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Peter Beinart’s Attack on Me and Cory Booker

Noone, least of all me, wants to see any Arab child suffer, God forbid.
Rabbi Shmuely Boteach (R.) and Mayor Cory Booker.

Rabbi Shmuely Boteach (R.) and Mayor Cory Booker.

I personally visited Gaza City when I took the Rev. Al Sharpton on a solidarity trip to Israel right after 9/11 and witnessed the unspeakable poverty that prevailed under Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority, even though, as The New York Times reported, by 2004 the Palestinians had become “the world’s largest per capita recipients of international aid.”

Sadly, very little of that money trickled down to Palestinian children due to widespread corruption and theft on the part of the Palestinian leadership.

When Hamas came to power in 2006, rather than investing in infrastructure  they used their money for weapons to launch a war against Israeli civilians and turning Gaza not into a Palestinian state but into a launching pad to annihilate the Jews.

Hamas, which rules Gaza with an iron fist, is dedicated to Israel’s destruction and to attacking Jews wherever they may be found, not just in Israel. Its covenant is deeply racist, with genocidal aspirations: “Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts … until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realized.” As a Jew, Peter, for all his attacks against Israel, is also on Hamas’ hit list.

I need not add how gays and women fare under Hamas rule, whose barbarity includes widespread honor killings of young women and whose usual excuse for persecuting gays is to label them collaborators.

Simple question to Peter: would he be OK with Hamas ruling in the West Bank as well as Gaza if that is the price to be paid for a Palestinian state?

The Hamas Charter reads like a modern-day Mein Kampf: “The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say, ‘O Muslims… there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

The solution for the conflict is for my Palestinian brothers, who currently live in Gaza under the tyranny of Hamas and in the West Bank under the corruption and mismanagement of the Palestinian Authority, to enjoy a benevolent, democratic government like the 1.5 million Arab citizens of Israel, who practice a glorious Islamic faith without encumbrance, publish newspapers without interference, and adhere to the Islamic faith without fear.

About the Author: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi” whom the Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is the international best-selling author of 29 books, including The Fed-up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.


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6 Responses to “Peter Beinart’s Attack on Me and Cory Booker”

  1. Ken Kelso says:

    Brilliant article by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
    The only thing I would have added was, Beinart seems to be silent on the racist murderous Palestinian media which glorifies Arab terrorists murdering Israeli civilians.

    Beinart seems to have a problem talking about Palestinian incitement by Abbas media.
    How hard it is for Beinart to go on Palmediawatch and see Abbas state controlled media? http://www.palwatch.org
    I would think a radical like Beinart would be bothered when Abbas media glorifies the Sbarros Massacre, Disco Massacre, Passover Massacre, Munich Massacre, 1978 Coastal Road massacre where Palestinian terrorists murdered 37 Israeli civilians.

    These sicko's from Abbas PA are now glorifying massacring Jewish children at Maalot.
    http://www.thetower.org/terrorist-tributes-on-palestinian-tv-draw-european-response/

    Yet Beinart still tries to appease Palestinian fascism.

  2. Ken Kelso says:

    Brilliant article by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
    The only thing I would have added was, Beinart seems to be silent on the racist murderous Palestinian media which glorifies Arab terrorists murdering Israeli civilians.

    Beinart seems to have a problem talking about Palestinian incitement by Abbas media.
    How hard it is for Beinart to go on Palmediawatch and see Abbas state controlled media? http://www.palwatch.org
    I would think a radical like Beinart would be bothered when Abbas media glorifies the Sbarros Massacre, Disco Massacre, Passover Massacre, Munich Massacre, 1978 Coastal Road massacre where Palestinian terrorists murdered 37 Israeli civilians.

    These sicko's from Abbas PA are now glorifying massacring Jewish children at Maalot.
    http://www.thetower.org/terrorist-tributes-on-palestinian-tv-draw-european-response/

    Yet Beinart still tries to appease Palestinian fascism.

