In NRO, Saturday, Mark Stein wrote about The Oldest Hatred, a hatred that should send a chill down the spine of anyone with even a passing knowledge of history. But disturbingly, it seems more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon:
In Toronto, anti-Israel demonstrators yell “You are the brothers of pigs!”, and a protester complains to his interviewer that “Hitler didn’t do a good job.”
In Fort Lauderdale, Palestinian supporters sneer at Jews, “You need a big oven, that’s what you need!”
In Amsterdam, the crowd shouts, “Hamas, Hamas! Jews to the gas!”
Another example of this despicable form of “protest” via Gateway Pundit:
In Los Angeles this week the pro-Hamas protesters were cheering for Hitler and–
“Put the Jews in the oven!”
In Paris, the state-owned TV network France-2 broadcasts film of dozens of dead Palestinians killed in an Israeli air raid on New Year’s Day. The channel subsequently admits that, in fact, the footage is not from January 1st 2009 but from 2005, and, while the corpses are certainly Palestinian, they were killed when a truck loaded with Hamas explosives detonated prematurely while leaving the Jabaliya refugee camp in another of those unfortunate work-related accidents to which Gaza is sadly prone. Conceding that the Palestinians supposedly killed by Israel were, alas, killed by Hamas, France-2 says the footage was broadcast “accidentally.”
In Toulouse, a synagogue is firebombed; in Bordeaux, two kosher butchers are attacked; at the Auber RER train station, a Jewish man is savagely assaulted by 20 youths taunting, “Palestine will kill the Jews;” in Villiers-le-Bel, a Jewish schoolgirl is brutally beaten by a gang jeering, “Jews must die.”
In Helsingborg, the congregation at a Swedish synagogue takes shelter as a window is broken and burning cloths thrown in; in Odense, principal Olav Nielsen announces that he will no longer admit Jewish children to the local school after a Dane of Lebanese extraction goes to the shopping mall and shoots two men working at the Dead Sea Products store; in Brussels, a Molotov cocktail is hurled at a Belgian synagogue; in Antwerp, lit rags are pushed through the mail flap of a Jewish home; and, across the Channel, “youths” attempt to burn the Brondesbury Park Synagogue.
In London, the police advise British Jews to review their security procedures because of potential revenge attacks. The Sun reports “fears” that “Islamic extremists” are drawing up a “hit list” of prominent Jews, including the Foreign Secretary, Amy Winehouse’s record producer, and the late Princess of Wales’s divorce lawyer.
a graffiti “Kill a Jew” has appeared on the fence of the Croatian National Theater in the center of the Bosnian city of Mostar.
The graffiti “Kill a Jew” also appeared on containers across the city of Mostar.
But it’s not just Muslim extemists, it’s also some Muslim “moderates” getting in on the act, and also of course, leftist liberals, who with their unspoken alliance with Islamofascists put the blame of the latest hostility squarely on the part of the Jews. Always the Jews.
On the question of whether Israel had the right to defend itself against rocket attacks (which seems like a no brainer to me), five U.S. Congressmen actually voted No:
Dennis J. Kucinich (D)
Gwen Moore (D)
Nick Rahall (D)
Maxine Waters (D)
And many more opted to vote “present”, (Obama style):
Present HI-1 Abercrombie, Neil [D]
Present OR-3 Blumenauer, Earl [D]
Present OR-4 DeFazio, Peter [D]
Present MI-15 Dingell, John [D]
Present MD-4 Edwards, Donna [D]
Present MN-5 Ellison, Keith [D]
Present CA-17 Farr, Sam [D]
Present AZ-7 Grijalva, Raul [D]
Present NY-22 Hinchey, Maurice [D]
Present GA-4 Johnson, Henry [D]
Present MI-13 Kilpatrick, Carolyn [D]
Present CA-9 Lee, Barbara [D]
Present MN-4 McCollum, Betty [D]
Present WA-7 McDermott, James [D]
Present CA-7 Miller, George [D]
Present VA-8 Moran, James [D]
Present MA-1 Olver, John [D]
Present NJ-10 Payne, Donald [D]
Present CA-47 Sanchez, Loretta [D]
Present CA-13 Stark, Fortney [D]
Present CA-33 Watson, Diane [D]
Present CA-6 Woolsey, Lynn [D]
The Guardian advocates a boycott of Israel in an oped:
Every day that Israel pounds Gaza brings more converts to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), cause – even among Israeli Jews. In the midst of the assault roughly 500 Israelis, dozens of them well-known artists and scholars, sent a letter to foreign ambassadors in Israel. It calls for “the adoption of immediate restrictive measures and sanctions” and draws a clear parallel with the anti-apartheid struggle. “The boycott on South Africa was effective, but Israel is handled with kid gloves … This international backing must stop.”
You just look at this and scratch your head. These people are defending a regime that targets civilians, and that just brought back crucifixion, for God’s sake…. .
Steyn ends his piece:
You can just about understand why living in Gaza would teach you madness. The enthusiastic adoption of the same pathologies by mainstream Europe is even more deranged — and in the end will prove just as self-destructive.