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Death By a Thousand Snowballs

The Jewish state is supposed to be a place where people are not humiliated for being Jews.
Arabs attacking Haredim

This happened in Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish state, yesterday.

No big deal, right? Apparently nobody was hurt. Snowballs are harmless. Just a few badly-brought up teenagers misbehaving.

Wrong — it is a very big deal, because it negates the whole idea of a Jewish state, which is supposed to be a place where people are not humiliated for being Jews. And in fact, this particular incident was low on the scale of antisemitic violence compared to the attempted murders (sometimes not just attempted) that are carried out against Israelis every day in Jerusalem, in areas of Arab population in pre-1967 Israel, and of course in the territories.

Possibly this explains (but doesn’t excuse) the embarrassing fact that passers-by didn’t intervene. Who would leave the safety of his car to confront these hooligans alone, perhaps to face violence worse than snowballs?

It is also a big deal because it is not accidental. Arab Jew haters see every injury that they can inflict on Jews and Israel as “resistance to occupation.” That includes everything from snowballs to auto theft to arson to stonings to stabbings to bombings that kill tens of Israelis.

The Arabs think they are winning, finally reversing the temporary victories of the Jews in 1948 and 1967. They see that little by little we are giving up, that we don’t have the strength to hold on to what our soldiers were able to conquer. How much blood was shed for the Temple Mount, and who holds it today?

As a result, they push harder. This is as true on the streets of Jerusalem, in the E1 corridor of Area C,  and on the roads of Judea and Samaria, as it is at the UN.

Israel’s response to Arab pressure cannot be to appease it. The teenagers in the video are not tormenting Jews because they are frustrated that there is no “2-state solution” — they are expressing their desire that there be no Jews in ‘their’ land, just as the Palestinian media daily expresses the opinion of their leadership that ‘Palestine’ stretches from the river to the sea.

It should be clear by now to everyone that the more we feed Palestinian nationalism (which is no more than anti-Zionism), the greater its appetite — and the more frequent its violent manifestations.

Anyway, there is no more framework for appeasement, as Mahmoud Abbas has declared that there is no longer an Oslo-created “Palestinian National Authority,” only a “State of Palestine.”

One way for Israelis to become proactive, to stop the chipping away at Israel’s sovereignty and self-respect, will be to elect right-wing candidates in the upcoming election, who will make the official policy of the state match the reality that there is no ‘peace process,’ and begin to take the steps necessary to annex the parts of Judea and Samaria required for Israel’s security.

The Temple Mount is also of tremendous symbolic and practical importance. It cannot be that Jews can only go there under police protection, and are be arrested for praying, while Arabs can build models of Hamas missiles in Judaism’s holiest place! And it cannot be that Jews are chased through the streets of Jerusalem for being Jews.

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About the Author: Vic Rosenthal created FresnoZionism.org to provide a forum for publishing and discussing issues about Israel and the Mideast conflict, especially where there is a local connection. Rosenthal believes that America’s interests are best served by supporting the democratic state of Israel, the front line in the struggle between Western civilization and radical Islam. The viewpoint is not intended to be liberal or conservative — just pro-Israel.

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5 Responses to “Death By a Thousand Snowballs”

  1. Jane Samuelson Ellis says:

    And no one came to their defense- shame

  2. Mark L. Shane says:

    give em an inch they take a yard, then it's a mile. no consequences for violence begets more violence and then maybe Jewish people really don't want a homeland? I'm sure most would take up Moshe Feiglin's 1/million dollar offer if it was offered to Jews to leave Israel. So maybe it will be the shortest commonwealth in Jewish History afterall and maybe the Golah cannot be bred out of our Gruzhian Jews…but I'd march behind a Kadar or Bennett any day of the week to chase palis out of my homeland.

  3. Ora Cooper says:

    orthodox jews are not angels! nor are they great lovers of the state of Israel! when it suits them they disrespect other Jews who are not like them. The "women to the back of the bus"mentality and "I will not serve in the IDF" moto, coupling with the fact of orthodox being the largest receivers of Israel's social security, or as we call it the "holy order of shnorr" make other Israelis upset! it is no wonder, that no one comes to help! orthodox would not help if a non religious jew was attacked! super orthodox are similar to other religion's extremist where the dogma takes over human feeling!

  4. Even more important than resisting snow ball throwing Arabs that steal Jewish hats, is resisting the pressure that President Obama will make to force Israel to give up land in Judea, Samaria in return for empty promises from Mahmoud Abbas.

    An official policy from a more right wing government of Israel to annex area C would help Mr.Abbas not Israel.

  5. Brian Kent says:

    You are a stupid moron .They would get you just as fast!

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