Beyond the Cusp

May 30, 2014

UN and EU Continue to Perpetuate Palestinian Propaganda

One of the chief negotiators, leaders and propagandists for the Palestinian Authority and its Fatah faction Saeb Erekat reportedly told UN Mideast peace envoy Robert Serry, a known anti-Israel instigator willing to spread any malodorous stories accusing Israel of even the most malicious and deceitful claims against Israel, as well as the secretary generals of the British and Finnish foreign ministries that Israel strove to “destroy the two-state solution.” He further purported that the Israeli initiated policy of “settlements” in Judea and Samaria, IDF activity in “Palestinian territories,” as well as the targeted killings and arrests of terrorists ignoring that the deaths of terrorist suspects is almost exclusively due to their resisting arrest dying in the resultant firefight which possess equal risks and danger to IDF troops was responsible for the failure of the peace negotiations. He accused the Israelis of intending to end the negotiations so as to enable the forming of a “one-state solution” which he claims would be an “Apartheid state.” His claims are very similar to the claims made by United States Secretary of State Kerry whose accusations that Israel would become an Apartheid state if the negotiations failed. Interestingly, when former and last President of apartheid-era South Africa F.W. de Klerk was asked his opinion of Secretary Kerry’s accusations he stated, “There are many definitions of apartheid. I do not know what Mr. Kerry meant, but one should be careful about making comparisons. From what I know of Israel, I do not think it’s a fair comparison. I ​​would not call Israel an apartheid state. You have closed borders, but even the United States has closed borders and Mexicans cannot enter freely. There are Palestinians here with full rights and representation in the Knesset, there are no discriminatory laws against them. It’s not fair to call Israel an apartheid state. If Kerry said it, I think he made a mistake.”


Obviously there is a huge difference in the range of opinions concerning Israel and the charges of Apartheid which have become a staple in the anti-Israel fanaticism which has spread out of the Arab and Muslim worlds, through much of Europe, and across campuses throughout the entire globe. But looking at the qualitative experience and knowledge of real Apartheid, the originating nation where Apartheid charges were the initial worldwide political crusade that brought about radical change and equality to South Africa which was implemented during the administration of former South African President F.W. de Klerk, who is more knowledgeable and less likely to hold prejudices in judging the truths about the conditions in Israel, former South African President F.W. de Klerk, the chief negotiator for the Palestinians and proven propagandist Saeb Erekat or United States Secretary of State Kerry whose claim to fame was his acrimonious testimony where he falsely accused his fellow United States Viet Nam soldiers, sailors and airmen stating amongst his now infamous testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 22, 1971, “They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very particular ravaging which is done by the applied bombing power of this country.” How anything John Kerry has stated throughout his storied career built on the slandered reputations of the men of the same military in which he “served” is beyond comprehension.


Some of the remainder of Mr. F.W. de Klerk’s commentary during his interview is worth reporting as it states very precisely and succinctly what the real test could be in Israel’s future if the negotiations prove incapable of reaching a resolution accepted by both sides, he stated, “The test will be everybody living then in such a unitary state, will everybody have full political rights? Will everybody enjoy their full human rights? If they will, it’s not an apartheid state. There will come in Israel a turning point where if the main obstacles at the moment which exist to a successful two-state solution are not removed, the two-state solution will become impossible.” Many may be quick to point to the recent South African government actions to boycott Israeli made items from the contested areas of Judea and Samaria and other statements and actions claimed to be the result of Israeli Apartheid laws and activities. The disparity of opinions can be credited to many possible explanations, one of which would include but not be limited to perspective on Apartheid policies between those imposing such a system versus those who were under the depravities of Apartheid. This difference of attitudes is very similar if not exactly the same as the difference between supporters and opposition to Israel and Israeli policies. I know that such quotes can be found supporting virtually any political argument and almost no one who has already reached a position is not about to have an epiphany from any number of quotes, still it is worth putting every view possible out for consideration, especially if the quotes support what one believes.


