Lessons That Last a Lifetime

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Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth Prime Minister and its first and only female head of state, was born in Kiev and, in her autobiography My Life, she vividly recalled the memory of her father having had only a piece of wood to barricade his family and “protect” them against the pogrom inspired marauders.  This left a deep impression on her and, regardless of how much easier life in Milwaukee was for her and her family, Golda knew her place was in the Land of Israel, then under mandatory control by the British.  She was determined to do all she could to insure that Jews were able to reestablish their place in the land of their forbearers.  Her hope was that a Jewish state would protect the Jews who, for many generations past, had been barely tolerated as “guests in other countries.”

Years ago at a CAMERA conference Prof. Alan Dershowitz spoke of the “Shah Shtil”/ “Don’t rock the boat” mentality of many Jews.  He exhorted the audience to stand proud reminding them that “We Jews have given, more than we have taken!”  He was speaking about the role of Jews in America but his words could easily be applied to Israel as well.  Israel’s contributions in myriad fields are world renowned – agriculture, medicine, literature, music, humanitarian assistance – to name a few.  So why do Jews in the diaspora and Israel forget this and allow the “red line” of acceptable behavior to constantly be moved?  Why have Jews allowed themselves to fall prey to intimidation?

Possibly they aren’t on the same mailing lists I’m on and/or they are allowing their senses to be dulled, and are just “going along to get along.”

Those concerned with peace, beyond lip-service, would have somehow learned about the recent report from the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center that details how Palestinian children spent this summer, as summers past.  Tens of thousands of young Palestinian children attended Hamas run “summer camps” where the lessons of martyrdom – like those in their school textbooks and the messages heard everywhere in their towns and on television – were reaffirmed.  Likewise, the precepts of the PLO Covenant and the Hamas Charter were reiterated.

The camps, for all intents and purposes, are incubators for future generations of Jihadis. And so the question that begs to be asked is how can these children – heirs to any peace agreement that may be signed – who have been raised to hate and are dedicated to killing themselves and others, implement any peace agreement when they have been prepared for anything but peace.

Lest all the onus be placed at Hamas’ doorstep, a 2004 story posted by Emma Hurd of Sky News shows children who attended a training camp sanctioned by the Palestinian Authority and run by, none other, than the Popular Resistance Committees – the same group that orchestrated the Eilat attacks.  If you look at the photo gallery you will see the faces of 10 year-old boys who, as 17 year olds today, could very well have been recruited by the PRC for these last attacks.

The words of the Irish statesman and political theorist, Edmund Burke, are as true today as when he wrote them in the 18th century, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”

Many of those who perpetrated the recent attacks and who are issuing the orders for the barrage of missiles are “summer camp graduates.” The only way my girlfriend can get up off the road and put away her “security blanket” is if we have the facts in hand and are prepared to stand up and speak the truth.  Her future, Israel’s future and ours depend on it.

Ferne Hassan is a New Jersey-based concerned citizen.

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  • Yeshayahu Goldfeld

    Who are the enthusiastic supporters of the Palestinians , who will vote for their admittance to the U.N. and and who comprise the majority in the U.N. ?Klep-
    tocracies like Muslim theocracies , Islam subservient t-v-station countries ,
    murderous ideologies countries and rogue countries .

    • aspacia

      Flipper would.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        It just goes to show… voting is antisemitic.

        • http://dikaesha.pbwiki.com Foolster41

          Yes, Flipside, voting to reward an anti-Semitic regremes who want to destroy Isreal and kill all Jews with a statehood even thouogh they do not qualify for it by UN standards, without addressing its anti-Semitic genocidal aims is anti-semitic.

  • Anamah

    Do you think possible for this young be normal people or are they condemned to live as psychopathic personalities. I can't be optimist, in reality sadly I believe they have no future, at least not a happy one.

    • jasonz

      no . Islam dictated that they must die in jihad against their enemies. keep in mind this is not just jews, but all that is not islam. islam is meant to dominate the world. the only way to stop them is to kill them. you cannot trust them to change for it is in their nature to lie cheat and stteal for islam. they will claim loyalty to america and whatever they have to til the last second when they blow themselves up for jihad. as much as people hate this genocide IS the only answer the question is will it be islamic genocide of everyone else or the free worlds gennocide of islam and therefore have peace.

