The Incoherent Excuses for Hating Israel

Screen Shot 2014-07-20 at 10.48.18 PMIsrael’s military operation to degrade Hamas’ ability to rain rockets down on Israeli cities has stirred up the usual noisy and nasty protests in Europe. We need not dwell on demonstrations by Muslim immigrants, whose genocidal Jew-hatred has been an Islamic tradition for 14 centuries. More revealing is the hatred of Israel by so many Europeans, ranging from leftover leftists and idealizers of the dark-skinned “other,” to far-right xenophobes and morally addled Christians. Whatever its origins, one thing their bitter hatred of Israel does not have is any foundation in coherent principle.

Take the displeasure aroused by the continually publicized disparity in deaths between Gazans and Israelis in the current ground operation to stop the rockets. Many critics seem affronted that Israel has taken great pains to protect its citizens by building bomb shelters and developing the Iron Dome anti-missile defenses, and so have suffered only 2 civilian deaths. They see the videos of dead Palestinian Arab children and blame those deaths on Israel’s “disproportionate response” instead of Hamas’ indifference to their own people’s safety. They ignore Hamas’s tactic of using their own women and children as human shields, ordering them not to flee the fighting, and storing explosives and munitions in tunnels under mosques, hospitals, apartment buildings, and schools, subterranean space that could be used to protect their people. They wink at Hamas’ conscious aim to engineer such casualties in order to create the “propaganda of the deed,” the purpose of which is to elicit precisely the uncritical condemnations of Israel that European useful idiots reflexively provide. They disregard Israel’s unprecedented efforts to warn civilians that bombs are headed their way––phoning them on cell phones and land-lines, sending text messages, scattering leaflets, and dropping warning duds on the roofs of targets. And of course, the Israel-haters don’t care that Israel’s actions are always a defensive response to terrorist aggression.

So what’s the underlying principle behind criticisms of “disproportionate” actions and casualties? That tactical and matériel advantages in war are unfair? A war is not a game like golf, where an inferior player is given a handicap when he plays a better opponent. The objective is to stop the aggression and save lives, using all the resources at your disposal. Do you think during WWII that anyone gave a damn about “disproportionate” casualties? Japanese bombs killed 74 U.S. civilians during WWII, 68 at Pearl Harbor and an Oregon family of 6 killed by a booby-trapped balloon. The U.S. bombing of Japan killed 500,000. Those are the tragic wages of aggression, what Aeschylus meant when he said, “The doer suffers.”

But the obsession with Palestinian Arab casualties, nearly all of them the consequence of Arab aggression and callous disregard for even their own families, is just another expression of the irrational hatred of Israel. If one calculated, just based on the global media’s intense coverage, how many Arabs have died because of Israel’s defense of its people, you’d think the conflict has taken the lives of millions. In fact, since WWII, 41 million people have died in violent conflicts all over the world––but about 40,000 Arabs have died at the hands of Israel, most the result of 3 wars of aggression waged against the Jewish state. Meanwhile, 11 million Muslims have died in other conflicts, 90% of them killed by fellow Muslims. Indeed, even as international critics are devoting hours of coverage to the casualties in Gaza, tens of thousands of Muslims are dying in Syria and Iraq at the hands of other Muslims. Nor is Israel the premier non-Muslim killer of Muslims. If killing Muslims is an excuse for homicidal hatred, there are much grosser offenders than Israel. Russia killed 100,000 Muslims during the 1979-89 Afghan war, and more recently slaughtered about 150,000 Chechnyans, most of them Muslims. But Russia doesn’t receive a fraction of the global hatred and opprobrium Israel suffers when it defends itself against terrorists like Hamas and Fatah.

Then there are the Israel-hater’s complaints about the “illegal occupation.” This phrase is meaningless, of course, since there has never been a modern nation in Judea and Samaria to occupy according international law, and the territory historically was the Jewish homeland for centuries. But those facts aside, how can anyone take seriously complaints about “occupation” coming from Muslims, one of history’s all-time conquerors and occupiers? Muslims occupied Christian Spain, Sicily, the Balkans, and Greece for centuries. And North Africa, Egypt, and the coast of the eastern Mediterranean are still being “occupied,” the original possessors of those lands, if they managed to survive, still subjugated by the descendants of occupiers and colonists. Nor do decriers of “occupation” say anything about Tibet, occupied by China since 1950, or northern Cyprus, illegally occupied by Turkey since 1974. If a principle exists that “occupation” of another people’s land is a legitimate reason to hound and demonize a country, then why the silence about Turkey and China?

