who have measurable levels of either or both anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism and also make the statement that they have never knowingly met anybody who was an Israeli or Jewish, then there is a problem without a cure. In all too many ways, it appears that the only means to combat this raging insanity is by divine intervention, and that may be exactly what will happen. Looking at history and what has happened to every empire which has persecuted the Jews, one would think that the world might have learned that hating and persecuting Jews is not exactly a promising path for success and continued existence, but no. If anything the world has decided to double down and double down again, then now considering going all in on Jew-hatred. This has proven to be a horrible idea in the past and will probably work just as horribly in the future as some things just do not appear to change. Let us pray that the human race decides that hate, any and all hate of one people by another is wasteful and never productive, and let us hope this awakening comes really soon before the world topples over the edge of no return.

 

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