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‘It All Started When an Israeli Officer Hit Back’

Monday, April 16th, 2012

After so many incidents in which Palestinian propaganda has managed to rearrange the narrative so that the Israeli side appears to be the aggressor, we could expect the IDF brass, as well as Israel’s government, to show restraint, perhaps count to 30, before throwing their own man under the media bus. But, alas, both IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned a senior IDF officer for the way he appears on a selectively edited Palestinian video on You Tube.

A picture, in this case, is worth a whole lot less than a thousand words, because the picture is a video, and a video can be edited so that the aggressor appears like the innocent victim.

Here is what appears to have happened:

A large group of 250 European and Palestinian activists belonging to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) were on a bicycle trip in the Jordan Valley, a region which has enjoyed relative peace in the relationship between local Arabs and the IDF, even as Judea and Samaria were ignited in violent clashes.

The ISM website states that it is a “Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli apartheid in Palestine by using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles. Founded by a small group of primarily Palestinian and Israeli activists in August, 2001, ISM aims to support and strengthen the Palestinian popular resistance by providing the Palestinian people with two resources, international solidarity and an international voice with which to nonviolently resist an overwhelming military occupation force.”

In other words, this is the equivalent of the Sinn Féin, the political wing of the IRA. While Palestinian terrorists are engaged directly in executing acts of murder against Jews in Israel and abroad, the ISM creates provocation that helps divert media attention from the brutality of Palestinian terrorism.

This very large group of dedicated agents provocateurs rode through one of the villages in the valley, and when they tried to get on highway 90, which runs the length of Judea and Samaria alongside the Jordan River, they encountered Israeli soldiers and border policemen who demanded their return to the village, because the activists had not coordinated their trip with security forces.

It should be noted that, for security reasons, Palestinian traffic on highway 90 is curbed and monitored by several checkpoints. This is part of Israel’s overall effort to prevent unceasing Palestinian attempts to attack Jewish targets both within and outside the “green line.”

It should also be noted that, as the ISM itself states this plainly, it is their mission to open up those road blocks, so that “the Palestinian popular resistance,” e.g. the Islamist Jihad and Al Fatah, be able to renew their attacks on Jewish targets.

Now you understand what the clash at the entrance to highway 90 was all about.

Minute 1:51 of the ISM video clearly shows Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner's bandaged hand, after his fingers had been broken by an agent provocateur.

Minute 1:51 of the ISM video clearly shows Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner’s bandaged hand, after his fingers had been broken by an agent provocateur.

According to the Deputy Commander of the Valley Brigade, Lt.-Col. Shalom Eisner, the event, in which IDF soldiers were trying to block the passage of 250 cyclists, lasted about two hours, only a few minutes of which are shown in the video.

Once told they could not proceed, Eisner said, “the activists tried to block the Jordan Valley road. We were the last vestige between them and the highway, and the protesters tried to pass us again and again, even though we insisted and explained to them that they are forbidden to break into a military zone.”

At some point during that two-hour event, an ISM agent attacked Eisner, and broke two of his fingers. Take a look at the way the Israeli officer is holding his weapon, and you’ll realize he is actually responding to a dangerous demonstrator, rather than attacking him unprovoked. He was provoked and then some.

“I’ve learned my lesson from the incident and will never again be dragged into provocation,” Eisner told Ma’ariv, “but you must understand the whole situation, in which we were trying for two hours to stop lawbreakers. I simply did my job.”

So far, this is a tale of two opposing groups, each attempting to perform the task it had been assigned by its bosses: the ISM were trying to push through the IDF checkpoint, and the IDF was working very hard, and, considering the event lasted two hours, with considerable self-restraint, to block their advance.

Now comes the part where on the Israeli side the bosses lose their grip and throw their dedicated soldiers under the bus.