So too with the usual harping on the “Palestinian refugees” who were allegedly ethnically cleansed by Israel in 1948, and whose “right of return” has been the perennial deal-breaker preventing peace with Israel. Forget that most willingly fled the conflict, egged on by their so-called “leaders” who promised that they could return to loot Israel once Allah’s armies had prevailed. Forget that, unlike every other refugee group, their ethnic and religious brothers have left them to rot in squalid slums, and refused to integrate them into their own countries. Forget that they are the only group of refugees out of millions to have their very own U.N. agency. If creating refugees is such a heinous crime justifying inveterate hatred, what about the 800,000 Jewish refugees kicked out of lands their ancestors had inhabited for thousands of years before Islam even existed? Or how about the ethnic cleansing of 180,000 Greek Cypriots from northern Cyprus, their land taken by 150,000 Turkish “settlers”? Does anyone even remember the 10 million Germans forcibly removed from Eastern Europe after WWII, at the cost of a million dead? What makes the Palestinian Arabs, who were turned into refugees because of the aggression of their Arab brothers, so special that they have become the permanent wards of the U.N. and international charity, their existence the pretext for international Jew-hatred and terrorist violence?

On count after count, the reasons for hating Israel collapse. In fact, even if every slander and lie about Israel were true, it would still be way down on the list of global offenders, and the hatred directed against it vastly disproportionate. Ideology, not principle or fact, explains this hatred. As a liberal democracy with an economy more capitalist than socialist, Israel is necessarily the enemy of the left, its success like America’s a humiliating reproach to a failed ideology. Those same leftists, still addled by old Leninist obsessions over “imperialism” and “colonialism,” have turned Israel into a neo-imperial outpost of the West appropriating the resources and oppressing the lives of the “indigenous” peoples. A sentimental Third-Worldism that idealizes the dark-skinned “other” victimized by the racist West also finds in the Palestinian Arabs yet another exotic mascot that signifies these Westerners’ superior sensitivity and cosmopolitan sophistication. And the juvenile romanticizing of revolutionary violence and guerilla “resistance” attracts the same people who hang Che Guevara posters over their beds, and name streets after the vicious cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Finally, there is no question that hatred of Israel reflects the continuing existence of anti-Semitism in Europe, intensified by millions of Muslim immigrants for whom hating Israel is theologically justified. As the generation responsible for the Holocaust dies off, as the current generation grows increasingly tired of guilt for atrocities they had nothing to do with, and as the Holocaust becomes just another distant historical attraction in the museum circuit, a space is created for a return of anti-Semitism, one disguised as “anti-Zionism” and “compassion” for the suffering of “Palestinians.” The “Jew of nations,” Israel is burdened with all the old slanders and bigoted stereotypes, now given a patina of leftist ideology and sentimental Third-Worldism. But it is still the same old ancient evil.

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  • knowshistory

    Israel needs to learn history’s lessons about fighting for survival against islam in a world determined to submit to islam. 1. never go to war against muslims unless you are willing to kill them all. the haters of the world are going to accuse Israel of genocide if they kill even one bloodthirsty muslim maniac, so they might as well kill them all. before Israel sent even one soldier or fired one shot across the gaza border, they should have resolved to kill everyone in gaza. if not, they should stay on their side of the border until they are so willing. there is no point in getting the poisonous hatred of the world’s muslim lovers and not get the benefit of eradicating islam from gaza.

    • Franklin25

      The public has also become numb to the body count figures over the last few years coming from surrounding imploding Islamic countries. The media has itself been dumbed down to simply reporting death counts for headlines, as if it’s reporting game scores. Israel should simply keep the press out of the area and keep figures private. All the press is interested in is sensationalism and selling ads. If it bleeds, it leads. Israel and the West should also totally discredit up front any so-called “official” reports coming from Hamas, a designated terrorist organization. No matter how fair Israel fights, the press will find weaknesses. Keep them out of this conflict.

  • lyndaaquarius

    you’re so right. See
    the Israel test” on Prager University. 5 minute cartoon says it all.

  • TheSunDidIt

    “Palestinian civilian casualty” is an oxymoron.


      An 18yo with a beard and an AK47 and a bandana with scribblings from the koran – is a “child”.

