Once again the world beats its chest with false morality as it bashes Israel, conveniently hiding in sanitized hallways of the EU and the UN, while seeing no fault in the actions of terrorists.
There are many countries around the world that have been wringing the hands together this past week, in mock indignation and outrage at the ‘massacre’ in Gaza – a ‘massacre’ that never took place at all.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Jordanian prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said “the right to life must be respected. Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account.” He would know about human rights violations, since his native Jordan expelled Jews, ripped out tombstones, destroyed synagogues and turned Jewish holy sites into latrines during his country’s illegally occupation of the Old City of Jerusalem between 1948 and 1967.
The European Union’s foreign affairs representative, Federica Mogherini, called on Israel to “respect the right to peaceful protest and the principle of proportionality in the use of force”. I can only assume she missed the Facebook memo from Hamas that encouraged ‘protestors’ to bring knives and guns to the border, keeping them hidden under their shirts until such time as the border could be breached and Israeli civilians and soldiers could be kidnapped.
France condemned the “violence of Israeli armed forces against demonstrators” and further went on to say that Israeli authorities had a duty to “protect civilians, especially minors.” Perhaps they too forgot their own duty when they rounded up almost 14000 Jews including 4000 children and sent them to their deaths in Paris in 1942.
Then there is that wonderful beacon of democracy Turkey, whose leader still aspires to be a new sultan of a re-established empire that exists only in his dreams and our nightmares. Without any shame he stands behind the terrorist group Hamas and has the sheer nerve and audacity to call Israel a terror state, even as his own troops unleash terror on Kurdish citizens in Turkey and Syria. Of course this won’t be printed over there, since he’s already locked up all the journalists…
South Africa has recalled their ambassador to Israel as they continue their slide towards a rotten banana republic. And just today the ruling party solidified its rampant anti-Semitism comparing Israel to Nazi Germany and encouraging Jews to reject their homeland.
So once again, the world is beating its chest with all the false morality it can muster as it gets out its Israel bashing handbook and throws out words like “international law”, “disproportionate response” and “unarmed peaceful demonstrators.” Many world leaders continue to avoid the reality that Israelis face each day, preferring to preach about “excessive force,” while hiding out in sanitized hallways in Brussels or the United Nations headquarters.
Yet they still fail to condemn Hamas for using human shields.
They still fail to condemn those Arab demonstrators that destroy the only cargo crossing through which Israel ships fuel and gas. The Arabs destroy their own means of energy and then cry poverty and hardship.
They’ll claim the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem has unleashed the violence, yet ignore the decades of violence they perpetrated before that.
They still fail to condemn Hamas for building terror tunnels designed to kill using money they provided.
In their jaded eyes, Arabs were having a picnic on a nearby field until Israeli troops opened fire without cause or reason. They continue to live in a bubble of make believe, failing to see the truth of what is happening in Gaza, even though Hamas’s intent has been made clear through their videos, their speeches and their statements – all publically available.
So how does Israel show the world a truth that it refuses to see?
Sadly it can’t, because we are living in a world where Jews are expected to just lie down and die as they did so often in the past. And yet this plucky little country refuses to follow that same script. How dare they defend themselves against these peaceful Arabs who only want to go home – a home that was never theirs. How dare they ignore the sage advice of countries in whose soil the blood of Jews runs deep.
Well, they dare indeed.
Israeli troops stood guard at the fence, staring down 40000 Arabs, fuelled and incited by hatred, many who were attacking them with pipe bombs, grenades and rocks, all under the cover of burning tyres. They were clamouring to tear down that fence and rip the hearts out of innocent people. Israel stood firm against a wave of darkness and terror that, if not confronted, would sweep over the land like a tidal wave, destroying all in its path.
So while Israel might want the support and understanding of the world, it doesn’t really matter if they get it or not. Because ultimately Israel will exercise its inalienable rights as a sovereign and proud nation – to defend themselves by all means necessary against all who would do them harm.
Justin Amler is a noted South African born, Australia-based writer and commentator on international issues.
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