Of all the official reactions to the incident, the only sane and responsible one came from the IDF Spokesperson’s office. It’s no wonder – they’re paid to respond professionally and calmly. Their statement said: “This is a grave incident. The Head of Central Command, Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, has ordered that a thorough and serious inquiry be conducted. The inquiry will look into the circumstances that preceded the events documented in the video as well as the serious incident that is seen in the film. Lessons will be learned and proper steps will be taken.”

Arabs Stage Attempt to Pass Checkpoint Without Permit

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

A group of Arabs and anti-Israel activists invited reporters to watch them attempt to cross a security border without the necessary permits. The group was arrested outside of Jerusalem.

Dozens of reporters joined the 6 Palestinian provocateurs, who had boarded a public bus bound for Jerusalem without the necessary permits which enable Arab residents of Judea and Samaria to pass through Israel’s security checkpoints.

When denied passage through the Hizme checkpoint between southern Samaria and Jerusalem, the demonstrators – who dubbed themselves “Freedom Riders” –  refused to disembark the bus.  They were eventually removed by police officers and taken to a police station in Jerusalem.

As a result of a surge of suicide bombings conducted by non-Israeli Arabs against Israeli civilians starting in 2000, Arabs living in Judea and Samaria have had to apply for permits to travel into the rest of Israel.

Tuesday’s incident was organized with the help of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and the B’Tselem pro-Arab rights organizations.  ISM members have been charged in the past with taking part in illegal and violent activities against IDF soldiers, as well as using subterfuge to enter the country.

An Israeli official responding to the staged event stated that permits can be applied for through government channels, and that restrictions on free travel through checkpoints is a result of security concerns.

David Ha’Ivri, Executive Director of the Samaria Regional Council Liaison Office, noted that the Arabs used Israeli public transportation to make their display.  “What is more ironic and hypocritical is that the mobilization for the “Freedom riders” […] is coming out of Ramallah, a city that has been under full control of the Palestinian Authority for the past 17 year and closed to Jews,” HaIvri told The Jewish Press.  “Bus lines to and from Ramallah are Arab only and do not offer transportation for Jewish residents of the area.”

Welcome to Haifa, Mr. and Mrs. Corrie

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

The city of Haifa is still recovering from the trauma of the summer of 2006, when it, along with the rest of northern Israel, was targeted by thousands of Katyusha rockets, fired from southern Lebanon by Hizbullah terrorists. Haifa has also been targeted by several suicide bombers who carried out mass murders against civilians in buses and restaurants.

Now Haifa is about to become the victim of yet another indignity. It is to be the scene for a legal assault by the parents of Rachel Corrie.

Rachel Corrie, you may recall, was a clueless American-flag-burning undergraduate from Evergreen State College in Washington. Urged on by her radical professors, she decided to join the missions organized by the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). She and her comrades were sent off to the “occupied territories” to assist Palestinian terrorist groups.

ISM openly endorses Palestinian “armed struggle” against Israel – which in realistic terms means terrorism against Jews. It was the goal of Corrie and her friends to stop Israeli anti-terror operations – an act that by its very implication would have made it easier for Hamas and its clones to murder Israeli civilians.

Members of ISM are foolishly allowed by the Israeli government to enter the country, where they often serve as human shields for terrorists. In at least one case, weapons hidden on behalf of terrorists were discovered in ISM offices. In another notorious example of collaboration, two British Muslim terrorists blew up the Mike’s Place bar in Tel Aviv on April 30, 2003, killing three Israelis and wounding 50. The terrorists had just before this been hosted by ISM members and they pretended to be in the country to lay wreaths on the grave of – who else? – Rachel Corrie.

Shortly before that attack, on March 16, 2003, young Rachel was part of a group of ISM activists who were attempting to prevent an Israeli earth-mover from demolishing a home sitting atop a Hamas smuggling tunnel in Rafiah. Corrie knelt down in front of the Israeli military bulldozer. The driver insists he would have stopped had she been visible.

Corrie died after being taken away for care in a Palestinian medical facility, possibly from medical incompetence. Her behavior that day in Gaza resembled that of a teenager playing chicken with vehicles on the New Jersey Turnpike in the dark.