  • Lightbringer

    It’s not only jealousy, Swemson. That great 20th century moralist himself, Adolph Hitler, wrote that he could forgive the Jews anything except for two things: Conscience and circumcision. Now, the latter does not apply to non-Jews, so I have no idea why any non-Jew would care one way or another about it. But the first… well, the Jew’s job is to teach the world that all men are created in God’s image, that all men are subject to the same moral laws, and that all men will be judged in the next world for their actions. These are among the most revolutionary and destabilizing ideas in history. And the world will never, ever forgive us for trying to teach them.

  • Jane Hamber

    Not a peep from these European Muslim and radical left protesters in the face of the crimes of radical Muslims. If its not about destroying Israel, they have no interest in the murder and mayhem spread in the name of Allah and the Prophet:

    2014.07.22 (Kabul, Afghanistan) – A Taliban suicide bomber murders four people outiside an airport.

    2014.07.21 (Baqubah, Iraq) – Islamic State send mortar shells into a
    family home, killing three members.

    2014.07.21 (Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan) – A Shahid suicide bomber takes out two

    2014.07.20 (Mahmoudiya, Iraq) – Eleven are killed when Sunnis rain down
    mortar shells on a Shiite religious procession.

    2014.07.19 (Gwoza, Nigeria) – Radicals tie the hands of six villagers and
    then slit their throats while shouting praises to Allah.

    2014.07.19 (al-Farafrah, Egypt) – Twenty-two local soldiers are incinerated by
    an RPG attack blamed on fundamentalists.

    2014.07.19 (al-Farafrah, Egypt) – Twenty-one local soldiers are incinerated by an RPG attack blamed on fundamentalists.

    2014.07.19 (Damboa, Nigeria) – Boko Harma return to the site of an
    earlier massacre and machine-gun over one-hundred more villagers before
    raising their black flag of Islam.

    2014.07.19 (Abu Dashir, Iraq) – Nine people lose their lives to a vicious Shahid suicide bombing in a Shia neighborhood.

    2014.07.18 (Damboa, Nigeria) – Boko Haram massacre over twenty villagers with automatic weapons and explosives.

    2014.07.18 (Witu, Kenya) – Seven people on a bus are machine-gunned by al-Shabaab Islamists.

    2014.07.17 (Homs, Syria) – Islamic State militants attack an oil field and execute nearly three hundred civilians and guards.

    014.07.17 Iraq Taji – A half-dozen Iraqis are pulled into pieces by a Shahid suicide bomber along a crowded street.

    2014.07.17 Iraq Baghdad – An Islamic State suicide bomber takes out four people near a Shia mosque.

    2014.07.16 Tunisia Chaambi – Ansar al-Sharia militants slaughter fifteen local soldiers as they are sitting down to eat.t.

    2014.07.15 Nigeria Dille – Pro-caliphate militants slaughter over
    three dozen residents and burn churches in a raid on a Christian farming

    2014.07.15 Iraq Tikrit – Two suicide car bombers murder a dozen Iraqis.

    2014.07.15 Pakistan Mir Ali – Five local soldiers are cut down by armed religious radicals.

    2014.07.15 Nigeria Sabon Gari Boko Haram massacre twenty villagers.

    2014.07.15 Pakistan Hangu – A 40-year-old Shia teacher is shot to death by Religion of Peace rivals.

    2014.07.15 Afghanistan Urgun – A Shahid suicide bomber at a market
    sends eighty-nine souls to Allah. YES 89 INNOCENTS SLAUGHTERED

