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This video is important to watch. It’s not new and you may have seen it before, even so it bears watching again. It clearly explains 3 basic things about Islam most people don’t know and should.

Understanding these 3 things makes it a lot easier to comprehend what is happening in the world today.

“Why did you want to do it?” the reporter asks 14 year old Husam Abdul from Shechem. The teenager had been sent to explode himself in order to kill Israeli soldiers.

The reporter tries to put words in the Husam’s mouth: “You did it for Paradise right?” but as children often do, Husam blurted out the inconvenient truth: “Because the people, they don’t love me.”

This story is one of millions we see here in Israel. It happened years ago but it will never leave me because it is a vivid example of the problem that is currently overwhelming Israel and the rest of the free world.

No one wants to look at this. It’s too ugly, too horrible to comprehend. We westerners like to believe that everyone is the same; everyone has the same morals and ideals. Everyone loves their children the same etc. Unfortunately that is just not true.

During Operation Protective Edge Israelis tried to explain to the world that Hamas uses women and children as human shields, that teaching children to aspire to martyrdom is child abuse. I don’t think people outside Israel, even those that follow what happens here, truly understand what this means. No one wants to comprehend something so twisted…

14 year old Husam was sent to blow himself up by grown-ups. He didn’t go off on a whim; this is not a childish prank. Grown-ups took a child, strapped a bomb on him (you will see in the video how difficult it is to remove the suicide belt, after all it’s not meant to come off) and then sent him off to die. Someone significant in this boy’s life convinced him that dying would raise his value in the eyes of the people closest to him – his father, brother, cousin, uncle…

Someone that knows that Israelis consider children precious, picked a child to go kill Israelis, coldly calculating that softhearted Israelis would let this boy approach close enough to explode, killing himself and IDF soldiers or, if he had gotten through the checkpoint – Israeli civilians.

This is not a problem created by a single sick person, it permeates the society. Life is not precious and the end justifies the means – even if that means sending your own child to die.

Please watch this video. Notice the details, particularly the contrast between the behavior of the soldiers and that of the boy, considering the mission he was sent to accomplish. At the end of the video you will see that it says there were “four similar attacks attempted at that checkpoint within months and children are no longer a surprise”. The English subtitles are not written professionally but I think the English is clear enough to understand – Husam’s case is one example amongst many. It no longer surprised anyone that a child was sent as suicide bomber because it had happened before. Since then this type of child abuse has become more frequent and even more extreme (for example the terrorist that attacked IDF soldiers in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge with a baby in his arms).

So many people around the world decry Israeli checkpoints. Does watching this video help you understand why checkpoints are necessary?

Golda Meir once said: “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.”

She was right.

And it is only when this is understood worldwide that there will ever be any hope for peace.

 

If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be peace tomorrow.

If Israel puts down her weapons today, tomorrow there will be no Israel.

 

 

 

 

On 9.11.2001 America learned there is an enemy. They didn’t understand who the enemy was or why they were being attacked. They did understand that
someone wanted to bring the great US of A to her knees and most Americans resolutely declared they would not let that happen. America would stand proud as she had always done, America is good and good prevails.

Todd Beamer and the other passengers on flight 93 didn’t know who the enemy was. They did know that they had been hijacked, that other planes had been hijacked and slammed in to the Twin Towers. Together they made a swift choice, deciding that it was better to go down in flames than to be used as a killing machine to murder and terrorize other Americans. Those who could called their loved ones to say goodbye. Todd Beamer rallied other passengers around him. They recited the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm and then Beamer led the way, saying: “Are you ready? Okay. Let’s roll.” The passengers stormed the cockpit, bringing the plane down in an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Al Qaeda attacked America and almost 3000 Americans died.

On 9.11.2012 the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by terrorists who murdered the Ambassador as well as Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Remember BenghaziTyrone Woods. The American people did not know who the enemy was. The government announced that the attack came as a result of Moslems being offended by a video disparaging the Prophet Mohammed. Slowly the truth has come out. The Ambassador could have been saved. The operatives that rushed to the rescue had received a stand down command. Americans had been abandoned by their government, murdered and the public was told lie after lie to make them forget.

On September 10, 2012, at least 18 hours before the attack in Benghazi, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for attacks on Americans in Libya.  Again, Al-Qaeda.

