Friday, August 8, 2014

Hamas chooses war. Humanitarians choose Hamas

 Three days ago, on August 5, 2014, the current Gaza-Israel war looked as if it might be about to peter out. Hamas and Israel agreed to abide by a seventh cease-fire agreement (or was this the sixth cease-fire?). It was to be a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire. It was to last until 8am Israel time today, August 8, 2014.

Many around the world hoped this cease-fire would be extended. Many hoped it would be the end of hostilities.

Talks in Cairo unfolded to achieve that end. Israel was reported to have accepted an extension as early as Wednesday (two days ago) (“Report: Israel Accepts Ceasefire Extension-- Hamas Rejects It”, Arutz Sheva), August 6, 2014).  Hamas was reported to have said, no.

The talks continued.

Early this morning, Hamas announced its final decision about extending the cease-fire: It would extend nothing. Even before the 8am end-time, a headline in Haaretz told us, “Rocket fire resumes as cease-fire ends”.

Within an hour of the end of the cease-fire, Israelis received a geography lesson. We learned the names of many of the small Jewish communities that dotted the landscape near Gaza. News bulletins popped up every few minutes as a barrage of rockets was launched from Gaza at Israel.  

Air raid sirens sounded in Ashkelon, Kerem Shalom, Be'er Ganim, the Ashkelon Industrial Area, Zikim, Karmia, Holit, Nir Yitzhak, Sufa, Netiv Ha'asara, Yad Mordechai, Mivtahim, Yesha, Ami'oz, Ohad, Tzohar, Nitzan, Talmei Eliyahu, Barhia, Kfar Silver, Nir Yisrael, Re'im, Hodiya, Mash'en and Nahal Oz.

In all, some twenty-four communities (and additional residential clusters surrounding those twenty-four communities) once again returned to life inside bomb shelters. They were instructed to go no farther than 15 seconds away from a shelter.

During this same post-cease-fire hour, Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted two missiles over Ashkelon (the Iron Dome doesn’t intercept every rocket; it is used primarily against rockets headed into more heavily populated areas).

Eleven minutes before the cease-fire ended, Amnesty International (AI), a humanitarian NGO that has not been friendly to Israel, published a new statement about fighting in this Gaza-Israel war. Just minutes before new Hamas rockets poured down into Southern Israel’s civilian population, AI declared that Israel had committed war crimes in Gaza. By inference, Hamas had committed in Gaza no war crimes worth mentioning. Those rockets pouring into Israel made such an inference laughable: each one was a war crime. Couldn’t humanitarians count?

Less than a minute after the cease-fire ended, those air raid sirens listed above began to wail. The absurdity of the AI message was highlighted by the new rocket-fire: with an obviousness few could overlook, Amnesty International seemed to be telling us that it had a humanitarian duty to protect terror against democracy.

The one-hour barrage of rockets launched by Hamas this morning at the civilian communities listed above meant nothing to the humanitarians of the world. They didn’t care that each rocket fired was a war crime because it had been launched against a civilian population. They had clearly chosen to ignore those crimes.

You might have noticed that when this morning’s barrage of Hamas rockets was fired at Israel’s civilians, no one condemned Hamas. The only condemnation was of Israel, by the ‘humanitarian’ Amnesty International.

Do we now conclude from humanitarian behaviour towards Israel that any rocket fired at a Jewish civilian is not a war crime? That would seem a reasonable conclusion, don’t you think? How else would you explain all that humanitarian silence every time Hamas fires rockets at Israel’s civilians?

Perhaps we should also conclude from humanitarian behaviour towards Israel that these defenders of human life and human dignity have now adopted the terrorist claim that because Jews are subhuman, humanitarian law doesn’t apply to Jews. How else would you explain the humanitarian’s blindness to Hamas war crimes against Israel?

Behaviour often reveals inner thought. Does humanitarian behaviour towards Israel tell us that humanitarians now choose terror over Jews—or terror over democracy?

Humanitarian of the world, including the United Nations, have voted with their feet and mouths: they choose terror over democracy. They choose killers over Jews. Indeed, they choose killers of Jews over Jews.

Humanitarians choose to protect the terrorist, not the sovereign state that fights to defend itself against those who would destroy and annihilate it. Humanitarians may indeed speak of humanity and peace. But their behaviour promotes terror and murder.

The G-d of Israel punishes measure-for-measure: what you would visit upon Israel, will be visited upon you, measure-for-measure. You don’t have to be a legal Einstein to understand what humanitarian support of terror against democracy could mean for you.

You might want to pray to the G-d of Israel that He Judge these humanitarians with Mercy, not Justice.


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