Saturday, March 15, 2014

"STOP Israeli Terrorism!" -- WHAT?

Someone posted the image below on Google+, a social media site on the interwebs. I wasn't surprised by it but felt I had to respond.

First I want to give you the comment from the person who posted the picture. His name is Monjed Abu sharar. This young man lives in the Palestinian territories and is no doubt sick and tired of the daily inspections at Israeli/Gaza/West Bank borders, the infringement of Israeli troops within Palestinian-held lands and the general Jewish populace who have, I'm sure in his opinion, confiscated his Palestinian lands and turned them into internationally recognized and U.N. sanctioned Israeli territory. I get that. Here is Monjed's rant:

"In the last few days, more than 10 Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation forces in Gaza and West Bank. Israeli media always uses their propaganda and tries to play the role of victim. It claimed that Israeli occupation forces attacked Gaza after rockets have been fired at southern Israel. Let us suppose that was true! Why did Israeli occupation forces murder the Palestinian student Saji Darwish in Ramallah? Why did Israeli occupation forces murder the Judge Raed Zuaiter? Did they fire rockets at Israel? Were they carrying weapons? Why??!!"

I can hear the anguish in the voice of Monjed as he penned those words just as I can hear the anguished cries of Israeli citizens as they mourn over the dead bodies and destroyed homes resulting from Palestinian rocket attacks into non-military targets found in both northern and southern Israel.

Monjed isn't sure rockets have ever been fired by his people against the Israeli's but he leaves the possibility open by saying "Let's suppose that was true!" Then goes into a different direction by asking why was this or that particular individual killed by Israeli forces? Good questions. I may ask the same. Why was Abu Latyef killed by a Palestinian sniper while working on repairs to the Gaza border fence as a civilian contractor? Why was 31-year old Evyatar Borovsky, a father of five, stabbed to death in the early morning by a Palestinian terrorist as he waited for a ride at the bus station near the city of Ariel in the West Bank? Why were Mirah Scharf age 25, Aharon Smadga age 40 and Yitzhak Amselam age 22 killed when a rocket fired by Hamas terrorists in Gaza directly struck the apartment in which they lived in? Why was Said Pashpasha, the 36-year old father of three killed when terrorists infiltrated Israel from Sinai and led a coordinated attack?

We both could go on and on with the names of the victims of this ongoing war, and make no mistake about it - it is a war. The bigger question would be who is the real obstacle to peace between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples? It isn't the citizens of Israel nor is it the Arab citizens living in Gaza and the West Bank. It is those who have the most to gain from allowing this war of familial hatred to go unabated as it has for the last 5,000 years. Perhaps that is the question Monjed needs to be asking himself.

I would close with this simple reminder --

Over the last 30 days the Palestinian leadership in Gaza have allowed hundreds of rockets to be fired into Israel. So I say -- STOP! Palestinian Terrorism -- I don't know exactly where in Palestine you live Monjed. I live in America. If either Canada or Mexico lobed even 1 rocket into our territorial space we would flatten them immediately, without hesitation, no questions asked, and turn their country into a sea of glass. I think, Israel has shown great restraint toward those living in Palestinian-held territories over these many decades since 1948; weathering 3 major attacks from a horde of Arab nations that surround their small country - and defeating their invaders each time - and, putting up with nearly daily rocket attacks by Hamas from Gaza, border incursions by Hezbollah from Lebanon and missiles thrown over the Golan from Syria.

The Palestinians should be grateful for Israel's restraint in the face of such unwarranted attacks against them - had the Palestinian Arabs done such a thing against America or even one of their Arab neighbors there would no longer be anyone left in Gaza or the West Bank to negotiate with Israel for peace.

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