Does Israel deserve to be permitted by the rest of the civilized world to continue to exist or was the idea to permit the formation of a Jewish homeland a mistaken idea whose time has run out and needs to be corrected? If you even consider this a valid question, then you have some serious problems and anti-Semitic leanings. Imagine the same question and replace Israel with the name of another country. Even attempting to do so seems ridiculous, yet the existence of Israel is questioned in discussions, print, or other media virtually every single day. It has become so common that such considerations towards Israel are not even met with any lack of credulity. And questioning the existence of Israel is not where this insanity ends, there is so much more.
As bad as it is to question the legitimacy of Israel, there is another evil which has been reappearing from out of the dark shadows where it had been hiding since the end of World War II. This evil is pure, unadulterated anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism has been growing and becoming more acceptable in Europe for decades and has reared up from some who took part in the Occupy Movement. Virulent anti-Semitism never even waned in most of the Arab and Muslim Worlds and only became more violent and encompassing since the formation of Israel. These same peoples have also been at the forefront of the dissolve Israel movement even to the point of numerous wars and terrorist attacks against Israel and Jewish targets world-wide. The most terrifying anti-Semitism has recently become overtly evident on todays’ university campuses to the point of Jewish students being physically attacked and the administrations have quite often responded with weak, ineffective actions, if any action, and have often treated such incidents as being understandable. This is the reality in the world today and as such makes for a dangerous situation which has all the appearances of repeating once again the attempted annihilation of the Jewish people.
It is for the expressed genocidal emotions of those such as Iranian President Ahmadinejad who has called to, “wipe Israel from the map of history,” or the leader of Hezballah Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, who stated, “they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” These are just some of the most recent statements of intent to destroy Israel or to commit a genocidal campaign against all Jews. Even the former prime minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad had his quote in October 2003. Mahathir was the chairman of the Tenth Islamic Summit Conference where he gave these opening remarks, “The Europeans killed six million Jews out of 12 million (Jews). But today the Jews rule this world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.” It was reported that these words received a standing ovation from the attending Muslim leaders. In January of 2010 Mahathir Mohamad was quoted saying that Jews “had always been a problem in European countries. They had to be confined to ghettos and periodically massacred. But still they remained, they thrived and they held whole governments to ransom. Even after their massacre by the Nazis of Germany, they survived to continue to be a source of even greater problems for the world.” And I would be remiss if I left out the recent comments shared by the Presidents of France and the United States, Sarkozy and Obama respectively, which were caught speaking among themselves forgetting they had live microphones attached to them. Sarkozy stated referring to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, “I can’t look at him anymore, he’s a liar.” Obama, not to be outdone, replied, “You’ve had enough of him, but I have to deal with him every day.” Let’s face it; I could keep giving such examples almost endlessly as should I even approach repeating all of them, there would be additional new quotes to report.
Despite their little faux pas, Presidents Sarkozy and Obama have and will continue to state publically of their unshakable support for Israel with the full intention of convincing people of their sincerity. But their hypocrisy is miniscule when compared to the duplicity of much of the world’s organizations and governments in their dealings with Israel. One evidence of the duplicity of the world when dealing with Israel is evidenced by the millions upon millions, probably adding up to many billions, of Euros, Dollars, Shekels, or whatever currency sent to support the Palestinian Authority where there is no transparency, reckless financial dealings, excessive corruption, and blatant support for terrorist activities. Further examples exist in the support in the millions from European governments, the European Union, the United Nations, and the United States for NGOs and Rights Organizations who work solely in opposition of the government in Israel under the false ideal of fairness. We see the same with the preoccupation with Israeli supposed misdeeds, war crimes, and acts against humanities being investigated by so many NGOs and United Nations commissions even to the point of ignoring virtually every other transgression no matter the scale. The Rwandan Genocide went on for years before finally becoming a concern for the world, the Sudan Darfur murderous oppressions had been being committed for almost a decade before being addressed, yet Israel has been investigated for every presumed wrong and many continue to be used as casus belli for sanctions, embargos, condemnations, and even the revocation of the United Nations declaration which gave birth to the state of Israel. Often one will hear the charges about the Jenin Massacre which was investigated by the United Nations who found absolutely no evidence of such an event and instead found that the total Palestinian deaths at fifty-two with most being combatants and the Israeli lost twenty-three soldiers. This was a far cry from the hysterical ramping of reported Palestinian dead from the ambush and ensuing battle in Jenin where Palestinian fighters were lying in wait at the center of the refugee camp in fortified positions surrounded by a battlefield full of traps and placed explosive devices supporting their defensive position. The original estimated report released by the Palestinian Authority was two hundred which by the end of the day had inflated to over a thousand and had reached the completely unbelievable estimate of five to fifteen thousand, depending on the source. All of these reports of senseless murders of innocent Palestinians by IDF soldiers were headlines in newspapers and media reports for many weeks afterwards. When the United Nations report was released, it received scant coverage and even then, some questioned whether the United Nations had been co-opted by Israeli or Jewish interests and pressures in order to whitewash and cover-up the Israeli crimes in Jenin. This is simply one of the most egregious examples of the world’s bias against Israel, a bias which is beyond belief and virtually immeasurable. Israel has become the focal point of the world’s strongest condemnations and hatreds that are completely senseless. The only conceivable excuse for this treatment of Israel where it is cast as a pariah among nations and deserving of all condemnations and repudiations is that it is the state of the Jews and all the hatred of all things Jewish, all the world’s anti-Semitism is focused upon Israel.
The hatreds against Israel, the 154th largest country in size and the 97th largest in population out of approximately two-hundred-fifty countries in the world according to the CIA World Factbook, are completely out of balance with the size and influence of such a tiny country. Imagine if Haiti or Azerbaijan or the Dominican Republic were in the news as often and for as long as Israel has commanded front pages of so many of the world’s major news services. All of those countries are larger in size and have more population than does Israel, so would it not be logical to think they would have more of an impact in the world? Let us look and see how often Israel appears in the news for the rest of this year compared to a significantly larger country. Where Israel’s size is 20,770 sq km, slightly larger than New Jersey, while the other country I have in mind covers 2,724,900 sq km, over 125 times the size of Israel; and Israel’s population is 7,473,052 as of 2010 while this other country has a population of 15,522,373, approximately twice that of Israel, guess which one will get the larger portion of news coverage. Where I doubt a week will go by where Israel will not make the news while this other country probably will escape notice, I just have yet to name it here. So you can track it, why not let the name out; it is called Kazakhstan.
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