Criticism of Israel is one thing. The country is not perfect, though it stands as the only bastion of freedom and stability in its neighborhood. But, as usual, the attacks on Israel coming from so-called human rights activists and the like over the latest crisis embroiling the Jewish state are not so much criticism as they are good old anti-Semitism: hatred of the people who live there and a desire to see them all gone.
Think that’s an exaggeration? When protesters chant, “Netanyahu, you will see, Palestine from the river to the sea,” they’re describing their dream of an Arab state on the land that now is Israel. Not just the occupied territories, but Israel proper. An Arab state that likely would be ruled by the same group of Hamas terrorists in charge of Gaza.
Only deep hatred can explain the sickening posters you see at pro–Palestinian rallies, many of which we wouldn’t even describe here, they’re so vile. And only that hatred can explain why, when there are dueling rallies between pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian activists, the latter so often become violent. It’s happened recently in cities including Toronto and Los Angeles, where four men were arrested after allegedly attacking the pro-Israel side with long sticks. Luckily we have not seen this kind of action in New York, where officials from Queens and elsewhere rallied in support of Israel Monday.
And what has prompted all of this? The latest round of organized violence between Israel and the Arab Palestinians, of course, which, like all the wars the Jewish state has had to fight to maintain its existence, was started by the other side. In this case it was the murder of three Israeli teenagers. That was followed by the revenge murder of a Palestinian youth, which was followed by the indiscrimate firing into Israel of hundreds of missiles, prompting a military response against Gaza.
It’s been said many times and bears repeating: If the Palestinians laid down their arms tomorrow, there would be peace. If the Israelis did, they’d all be killed. Good people must stand up for the right side in this conflict, and it’s not the one calling for the other’s destruction day in and day out.