The problem which is so distressing for those of us who support Israel is the ease and willingness displayed by so many to accept without question any accusations which demonize Israel and Israelis, plus many show a measurable enthusiasm in spreading, and in some cases exaggerating, every derogatory accusation they come across. This was made affirmed when Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, addressing the Knesset speaking in his native German where he stated, “Einer der Fragen dieser jungen Menschen, die mich am meisten bewegt hat, war: Wie kann es sein, dass Israelis 70 Liter Wasser am Tag benutzen dürfen und Palästinenser nur 17?” Literal translation determines that President of the European Parliament Schulz had accused Israel of water starving the Palestinians claiming, “One of the questions of these young people, which most moved me, was: How can it be that Israelis are allowed to use 70 liters of water per day, but Palestinians only 17?” Later his comments were altered and the official translation and original German include the phrase “although I could not check the exact figures” (“wobei ich die genauen Zahlen nicht nachschlagen konnte”) in order to amend his insult allowing for a measure of discretion not stated in his original speech. He was so completely sure that whatever he was told in an interview arranged for him by the Palestinian leadership with a youth had to be valid, especially since it reinforced his pre-established suspicions and demonization of Israel and Israeli leadership in their treatment towards the Palestinians that he did not at the time see any need to verify the charges. If Mr. Schultz was alone in this predisposition it would be something that could be dismissed as one incident. Catherine Ashton, the Foreign Policy Chief of the European Union, has denounced Israeli activities with particular vehemence on the so-called settlement construction and any activities within Jerusalem, whose annexation by Israel she refuses to recognize, while granting the Palestinian Authority and even Hamas latitude and excusing their attacks on Israelis and echoing almost every Palestinian territorial claim despite United Nations resolutions which allow for some lands to be annexed by Israel that are considered necessary for Israeli security in defending possible future attacks. There are numerous leaders within European governments which also have a history of condemning Israel often making charges adding their voices to Palestinian claims and accusations which have subsequently been proven false. Often there is no apology or retraction once proof of inaccuracy or outright falsehood instead the offending politician simply refuses further comment allowing the statement to stand despite the truth. One of the most guilty of such statements and who has even repeated false claims demanding that he speaks the truth and that any evidence against his truths are simply Israeli or Jewish lies and propaganda is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Richard A. Falk. Fortunately Mr. Falk will be retiring from his poisonous execution of his view of his duties but unbelievably the UN Human Rights Council has now appointed, as another of its special rapporteurs, none other than Richard Falk’s wife, Hilal Elver. And yes, she completely supports and promises to continue her husband’s singularly focused recriminations against everything Israel doing all her position allows to work for the delegitimization of the Jewish State.


The displays of open hostility and pure bile that has poured forth from the United Nations, European Union and all too many European leaders and politicians not only have refused to show any signs of decline but appear to be escalating. The United Nations Human Rights Council actually has as part of its bylaws that they issue a condemnation of Israel at the beginning of every session before considering any other business. How does such a predisposition serve truth and actually addressing the real problems that face the world? The only honest and viable reason for such hostility and unfiltered hatred is that as anti-Semitism became unfashionable after World War II and the revelations of the brutality and horrors of the Holocaust, not just to the Jews but also Roma, Homosexuals, Polish citizens, Russian captives, numerous religious leaders including Catholic and Protestant clergy and others considered to be threats or undesirables by the Nazi hierarchy, anti-Semitism did not simply disappear and eventually reappeared in the form of anti-Israel hatreds. Many of the condemnations of Israel take on similar dimensions to the traditional anti-Semitic invectives such as underhanded control of political processes, monopoly of the media, insidious plots to rule the world, monetary manipulation and hoarding and among others even many traditional blood libels such as kidnapping non-Jewish children to use their blood in the making of ceremonial foods such as matzos. The similarities are too close and easily recognized to be ignored or excused for other reasons other than blind hatred. Much of the Arab world, particularly the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, PLO, Iran and numerous others, do not even bother to mask their anti-Semitism with much of their propaganda and political cartoons showing near exact copying of Nazi, Czarist and other traditional and historic anti-Semitism. These depictions are just as often aimed at Israel as they are at Jewish People in general. Such is evidenced by the Charter of Hamas where they call for not just the eradication of Israel supplanting it with the state of Palestine, but also to continue the war until every Jew on the Earth has been hunted down and eradicated. Then there are the speeches out of Iran, from Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and leading Muslim radical clerics throughout the Middle East and North Africa which often take on similar sentiments as stated by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a leading Muslim cleric with a wide audience, who claims, “To conclude my speech, I’d like to say that the only thing I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even in a wheelchair, I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews.” I honestly cannot think of a more pure statement displaying a delusional, psychotic, pugnacious and unadulterated display of unconstrained hatred than this and others I have witnessed coming from those who target Israel or the Jewish People. I am sure there may exist other such statements of hatreds that I would find equally disturbing and unconscionable but have fortunately not come across them in the recent past and hope to never have such displeasure in the future. Now if only humankind would accommodate by not adding to any of the hatreds which appear to have been one of the enduring moral weaknesses that has plagued human history with only pain, suffering and destruction as its resulting consequence.