Corrie has since become a sort of Mother Teresa for the radical left and apologists for Islamofascism. She is the martyr saint of the pro-terror lobby and is even celebrated by Klansman David Duke.

When Reuters reported that Gaza Palestinians “honored” Rachel after her death in a “symbolic funeral” by flying U.S. flags, the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto wryly remarked that if Corrie were still alive, she’d no doubt have burned those flags.

The columnist Dennis Prager wrote: ” grieve for Rachel Corrie’s parents, but spare us the hagiography. Rachel Corrie died fighting for the International Solidarity Movement dedicated, in its own words, to ‘armed struggle’ against Israel. She ended up being a useful idiot for, and one more victim of, Palestinian terror.”

Corrie’s death quickly became the focus of an anti-Israel propaganda passion play titled “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” which has been staged in London and other cities. Attempts to stage it in New York City at the New York Theatre Workshop failed in the face of public opposition, but it later ran for a while at the Minetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village.

Since Corrie’s death, her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, have traveled the planet as a two-person anti-Israel propaganda SWAT team. Not content with mourning their daughter’s tragic death, which resulted from her own foolhardiness, the Corries have devoted themselves to demonizing Israel and supporting Israel’s enemies. They made a special pilgrimage to Yasir Arafat in September 2003 to present him with a large poster of their “martyred” daughter.

The Corries blame Israel for their daughter’s death. But as Israel’s Ynetnews service reported, “An IDF investigation determined that the soldiers were not to blame and said the driver of the bulldozer had not seen her and did not intentionally run her over. The army accused Corrie and the International Solidarity Movement of ‘illegal, irresponsible and dangerous’ behavior.”

Nevertheless, the Corries run the Rachel Corrie Foundation, which disseminates anti-Israel political propaganda. And they share their daughter’s enthusiasm for Hamas “resistance.”

The Corries claim Rachel was just an innocent peace protester, doing nothing more than showing her concern for the human rights of Palestinian civilians. But even the ferociously anti-Israel British newspaper the Guardian confirmed (February 23, 2010) that Corrie was serving as a human shield for terrorists.

The Corries are now suing the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces in Israeli court. They and their Arab lawyer, Hussein Abu Hussein, a radical activist (involved in the movement for a world boycott of Israel), filed a civil suit in Haifa court and the first hearing is scheduled for March 10.

The Corries are also suing the Caterpillar company because it sold the bulldozer to Israel that injured their daughter. They are trying to get terror supporters from around the world to boycott the Caterpillar company for the crime of selling bulldozers, some of which are used to fight terror, to Israel. Corrie supporters regularly show up at Caterpillar stockholder meetings to demand that it boycott Israel.

Ironically, the Corries were themselves briefly kidnapped in Gaza by Hamas terrorists in January 2006, when they were in town to show the local jihadis their support. The Jerusalem Post, the British Daily Telegraph and other media outlets reported the incident. Here’s how MSNBC described it:

     Palestinian gunmen burst into a Rafah house early Wednesday and tried to kidnap the parents of Rachel Corrie, who was killed in 2003 as she protested the impending demolition of a house in the southern Gaza town, according to a witness.

  The five gunmen appeared to be affiliated with the Fatah movement, according to Samir Nasrallah, the Corries’ host. The gunmen eventually relented after being told who their targets were, he said.

According to the Telegraph, “The gunmen wanted to kidnap the couple as bargaining chips to secure the release of a militia leader, Alaa al-Hams, arrested on suspicion of ordering the kidnap of the British human rights activist Kate Burton and her parents .”

The Corries later issued a statement in which they denied they had been kidnapped at all. They had just been hosted at gunpoint. But the simple truth is that the Corries were released once the terrorists realized they were a far more valuable asset for Hamas if they were running around free.

That might have been a marvelous opportunity for the Corries to learn firsthand just what Palestinian terrorism is all about and just why Israel needs to fight terrorism with a variety of means at its disposal, including bulldozers. But it wasn’t to be. The Corries went right on churning out their anti-Israel propaganda, much of it carried on anti-Semitic and pro-jihad websites.

