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Muslims Kill Muslims, Jews Kill Muslims, Who Doesn’t?

Future generations will look back on 2014 with wonder. Throughout Africa and the Middle East thousands of Muslims are engaged in the process of murdering other Muslims while leadership of Muslim societies remains remarkably silent about this carnage. In Nigeria, the nut case Boko Haram continues to sweep into Muslim villages, and either murder every Muslim in sight or they kill the men and gather up women to be used as sex slaves. Has anyone seen a single outburst in any Muslim nation about this murder of Muslims? Oh, in Pakistan a mob went wild and murdered three Muslims because they were not the right kind of Muslim. Just about every day in Iraq, hundreds are shot to death by fellow Muslims, but silence reigns from al-Ahram university. Where are Muslim clerics like Christian Martin Luther King who risked his life in order to aid fellow black Christians? Syria is a monstrosity of murder by Muslims against Muslims and no leader in any Muslim society rises to seek the end of this slaughter of Muslims. According to Muslim columnist, Harron Siddiqui: “Muslims are being killed by fellow Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria in far greater numbers(than those in Gaza). Muslim blood is cheap.

Perhaps, the lack of an outraged response from Muslim leaders throughout the world enables the Israel government to continue its policy of wiping out Hamas. Ironically, killing 1500 Muslims in Gaza is much fewer than have been killed in Iraq or Syria on any week of the year. I guess Mr. Siddiqui is right-Muslim blood is cheap. If this carnage is to end, it should begin with organization of Muslim clerics who would march into Syria or Iraq or into Gaza and demand a ceasefire in the killing of Muslims. If they do not take action, then who will?

So, What Comes Later?

I thoroughly agree with the concept that a nation has the right to defend its territorial integrity. I agree that a nation has the right to wipe out any groups seeking to cause it harm. I agree that Israel has the right to make certain no bombs are headed for its people. Frankly, any nation in the world would take action to halt such violence against its territory. The government of Israel made clear “when a ceasefire proposal that answers Israel’s important needs is laid on the table, it will be considered.” Even as he spoke Israel tanks were blasting away at civilians seeking refuge in a UN school. Let me examine the Israel statement.

1. What are Israel’s “needs?”

2. What does “consider” mean?

3. What comes after the conclusion of the war in Gaza?

It is quite clear that Israel’s “needs” entail an end to bombs entering its nation. Hopefully, “consider” means address ALL issues linked to the fighting in Gaza. To simply respond to the need for an end of bombs is not enough because ceasing at that point any meaningful discussions does not address the issue of “what comes after conclusion of the war in Gaza?” Unless this issue is addressed in a “meaningful manner” a few years from now there will be more bombs and within a year there will be suicide bombers blasting away in Israel. Does anyone in the Israel government actually believe that this war has not created a new generation of suicide bombers! They are now teens and within a few years they will be ready and willing to die for Allah by killing Jews.

So, what must be done–NOW!

1. An end to further West Bank settlements.

2. Consolidation of all West Bank settlements into an area of the West Bank not to exceed 5% of the land.

3. Recognition of the new state of Palestine.

4. The right of Palestinians to have its capital in east Jerusalem.

5. Creation of a new “Marshall Plan” for the region whose aim is stimulating the economies of Palestine, Egypt and Jordan, along with that of Israel.

Get youth into meaningful education and jobs if one seeks to avoid suicide bombers!

Does Israel Get A Free Pass From Media?

The current events between Israel and Palestinians is raising new questions concerning whether or not Israel gets a free pass from the American media. For example, when Palestinians murder innocent Israelis the media refer to them as “terrorists.” When Palestinians riot and throw stones at police, they are guilty of “violence.” When West Bank Jewish settlers destroy vines and other farm products of Palestinian farmers, the event never makes it to the media. Three Israeli youth just murdered an innocent Muslim teen, but it is doubtful if any newspaper in America will term them as TERRORISTS nor will their actions fall into the category of terrorism. If a Hamas spokesperson shouts hatred of Jews, it is reported as an example of stirring up violence. If Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises revenge, promises to kill every person connected with the horrendous crime, the American media does not explore how such words will stir up anger and possibly lead to violence against the innocent.

