Courageous Abdulateef Al-Mulhim writes about the Arab Spring and the Israeli Enemy on Arab News
Thirty-nine years ago, on Oct. 6, 1973, the third major war between the Arabs and Israel broke out. The war lasted only 20 days. The two sides were engaged in two other major wars, in 1948 and 1967.
The 1967 War lasted only six days. But, these three wars were not the only Arab-Israel confrontations. From the period of 1948 and to this day many confrontations have taken place. Some of them were small clashes and many of them were full-scale battles, but there were no major wars apart from the ones mentioned above. The Arab-Israeli conflict is the most complicated conflict the world ever experienced. On the anniversary of the 1973 War between the Arab and the Israelis, many people in the Arab world are beginning to ask many questions about the past, present and the future with regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The questions now are: What was the real cost of these wars to the Arab world and its people. And the harder question that no Arab national wants to ask is: What was the real cost for not recognizing Israel in 1948 and why didn’t the Arab states spend their assets on education, health care and the infrastructures instead of wars? But, the hardest question that no Arab national wants to hear is whether Israel is the real enemy of the Arab world and the Arab people.
I decided to write this article after I saw photos and reports about a starving child in Yemen, a burned ancient Aleppo souk in Syria, the under developed Sinai in Egypt, car bombs in Iraq and the destroyed buildings in Libya. The photos and the reports were shown on the Al-Arabiya network, which is the most watched and respected news outlet in the Middle East.
The common thing among all what I saw is that the destruction and the atrocities are not done by an outside enemy. The starvation, the killings and the destruction in these Arab countries are done by the same hands that are supposed to protect and build the unity of these countries and safeguard the people of these countries. So, the question now is that who is the real enemy of the Arab world?
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Why? In the days since 27 innocents, most of them children, were murdered in a Sandy Hook school, all have been asking that question, trying to make sense of an ultimately senseless act. Simpler minds inisted that anyone who has ever argued in favor of anything but the absolute abolition of firearms was complicit in the murder of innocent children, while more astute thinkers tried to look past their indignation and heartbreak in search of sensible policy alternatives. Not surprisingly, they often ended up looking to Israel, a nation, went the argument, whose citizens are heavily armed yet rarely use their guns to shoot each other. This, more than one report noted, was due largely to Israel’s surprisingly strict gun-control legislation: Assault rifles are banned, registration is necessary, and a whole system of checks and requirements is in place to keep weapons out of the wrong hands. A popular statistic spread like wildfire on Facebook and Twitter: Only 58 Israelis were killed by guns last year, compared with 10,728 Americans.
It’s a compelling story. It’s also wrong: There’s much that we can learn from Israel when it comes to firearms, but it’s the state’s gun culture, not its gun laws, that keeps its citizens safe.
Leftists like to quote this Voltaire, usually whining that the evil empire of Republican America crushes them for speaking against it, or that criticizing Israel’s right to defend itself might be called antisemitism. After all, look what happened to the Dixie Chicks after they stuck it to George Bush!!!
This doesn’t take into account that others are allowed to criticize back in the free world. It reveals ingratitude and entitlement and the utter disconnection from the facts that freedom is rare and precious and we landed in it because heroes risked and gave their lives. It is not the natural state and it is still rare around the world.
A few weeks ago, six Palestinian men were shot point blank in the streets of Gaza, then at least one was tied to a motorcycle and dragged through the streets. That’s what happens when you dissent from Palestinian propaganda.
You might be called an antisemite, and rightfully so, if you criticize Israel’s right to exist. But no Jew is going to cut off your head to silence you. Indeed, Israel is so moral that even though they technically have the death penalty, they’ve only used it twice. Criticize actual crimes within Islam, however, such as the death penalty for blasphemers, and you risk being put to death. Even if you don’t live under sharia law. Vigilante violence is common- recall the innocents around the world slaughtered by mobs in protest of the Florida pastor’s burning of the koran. Saudis and Iranians can burn countless bibles, and egyptians and nigerians can burn churches with Bibles and living people in them, but this act meant innocents were butchered thousands of miles away. How many human rights activists, Muslims and ex-Muslims live with bodyguards because death threats and attempts on their lives are commonplace, even in America or Holland or Canada?
The jails in Cuba are overflowing to this day with writers and artists and homosexuals and blacks- since communism is about erasing individuality and making everyone the same, those who hold different views are tortured or put to death. In communist China and Russia, countless millions were executed for political dissent. In socialist Germany, aiding and abetting Jews or views contrary to the Fuhrer’s meant certain death or exile.
The next time useful idiots of the left “occupy” or howl in Adbusters about the evils of capitalist culture, they might use a few brain cells and think about the actual record of the systems that they are fighting for. Very righteously they pretend to care about the poor, the female, and the freedom to speak against the state. And they never think for a moment that, despite its flaws, the state they live in is the freest, most equal, most prosperous one that has ever existed. Capitalism and freedom go hand in hand, and anyone who cares about the poor or the right to dissent ought to be fighting tooth and nail to bring capitalism to the places that don’t have it, so they can share in the freedom that we have.
This is from Noam Chomsky’s book, Chronicles of Dissent.
“Most of the Arab world has been quite willing to reach an accommodation with Israel???????????”
Really? How can someone who writes this crap be respected as an intellectual and thinker? The historical record shows unequivocally the opposite, the constant starting of wars and refusal of peace attempts.