Meanwhile, ISM has a track record of using Israeli courts whenever one of its human shields gets injured or arrested.

In one well publicized case, an ISM volunteer named Tom Hurndall from the UK was injured in the head while he was serving as a human shield for terrorists engaged in a firefight with IDF troops. It turned out Hurndall was shot by an Israeli Bedouin Arab soldier (a fact the anti-Israel British media ignored in their coverage of the case). The heroic Bedouin was returning fire at Hamas terrorists shooting at Israelis. Hurndall’s family sued Israel in Israeli court. So did Orange County ISM activist and lawyer Radhika Sainath.

  And now the Corries are coming to Haifa to continue their daughter’s war of aggression against Israel. They are suing Israel as a way to try to revise in court the facts surrounding their daughter’s death. I am hoping some Im Tirtzu students show up with photos of all the Jewish women named Rachel who were murdered by the terrorists the Corries support.

In the name of the embattled citizens of Haifa, I would like to offer the Corries an appropriate welcome to our city, in the form of the following letter:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Corrie,

  You are coming to our lovely town to sue Israel, claiming that your daughter was “killed by an Israeli bulldozer.” But you neglect to mention the circumstances under which she was so killed (nor the fact that she died from her injuries while under Palestinian medical care).

  You have stated, “She had been working in Rafah with a nonviolent resistance organization, the International Solidarity Movement, trying to stop the demolition of Palestinian homes and wells.”

  Homes and wells, huh?

  Well, she was not. Rachel was trying to prevent the demolition of tunnels used to smuggle weapons for Palestinian terrorists seeking to murder Jewish civilians. ISM openly endorses Palestinian “armed struggle” against Jewish children and civilians and openly collaborates with terrorists. It has hidden wanted terrorists and their weapons in its offices. It is an accomplice in murder. Lying is not the best way to drum up sympathy for your daughter.

  You say your daughter died trying to protect an “innocent house.” Again, this is not the truth. That “innocent house” was camouflage for a not-so-innocent terrorist smuggling tunnel, and the residents of that innocent house knew all about the tunnel.

  Your daughter was in a war zone as a belligerent, on behalf of a movement of Arab fascists seeking to destroy Israel and murder as many Jews as possible. Your daughter died while interfering with an anti-terror operation carried out by soldiers in a land in which she had no business being at all.

  You demand that we feel your pain at the loss of your daughter, yet your daughter conscripted herself as an accomplice for those seeking to murder my children. You feel no pain for the scores of martyrs in my own city of Haifa murdered by those same terrorists.

  Your daughter put herself in harm’s way by challenging a large bulldozer and positioning herself where the operator could not see her. You know quite well that the bulldozer operator was not seeking to harm her.

  You have written, “We had not understood the devastating nature of the Palestinians’ situation.” Of course, youhave never expressed any interest in the devastating nature of the Jews’ situation. The Jews have been battling Arab fascism and genocidal terrorism for a hundred years, before, during, and after the Nazi Holocaust of six million Jews. Your daughter was helping those who perpetrate Nazi-like atrocities against randomly selected Jews.

  You smugly praise the propaganda play about your daughter, which ignored all the other Rachels – the Jewish victims of terror in Israel who were murdered by genocidal terrorists.

  Your daughter, and apparently you as well, never had any understanding of the Middle East conflict. The Middle East conflict is not about the right to self-determination of Palestinian Arabs, but rather about the right to self-determination of Israeli Jews.

  For a century the Arabs have attempted to block any expression of Jewish self-determination, using violence, armed aggression, and terrorism. The Arabs today control 22 countries and territory nearly twice the size of the United States. They refuse to share even a fraction of one percent of the Middle East with Jews, even in a territory smaller than New Jersey.