    2014.07.15 Nigeria Huyim – Nine Christians are slain by Boko Haram.

    2014.07.14 Iraq Baghdad – Sunnis set off a bomb in a #$%$ district, killing four.

    2014.07.14 Iraq Saadiya – Twelve tribesmen are detained and summarily executed by Islamic State.

    2014.07.14 Libya Benghazi Islamic milita fire a rocket into an airport, killing a guard.

    2014.07.14 Nigeria Zamadede – A mother and her two children are among eleven hacked to death by Fulani terrorists.

    2014.07.14 Iraq Baqubah – Seven people are kidnapped, tied up and executed by sectarian rivals.

    2014.07.14 Iraq Muqdadiya Eight young men are executed by Islamic State members.

    2014.07.14 Mali Moustarat – A suicide bomber kills a French peacekeeper.

    2014.07.14 India Lalmonirhat – Jamaat-e-Islami attack a Hindu family in their home.

    2014.07.14 Iraq Baghdad – A Jihad bomb blast near a car dealership ends the lives of three innocents.

    2014.07.13 Afghanistan Herat – A suicide attack is among several that leave eleven Afghans dead.

    2014.07.13 Thailand Narathiwat – A 62-year-old Buddhist woman is picked off by Muslim gunmen.

    2014.07.13 Iraq Duluiya – A dozen Iraqis lose their lives to an ISIS assault.

    2014.07.13 Iraq Mosul – Ten Shabak religious minorities are reported kidnapped and executed.

    2014.07.13 Iraq Mosul – IS bombers take out two women.

    2014.07.13 Iraq Ishaqi – Four members of a family are disassembled by Mujahid bombers.

    2014.07.13 Iraq Baghdad – Two bombs, one near a crowded market, leave six dead.

    2014.07.13 Egypt al-Arish – Two children are among eight innocents taken out by an Islamist rocket.

    2014.07.13 Syria al-Qaim 4 0 Four locals are publicly executed by pro-Sharia militants.

  • Jane Hamber

    In the light of the transparency of Hamas and its allies, it’s even more astonishing that people who call themselves progressive can support the radical Islamist eliminationist position vis-a-vis Middle Eastern Jews.

    ++”Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish
    population, defies Islam and the Muslims.” -HAMAS CHARTER

    ++”Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will
    obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”-HAMAS CHARTER

    .++”The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine
    is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgement
    Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it,
    should not be given up. “- HAMAS CHARTER.

    ++”There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through
    Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time
    and vain endeavors” -HAMAS CHARTER.

    ++“Oh, Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters” and “the Americans and
    their supporters,” Oh, Allah, count them one by one, and kill them all, without

    ++”We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will
    continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of

    ++“‘The Hour [Resurrection] will not take place until the Muslims fight the.
    Jews and the Muslims kill them, and the rock and the tree will say: ‘Oh,
    Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him!’- HAMAS VIP

    ++”.. I swear that if we had a nuke, we’d have used it this very

    ++“Oh Allah, destroy the Zionist Jews. They are no challenge for you,” he continued. “Count them and kill them to the very last one. Don’t spare a single one of them. Shake the ground beneath their feet. Make them suffer terribly. Deflect their bullets. Disperse them. They behave tyranically all over the world and spread corruption.” SHEIK ABU BILAL ISMAIL, BERLIN, GERMANY.

  • Johnnie the Jew

    Great writing Bruce. You hit all the spots and put the acid on the issue brilliantly. Should be compulsory reading in all homes, schools and higher learning institutes.

  • Lightbringer

    Bless you, sir. We might not see eye to eye politically, but we both are Jews and we both love America and Israel.

  • Maynard

    Most Jew hatred is because of jealousy. You are more intelligent, resourceful, and hard working, Then there is the fact that most people don’t want to know about the things you wrote. Ignorance is bliss. Finally, thanks to the liberal media this phrase comes into play “don’t bother with the facts, my mind is made up”

  • Jeffrey Rosen retired NYPD SGT

    Hatred of Israel boils down to one thing: anti Semitism. And as for the self hating Jews that reject Israel, I feel they’re psychologically rebelling against their parents.

  • Cristinascar

    I’m willing to bet anything that the 800,000 figure for the Jews on the Ottoman Caliphate is low, it was at least 2 million. Some of the finds you see scattered and not put together by anyone, Hebrew texts in Iraq dating back only a century not ancient, door posts all over Libya both often in today’s richest neighborhoods, whole cities in Morocco with grandparent mentioning how the entire city was run by Jews a hundred years ago, famous authors and singers, Algerian witnesses to riots killing hundreds of thousands of Jews. Except Iran there are no Jews in the Middle East, and of course the Egyptian and Syrian Jews of which only a tiny remnant remain all of them in Israel and the US.