I also have news for you, Chomsky, the PLO was a metastasizing cancer although I’ll have to take your word for it that the Israelis said so. Arafat was one of the most corrupt and despicable leaders anywhere. If someone slaughtered a bunch of your friends at the Olympics, tortured them like dogs, castrated- it would be okay for you to call that gang a cancer. That’s not “liberation” and it’s targeting civilians – in A DIFFERENT COUNTRY- who have nothing to do with the war. But you know this. Because you’re not stupid. Which makes you a greasy antisemite and a corrupt, despicable and evil person. More evil than the Muslims who have been brought up to hate Jews who don’t know any better.
But what really made me laugh is “I’m not familiar with those because they’re mostly fabricated.” Yeah, we’re making it up when we quote directly.
I know, I know, it’s hard to google because when you google jews and cancer you get so many damn articles about the Jews breakthroughs in cancer treatment than benefits humanity and it makes it hard to find the countless references of terrorists talking about Jews being cancer, you know, the ones I made up
Israel is a “cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut”. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 3, 2011 Sheikh Ishaq Feleifel teaches religion:
“The old-new despicable plot: The struggle between truth and falsehood is as ancient as life upon this earth… yet the mighty Islam, from the breaking of its dawn and the spreading of its light up until our time, has been targeted by its enemies, who do not agree on anything as they agree on cultivating evil against Islam and uprooting Muslims. The challenge still exists; moreover, the enemies have announced in a clear and provocative manner their despicable and terrible plot. Sixty-three years ago, the Israeli Prime Minister, Ben Gurion, stood at the UN after the entire world granted recognition to the malignant cancerous growth known as the State of Israel… The Prime Minister of this destructive cancerous growth stood up to declare the religion of the Jews in Palestine to the entire world. I hope that the [Islamic] nation will study this faith in order to know with certainty that the Jews talk, in conferences and in negotiations, only through their distorted, corrupted, falsified religion which they have adopted, which they glorify and honor, and they are lying when they deny the owner of the right the right… And the conflict between us and the Jews is not a conflict about land and borders, but rather a conflict about faith and existence.”
Source: Palestinian TV (Fatah), Apr. 18, 2010 “The struggle between Palestinians and Israelis has taken on a new dimension. After the spread of the Israeli cancer in the body of the city (i.e. Jews living in Jerusalem) the [Arab] inhabitants of Jerusalem see their enemy in front of their eyes.”
Source: Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Apr. 3, 2009 Ziad Abu Alhaj, PA cleric:
“The Jews today are leading the all-encompassing war against Muslims… We, the Muslims, know the nature of Jews the best, because the Holy Quran taught us… it is a cancer that wants to rule the world… Perhaps their famous book, which they deny [its authenticity] – known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, but we call it, “The Protocols of the imbeciles of Zion” – in this book, my brothers, the Jews set down their plan to besiege the entire world… The time will come, by Allah’s will, when their property will be destroyed and their children will be exterminated, and no Jew or Zionist will be left on the face of this earth.”
Source: Palestinian TV (Fatah), June 5, 2008 History professor, Adnan Ayash:
“There are diseases like smallpox, that can be eradicated, but the disease that was inflicted on the Palestinian people and the Arab nation in general, that’s the Jewish disease, the Zionist disease, a cancerous disease, that started with occupying and taking over lands in 1904… Those (Jews) from 1904 to 1947 reached 605.000. That’s the cancer that spreads over the lands.”
Source: Palestinian TV (Fatah), Apr. 20, 2007 Ahmad Bahar, Acting Chairman of Parliament (Hamas):
“This is Islam, that was ahead of its time with regards to human rights in the treatment of prisoners, but our people was afflicted by the cancerous lump, that is the Jews, in the heart of the Arab nation.”
Source: Palestinian TV (Fatah), June 23, 2002 On a Palestinian children’s TV show:
“Regarding the problem of the Jewish presence, you’d agree that the Jewish presence in the land of Palestine was nothing but the liberation of all the countries of the world from the source of evil. That evil which is found in the Jews has become a germ among us, which is a cancer that buried us and is still burying, and we are the ones who suffer from this cancer.”
Useful idiots of the left, like Noam Chomsky, have vehemently condemned racists who dare to accuse the civil occupation resistance freedom fighters in Palestine of using human shields.
The fact that we are just reporting facts doesn’t hold water for antisemites like him.
food for thought on Gaza by Gabriel Martindale:
Every time hostilities erupt in the Levant, and quite a lot of the rest of the time too, I get the dubious pleasure of witnessing the same set of stale arguments about the Israeli Palestinian conflict. First, some crazy leftie starts babbling about Zionist war crimes, land grabs, settlements and, if he’s feeling excitable, genocide and holocausts, after which a hefty section of the crowd bursts out into riotous applause. Then some respectable-looking conservative says we have to remember that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and that Hamas is a terrorist organisation which deliberately targets civilians, after which a rather smaller section of the crowd, mostly composed of Jews desperately (and pathetically) happy that someone doesn’t think they are all a bunch of organ- stealing demons, tries to get a few cheers going. Then a centrist, effortlessly channeling respectable opinion, says that while, of course, Israel has right to defend itself it is not doing so proportionately and, further, it’s being pretty beastly with those awful settlements, but that, in any case, the main thing is that both sides put aside their differences and resentments and come to an equitable deal.
What absolutely everyone agrees on, however, is that the solution to the problem is a Palestinian State.