“The Israeli consensus is clear,” notes Mc Gill University history professor Gil Troy from his current perch at Jerusalem’s Shalom Hartman Research Center, “the deal to free Sergeant Gilad Schalit is bewildering, absurd, lopsided, heartbreaking, terrifying, as well as inspirational, humane, necessary and ultimately rational.” Former World Jewish Congress senior vice president Isi Leibler has […]
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In July 1983 Aharon Gross walked through the crowded Arab market in Hebron. An eighteen-year-old yeshiva student, he had joined Rabbi Moshe Levinger, the leader of the restored Jewish community in Hebron after the Six-Day war, for morning prayers. Rabbi Levinger was holding a one-man sit-down strike in a tent near the Israeli military government building to protest the lack of security for Hebron Jews.
Seven Jews had been murdered there within three years, six while returning from Ma’arat haMachpelah to Beit Hadassah to celebrate Shabbat with the women and children who had reestablished a Jewish presence in Hebron for the first time since the Arab massacre in 1929. That morning three Arabs suddenly attacked Aharon Gross and slit his throat. Israeli soldiers nearby, who witnessed the brutal assault, were reluctant to intervene. Explaining their reticence, a local military commander told Levinger’s son-in-law: “Better one of your people than one of ours.”
I was reminded of this double tragedy–a murdered Jew and indifferent Israeli security forces– when it was repeated a week before Rosh HaShanah. Two residents of Kiryat Arba, the Jewish community overlooking Hebron, died in a car crash. Twenty-five-year old Asher Palmer and his infant son Yonatan were killed when a rock thrown from a passing vehicle smashed through the windshield, hitting Asher in the face. He lost control of his car, which tumbled over into a rock bed.
Drivers to and from Kiryat Arba and throughout Judea and Samaria are familiar with the hazard of frequent Palestinian stone-throwing attacks from the side of the road. Recently they have confronted a more severe danger: sizeable rocks, thrown from passing cars heading in the opposite direction. The increased velocity, of course, poses a lethal danger. So it was on September 23rd.
The car murders occurred on the day when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would address the United Nations General Assembly to demand recognition of the State of Palestine. Israeli security forces were on high alert throughout Judea and Samaria in anticipation of Palestinian violence should they be frustrated in New York.
Police and military investigators quickly concluded that the deaths resulted from Asher’s reckless driving. According to their investigation, father and son died when Asher lost control of his speeding car. The bloody stone found inside the car, they explained, had entered after his Subaru flipped over into an adjacent rock-bed.
The IDF Spokesman’s Unit intentionally misinformed reporters. Autopsy findings and a CT scan revealed damage to Asher’s face, and a fractured skull, that could only have come from impact prior to the crash – from, that is, a rock thrown through the windshield by another car coming from the opposite direction at high speed.
Kiryat Arba residents, who know from bitter experience the road dangers of driving to and from their community, were understandably enraged. Denouncing the official lies, one local Council member declared: “It’s shocking” that police “covered up the murder of a baby and his father.”
Knesset members were appalled by the official dissembling. Aryeh Eldad filed a request for information from the Minister of Internal Security, asking “Why did the police hurry to determine that this was a traffic accident and not the result of a terrorist rock-throwing attack?” Yaakov Katz wondered: “How did it happen that a father and his baby son were murdered and . . . IDF and police spokesmen hurried to say it was a traffic accident…in order to deceive the people and…not to disturb the UN Assembly?”
October 31st marks the anniversary of the official end of the Sinai and Palestine Campaigns in the Middle Eastern Theatre during World War I. The British Egyptian Expeditionary Force was led by Field Marshal Edmund Allenby. He is rightly regarded as a hero of the British Empire. However, he is not a hero of the Jewish people. Far from it. Yet a major thoroughfare in Tel Aviv, Allenby Street, is named in his honor. This is an error long overdue for correction.
Field Marshal Allenby stood at the head of the British military administration that governed Palestine for roughly two years. Unfortunately, that first administration set the precedent and the tone for all subsequent administrations, which is why, in 1923, three years after Allenby had been replaced, Moshe Glickson, freshly minted editor of Ha’aretz, protested against “the insult and the deprivation of rights to which we are exposed in our historic homeland, against the crude contempt towards our vital interests, which have become the established system of the Palestine government.”
(Editor’s Note: Both this and the following remarks by Simon Deng were delivered at the conference “The Perils of Global Intolerance” hosted by the Hudson Institute and Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust on September 22 at the Millennium UN Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. It was timed to coincide with Durban III and the tenth anniversary of the first infamous UN hate-fest against Israel, Durban I.)
When I emigrated to the United States of America from Syria, another Arab country that today is undergoing a turbulent political earthquake, never did I imagine that one day I would stand outside the United Nations to oppose its perverted conference, to defend against its malicious attempt to single out Israel — a country that I was taught to hate.
But here I am today, proud to stand for light in the midst of darkness, darkness brought about by the multiple Muslim countries and their international enablers, who have dishonored the initial objective of the United Nations, only to vilify, and eventually to destroy Israel – the one and the only free democratic country in the entire Middle East.
For the last 1,400 years, since its inception, Islamic ideology has attempted to deprive the Jews of their three most cherished possessions — their Bible, their lives, and their Land of Israel.
During my school years, I heard my teachers, family members, neighbors, and the media all bombarding us daily, throughout the Arab world. We, as small kids and young adults, were indoctrinated to share the anti-Semitic vitriol — to despise and denigrate Jews.
•God condemned the Jews because they falsified the Torah. How did I know it? That is what I was taught.
•Since Jews forged the Bible, they were despised and depicted as pigs and apes. How did I know it? That is what I was taught.
•Jews killed our prophets and were the enemies of Allah. How did I know it? That is what I was taught.
•Therefore, the Jews represent an existential danger to all humanity, so their annihilation, as individuals and as a people, was and would be a legitimate service to God and mankind. How did I know it? That is what I was taught.
Like you, I came to this conference, The Perils of Global Intolerance, to protest this third Durban conference which is an effort based on a set of lies, and organized by nations who themselves are guilty of the worst kinds of oppression.
Durban III will not help the victims of racism. It will only isolate and target the Jewish state. For over 50 years, 82% of the UN General Assembly emergency meetings have been about condemning one state – Israel. Hitler could not have been made happier.
Given all the good Israel does in the world, given its democracy and its striving to follow the highest standards of human rights, even in the face of the most brutal, the most fanatic enemies, the Durban Conference is an outrage. All decent people know that.
The Arabs who now call themselves Palestinians, as Joan Peters and others have documented, in the main migrated into the land of Israel after the Zionist movement made the area–which had deteriorated into the wasteland described by Mark Twain in 1867–economically attractive.
At the end of Israel’s War of Independence, Arabs who lived within the so-called “Green Line” (the armistice lines) acquired Israel citizenship. However, the Arabs in the territories controlled by Jordan (“the West Bank”) and Egypt (Gaza) remained without any citizenship. Egypt did not offer the Arabs living in the Gaza Strip citizenship, rather issued them All-Palestine passports. Egypt continued to occupy the Gaza Strip until 1967, except for four months of Israeli occupation following the 1956 Sinai campaign. Egypt never annexed the Gaza Strip, but instead treated it as a controlled territory and administered it through a military governor.
Calumny is defined as a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something. Its synonyms are slander, defamation, libel, misrepresentation, vituperation, smear.
With that in mind we call the professors, reporters, columnists and commentators who have vilified, libeled and slandered Israel “The Calumnists” and AFSI will have a periodic contest with awards for the worst of them. We have named the award the “Apate” after the spirit of deceit, guile, fraud and deception in Greek mythology.