Friday, January 23, 2009


When my grandmother left Germany on February 4, 1933 the signs read:

Jews go to Palestine.

Now 66 years later the signs in Europe read:

Jews get out of Palestine.

Spare the Pieties on Gaza

by Jack Engelhard

Israel is a Jewish State. Is that your problem?
Frankly, given a choice, I prefer the skinheads and other brutes who
express their anti-Semitism openly. In such places, we know the enemy.

But please spare me the pieties and the righteous indignation of those
"good people" protesting throughout Europe against Israel 's defensive
operation in Gaza . True, thousands have taken up banners in support
of Israel . At the same time, however, the streets of Europe (and even
some in America ) are in an uproar. These are the "humanitarians" -
the good, the noble, the refined, who chant "peace."

Now you're up and about? Now you speak? Where were you when,
throughout the years, thousands of jihadist bombs fell on Israel ? The
streets of Europe were empty. There were no pictures in the newspapers
of grieving Jewish mothers and fathers. You called it "peace" as long
as the Arabs were doing the killing and the Jews were doing the dying.
All was well with the world.

Suddenly, as Israel answered back, you found your Cause; and how
self-righteous you are in your Cause.

You are the best and the brightest of Europe . You are educated. You
attended the finest schools. You care for the birds, the bees, the
bears, the trees. You favor free speech and freedom of religion.
Strange it is that the one and only place in the Middle East that
shares your world-view is Israel , and it is Israel that you slander.

Israel is a Jewish State. Is that your problem? At the first hint of
Jewish self-defense, how quickly you show your true colors.

I've seen the photos of your candlelight vigils along the streets and
boulevards of Europe , all of it; all these tears in the service of
those terrorists whom you call your brothers. Indeed you are related
to Hamas (and Fatah) as once before, a mere generation ago, you were
related to Hitler's stormtroopers. Your angelic faces are touching -
and disgusting. Your hypocrisy is transparent and nauseating.

You speak of disproportion. You want proportion?

Give Israel a population of 300 million residing in 22 countries, similar to the Arab Muslims who surround and ambush Israel - instead of five and a half million Jews in one single country.

There's plenty of "proportion" coming from your BBC, which delights in presenting one side of the story and picks up where Der Sturmer left off. Now, with this type of "news", we know how Europe was conditioned for a Holocaust.

Already we see Nights of Broken Glass. Thank you, Europe, for
reminding us why America was discovered just in time (and why Israel
was redeemed many generations too late). You dare judge Israel ? In
your deportations, your expulsions, your forced conversions, your
inquisitions, your pogroms, you have no moral authority over Israel or
even within your own borders. You gave all that up from 1492 to 1942.

To those on the Left who sought peace, well, dear peace-lovers, peace
brought this on. "Land for Peace" made this happen, as Land for Peace
became Land for Jihad. "Painful Concessions" caused this war.

"Goodwill Gestures" backfired. Want more "peace"? Give up the Golan
Heights . Give up the entire West Bank . Give up Jerusalem . Imagine
the "peace." As for those "innocent civilians" in Gaza , they were
given a choice and they chose Hamas. They chose this pestilence.

As for those "refugee camps" - why are they "refugee camps" when
Israel handed over all that territory for a nation to be built in
peace and security alongside Israel ? Why are all Palestinians
automatically refugees even after they've been given a home? The only
true refugees are the thousands of Israelis who were driven from Gaza
and still live in trailer parks. No tears for them in this world that
still dreams of Auschwitz .

On this day, in response to a column I wrote about Theresienstadt,
someone responded that I was incorrect; that Theresienstadt was not a
prelude to Auschwitz , but rather "a vacation resort." I wrote back
wishing this person a lifetime in such vacation resorts. I wish the
same lifetime vacation resorts to all those parading throughout the
streets of Europe with banners crying, "Death to Israel ."

God bless the IDF! Go Israel !

Jack Engelhard is the author of "The Bathsheba Deadline" and "Indecent
Proposal", as well as the award-winning memoir of his experiences as a
Jewish refugee from Europe, "Escape From Mount Moriah ".

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