Despite the betrayal the American people re-elected the same government. The people did not notice (or maybe did not care) that all American fundamental values had been thrown out the window.  The idea of “leave no man behind” no longer mattered. America denied protection to her own Ambassador but what difference does it make? Doubt seeped in… maybe America isn’t so good, maybe it’s America’s fault that so many people around the world hate her. Maybe America has mistreated Moslems and should apologize…

On 9.11.2014 the Islamic State looms large.

Americans took little notice of the organization as it massacred Iraqis, Christians, Shiite Moslems and Yazidis. The massacre of Syrians was dismissed as an internal civil war and mostly blamed on Bashar Assad. It was only when two American journalists were beheaded by a Moslem with a British accent that Americans really began to realize the enormity of the problem and demand Mr. Obama define US policy to deal with it.

Mr. Obama has explained that the Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam. He has spoken about terror as a method but he has made no mention of Jihad, terror leveraged to achieve a religious-political goal i.e. submission to Islam. Mr. Obama has explained that America will fight the organization from the air and by supporting “moderates” who will do the fighting on the ground.

Who are the moderates?

One year ago, when Mr. Obama was talking about the evils of the Assad dictatorship the “moderates” were the “Syrian rebels”. America, Brittan and France provided them support and weapons. In a very short time it became clear that the term “rebels” or “opposition” included secular groups that want to overthrow the Syrian government as well as the Syrian version of Al-Qaeda (=Al-Nusra) and ISIS.

Now ISIS has grown and become the Islamic State. They have captured American weapons in Iraq and were given weapons as well. Mr. Obama is proposing to fight the Islamic State by arming the “moderates” which, in his dictionary, seems to mean anyone who will fight IS. This includes Hezbollah and the Syrian version of Al-Qaeda.

The enemy of your enemy is not your friend. The moderates are not moderate at all. Nothing has changed.

Or maybe one thing has changed – America. The sleeping giant has been kicked in the side repeatedly but it only made her mumble, roll over and go back to sleep. The spirit of “Are you ready? Okay. Let’s roll.” has been forgotten. The memory of the victims, of the heroes and everyone who strived to make America the great country she once was, is being dishonored.

Apathy is just as dangerous as any terror threat. America can only be beaten if she allows herself to be defeated.

America began as an idea that provided hope to the world. The Islamic State also began as an idea and its flames are swiftly spreading across the globe. The idea of a global Caliphate has existed for centuries, America for only a few hundred years. Both ideas are very powerful, both provide hope and the opportunity to belong to something larger than the individual. Which will win?

There is hope for the free world but first the sleeping giant must wake up. The enemy must be named.  Action must be taken.

“Are you ready? Okay. Let’s roll.”

 

 

 

 

 

Does anyone remember the video of the “rebel” eating the liver of the Syrian soldier he had just killed? Certainly it is logical to believe that they are the “good guys” and just want “freedom”. Right?

The thought of America, some coalition, whoever putting MORE weapons in to the mix that is Syria is, to me, absolutely horrifying. I think America gave enough weapons to people who should have them, people who use them to slaughter, not defend.

It is convenient to imagine that there are “good guys” who will take care of the problem for the Western world but what if they don’t actually exist?

America or whoever can certainly bomb Islamic State terrorists. Not that I believe anyone who tells me that America can tell the difference between the terrorists and the civilian population they move within. These people don’t sit around in buildings marked “terrorist HQ”, they are on the move, in trucks and tanks, in villages filled with regular people who often want nothing to do with them. I do know for certain that America does not go anywhere near the efforts Israel does to avoid hurting innocent civilians…

What America can’t do is bomb an ideology. The Islamic State rampage in Iraq and Syria is the result of the ideology, not the cause of the problem. Stopping a few terrorists (or even hundreds) will not stop the ideology. The problem is in the teachings in mosques in America, England, France, South Africa, across Europe and around the world. The problem is in the western desire to ignore things that are “not nice,” pretend that moral equivalency exists and silence those that dare say otherwise.

What would you do if you were Christian, Jewish or just a modern Parisian, (particularly a woman) and you needed to get to the other side of this street?

What would you do if you were Christian, Jewish or just a modern Parisian, (particularly a woman) and you needed to get to the other side of this street?