  The Arab countries invented the Palestinian people and their “plight” as a propaganda ploy in imitation of the German campaign on behalf of Sudeten self-determination in the 1930s. Just as the struggle for “Sudeten liberation” was nothing more than a fig leaf for the German aggression aimed at annihilating Czechoslovakia, so the struggle for “Palestinian liberation” is nothing more than cover for a jihad to destroy Israel and its population.

  Your write, “Clearly, our daughter has become a positive symbol for people.”

  I am afraid you are mistaken. Your daughter has become a symbol for dangerous foolhardiness. She essentially committed suicide as an empty gesture to assist murderers and terrorists.

  You want the world to mourn for your daughter, who died while working with monsters out to murder our children. On the pages of anti-Semitic propaganda web magazines you denounce Israel, but you do not have a single word of sympathy for the families of the thousands of innocent Israeli victims of the terrorists with whom your daughter chose to ally herself.

  On behalf of the citizens of Haifa, all of whom your daughter’s Hamas friends are trying to murder, I remain,

Steven Plaut

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. He can be contacted at steveneplaut@yahoo.com.

Israeli Left’s Amazing Security-Wall Turnabout

Friday, February 13th, 2004

Growing up, I always found one of the most bizarre things in history to be the dramatic
turnabout of the communist movement the day Germany invaded Stalinist Russia.

The communists and their fellow travelers were ferociously anti-fascist in the mid-1930′s,
but were decided pro-Hitler from the time of the Nazi-Soviet Pact of August 23, 1939.
Germany had already gobbled up Czechoslovakia within the framework of the Munich Agreement. Even before the Pact, Stalin had been carefully nursing a neutral position regarding Nazi Germany, hoping to deflect the German war machine onto the capitalist West. Stalin repeated his friendship for Germany at the usual Party meetings and congresses, and the Comintern — Stalin’s international propaganda apparatus — issued instructions for how good leftists must think.

Hitler was in a hurry. After taking Memel from Lithuania, he was planning to conquer Poland before the end of the summer of ’39. Stalin began a series of secret negotiations with Hitler. On August 3, 1939, Hitler agreed to Stalin’s terms for sitting by while Poland was destroyed. Germany never even bothered to inform its ally, Italy, of its plans. On the night of August 19 the Nazi-Soviet trade treaty was signed. When he received Stalin’s assent, Hitler pounded on the wall with his fists and shouted, “I have the world in my pocket!” On the night of August 23, 1939, the non-secret text of pact was officially released.

Stalin collaborated openly with Hitler in dividing up Eastern Europe, with the uniform approval and applause of the world’s communist parties and the “progressive” Left. After the invasion of France by Germany, Stalin ordered the military occupation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and all three were ”admitted” into the Soviet Union as constituent republics in July. In late June the Soviets also annexed Bessarabia and northern Bukovina. All this was done by way of an
ultimatum to Romania. The Russians then used most of the annexed territory to create a new Moldavian SSR.

Ah, but Stalin’s Russia quickly became a victim of its betrayal of civilization. Hitler was not simply going to war against the capitalist West, but had been planning all along to destroy the Soviet Union and annex its lands. In July 1940, Hitler had decided to prepare to attack the Soviet Union. In September, a German-Italian-Japanese Tripartite Pact was signed, and although it stipulated that it would not affect the relations of any of the three powers with the Soviets, a deterioration in Berlin-Moscow amity had become apparent.

In November 1940 Molotov visited Berlin for further discussions of a vague and grandiose kind, but Hitler did not cancel his plans for attack. On December 18, 1940, he issued the directive for Operation Barbarossa, the code name for the invasion of the Soviet Union, to be launched in the middle of 1941.

Within hours of the crossing of the Soviet lines by German tanks, the world communist
movement reversed its political position regarding Nazi Germany by 180 degrees. As if
speaking in the voice of a single man, which of course it was, the communist parties and their
leftist fellow travelers became the most militant warmongers on earth, demanding that
the Western countries attack German and its allies.