Beyond the Cusp


June 17, 2013

The Next Land for Peace After the Palestinian West Bank Theft

The United States is joining the chorus of virtually the entire world in the song to sweetly lull Israel into a stupor which is necessary for them to surrender the entirety of the gains from the Six Day War in Judea and Samaria for the formation of a Palestinian Arab State. The song has sweet words which make the future after the next great sacrifice to complete the surrender begun by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Gaza by adding the so-called West Bank such that the central heart of Israel can share in the heavy metal rain of rockets, mortars, and death from the ballistic terror which is sure to soon pour out of the surrendered lands just as they poured forth from the skies of Gaza onto Sderot, Ashod, Ashqelon, Beer Sheva, Dimona and the farms, kibbutzim and towns bordering Gaza. President Obama has loosed Secretary of State Kerry with the holy mission to grant the Palestinians the high ground overlooking the heart of Israel while the Administration sings platitudes about their undying support for Israel as the Jewish State within the 1967 Lines living side-by-side with the Palestinian State in peace and security. The backup chorus for this production is supplied by the backers of the Arab Plan, the authors of said plan, Saudi Arabia, the European Union with Lady Ashton singing the lead solo, the United Nations with special choral harmony provided by the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and numerous nations from every corner of the globe.


But fear not as this is simply the first act in the decommissioning of the Jewish State of Israel and the second act has made their initial appearance. Thousands of Bedouins marched through the city of Beer Sheva in the northern Negev region of Israel this past Thursday. In order to assure that there were no doubts as to their desired message, they were waving Palestinian authority flags and carrying signs demanding the return of the Negev as their holy and ancient homelands. What is very interesting about the Bedouin tribes residing and tending their flocks of sheep in Israel compared to their brethren throughout the Middle East and parts of Northern Africa is that throughout the world the Bedouin Tribes are referred to as a migratory and nomadic people while the Bedouins in Israel are defined by the United Nations as an indigenous peoples. This is no accident or oversight or typo, it is intentional with an eye to the future when the world will demand that Israel return the Negev Desert to its indigenous and ancient people, the Bedouins. The Bedouins have been setting facts on the ground building small villages and towns on lands which have been assigned for their use but also have spread to areas of State owned land and even onto farm lands owned by Israeli farmers who end up pushed off their land unable to fight the more populous Bedouin families who simply move in and then threaten the farmers treating them as trespassers. Fortunately the Knesset had come up with an ingenious solution; they are working on legislation to turn much of the lands claimed by the Bedouins which belong to the State into new Bedouin lands in a bribe to establish these new areas and have the Bedouins in return promise not to settle more lands. It is rumored that the Bedouins simply nodded staring blankly and returned to their daily business. The honest truth is there are activists from Europe and extreme leftist Israelis who are working with the Bedouins and aiding them in similar manner as they have assisted the Palestinians by encouraging the Bedouins to take more land and simply disregard any agreements, treaties or laws which may inconvenience their takeover of the Negev Regions in southern Israel.


Thus far this has simply been an inconvenience but has the potential to become a tragedy for the Jews and non-Bedouin Arabs living in southern Israel. Already there are a fair number of Bedouin camps and towns being constructed in order to surround Beer Sheva, Dimona and other Israeli towns in the Negev. If this problem is permitted to grow in scope it will very soon come to threaten the Israeli possession of the southern half of their country and an area which many had believed to be an area for future growth as Israel’s population grew. Instead the Bedouins are at the beginning stages of imitating the Palestinian methods for usurping areas of land and making their case to the world that these are their historic homelands. If Israel does not take measures to end this war by attrition and stealthily usurping land piecemeal, then the Israelis will be facing a world sympathetically demanding the Negev be returned to its natural and ancient owners and that the Apartheid attitudes of Israel to the blighted Bedouins who they are causing to be oppressed and denied their rights. This is coming though not likely to make the headlines for the immediate future but in a couple of years whether the Palestinians have been granted their state or not. This will be the second attack in the piecemeal destruction of Israel by breaking off a peripheral area slowly drawing and quartering the nation of Israel as if it were a peasant who was sentenced to death by some medieval European nobleman. Talk about the four horsemen.


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