Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
I’m as sympathetic as the next guy to the idea of a “united” Jerusalem but I love Jews more than I love Arab neighborhoods and meaningless municipal boundaries that have zero historic validity. It’s time to keep those parts of Jerusalem that Jews actually live in and visit, and throw the rest overboard.
What’s the point in having a security fence up and down the West Bank if Israel won’t have one in Jerusalem because Israel is more interested in proving a Zionist point about a united Jerusalem than Israel is in saving Jewish lives?
What’s the logic in not allowing bloodthirsty Palestinians from Nablus to cross a fence but allowing bloodthirsty Palestinians from East Jerusalem to freely cross the street and perpetuate massacres at the Rav Kook yeshiva in March, and now downtown?
“To our regret the attackers do not cease coming up with new ways to strike at the heart of the Jewish people here in Jerusalem,” said Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.
Hey, mayor, come up with your own “new ways” of dealing with these attacks before Jerusalem turns into Baghdad. Extend the security wall across the Arab neighborhoods where these last two mass murderers came from, and revoke all work permits from those neighborhoods, giving them the status of Nablus. That’s their de facto status anyway. If any of them have reason to enter Jewish Jerusalem, make them wait for hour after humiliating hour at checkpoints. It ought to be more humiliating to Zionists, after seven years of rockets, murders, maiming and amputations, that Israel doesn’t have a clue how to protect the Jewish people. That’s humiliating. The security fence is a clue. Put it up tomorrow in Arab Jerusalem.
If Israel refuses to protect the Jewish people under its flag, than Israel should be man enough to tell tourists to stay home in America, and not send our children to post-graduation programs in a Jerusalem whose politicians refuse to make a distinction between a Jew and a jihadist.
Now some Honesdale Moshava Zionists may say to me, “Hey pal, you ought to keep quiet because you’re in America.” I say in return, I keep seeing Israelis jump through hoops, risking and losing Jewish lives, because of “pressure from America,” because “what will the world say?” Well, I’m part of the world so I’ll tell Israel what to do just like everybody else.
I can give a pretty good list of American Jews that were murdered in Israel while Israel was worrying about Condi Rice or Madeline Albright. Those dead American Jews give me the right. When Israel completes its transition from a Jewish State to Canaan, I’ll keep quiet. In the meantime, I want to see a wall and I want checkpoints in Jerusalem.
You’re worried about the Arab street? Start worrying about the Jewish street.
Will long and humiliating checkpoints make Palestinians more radical? How could you tell?
And here’s a question for you, dear reader: Why don’t dead Jews in the street make you more radical?
Let me present two witnesses from the left, B’tselem and Haaretz, radicalized by events.
Many of the most leftist columnists love quoting B’tselem, the self-appointed “information center” for the “occupied territories” when it comes to making Israel look bad. Suddenly, no columnists are quoting B’tselem when B’tselem says this about the lastest mass murder:
“Intentional killing of civilians is a grave breach of international humanitarian law and is considered a war crime that can never be justified, whatever the circumstances may be. The main justification raised by Palestinian organizations for attacks on Israeli civilians is that ‘in the struggle to end foreign occupation and achieve independence, all means are legitimate.’ This argument is baseless and undermines the fundamental principles of international humanitarian law, which requires that civilians remain outside the sphere of hostilities, and therefore stipulates that a distinction must be made between combatants and civilians and that intentional attacks on civilians are prohibited. These rules are part of international customary law and apply to every state, organization, and person. The Palestinian organizations must immediately stop attacks on civilians…. Since the attack was carried out by Palestinians, the Palestinian Authority has the obligation to prosecute the persons responsible for planning and carrying it out.”
And this, from Bradley Burston in the leftist Haaretz: “The attack came after the latest in a series of attempts by groups in the states, some of them atheist/anarchist, some of them Muslim, some of them Jewish, to lobby Protestant churches and respected universities to divest from Caterpillar, because the IDF uses its bulldozers to demolish Palestinian homes.
“I would like to hear them now. Just once. I would like them to divest from terrorism. Not understand it as the natural outgrowth of the crimes of occupation. For once, I would like my sisters and brothers on the left to be every bit as hard on their comrades the Palestinians for taking a bulldozer and crushing Jews, as they are on Israel for bulldozing homes. Write a letter to Ismail Haniyeh, to Mahmoud Zahar, to Sami Anu Zuhri. Protest in your own communities, for once, calling terrorism what it is. Intentional, brutal, premeditated, immoral. Murder.
“What’s a decent person to think when Palestinian groups fall over one another trying to claim the bulldozer attack? … I, for one, would like to ask for proof of what it is that Palestinians really want. I no longer believe that it’s as simple as wanting statehood. This is what I don’t yet want to admit: that for all these years, in 2008 no less than in 1902, what a critical mass of Palestinians want most, perhaps even more than statehood, may be as simple as the vile thrill [of] seeing Jews dead and gone.”
It’s time for another wall in Jerusalem, a lifesaving wall that will be every bit as sacred as that other wall in the Old City.