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Antisemitism and Peaceniks

Introduction

Antisemitism and Peaceniks

Antisemitism and Peaceniks is a brief analysis of the current motivations of the international community demanding that Israel agree to an immediate humanitarian cease-fire. While there may be many reasons to halt the defense of Israel, the fact is that none of them benefit Israeli goals for the current military action.

Israel is not fighting a nation. They are fighting Hamas, a condemned terrorist group. Israel did not start this war. Yet once it was thrust upon them, the small Jewish state found itself fighting for its very existence. Hamas, an Islamic terror group, has a violent history and wants to destroy the Jewish State.

At a dance festival in southern Israel, attackers targeted many young people. Hamas entered Israeli territory and killed more than 260 unarmed Israeli teenagers. Hamas terrorists entered Kibbutzim and killed unarmed families, including men, women, and children. All this occurred on the eve of the Jewish Shabbos, the Biblical day of rest when Israel was most vulnerable.

On October 7, 2023, Hamas attacked Israel from Gaza in a significant and ongoing way. The attack was well-planned and executed. The military response was quick and proportional. Israel responded appropriately to the threat posed by Hamas. They took action that matched the level of danger. The main idea in the Hamas Charter is to destroy Israel and create an Islamic state.”

Antisemitism and the Peaceniks: An International Response

The United Nations established Israel in 1948 in response to the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a Nazi genocide that killed six million Jews because they were Jewish. Hitler’s response to “The Jewish Question.” Also, the Shoah killed Gypsies, homosexuals, and mentally and physically disabled gentiles. Israel is the traditional homeland of the Jewish people. It has always had a Jewish core population.

In 1948, Israel started accepting Jewish survivors of the Shoah. This made the Palestinians in the Levant uncomfortable. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem is an Islamic leader. The British Protectorate created this post in the Levant. During WWII, the Grand Mufti Amin al-Husayni aligned with the Nazi regime in Germany. He did this because he was very afraid of Zionism. Zionism is the movement for European Jews to go back home. This happened in 1948.

Al-Husayni believed in fighting the Jews in the Holy Land, not welcoming them. After Israel won the war, Palestinians went to nearby countries and became refugees. King Abdullah I of Jordan opposed the Grand Mufti. The division in the Arab world led to a radical side in Islam. This group wanted to remove Jews from the Levant by opposing Zionist occupation.

Fast Forward to the 2023 Gaza War: Antisemitism and the Peaceniks

Israeli response to the Hamas incursion on October 7, 2023, was fast and furious. Israel responded with unity. Young protesters against the Netanyahu government stopped protesting on October 6. They then went to serve in the military. People in Israel stopped criticizing the government. They started supporting the war. Israel, facing an existential threat, speaks with a single voice. The Netanyahu government says the war will keep going until Hamas is no longer a threat to Israel.

Not Unexpected: The International Community Response

The Israeli response was swift, violent, and well-planned. Air warfare, the bombing of the Gaza Strip, was the first phase of the Israeli response. Israel had to decide on bombs killing citizens. Hamas hides behind non-combatants to deter Israel from striking. Hamas has established its strong presence in the tunnels that run under the Gaza Strip, in the cities. To discourage attacks, they put their command centers under hospitals, mosques, and schools.

Israel should keep moving forward with their plan to remove Hamas from politics. They can do this by concentrating on their important objectives. Yet, we had to do something to protect civilians. Israel asked the people in Gaza to leave certain areas before bombing targets there. According to news reports in the United States, Hamas didn’t let citizens evacuate. Who controls civilian deaths: Israel or Hamas? Did they bomb military targets or use human shields?

Cease-Fire Demands: Antisemitism and the Peaceniks

The international community ignores the causes of conflicts and blames Israel. They demand a cease-fire for humanitarian aid. We are providing help to the innocent Palestinians in Gaza. This help includes food, water, and medical supplies. Wouldn’t that be nice if not flawed in its reasoning? One must ask, “Who benefits from a cease-fire?” Should we provide food, water, and medicine for “innocent Palestinians,” if they exist?”

