An Al-Quds Day

I am unapologetically pro Israel. The history of the Jewish state is one of them extending olive branches to be met with war and blood and hate. The 67 war was the watershed moment. A population once considered Egyptian and Jordanian became Palestinian. There was a certain myth that was created and weaponized to deligitimize the Jewish state. It was the Palestinian. The myth of the Palestinian has captured more Israeli territory and has spilled more Israeli blood than the Arab armies could have ever imagined. In as much as it is a myth, it requires a host of conveyance. And that host has been the western media, some of which was used here by our pal Mr. Hassan to distort reality in a way that cannot be morally justified. There is a criminality to this type of lie, one that allows evil to flourish and forces decency to hide.

I was recently at a Pro Israel rally in my hometown of Atlanta and I came to realize something. Our presence was occasioned by the visitation of the the pro Palestinian crowd. The had many posters. It was quite a sport for them; the women had tear drops of blood and the men wore keffiyah. One sign they were displaying proudly depicted the photo of the SS officer shooting a Jewish woman embracing her child in the Ukraine as a comparable event to that of Israel’s military action in Gaza and “Palestine” in general. This sign was flanked by others accusing Israel of genocide and of course the nearly anodyne symbolic interweaving of the swastika and the star of David.

I know a lot about this iconic though depressing photo of the woman and her child. It is a photo of an Einsatzgruppen SS operation in a small town in the Ukraine after the advancement of the Wehrmacht into the Soviet Union. The photo was sent home by an SS officer to his family with an almost hunting trophy style regard. On the back it just read “Jewish action” with the date. The photo was intercepted by polish resistance, who often times checked the mail of SS officers in order to gain intelligence. The history of the mass genocide of the Jewish people, the horror of it, the seemingly mechanical nature of it, to see it compared to Israel’s defense operation was enraging.

At one point I made lengthy eye contact with an Arab teenager on the other side of the protest barricades. He was listening to me talking , yelling really, as traffic was passing by at speed, about facts. I was giving him facts. I was entreating him to acknowledge them. He had at the time a look of absorption, as if something might have clicked. But then I glanced away for a moment and turned back to see him smiling at me, a grin of success, a grin of conquest. He began yelling erratically “Free Free Palestine!” He kept smiling. His friends were smiling. And that is when I realized that we were more angry about being accused of genocide than they were about it supposedly occurring. It was a game to them. A fun afternoon. A dress up Al Quds day. A human symbolic sculpture of self justified rage carved with the chisel of nearly seventy years of lies and distortions. That is the gap that no amount of reason can bridge between our two sides. They could have a state in a year if they wanted. But they instead want to Free Palestine!!! and grieve over genocide and historical fabrications, fabricated videos and doctored pictures of alleged Israeli atrocities,  and pictures of the dead, and blood, and limbs; a condition where a series of fallacious symbols represent a series of fallacious symbol, it goes on and on and on. And thus the war shall continue. And we shall fight on and on and on.

The Al Quds marchers had a permit to march down the street. As they were leaving amidst the sounds of screeching and groaning, the smell of engine exhaust and the steady clack of metal on cement from the mounted police officer’s horse, two middle aged Arab men turned around and gave us the Nazi salute.


One response to “An Al-Quds Day”

  1. Bert says :

    Forgive my rant but, at 50 years old, I have too many memories of yet another clash between Israel and the supposed “People of Palestine”. I was in the Marines and knew men who did not come home from Beirut, October 23, 1983. We were there as part of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force, at the request of the Lebanese government, to oversee the withdrawal of the PLO. By the way, that was due to yet another provoked invasion by Israel to defend itself. A peace-keeping force… and history now shows us what radical Islam thought of that gesture. The group then known as “Islamic Jihad” knocked on our door with a truckload of explosives. I was stateside when that occurred but, every October 23, I remember just how much of a victim the poor members of radical Islam are.

    So here we are with another clash. Every time one occurs, it seems that world opinion is swayed more against Israel, as it is driven by a lapdog media seeking further sensationalist ratings. Telling the truth would not garner the ratings that a nation would when “committing war crimes on innocent civilians”.

    When is enough? When will reason and rationale prevail? Every…. damn…. time!!… the media and the U.N., in conjunction with what appears to be a currently complicit U.S. administration ignore facts.

    Hamas always fires first and Israel exhibits patience until they can take no more… resulting in limited strikes. Let’s face it. If they wanted to, they could decimate the entire region.

    Then there is the fact that the “People of Palestine” annually receive the most aid from the rest of the world. Still, the press runs stories of the poor and how tunnels must be dug to smuggle in goods for the poor. Nobody asks, “Where the hell is all this aid money going?”

    I heard someone mention the Hamas Charter so I thought, why not go see their actual intentions as verifiable fact? In closing, I am simply going to leave some excerpts from the Hamas Charter and one can answer for themselves if peace is possible in that region. Let their own words condemn Hamas, a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood:

    From the Introduction:
    “Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors.”

    From Article 7:
    “The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the links in the chain of the struggle against the Zionist invaders. It goes back to 1939, to the emergence of the martyr Izz al-Din al Kissam and his brethren the fighters, members of Muslim Brotherhood. It goes on to reach out and become one with another chain that includes the struggle of the Palestinians and Muslim Brotherhood in the 1948 war and the Jihad operations of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1968 and after.”
    Side Note… 1939… go look at the ties between Nazi Germany and this movement.
    “…Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”

    From Article 13:
    “Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the
    principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.”
    “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”

    From Article 15:
    “It is necessary to instill in the minds of the Moslem generations that the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis.”

    Looking back at Article 13, this from Article 31 is laughable at best:
    “Peace and quiet would not be possible except under the wing of Islam. Past and present history are the best witness to that.”

    Where is the lapdog media on this?

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