A cousin of Mohammad Abu Khdeir was visiting his relatives. He was in a demonstration and soon found himself on the ground being held down by Israel police who proceeded to beat up the boy. He is a slightly built teen who can readily be handled by a single Israel policeman. Jodi Rudoren, head of the New York Times Jerusalem Bureau reported statements from an Israeli police spokesperson. He insisted the video which depicts the beating was “edited and biased.” Fair enough. Why didn’t Ms. Rudoren then ask him:

1. If the boy is being held down by police, why the need to beat him up?
2. How can a slightly built teen put up a fight against burly cops?

Prime Minister Netanyahu is responsible for his statements which urged revenge. Is it surprising that some Israel teens took him up on his promise by murdering an innocent child?

Death Takes No Holiday In Gaza

Once the hounds of war are unleashed, they gain increased momentum as they run faster and faster. Today, we Americans forget how so many yelled with joy when President George Bush stood before a banner proclaiming, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Set in motion armies or guerrilla forces and each step along their path to killing results in more and more dead. Once the taste of blood is on their lips, a bit more blood is of no importance. A few weeks ago, there was a hesitant quiet along the Gaza and Israel border. Friday, marks the beginning of World War I a hundred years ago. Not a single person in the world on July 1, 1914 thought there would be a major war. A month later, misunderstandings, pride, foolishness had enveloped European leaders and they set in motion the slaughter of twenty million in a conflict no nation desired on July 31, 1914. However, the day war began streets in Berlin or Paris of Moscow or London were filled with joyous crowds chanting the song of war. This same process is now occurring in Gaza. Both sides are trapped in their promises to defeat the other, both sides have made promises of victory, both sides have gone too far down the road of war to believe it possible of returning from whence they began.

Hamas insists there can be no end unless Israel and Egypt lift the blockade. Why do they desire the lifting of this blockade? They need more concrete to build more tunnels through which they can get more weapons of destruction. Their policy of firing missiles was a show, not an act of military need. So, which Hamas leader is now prepared to admit making mistakes in strategy? On the other side is Israel. The Israel Defense Force(IDF) began an attack to wipe out missiles, stumbled into a maze of tunnels, and decided destroying tunnels was key to their decision to invade. The IDF was perfectly aware that Hamas encouraged civilians to gather close to those firing so the decision was made to blast away. It has now reached the point of blasting away. UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon told the world: “The precise location of the Jabalia Girls Elementary School and the fact that it was hosting thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israel army 17 times to ensure its protection!”

However, once operating on the assumption that Hamas is always hiding within a crowd of civilians it becomes difficult to believe any crowd of civilians does NOT include Hamas fighters. So, the IDF races into battle to kill the enemy. At this point neither the IDF nor Hamas is clear as to who is the enemy!

Extremists Rule In Israel And Gaza

To those who seek peace in the Middle East, the current madness of death and destruction has resulted in the end of words. Frankly, there is nothing more to say about either side in this conflict. Hamas shouts words of hate and unreason demanding the world recognize it as the voice of Palestinians. Israel insists the world is filled with anti-Semites seeking the complete destruction of a Jewish state. President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has lost any power as well as respect from Palestinians who blame him for the slaughter now proceeding in Gaza. UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl has reached the point of utter desperation in dealing with either Hamas or the IDF. “The scenes of carnage and human suffering that we witnessed at our elementary school in Beit Hanon were so appalling and intolerable that it is difficult to find the words to convey my indignation.”

He pointed out that rockets were discovered in schools, left by courtesy of Hamas. He contacted the IDF and asked for a pause in action-”approval for that never came.” Hamas places troops in locations where there are civilians in order to ensure civilians die. The IDF is determined to wipe out all tunnels, and insists civilians are told to leave. Pray tell, leave and go where?? Does anyone doubt that a new generation of suicide bombers are being born in this madness?

An Israeli woman tried to read the names in Hebrew of children who died in Gaza. The Israel Broadcasting Authority banned her reading of names and ages. It was defined as “politically controversial.”

A year from now or two years from now, suicide bombers will kill Israelis. THAT is politically controversial. In the end, suffer the children for crimes of adults!

The Israeli – Hamas Dilemma

During the momentary lull in Gaza fighting it is time to examine what is happening in Israel and among Palestinians. During the 1967 war, Israel gained control of the West Bank. At that point in time, Jordan ruled the West Bank because the concept of an independent Palestinian state had yet to be born. Israeli leaders in 1967 were prepared to allow an independent Palestinian state to be created in 1967 in return for recognition and peace, but no Arab nation took up the offer. This began the current stalemate in the region. It was simply a matter of time and politics before conservatives in Israel took up the cry of settling on the West Bank in order to restore the ancient land of Israel. There simply was no Arab nation willing to negotiate with Israel until President Sadat of Egypt initiated a peace agreement. Unfortunately, only Jordan was willing to go along with recognition of the state of Israel.