  3. Ken Kelso says:

    Brilliant article by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
    The only thing I would have added was, Beinart seems to be silent on the racist murderous Palestinian media which glorifies Arab terrorists murdering Israeli civilians.

    Beinart seems to have a problem talking about Palestinian incitement by Abbas media.
    How hard it is for Beinart to go on Palmediawatch and see Abbas state controlled media? http://www.palwatch.org
    I would think a radical like Beinart would be bothered when Abbas media glorifies the Sbarros Massacre, Disco Massacre, Passover Massacre, Munich Massacre, 1978 Coastal Road massacre where Palestinian terrorists murdered 37 Israeli civilians.

    These sicko's from Abbas PA are now glorifying massacring Jewish children at Maalot.
    http://www.thetower.org/terrorist-tributes-on-palestinian-tv-draw-european-response/

    Yet Beinart still tries to appease Palestinian fascism.

  4. Ken Kelso says:

    Brilliant article by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.
    The only thing I would have added was, Beinart seems to be silent on the racist murderous Palestinian media which glorifies Arab terrorists murdering Israeli civilians.

    Beinart seems to have a problem talking about Palestinian incitement by Abbas media.
    How hard it is for Beinart to go on Palmediawatch and see Abbas state controlled media? http://www.palwatch.org
    I would think a radical like Beinart would be bothered when Abbas media glorifies the Sbarros Massacre, Disco Massacre, Passover Massacre, Munich Massacre, 1978 Coastal Road massacre where Palestinian terrorists murdered 37 Israeli civilians.

    These sicko's from Abbas PA are now glorifying massacring Jewish children at Maalot.
    http://www.thetower.org/terrorist-tributes-on-palestinian-tv-draw-european-response/

    Yet Beinart still tries to appease Palestinian fascism.

  5. Ken Kelso says:

    Over the past 20 years, we've seen what the Palestinians have done with the autonomy generously granted to them by Israel. They've slaughtered Israeli grandmothers and toddlers, pregnant women and elderly rabbis. They've set off their nail-studded, rat poison-laced bombs in shopping malls, disco's, pizzeria's, cafe's and university cafeterias. They've turned school buses into blazing infernos, invaded home and shot mothers and children in their beds. They've dragged 13-year-old boys to caves and stoned them to death. They've beheaded 3 month old Jewish babies. Those who don't actually pull the triggers, detonate the bombs or do the stoning, celebrate the atrocities in the streets of Ramallah and Jenin, as they danced in those same streets when other Arabs crashed two planes into the World Trade Center. These sadists even built an exhibition celebrating the Sbarros massacre. When do you think the Arabs will realize, that murdering Israeli pizza-eaters, dance-club people, school kids, teenagers and sleeping five-year-olds is barbaric? Do these Arabs have any humanity. It is becoming increasingly obvious, that the followers of Muhammed are not human beings.

  6. Dan Silagi says:

    This is just more dissembling from Boteach. First, Beinart didn't attack Cory Booker at all, just the two chassidic rabbis, Boteach especially. Second, his criticism of Boteach had more to do with Boteach's hypocrisy than with his position on Palestine. For example, Beinart cites a visit by Boteach to a Jewish settlement in the West Bank, but somehow "failed" to notice a monument to Meir Kahane, and a nearby one to Baruch Goldstein, a Jewish terrorist who killed 29 (or more) Palestinians while they were worshipping.

    I have no love for the Palestinians; as far as I'm concerned they're just being used by other Arab states to sway public opinion away from their own acts of tyranny and corruption. Moreover, the other Arab states could have easily solved any Palestinian problem by admitting them into their own states; Jordan did exactly that, and their payback was that Arafat and his buddies tried to assassinate King Hussein. Thus the other Arab states, whether or not they admit it, regard the Palestinians as royal pains in the butt.

    Despite that, I'm in favor of a two-state solution, and I don't believe the way to solve any Palestinian problem is by kicking sand in their faces.

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