    Compare that to the non-propoganda images of southern Ottoman Syria from the 1920s, their numbers are an exxageration like all Muslim history and demographics. Constantinople didn’t even pay to have the giant holes in the roof of the Dome of the Rock fixed, or fix the fact that it had more malaria than the rest of sparsely inhabited areas of Ottoman Syria. Let me make it clear, on the list of capitals for Constantinople for Ottoman Syria Jerusalem was not even 10th first was Damascus, where the Pasha was headquarterd, then was Beirut (the Paris of the East) in the Mount Lebaonon section of Ottoman Syria, then was Alleppo, then Acre (proof Ali Pasha when he massacred the Ottoman Arabs in 1830, for a successful colonialist Jihad made his conquered headquarters in acre not even Haifa, let alone Gaza which was already Egyptian or Judea), then was Sidon, then was Tel Aviv then finally and I probably missed a few finally Jerusalem, to Jews is it always was number one. There were no cars except for political figures, in “palestine” until the late British period and even then, also people forget that there were great Christian Muslim wars in the 19 Century as all things which relate to Islam,never blamed on the Turks or Arabs but always without exception blamed on one minority or another. In that case the Arabs and Turks named their mass murder after the Druze and Maronite minorities, or the Druze Maronite wars of 1840 to 1860, which according to books I have read had more deaths than the entire Arab antisemite conflict combined in less than 20 years, befare major weapons were invented.

  • Franklin25

    “American public opinion is warmest towards Judaism,Catholicism and Evangelicalism” (7/21/14)

    Pew Forum: “The top three groups – Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals – exceeded 60%. Jews came top (63%), followed by Catholics (62%) and evangelical Christians (61%).”

  • Ben Franken

    Overhere it is much less complicated,the very moment people imagine I am Jewish and after my confirmation it will not take that long ,and not to overhear:The Jews are the cause of all the troubles in the world.That’s what they think to be honest should be.
    I am living in a frontier-area :Netherlands-Germany

  • Prof. L. Wessell

    Years ago W. F. Buckley came up with an excellent observation, namely “SELECTIVE indignation”. The meaning is obvious, i.e., a “selective indignator”,(SI’) offers a universal principle supposedly typifying a class (xyz), but applies iindignation only to the select group A of class (xyz), yet not to the group B of class (xyz). This hypocracy on the part of our “selective indignator” (SI’) does enable an insight into the “real” general principle of preference of SI’, namely, a bias for the omitted class, in this case B. We all know the principle of “anti-discrimination” which is applied discrimitatively in favor of a group, viz., minority.

    The article notes the problematic of war and offers some macro-statistics on those dying in conflicts since WW II. But, let us return to WW II.for one micro-statistic. I have seen on German tv many times a rambling news reel combining differing reports by the US Army as it marched into Germany during WW II. (The film was forgotten and never got into the news.) Well, at one point as the US Army was advancing down the Rhine it was reported that the Wehrmacht was held up in the small city of Pforzheim, a city to be taken. That would mean deadly house to house fighting. In order to avoid AMERICAN casualties, the Army called in a 3 hour airstrike leaving 19,000 dead soliders and (many more) dead civilians. No resistance was evident as the city was taken. Indeed, The DISproportion between American and Germanloss of life could not be greater, i.e., 0 to 19,000. Indeed,German civlians of small and not so small towns began asking the Wehrmacht NOT to defend them in the town as that meant destruction by the Americans. The citizens knew that resistance meant destruction of their homes — and the war was lost anyway. In the long run one can argue that the fewer German citizens were killed.

    What does this show about the “selective non-indignation” of the time? The reporters were in favor of the American war machine. Hurrah!, and whatelse should one expect from Army reporters. The “selective non-indignation” of the reporters was a reflection of their bias as to whom they wanted to win. I suggest that the “selective indignation” against Israel in favor of the “Palestinian People” enables one to ascertain that the “Selective indignator” (SI²) is NOT against kiling civilians per se (= general principle), but only against killing DISproportiantely (sic) Palestinians and this means, behind it all, favoring Hamas in the conflict.I am suggesting that there is not only an anti-Israel bias,at work, but also a PRO-Hamas bias preference >>> hence the selective indignation.

    • knowshistory

      nice analysis, but I do question your statistics. 19 thousand dead soldiers (two full strength divisions), and even more civilian casualties, in a small town?

  • Ben Franken

    It is impossible to explain or understand hate,especially Hating Jews.
    If there was,such outbursts of hate in Europe should be reasonable.
    Facts and hate are not compatible!(historical )

  • Lanna

    Hamas showed its true colors by claiming a victory when Ben Gurion was shut down to prevent tourists from traveling to Israel. There wasn’t even a ban on air travel over Ukraine after the Malaysian airliner, and 2 fighter jets were shot down…People smell a rat with the US government and the lengths they will got to to harm Israel and support Hamas, especially when the heat is on, and Israel is destroying terrorist infrastructure.

  • Dr. Jim

    Secretary Kerry does not understand how the world works: If someone shoots at you, then you shoot back. If they do it a second time, you kill them. Dr. Jim