During the past forty years, the “settlers movement” within Israel continued to gain strength and power. By the year 2000 it was a force in Israeli politics. Benjamin Netanyahu seized the opportunity to incorporate this group along with conservative factions in Israel in order to become Prime Minister of the country. He soon recognized that creating the “Iran Threat” would produce votes. Shout that Israel is threatened by Iran in order to engender fear, and the result is more votes. Examine the Netanyahu political approach and the war in Gaza makes sense:

1. He opposed efforts by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to forge an alliance with Hamas. Of course, if Abbas signed a treaty with Israel, this would FORCE HAMAS to go along with it or face massive disapproval by Palestinians.
2. Instead, Netanyahu continues to gain support from Settlers on the West Bank who now number over 500,000. Instead of forcing Hamas to become engaged in a political process, Netanyahu simply encourages their extremists to engage in violence.
3. REALITY: If President Abbas announces the end of his government, this means Israel would have to assume responsibility for government of the West Bank. This is the ISRAEL NIGHTMARE. Within thirty years there would be more Muslims in Israel than Jews. What then?

In one sense, the current horror in Gaza serves the political aims of Hamas and Netanyahu. Both Hamas and Netanyahu require a crisis in order to gain political power. Eventually, fighting will cease. President Abbas, the moderate, has been virtually destroyed by the Gaza war since now revenge and violence are the mantra of most Palestinians. The refusal of Prime Minister Netanyahu to compromise with Abbas has brought to power violent extremists within the Palestinian community.

Day Of Rage -Soon Months Of Rage!

I was born a Jew, raised as a Conservative Jew by parents who had escaped the vicious anti-Semitism prevalent in Europe in the early part of the twentieth century. At least eleven of my relatives were murdered in the Holocaust, and my uncle and his three daughters fought in the forests of the Ukraine during World War II. I have spent my life Jew in America who is horrified at actions of the Israel Defense Force in Gaza is termed to be a “self hating Jew.”I now confront the reality that any Jew in America who is horrified at the slaughter of innocent men, women and children in Gaza is termed, a “self hating Jew.” So, be it. It was a horrible act by some group of Palestinians to murder three innocent Jewish boys in Israel. But, as of this date, at least 840 people in Gaza have also been murdered, some are vicious terrorists, but the majority are simply innocent civilians caught in the middle of a war that will go on and on and on. The UN had established the Beit Hanom School in Gaza, UN officials informed the IDF of the coordinates of the school, but Israel forces bombed the location and murdered innocent children.

The word is “murdered,” not “killed.” Israel forces continue to destroy homes and businesses of innocent people in their quest to end the power of Hamas in Gaza. Yes, Hamas is composed of ruthless murderers who have placed innocent people at risk due to their hatred of Jews. Yes, the tunnels have to be destroyed. But, the murder of innocent people will have but one consequence– hundreds of new terrorists are being born in the world of Gaza and on the West Bank. Palestinians had a “day of Rage” on the West Bank and five were killed, including one by a Jewish settler. Dozens are wounded. Today a day or rage, tomorrow years of rage.

There is only ONE solution. A COMPROMISE agreement between Palestinian leaders and Jewish Israel leaders. It must be based on the following:

1. The end of further West Bank settlements.

2. The establishment of a Palestinian government on the West Bank.

3. A compromise settlement of the refugee issue. Most probably, this would entail (a) some form of financial settlement, (b) return of X number of refugees to the West Bank.

4. Establishment of a joint Educational Commission to foster a peace and reconciliation curriculum in Israel and Palestinian schools. We must look to youth to create a new world of peace. After all, Jews and Germans now work together -even after the murder of SIX MILLION JEWS.

Death Takes No Holiday

There are moments when one longs for an old fashioned war that has nothing to do with religion, and everything to do with power or wealth or prestige. Adolf Hitler sought power, and the Allies combined to defeat his armies, conquer Germany, and assist Germans to renew their lives in peace and prosperity. Heck, the US and England defeated Japan in a war that led to millions of deaths, the war concluded, Japan signed on the dotted line, they were occupied, and since then Japan has known only prosperity and peace. But, wars in the Middle East are intertwined with religion. Sunni vs Shiite, or Jew vs. Muslim. You can also throw in Christians in either of those equations. Muslim Hamas decided to send rockets into Israel or if it was not Hamas, then the honor of this stupidity belongs to any of an assortment of local Gaza terrorists. Three innocent Jewish boys were murdered which resulted in the murder of an innocent Palestinian Muslim boy, and from that point on, the race to see which side could murder more innocent people began.

