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Hating the Wrong Son Of Abraham

        Anyone who listens to the news or reads a newspaper on a regular basis is aware that in Iraq, suicide bombers blow themselves up in crowded marketplaces full of shoppers, outside mosques as worshippers are done praying, in areas where day workers gather looking for employment, in fields where youths are playing soccer and just about anywhere where there are crowds of people just going about their daily business.

 

         This past Sunday in Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself in the midst of mourners at a funeral, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 18. It seems that in terms of not “crossing the line” the line does not exist for crazed Islamic fundamentalists – even though the men, women and children they are randomly butchering are fellow Muslims, not “infidel” Christians, Jews or Hindus. It seems that if you are not of the same sub-division of Islam, to wit Shiite or Sunni, then you deserve to die and there are no impediments, no rules of engagement to stop your annihilation.

 

         These demented fanatics have a lot of catching up to do. Even in the Dark Ages, many centuries ago, felons such as thieves or even murderers being chased by those intending to capture or kill them literally found sanctuary in churches. Those trying to capture them had to stop at the church’s doors and could not enter. And hardened criminals, such as those belonging to the Mafia had an unspoken agreement that the wives and children of their enemies were untouchable. Only adult men could be targeted.

 

        Obviously, if the Islamists were too getting rid of all Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Zoroastrians, atheists, etc., they would soon be cutting each other’s throats. There is no room in their beliefs for any iota of diversity.

 

         Sadly there are many clueless people in the world who feel that Israel’s existence is the root cause of all this planet’s woes. Get rid of Israel/the Jews and the Islamic world will calm down and globally become model citizens. But I have a few nagging questions: When a train full of passengers in India who were commuting home from work during rush hour was blown up by suicide bombers killing and injuring hundreds of men, women and children – almost all of whom were Hindus – how did Israel’s existence influence this wanton carnage?

 

         Several years ago, in Afghanistan, two massive ancient Buddha statues in the central province of Bamiyan were destroyed by the Islamic Taliban militia. Its leader shrugged off international condemnation of his order to destroy the centuries old statues saying, “All we are breaking are stones” insisting, “Only Allah, the Almighty, deserves to be worshipped, not anyone or anything else.” Again, how does Israel’s existence factor in with this blatant destruction of religious icons cherished by millions?

 

         Hatred of Israel is fuelled by a paranoid fear that the Jews want to take over the world. Are those who believe in this “Zionist conspiracy” so blind that they can’t see that they are accusing the wrong descendants of Abraham? Jew-hatred is so strong that many countries, especially in Europe, would rather condemn and hamstring Israel in its fight for survival than look out for their future of their own citizens.

 

         There is global outrage when Moslem civilians are killed by Israeli rockets fired in defense, a reaction fostered and encouraged by the international media, especially in Europe, whose media outlets seem to be in a competition as to who can vilify the Israelis the most. Why is there barely a whisper when Israeli children have been blown up as they go to school or eat pizza? Talk about disproportionatism!

 

         I truly believe that Europe will rue the day they allowed the cancer to spread inside its belly while trying to undermine Israel – the “Jewish doctors” who were trying to save it. It very may well be that for some Western countries, the cancer in its bowels has spread too much and is terminal.

 

         Europe has a history of “biting the hand that feeds it.” Its peoples have greatly benefited from Jewish talent, ingenuity, resourcefulness and morality. The quality of life for mankind in general has been greatly enhanced by the Jews, a mere grain in the sands of humanity. If anything about the Jews in general and Israel in particular is “disproportionate” it’s the number of Nobel Prizes in Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Literature, etc., Jews have won. Yet Europe has a thousand-year history of viciously abusing the Jews who gave so much to improve it.

 

         All Jew haters, in particular the Iranian president – the current virulently anti-Semite leader of Persia who is determined to destroy Israel – would do themselves a favor by picking up a Megillat Esther and heeding the warning uttered by the advisers and wife of a previous Jewish hating Persian politician. When her crestfallen husband, Haman, returned distressed and ashen-faced from his attempt to have the Jew Mordechai killed – indeed he ended up having to publicly honor him, Zeresh, his wife, exclaimed, “If Mordechai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him, but will undoubtedly fall before him”  (Megillat Esther 6:13).

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