Just days earlier they had been praising Germany for its campaign against Western capitalism, endorsing isolationism, calling for neutrality and non-aggression, demanding that proletarians from all nations cooperate, regardless of whether their governments were at war, and even praising some of the “progressive” elements of Nazism, such as its nationalization of some of the means of production.

These were the very same people now marching against Germany, labeling it the epitome of evil, demanding support and solidarity with the Soviet victim of German aggression, supporting rearmament by the same Western nations it had been denouncing as imperialists in the previous breath.

As I say, I always had a great deal of difficulty imagining and understanding how people could display such totalitarian self-abasement, such naked hypocrisy, as did that generation of the Left.

That is, until I observed the turnabout of the Israeli Left on the issue of Israel’s security fence.

From Support to Opposition

Let us note that the idea of building a security barrier — composed of segments of walls, fences, and electronic gimmicks — was long the official banner of Israel’s Oslo Left. The leftists wanted the wall built for several reasons. Mainly, they believed that such a wall would create a de facto separation of Israel from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and behind the wall the Palestinians could exercise sovereignty or semi-sovereignty as a major step toward statehood.

Israeli leftists presumed that once Israel erected the barrier, all Jewish settlers on the wrong side of it would be forced to leave. They also thought that once the fence was up, it would be much easier to block Israeli military incursions into “Palestinian lands.”

For years, the banner slogan of the Oslo Left in Israel was “Us over Here and Them over There.” The wall they proposed to erect in the West Bank would reduce the number of
terrorist infiltrations, as had the fence around most of the Gaza Strip and the security fence
along the Lebanese border. All we need is some electronic gadgets and gizmos and terrorism
from our Oslo peace partners would end, the Left assured the nation.

The wall was the Left’s Master Strategy, a program to impose withdrawal by Israel from
most of the West Bank under the guise of protecting Israeli civilians from terrorist barbarism.

It was the Israeli Right that first criticized the idea of a wall. The main criticism was that it would not effectively end the terror. The Palestinians were already firing mortars and
rockets over the Gaza wall into Jewish homes. What would stop them from doing so with new
walls?

And what exactly did the Left think the Palestinians would do once Israel abandoned the territory behind the wall? Take up quilting? The Right also feared the idea that the wall would be construed as a stage in Israel’s eventual withdrawal and abandonment of the entire West Bank to PLO control — precisely the reason the Left wanted the wall.

Ehud Barak had been one of the original promoters of a security fence for the West Bank. Numerous Labor and Meretz politicians endorsed the idea. Amram Mitzna won the Labor party’s nomination to run for prime minister. He endorsed a security wall and unilateral withdrawal by Israel from the West Bank and Gaza. He was clobbered in the election by Ariel Sharon.

Endorsement of a security wall for Israel was so enthusiastic and widespread on the Left that only one possible development could have turned leftists against the idea — its adoption
by Ariel Sharon and the Likud.

While at first highly skeptical of the practicality of the wall and its ability to keep Palestinian savages from murdering Israelis, Sharon and his people were under enormous pressure to do something — anything — as the terrorist violence escalated. Sharon became convinced that it was worth giving the wall a try; better partial prevention of terrorist infiltration than none at all.

Targeted assassinations by Israel of Palestinian terrorist leaders escalated at the same time, resulting in a reduced number of terrorist attacks and creating the impression that the partially-completed wall was somehow responsible.

Shimon Peres cast the lone vote against the security fence when the Sharon cabinet approved it officially in June 2002. (He didn’t oppose it on principle — it was the fence’s location that troubled him. Peres and the Left wanted the fence to trace the old pre-1967 “Green Line,” signaling that Israel planned to turn over the entire area to the Palestinians.)

Within weeks of the cabinet vote, the Israeli Left, which had been united for years in favor of a wall, did a 180-degree reversal of direction of the sort not been seen since the signing of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and its later collapse with the German invasion of Russia. Suddenly there was near opposition to the wall among Israeli leftists. Some even compared it to the walls around the Warsaw Ghetto, denouncing it as a racist way to “victimize” the poor innocent Palestinians. Others labeled it an “Apartheid Wall.”

