Skip to comments."Cycle of Violence"? No--it's the CYCLE OF SHOPPING
Posted on 08/02/2002 6:00:38 AM PDT by Alouette
Cycle of violence? For months now, our extensive international network of Israeli hasbarah (PR) professionals (all two of them) have decried the attempts of Arab propagandists and other Jew-haters to equate the indiscriminate murders of innocent civilians by homicide bombers with Israels legitimate, surgical military operations undertaken in self-defense. There is no cycle of violence, they argue, only acts of vicious terrorism.
However, gentle reader, I have a terrible secret to reveal: the hasbarah-niks have it wrong. There is indeed a cycle, a cycle that repeats itself with almost mathematical precision. Its called the shopping cycle, and heres how it works:
First, Jews go shopping and get blown up by Arab terrorists.
Step two: Enough Jewish blood has to run in the gutters to trigger the conscience of our dozy government (exactly how much Jewish blood is subject to interpretation; one or two dead Jews a day used to be enough, now its in the double digits). The politicians send in the IDF to enforce closures on the Arabs areas and arrest fugitives and terrorists.
Step three: As if by magic, the terror attacks grind to a halt. The Jews can go shopping again.
Step four: Under intense pressure from international Jew-haters and home grown self-loathing Jews, the government eases the closures and restrictions on Arabs "not involved in terror activity," so that the Arabs have a turn to go shopping (Im not sure how soldiers can know whos not involved in terror activity and therefore allowed to go shopping; maybe they use dowsing sticks or analyze auras).
Step five: Boom! Jewish blood once again fills the storm drains of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (The dowsing sticks dont seem to be working). And once again, the shopping cycle loads for another go-around.
Last Friday, right before Shabbos (the Sabbath), four people were murdered near Hevron by a young Arab male who decided to use his shopping privileges to shoot an assault weapon into oncoming Jewish traffic. Earlier that week, a teacher was killed at 4:30 am, on his way from the Shomron to Bnei Brak for Torah study (this shooter was obviously an early-bird shopper). Yesterday, a savvy Arab shopper blew himself up at a falafel stand in downtown Jerusalem and, as I write this, seven Jews are dead and 86 wounded at the Hebrew University. Well, thats one way to get those blue lights spinning.
When does this stop being OK? In the good old Dark Ages, Jewish communities had to raise large amounts of gold to ransom kidnapped Jews. A Jewish life was worth tens of thousands of guilders. When did the lives of a dozen Jews become worth the price of some eggs, a sack of flour and a bit of butter in the Arab souq? Last week, Shimon Peres said that closures on Arab areas would be eased to "test the ability of PA security forces to prevent the violence." Close to 1,000 Jews have been murdered by Arab terrorists since the beginning of Oslo, an even dozen in the past week. How many times must we perform this test, Shimon? Heres a novel test: lets have the Arabs absolutely cease all terror attacks for a while, and then test the IDF to see how many attacks we carry out against Arabs...
The United Nations spends nine times more per capita on Palestinian refugees than they do on any other refugee group. Why are they still near starvation? Perhaps the IDF should unremittingly enforce the closures, but allow the UN and NGOs to enter Arab villages and towns, their trucks laden with free food for distribution. Eliminate the sticky fingered, stubbly-faced, kafiyyed middleman: Food in, but no Arabs out.
Perhaps the larger question is why foreign governments, who are well aware of the results of the shopping cycle, pressure Israel each time? And why does the timorous Israeli government capitulate? The answer is an underlying prejudice: deep down, all parties - the Arabs, the Europeans, the Americans and even a lot of Israelis - believe that we get whats coming to us, because we dont really belong here. We are interlopers, occupiers and encroachers of stolen Arab land.
Beneath that, the real reason: abject existential panic. No system for interpreting the history of Western civilization can account for the impossible renaissance of Jewish nationalism - except one. To many Christians, Moslems and secular humanists, a viable, Jewish State is a direct and unanswerable challenge to their belief systems. What if the Jew is right? What if the "Old and Everlasting Covenant" is still in full force and effect? Mais non, the Jew cannot possibly be right, so we must destroy the evidence that argues in his favor. Not so difficult, thinks Europe; weve fomented pogroms - and far worse - before.
So the whole world seems to agree that the Jews dont belong here, the only debate is on the details: do the Jews not belong in the Middle East at all, or do they belong on an indefensible beachside strip of land, a Jewish Guantanamo Bay? These details are debated in the august chambers of the UN, down in Foggy Bottom, in European legislatures in a dozen capitols, in Riyadh and Cairo. But while the debate rages the shopping cycle goes on, and on, and on.
The spiritual leader of Hamas declared this week that terror attacks against Jews will continue until there are no Jews left in Israel to go shopping (OK, Im paraphrasing a little here). Only two things will stop the cycle: an authentic, unapologetic Jewish leadership, and a Jewish people that demonstrates, by their unity and through their aliyah, that nothing is more important than unleashing the awesome symbiosis of the Children of Israel, in the Land of Israel, clutching the Law of Israel. Because the Nations may not want us here, but the Lord does.
From the Prophets:
"Any weapon sharpened against you shall not succeed, and any tongue that shall rise against you in judgement you shall condemn; this is the heritage of the servant of Hashem, and their righteousness is from Me, the words of Hashem." - Isaiah 54.
MK Kleiner calls for bombing cities from the air
Aaron Lerner Date: 31 July 2002
The following is IMRA's translation of a press release issued by Herut Chairman MK Michael Kleiner:
Herut Chairman MK Michael Kleiner said in reaction to the attack at Hebrew University in Jerusalem: "Even a university lead by the Left is not protected from terror." According to Kleiner, the attack teaches the Left that for the terror organizations, a good Jew is a dead Jew. "The time has come for the entire public to give the government support to bomb the Palestinian cities from the air. Gaza is our Afghanistan.. Ramallah is our Sarajevo. Arafat is our Bin Laden."
What really wonders that people pretend Hamas just recently took up this 'cause'. People believed Hamas and the others were 'freedom fighters'. But now the truth is out and people pretend that they never suspected that Palestinians who target civilains have only the destruction of Israel in mind.
They are not allowed to do that. That would be "racism," "Apartheid" and "worse than the Nazis." Only Muslims are allowed to have "Muslims Only" Islamic state.
In a sense, this whole attitude on the part of Europeans and Americans is a form of extreme racism against... Arabs! Think about it: we don't expect rationality from Arabs. We don't expect logic from Arabs. We don't expect justice from Arabs. They are, after all, Arabs. Our expectations for them are extremely low.
Not low enough to meet the reality of their murderousness, but low, nevertheless.
Sadly, this is exactly what would happen.
Because the unbridled flow of illegal immigrants from mexico has resulted in "watering stations" being set up for the benefit of the illegals. The proper action would be to stem the flow.
The US will be reduced to third world status by intent.
You have a point. To associate all arabs with some wicked animal blowing himself or herself up in this Hamas/Palestinian cause is the epitomy of racism against arabs. Heck, these people do not even belong in arab lands if there is such thing. They belong in a pit of hell.