I understand that Hamas and its affiliates have been sending rockets into Israel. It is clear that Israelis can not accept a world in which rockets zoom over their skies. BUT, it is also clear that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been seeking an excuse to invade Gaza, and blast away. Does one evil equal the other? Who cares? Palestinians have been seeking for years to get Israel to halt West Bank settlements. If President Abbas had been empowered to create an independent Palestinian state, the current war in Gaza may or may not have been. Certainly halting West Bank settlements is not the end of the world for Israel. The people of Israel-Jews and Muslims and Christians have been engaged in war for half a century.

The latest count is 700 dead Gazans including children murdered while in a UN school. 29 Jewish soldiers are dead. Peace and the end of violence not only impacts Jews in Israel, it also impacts Muslims in Gaza or the West Bank. It is now time for peace.

Step One: End further West Bank settlements and get down to the issue of how other issues can be resolved.

Israel -Hamas Redeux

During the past few weeks a few million words have been written regarding the current crisis in the Middle East. There are times when words are a weapon of war, unfortunately at this moment, actual weapons of war are in action. The entire issue of conflict between Israel and Middle Eastern nation has been on the world’s agenda for over sixty years. Yes, there have been a few examples of peace such as the agreement between Egypt and Israel or the agreement between Israel and Jordan, but the winds of war continue to blow. There IS a Palestinian government led by President Mahmoud Abbas, and he DOES desire peace between Palestinians and Israel. If we take a step back from the current slaughter of people in Gaza and ask: how did this war get started,? we are left with a degree of uncertainty. Or, are we left with a sense that both Hamas and Israel literally needs a conflict?

Let me make clear there are no innocent parties in this conflict. Hamas leaders are besides themselves with joy as thousands of Gazans are wounded and hundreds are killed. The more innocent people die in Gaza, the more Hamas leaders can seek more money, more support, and more arms from outside groups. The leaders of Hamas are trapped in a vicious cycle of war and death. They lack any political plan for the future of Palestinians other than war and death. If war halted tomorrow in Gaza, what would Hamas leaders do? The answer is simple-build new tunnels!

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also lacks a plan for the future other than build new settlements in the West Bank. Reality check: What if the Palestinian Authority unilaterally disbanded and told Israel that it is now in charge of all Palestinians? That would result in an Israel in which at least 30% of the population was Muslim or Christian. Since these groups have a higher birth rate it means by 2050, Jews are the minority in Israel. This IS REALITY. So, what is the response of Netanyahu-invade, kill, destroy tunnels. One Israel bomb hit a family of 25, at least 18 children died.

Eventually, fighting will cease. Death will take a temporary holiday. Eventually, hundreds of children will die. But, Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to refuse accepting reality. The ONLY hope for a peaceful Israel is negotiating with President Abbas. Negotiating requires COMPROMISE. And, in Israel that means desires of the state of Israel take precedence over the desires of West Bank settlers.

No Fly, No War?

The killings continue in Gaza as the Israel army continues its campaign to wipe out launching facilities that send rockets into Israel. A new twist on this story concerns decisions by most major airlines to cease any flights in or out of Israel. After all, if rockets are in the air, the last thing desired is to have planes up in the sky. One suspects this ban was never anticipated by those planing the invasion of Gaza. Then again, has the Israel government a plan to end death for its citizens that goes beyond the present moment in time? UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon reflects the feelings of many nations in demanding that Israel halt its current attacks in Gaza. Each minute, each hour, each day, the number of deaths grows higher and higher.

Let me make clear, that every nation in the world has a right to respond to military attacks upon its soil. No nation has to sit idly by while rockets descend upon its people. The right to employ force against violence is NOT the issue. The issue, and it will continue to be the issue is: what is the future of Israel as a society? Is the goal seizure of the entire West Bank and removal of Palestinians from the area? Is so, then the current invasion of Gaza makes some sort of sense. BUT, if the issue is: how does the Israel government develop a policy which enables Palestinians to have their own government, then the invasion makes scant sense. Why? Because after the guns grow silent in Gaza, thousands of young Palestinians have only one dream– to revenge the deaths of family and friends. Perhaps, it takes a year, perhaps two years, but in the future there will be other rockets.

What then? Another invasion?