From Opposition to Confrontation

The Left’s campaign against the wall has since moved beyond mere political rhetoric. In
recent weeks, teams of Israeli leftists, together with anti-Jewish “anarchists” and loony
communists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), have been attacking the
fences that comprise parts of the wall and vandalizing them with wire cutters and other tools.

The ISM thugs have flocked to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where they devote
themselves to trying to prevent Israel from taking military action against the terrorists
who send suicide bombers into Israel. The ISM “peace activists” block roads, set up obstacles so tanks cannot operate, block soldiers trying to arrest terrorists or knock down houses of suicide bombers, and otherwise show how thoroughly they support Palestinian
murderers.

In at least one case they hid arms for some Palestinian terrorists, and they have attempted to hide wanted terrorists in their offices. They make no secret of their desire to see the end of Israel. They endorse the use of terror against Jews. Two terrorists who carried out an atrocity in a Tel Aviv pub were hosted by the ISM the day before they carried out the murders. Some have suggested that ISM really stands for “I Support Murderers.”

The Israeli troops dealing with the hooligans have exhibited a degree of restraint in the face of violent provocateurs without comparison in the democratic world. I bet that if a crowd of hooligans attacked the fence surrounding Barbra Streisand’s mansion in Beverly Hills and tried to vandalize it, they would be mowed down without hesitation.

Over the past year, two ISM members became patron saints of terrorism. The better known is Rachel Corrie, a naive American-flag-burning, anti-Israel young extremist from Washington State. While trying to prevent Israeli heavy machinery from knocking down houses of terrorists and digging up tunnels used by Palestinians to smuggle in explosives, she placed herself in a position where the bulldozer driver could not see her. She was dragged down and crushed, and she died (probably as a result of the medical treatment she got from the PLO).

The other near-martyr of the ISM, Tom Hurndall, is currently being beatified in the UK. Israeli soldiers were on a mission last April in the Gaza border town of Rafiah when they came under PLO fire. Hurndall was there, like all ISM provocateurs, to interfere with Israeli military operations against terrorists. At the time of the shooting, Hurndall, along with other ISM members and local residents, planned to set up a “peace tent” on one of the nearby roads to
prevent IDF tank patrols from using it.

When the firefight began, Hurndall ran out into the street and was hit by a bullet in the crossfire. His supporters claim he was just trying to shoo some Arab children away from the battle zone. Given ISM behavior in the past, it is at least as plausible that he was planning to serve as a human shield for the terrorists doing the shooting. He was hit in the head and has been in a coma ever since.

Hurndall’s family and the ISM have gone on a crusade against Israel, claiming Tom was
intentionally shot down in cold blood. The same people have long claimed that Rachel Corrie
was killed deliberately, a victim of Israeli malice, rather than as a result of her own foolish recklessness. These folks have never come up with a good reason why Hurndall was running around in the middle of a firefight in the Gaza Strip in the first place, a firefight started by the very same Palestinian terrorists he was there to support and protect.

But things have gotten curiouser and curiouser. The raison d’etre of the ISM is to promote attacks on Jews and delegitimization of Zionism, but the main victim of their agitprop turns out to be a Bedouin Arab! Yes, it turns out that Hurndall was in fact shot by a Bedouin soldier serving in the Israel Defense Forces. Of course, you would never know that piece of information from reading the British press. (Many people don’t even know that Bedouins serve in the Israeli security forces.)

Too many on the Israeli Left take their cues from the Palestinian Authority, much the same way that communists in the late 1930′s and 1940′s took their cues from the Comintern. It bears repeating: No sooner had Sharon and the Likud begun construction of the security
wall than the Israeli Left and its amen choruses around the world started a coordinated
campaign against it.

For the longest time, a security wall was the preferred recipe for peace endorsed by nearly everyone on the Israeli Left. Today, the wall is labeled a colonial aggression, denounced by all progressive leftists and people for peace — people so opposed to it that they are willing to
risk prison, tear gas, and getting shot in the legs to tear it down or rip holes in it.