Who Benefits from a Cease-Fire?

The answer is quite straightforward. Hamas will enjoy the cease-fire. They can re-arm, reorganize, regroup, and care for their combatants. It must be clear by now that Hamas has no concern for the people they use as human shields. For Israel to lift of the gas, allowing its mortal enemy to strengthen itself would be a suicidal move.

Are there any ‘Innocent Palestinians?’

Again the answer is straightforward. In 2005, Israel completely gave up control of Gaza. After that, the Palestinian Authority held a vote to decide who would govern Gaza. Hamas won that vote and seized power, choosing to never relinquish power. Hamas, the government elected 18 years ago, still holds power and asks for total loyalty.

There is a lot of incorrect information about innocent Palestinians in Gaza. Why do other countries think Palestinians are not responsible for their situation?”

Once again, people have provided an uncomplicated yet dangerously uninformed answer. The Peaceniks want a cease-fire. They believe there is an Israeli genocide against Palestinians. To do so is reprehensible. In Israel, there are still people who survived the Shoah. There are also Israelis whose parents survived the Shoah. The German response to the Jewish Question blames people who remember survival and extermination. It is a response that is despicable yet predictable. Christian and Jewish communities have ingrained their history with relations for the past 2000 years.

Why is Israel Treated Like an International Pariah: Antisemitism and the Peaceniks

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, did other countries criticize the U.S. for not starting a humanitarian war against Japan? Not really. Did the international community ask South Korea and its allies to fight back when North Korea attacked in 1950? No again. Did the world unite and demand that the United States fight a war in South Vietnam, even if they couldn’t identify innocent Viet Cong? Once again, nope! Was the United States advised not to enter a war with Afghanistan after September 11? The terrorists trained there were the ones who attacked the Twin Towers in New York. Did the world or the American people want the US to fight a limited war? The Bush Administration lied and twisted evidence about the Iraqi threat. No, no, no!

Has the United States faced prosecution for war crimes in the past 80 years? Could it be the answer here is Yes? So sorry, it is NO.

Israel at War: Antisemitism and the Peaceniks

The International Community always blames Israel when it has to fight to survive. When executing battle plans, it must be careful not to harm innocent civilians. The international community will expect a response if Israeli bombs target places where terrorists use people as cover.

The people who caused a genocide in Europe are now blaming the victims. Nazis killed six million Jews, who were the victims. Why does the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) tell innocent Palestinians to leave before attacking? In what kind of genocide does one do that? Doesn’t the IDF choose targets where Hamas hides behind innocent people? Who ever heard of a cowardly terrorist? Israel supplies necessary services, such as electricity, water, and internet, to people in Gaza. Yet, they cut off these services due to the Hamas terror attack.

The attack happened at a music festival and a kibbutz near the Israel-Gaza border. Someone targeted teenagers and people. They did not have any weapons. This happened without warning, even on the Jewish Shabbos. Who are the genocidal maniacs? The peaceniks don’t mention that Hamas wants to exterminate all Jews worldwide. They want an Islamic State “from the river to the sea.”

Antisemitism and the Peaceniks: Israel’s Right to Exist

Instead of crying for the dead ‘innocent Palestinians,’ pay attention to Israel’s efforts to warn civilians about their aerial attacks. They ask them to evacuate yet Hamas chooses to deny them the means of evacuation. Hamas wants them to stay there. This way, Hamas militants can hide behind the innocent Palestinians. Their goal is to make the Jewish people and their homeland look bad . Take note of how Hamas uses the bodies of ‘innocent Palestinians’ as shields to protect Hamas and to hell with the consequences for the civilian shields covering legitimate targets.

If people didn’t hate Jews, they could be fair when deciding who endangers Palestinians. As we consider this puzzle globally, we may recognize that our biases contribute to the problem we’re addressing. Good luck with that.

By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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