Sometimes…no, often…well, always, I don’t have my last word on a subject until I read Caroline Glick’s first:
Three Jewish boys were abducted by Palestinian terrorists while trying to catch a ride home from school Thursday night. And as far as the foreign press is concerned, it’s their own damned fault.
As Honest Reporting documented, everyone from The Guardian to CNN, to Sky News to the Christian Science Monitor blamed Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frankel for their victimization.
The boys deserve whatever they get, according to the media, because they are Jews and Jews have no right to be located anywhere that the Palestinians demand be cleansed of Jewish presence. And the Palestinians demand that Gush Etzion be emptied of Jews.
So the boys, who dared to be located in Gush Etzion, had it coming.
And the blame doesn’t end with the victims. In trying to rescue them, the Israeli government is also committing an unpardonable crime – against Palestinian unity, no less.
According to The New York Times’ Israel bureau chief Jodi Rudoren, by searching for the boys, Israel has “further destabilized Israeli-Palestinian relations, and challenged the new Palestinian government’s ability to hold together disparate political factions and reunite the West Bank and Gaza after a seven-year split.”
As Seth Mandel wrote in Commentary, “If the unity government can survive only by being permitted to carry out terrorism against Israel without response or consequences, it is not so much a government as a sadistic terrorist gang.”
Mandel understated the problem. There is no conditionality. The Palestinian government is “a sadistic terrorist gang.”
I say criminal family, but let’s not quibble:
Hamas, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, kidnapped the teenagers. Hamas is a jihadist movement recognized by the US State Department and the EU as a foreign terrorist organization.
Its declared goal is the genocide of world Jewry. And to advance its aim, it has murdered Jews, and incited, trained and indoctrinated Palestinians to murder Jews every single day since it was founded in 1988.
As for Fatah, since Frankel, Shaer and Yifrach were taken on Thursday night, Fatah has glorified and celebrated their capture on its official Facebook page and its official newspaper. Fatah’s Facebook page depicted the boys as rats, reeled in by a fishing pole.
In case you missed it:
The Palestinian Authority’s daily newspaper Al Hayat al Jadida published a mock World Cup logo in which three hands held three people who held their hands up in surrender.
Abbas’s “moderate” faction of the Palestinian unity government, so energetically supported by the US, the EU and the western media, did not call for the public to quit celebrating the abduction. Nor did it condemn the brutal assault.
The Fatah activists called for shopkeepers in the vicinity of the kidnapping to destroy any footage their security cameras filmed in the 24 hours following the operation to prevent the IDF from seizing the footage and using it in its efforts to locate the boys.
That makes Fatah an accessory after the fact to the attack. And yes, that means that the PA – which is comprised of Fatah and Hamas – is in fact one great big terrorist organization.
But really, the entire Arab entity now occupying Judea, Samaria, and Gaza is an accessory after the fact. Any Arab shopkeeper who destroyed his security tape; anyone who holds up the three-fingered salute:
Text on fingers, right to left: “Three, Shalits, Long live Palestine.”
Text on palm: “Three Shalits.”
Status text: “Reactions to the ‘Three Shalits’ campaign, which has taken off in the social media networks in support of the capture of the Israeli occupation soldiers.”
[Facebook, “Fatah – The Main Page” (the official website
of Fatah’s Mobilization and Organization Commission) June 16, 2014
Rather than demand that Abbas take the responsibility he claims to carry, and convince his coalition partner to return the children they stole, the two-stater peaceniks blame Israel. And the kidnapped boys.
Maybe there is something else going on here.
Glick then switches to the controversy over the Metropolitan Opera’s production of The Death of Klinghoffer, by John Adams. I’d like to leave that out here because I’m not familiar with the opera (though I’m very familiar with the real-life—and death—events on which it is based). If the opera tries to justify the terrorists’ actions, I condemn it, hate it, and say shame on the Met. If, instead, it presents the villains as villains, but slightly deeper than cardboard cutouts, I might not necessarily have a problem with it. We see Nazis portrayed on screen as loving the Beethoven, schnapps, and the Fatherland, but we don’t think they’re any less monstrous. Like I say, I don’t know, and irrelevant to my point here.
Which Glick brings home with aplomb:
Under the guiding hand but blind eye of Europe’s elites, over the past 20 years anti-Semitism has become endemic in the political systems of EU member states as well as in the EU bureaucracy. Jew hatred serves as the one sentiment that unites leftists, rightists and Muslims.
And in Europe today, anti-Semitism doesn’t merely serve to justify Palestinian violence against Israelis. It also empowers Muslim Jew haters to believe that they can attack Jews violently with impunity on the streets of Europe.
Over the past week alone, Jews in Paris were subjected to four violent attacks. Jewish teenage boys were chased by a man wielding an ax. Other teenagers were sprayed with tear gas. Another Jewish teenage boy was tasered. And on Sunday, two men approached a synagogue while shooting a submachine gun and a handgun.
Outside the Jewish media, the events were barely reported. This, but a few weeks after the Belgian government refused to acknowledge that the massacre of four people at the Jewish museum in Brussels by a French jihadi was an anti-Semitic assault.
Jewish teenagers are kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists in Israel, and it’s their fault.
A old, handicapped Jewish man was thrown over the deck of a cruise ship, and America’s premier opera house says it’s art.
Jewish teenagers are violently assaulted on the streets of Europe, and Europe yawns.
There is a pattern here. And it has nothing to do with peace.
So many good points—what else did you expect from Caroline Glick?—but let me end with the highlighted one.
Who even knows any of the stories of worldwide violence against Jews? The pogroms in the Arab world over the last century, the daily assaults across the European continent in these very times. To report them with anything like the importance they demand may be asking too much of a discredited media. To report them at all shouldn’t be too much to ask.
But then, people would know. And we can’t have that.