The Islamic State provides hope to the Muslim world and hope is very hard to kill. Even many Muslims who disagree with the methods used by the group find the IS message compelling: a global Caliphate is possible. The world can be made to submit to Islam and to them it doesn’t really matter if submission is achieved by free choice, demographics or by beheadings and crucifixions. It is the end result that counts. Most people want to be part of something greater than themselves and in this day and age the Caliphate is the most powerful ideology that exists. The Westerners that join IS are not “lone wolves,” they aren’t a few scattered nut jobs either. They are people looking for a cause that will make them important, people with deep convictions (twisted as they are) and willing to die for their faith. They know that even if they die, the ideology lives on.

The “War on Terror” is not in Iraq or Syria. It is in your local government, your newspaper and the curriculum at your child’s school. It is spreading from the mosques in to the streets, YOUR streets.

Ignore it at your peril.

People around the world are fed with countless stories about Israel. I wonder how many of them are true. I have no statistics, however I do know that the international media commonly reports without showing the context, is guilty of purposely slanting stories, omitting details and even outright, blatant lies.

From the comments people make about Israel it is obvious that many are misinformed and utterly ignorant of what it is really like here, who we are and how we behave.

I think the most common media “sin” is not reporting or avoiding showing the human, real side of Israel. To them we are a war machine, not people.

Watching the coverage (and the international reactions) of Operation Protective Edge, I kept thinking of this picture and what I wrote with it when I originally sent it to friends (Sept 2006). You will see from the below that the issue of improper media coverage is not new. The problem is that as the years go by, the narrative told about us is becoming more and more dangerous. The truth has not changed, you only have to look to see.

IDF Paratrooper plays with a Palestinian child in Gaza

To me this picture is a dramatic example of the problem. More specifically, the lack of publication of this type of picture is the problem. Have you ever seen pictures like this on tv?

This picture reminds me of a scene from Operation Defensive Shield (2002). World media was screaming that the IDF had committed war crimes in Jenin (false allegations they later had to apologize for). I was following the Israeli news when amongst many other items I saw an Arab reporter interview a resident of Jenin. The interview was conducted in Arabic, there were Hebrew subtitles at the bottom of the screen so viewers like me could understand what the residents of Jenin had to say.

The person being interviewed was an older man, in his 60’s or maybe early 70’s. He was sitting on a pile of rubble in the central square of Jenin. The reporter asked the man if he was afraid of the Israeli soldiers, considering the fighting and subsequent damage that had been caused to his town. The man answered honestly: “Of course I’m not afraid of the soldiers! Why should I be?! I’m not a terrorist! I don’t have a bomb or a gun or a knife!”

This man knew what all the other residents knew. What everyone knows. What is rarely conveyed via any form of media:

He had nothing to fear from the IDF because he wasn’t a terrorist.

He knew that ONLY terrorists are targeted, that the ONLY time civilians are hurt is when there is an accident.

The Palestinian boy in the picture I’ve posted here has the same knowledge. So does his mother who allowed him to play in the street with armed “enemy” soldiers. The older people across the street have the same knowledge…

Hamas also understands this, as do Hezbollah. That is why hiding behind human shields,storing weapons and attacking from mosques, schools, hospitals and clinics has become their modus operandi. They know who we are.

How come people around the world don’t know who Israel is? Why don’t they know what Hamas is? Or Hezbollah? Do they have to behead American journalists for anyone to take note? Maybe then the media will change the way they cover Israel… Maybe.

Reality in Israel is very different from what you are shown on your tv screens.

 

We have seen the streets of London, Paris and even Washington full of people screaming for the annihilation of Israel “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free (of Jews). We’ve seen Moslems preaching Sharia on the streets of the major citiesof the world, denouncing the west and western values.

Many, I’m sure, heard the hate filled messages, shook their heads and thought: “That is the downside of democracy. People are free to say what they believe, even when what they say is terrible.”

Free speech is important. It is the fundamental freedom. When freedom of speech is taken away everything else becomes impossible – no freedom of religion, don’t even think of equal rights for women, gays or other minorities.

In the same places where it is ok to say that the State of Israel should not exist, where it is ok to say that the Caliphate will liberate Christians from Christianity and the evils of democracy it is not ok to voice opposing views! What has the world come to where a man can be arrested in Britain for publicly quoting the words of the greatest British leader that ever lived, Sir Winston Churchill? (see the video below) What happens when a Christian preacher speaks out against Islam? Suddenly freedom of speech evaporates…

It is important to pay attention to who is talking, who is being allowed to speak and even more so – who is not.

Do not be cowed in to silence. Do not let apathy guide you. Not to speak is to speak!

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

 

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