Many writers hide their antisemitic and/or anti-Zionist-pro-Arab sentiments behind the mantra of being against the policies of the Israeli Government!
This contention never sits well with most sensible Jewish people around the world who are aware that nothing except the annihilation of the Jewish State and its people will satisfy the anti-Semites and the enemies of Israel.
Those who object to a specific action or policy of the Government of Israel are usually very specific in their objection. They can see both sides of the problem and will be careful not to give succor only to the other side!
Below is one good reply to those attacking Israel.
Israeli actions not cause of unrest
By David DRESCHER
January 13, 2006
I find it strange that Robert Heck and David Reznik, in their attempt to slander the state of Israel in Wednesday's paper, could not find a single fact to prove or back up their skewed and anti-Semitic view of Israel and the history of the Jewish state. How could one write such a scathing attack on a nation, claiming "institutionalized violence" and "repressive military violence" without citing a single act of it?
The violence I have been seeing, along with most Americans, is the public slaughter of innocent men, women and children in venues such as pizzerias, nightclubs and buses. The oppression I have seen includes repeated attempts by every major Middle Eastern Arab nation to destroy Israel since it became a state by United Nations mandate in 1948.
The original UN partition of Palestine allotted the Jews in Palestine a significantly smaller landmass than what is now present day Israel - land where Jews were the majority of the population. Immediately following the UN resolution, Arab riots claimed the lives of 271 Jews. Immediately following the May 14 Declaration of Independence, the five Arab armies of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq invaded the small sliver of land that was Israel with the intent of annihilation.
Quoting Azzam Pasha, the secretary-general of the Arab League at the time: "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre, which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades."
Following the Arab armies' defeat and the establishment of Israel, the following for an independent Palestinian state was weak and seemed to have no backing -- the reason being Arabs living in what is now the West Bank were completely content to remain under Jordanian rule. It was the Jordanians who had the problem with taking responsibility for those Arabs living in the disputed territories.
In 1967, Israel found herself under attack from her Arab neighbors when Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon invaded with the backing of Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait and Sudan. Again in 1973, the Arabs invaded Israel on the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.
There seems to be a trend in the violence and oppression the world has witnessed in the Middle East -- Arab attempts at Jewish annihilation.
I find it laughable that Heck and Reznik could compare Israelis with the Nazis, especially considering the most influential Arab leader in Palestine prior to 1948 was Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, an outspoken anti-Semite responsible for the massacre of hundreds of Jews throughout Palestine in the 1920s. The mufti was responsible for the mobilization of Nazi support groups throughout the Muslim and Arab communities and actually met with Hitler in November 1941. He helped recruit 22,000 Muslim volunteers to the Schutzstaffel, the German secret police.
It appears that the Arabs living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip do have a boot to their heads, but the boot isn't Israel's. It belongs to their own corrupt Arab leaders who have been sucking them dry for years.
David Drescher is a microbiology sophomore.