  • mikidiki

    Anti-semitism has never gone away .. Jews have always been persecuted .. so there is nothing new … there will be trouble ahead.

    • davarino

      This time must be different for the Jews, compared to what happened in Germany. They must stand up and fight because it is obvious the world is not coming to their rescue.

      • Raymond in DC

        Indeed, much of the world is acquiescing, if not in fact cheering, this Palestinian march on Jerusalem. Some, likely like France and Britain, will stand to the side, abstain, and let it happen, while the US could appear against it while claiming it's for it – Susan Rice, after vetoing the Palestinian bid in the UNSC, then declaring US support for the Palestinian bid, just not this way. The UN will have demonstrated its moral bankruptcy for all to see, though most will just turn their eyes.

  • Amused

    The Palestinian National Charter , has been around for years .It was a First step in Oslo , for Palestinians to remove such language in that charter [covenant] calling for Israel's destruction. That has NEVER been done , it came before The Palestinian National Council and was rejected three times. The Hamas Charter and Hezboila Proclaimation are no better .NOTHING has changed since the hijacking of airliners began in the mid-sixties . The existence of Israel is called by arabs the "Nakba " [disaster ] and it has been the core of the Pan Arab dream to eradicate Israel and put vthe Jews into the sea .One thing all muslims and Arabs can agree upon.NOTHING has[or will ] change .

  • Amused

    "Peace for us means the destruction of Israel. We are preparing for
    all-out war, a war which will last for generations." –
    Yasser Arafat, former leader of the PLO.

    "We plan to eliminate the state of Israel and establish a purely
    Palestinian state. We will make life unbearable for Jews by
    psychological warfare and population explosion. We Palestinians will
    take over everything, including all of Jerusalem." – Yasser Arafat,
    former leader of the PLO.

  • Amused

    "The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian
    state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of
    Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference
    between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for
    political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of
    a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit
    the existence of a distinct 'Palestinian people' to oppose Zionism…
    For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined
    borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian,
    I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem.
    However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will
    not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan." – PLO executive
    committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch
    newspaper Trouw.

    • America

      Not ONE ARAB, Middle Eastern Country has EVER excepted Palestinian's in their country going back centuries! Why is that amused? They don't want you! No one does! BUT, they all want the "Palestinian's to destroy Israel! YOU WILL NEVER WIN! Amused someday that smile will be knocked off your face!!!!!

  • Amused

    …..there will be no peace ,there will be no palestinian State .

  • oldtimer

    San Remo Conference after WWI set land for a Jewish state. Israel is legal owner of all of Israel, actually if you look at the original mandate, they own more. Look it up for yourself.
    Leave Israel to Israel!

  • montlasky

    How can generations of ingrained hatred for the Jews ever be excised after being force- fed into youngsters from the age of three upwards?
    Graduates from this training killed the Fogel family. The perpetrators where in their mid teens and show no remorse even in captivity. Why? Because they have exercised their "right" to follow the imams who trained them in the first place and now proudly show their trainers how good they are at their art. So what if they get the death penalty or not (in Israel it's unlikely) they will become martyrs and ever be proudly looked upon by their teachers and their parents as diligent and succesful pupils of islam.
    How do you fight this? There is no conventional battlefield to fight them on. So there must be a massive ground swell of "infidels" all non muslims to rise up against these trained killers and exclude them from the non-Muslim world by any means fair or foul. We must fight fire with fire and it must start soon as it is already late.

  • StephenD

    I'm all for a "Palestinian" State. Now then, Let Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria…take a portion of their land and carve out some for these so called “Palestinians” to have their own state. No? That doesn't work for the world? But of ocurse the world is aware that this IS the original homelands of these people! Just as Israel is the original homeland of the Jews. You want peace? Have at it! Lets go Jordan, since you have 70% of the “Palestinians” to begin with you can be the first to give up some of your land for them. Funny that Israeli Palestinians are CITIZENS OF ISRAEL but the ones in all the other countries are REFUGEES. Does the world condemn them for this? Of course not! Look! Israel is an evil apartheid state! Ignore the facts….go after Israel!

