Michael Brown on What the Latest Conflict in the Middle East Has Taught Us

Given the history of the region, it is a given that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will be complex and painful. It is also a given that, in the international court of opinion, the guilt of Israel is assumed and Jew-hatred is never far from the surface.

To be sure, there are different sides of the debate about the potential eviction of 13 Arab families from Sheikh Jarrah and about the riots at the Al-Aqsa mosque. (For a pro-Israel perspective, see here; for a pro-Palestinian perspective, see here.)

But there is no debating the fact that Hamas seized this moment to launch a murderous attack on Israeli civilians. And there is no debating the fact, that around the world, Israel’s military response to Hamas has triggered a fresh wave of both anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

So, Hamas terrorists, apparently aided and abetted by Iranian money, shoot several thousand rockets into Israel, reaching Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and even the Galilee, killing children as young as 5. Yet when Israel responds forcefully, it is Israel that is the arch villain, sparking world outcries and massive rallies. “Stop the genocide!” the crowds cry.

Throughout the small country of Israel, families have been hunkering down in their bomb shelters—every home in Israel must have a bomb shelter—as the IDF seeks to fend off the attacks and protect its people. (And remember that the D in IDF stands for “defense.”)

But there is no sympathy for these families, no concern for their wellbeing. Instead, to a person they are deemed guilty of genocide, seeking to wipe out the Palestinian people. At least that is the message being conveyed in rally after rally, as if the Hamas terrorists are the good guys and all Israelis are the monsters.

Yet what else should we expect? After all, Israelis, by and large, are Jews. And Jews … Well, enough said.

A common chant at these anti-Israel rallies is, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” But, as Israel’s official Twitter account noted, “For those of you who don’t know, ‘from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,’ is a phrase used by those who call for the elimination of Israel (from the river to the sea).”

Ah, but it’s such a cool-sounding slogan. Why not use it anyway?

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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