Uncle Joe Stalin would be proud.

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book ”The Scout” is available
at Amazon.com. He can be contacted at steven_plaut@yahoo.com.

1) Another Zionist Crime, And 2) A “Well, Duh” Moment

Friday, June 6th, 2003

1. I just know you are going to be outraged by this violation of the human rights of Arabs by Jews and will want to demand a full investigation and indictment of the guilty. Such things are simply intolerable in a civilized country. They violate the Road Map and the very Osloid foundations of Ariel Sharon’s new government.

The atrocity in question involves a Zionist woman tourist who was walking down a street in downtown Jerusalem when an oppressed and occupied Arab panhandler, aged 40, from the Eastern section of the city, asked her for some spare change. Now, as regular readers of my columns know, the responses I recommend to such requests would ordinarily be: 1. What do you think I am, a liberal? 2. Do I look like someone who recycles? 3. I’ll pay you a two cents for each pushup you do. 4. Why don’t you go bother a Democrat?

Anyway, this Zionist aggressor woman responded incorrectly and started taking out her wallet to hand this freedom fighter against occupation some coins. The peace partner then tried to grab her purse and run.

Ah, but the crimes of this Zionist female occupier are far more insidious. It turns out that as part of her career of aggression against occupied Islamic populations she managed to acquire a fifth-degree black belt in karate. She then had the gall to occupy the thief and instruct him on
some of the finer points of martial arts until he was rescued from his painful fate by a passing police patrol.

You must agree with me that her behavior was inexcusable. We expect Ha?aretz and the Meretz party to take up the cause of the victim of this Zionist aggression and demand that the victim be awarded proper compensation and perhaps a slab of Israeli territory for his own.

Perhaps he can serve in the new reformed administration of Abu Mazen.

………………………….

2. In Israel, every once in a while the government does something correct (albeit several years far too late) and one is overwhelmed with an irresistible desire to clap a single hand and say Well, Duh. Such must be the reaction to the decision by Sharon’s cabinet that the time has come to expel the many communist “peace protesters” who have filled the “territories” with offices in which terrorists are sheltered and who in general devote their days to protecting suicide bombers and other Palestinian mass murderers. They interfere with Israeli military operations, provoke soldiers, and do everything possible to make sure Israel cannot act against terrorists. They serve as humanoid shields for the man with the perpetual stubble on his face, and help prevent Israel from arresting murderers.

Well, Duh. It’s nice that at long last the government has woken up – but why were these pro-terrorists not expelled years ago? These “peace activists” care about peace about as much as Abu Mazen cares about this week’s haftarah.

As you know, the two terrorists who murdered three and injured 50 at a Tel Aviv pub last week carried UK passports. The press is as usual being coy, but I have a month’s wages bet on the probability that the two entered Israel as part of one of these international commie-front “peace activist groups,” perhaps the same one to which Rachel Corrie and her friends belonged.

(Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer, or by the Palestinian medical care she got for her injuries, while playing a game of chicken with the bulldozer and winning. She belonged to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a pro-terrorism communist front organization.)

Were the two bombers also part of ISM? And since the ISM terrorhoids are being hosted by the various Israeli anti-Semitic far left organizations, were the two bombers also the welcome guests of such hosts? Did they lunch with Uri Avnery? (If so, poor Uri must have had to suffer a non-pork lunch in order not to offend the Muslim sensitivities of his guests.)

And while we are in the realm of Well Duh, now that Israel is at long last evicting and deporting the pro-terror “peaceniks,” how about sending alongside them some contingents of Israel’s own pro-terror far left “peace” activists, who could be expelled to more progressive
countries like Syria, Iran and North Korea? Rescue them from their sad fate of having to live under Israeli apartheid! Let them pick some cane for Fidel or eat some mice with the Darling Leader of North Korea!

Steven Plaut is a professor at Haifa University. His book “The Scout” is available through Amazon.com. He can be reached at steven_plaut@yahoo.com 

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