  • effemall

    Israel's failure to logically and naturally respond to the aggression from Gaza baffles me and puts them into the category of dhimmis. How long would the U.S. put up with rockets lobbed into California or Texas from Mexico? I can't think of a single country in the world that would put up with such aggression. For starters, every time a single rocket is fired into Israel from Gaza, Israel needs to immediately fire two rockets in return. It needs to announce to the Gazans that this response will escalate on a weekly basis. Two for one, three for one, four for one, etc. But, of course, Israel needs to also address Iran which has been supplying these rockets. They doubtlessly have developed rockets that can reach Tehran. Kids in school learn that the only way to get rid of bullies is to bloody their nose every time they start up. Israel needs to learn from school kids.

  • mrbean

    It is a matter of record that Palestinians strap munitions on their own women and children and send them out on homicide-suicide missions to murder other innocent women and children in markets, restuarants, on school buses, and in their homes. The Palestinians in their own words and by their actions are committed to the genocide of the Jewish people therefore, have foreited their rights to even exist at all let alone having a UN and US sanctioned terrorist state of their own.

  • riverChief

    I STAND WITH ISRAEL

  • daniel

    We have long passed from satire to reality. For the satirist there is nothing left to say…

  • Roland

    My country is called Palestine.
    I do not work. I sit and whine
    to get much cash from foreign Dhimmi.
    Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme.

  • Moishe Pupick

    Th., 09/08/11 common era

    I have learned in Orthodox synogogues that G-d treats people as we treat one another.
    The current flooding, hurricanes, and fires here in the U.S. may be evidence of G-d's anger. President Obama and his administration are trying to evict Jews from parts of the Biblical Homeland so G-d reacts by causing Gentiles to be evicted from parts of their homeland. Can this be proven empirically? Of course not, but the fictitious "Mother Nature" has nothing to do with it.

  • xlent

    Muslem, "hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth good will to men"

  • A.R Momen

    Now do you still believe that you can bluff all people that Palestine is your land and the Palestinians are a God's mistake put in your way .Wake up ,Even your Jewish people is not convinced with the Torah legends and prophecies .There is a fact as solid as rocks,more than 6.5 million people are refugees because their parents and grandparents have been forcefully driven out of their homeland .Yes there have been Jews living with us ,but they were as we have been the sons of the land ,not aliens from Poland,?Russia, and other European countries,.Yes you have power, political influence ,advanced technology – but all of this is an interpretation of the second great rise of the sons of Israel in history and eventually shall be followed by the great collapse of that power, let's wait!!

    • StephenD

      Scroll back and read what I said of Jordan, Egypt, et al.

  • Ross

    Why doesn't anyone understand that the Muslims have a perfect right to the Temple Mount and Jerusalem . Because it was there that the 53 year old 'holy prophet' (you know, the one with the 9 year old wife) flew to one night on the back of a winged horse that had the face of a woman and the tail of a peacock. From Medina to Jerusalem in a few seconds.

    It sickens me that non-muslims around the world even question the authenticity of the basis of the Islamic claim. Can't they just accept it all on face value? I mean, if it says so in the islamic 'holy books' – then it must be true. 1.2 billion people believe it's right therefore it has to be right, no?

    Let's have a debate in the UN and sort this out once and for all.

  • UCSPanther

    Their indoctrination of children reminds me of the Hitler Youth…

  • LindaRivera

    The war against ALL infidels started 1,400 years ago with HUGE slave trader, founder of Islam, Mohammad.

    Arafat and his PLO terrorists were introduced to Israel, as Israel’s “peace” partner. This was to REWARD Arafat and the PLO for their satanic atrocities and mass slaughter of Christians in Lebanon. Arafat and the PLO were given territory in Israel, provided with weapons and mega money. Arafat and his barbaric PLO then waged relentless jihad against Israel’s Jews and severely persecuted Judea and Samaria Christians. Arafat and his cruel PLO monsters did EXACTLY what was expected of them.

    To seek an illegitimate Muslim terror state implant in little Israel, is to seek a Second Holocaust of Jews.

  • http://www.synocom.nl Rob

    Looks like all these countries are falling down one by one.

  • David Sokol

    Say something to the youth. I bet most of the posters here are grey or bald or soon to be. Without youth freedom is sunk. Support a twenty something to speak up-