Op-Ed: Israel vs.Islamists: Setting the Record Straight
Prof. Phyllis CheslerThe writer, a Fellow of the Middle East Forum and recipient of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, is the author of fifteen books, including Women and Madness, Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, and The New Anti-Semitism. She has published three studies about honor killing and is at work on a fourth. Her new book, An American Bride in Kabul, (Palgrave Macmillan) has just been published to great acclaim. Professor Chesler may be reached at her website www.phyllis-chesler.com
Lets’ set the record straight before the year ends:
Israel is not an apartheid Nazi state. Islam is the largest practitioner of both gender and religious apartheid.
Infidel violence against or hatred of Muslims is a mere drop in the bucket. Muslim-on-Muslim violence is a pandemic and indigenous feature of Muslim-Muslim relationships, beginning with the endless religious feuds between Sunni and Shiia Muslims.
Today, Muslims are torturing, exiling, and blowing each other up in Egypt, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan—to name only a few Muslim-majority countries.
While the West may be imperfect, mea culpa, mea culpa, Islam has a very long and bloody history of imperialism, colonialism, anti-Black racism, conversion via the sword, slavery, and the above mentioned apartheid.
The attempt to appropriate Jesus as a victimized “Palestinian” by the very Muslims who are slaughtering Christians all over the Middle East and who have driven Arab Christians out of Bethlehem is disgusting.
The miserable Brits have just built a large “Security Wall” at St James Church in Piccadilly and plan to use it to continue demonizing the Jewish state for the next twelve days. It is an “art installation,” political theatre, very trendy.
Not shown, never mentioned, are the names or graves of Israeli civilians, including children and the elderly, who were being blown up and butchered during the height of the Al Aqsa Intifada; not mentioned are those who were disabled for life; but mainly, it is forbidden to say that the “security wall” worked, that the number of Israeli civilian casualties plunged because it existed.
Jesus was not a “Palestinian.” He was a Jew, some say he was a rabbi, and that the Last Supper was a Pesach seder. The attempt to appropriate Jesus as a victimized “Palestinian” by the very Muslims who are slaughtering Christians all over the Middle East and who have driven Arab Christians out of Bethlehem is typical, disgusting, and must continually be exposed.
Israel may not be a perfect nation but its Arab citizens, both Muslim and Christian, are the only Arabs in the Arab world who enjoy religious freedom, can vote and express themselves freely, and who have been peacefully elected to Parliament.
As Hamad Amar, a Druze citizen of Israel and the Speaker of Israel’s Knesset has written in The Hill, an American Congressional blog:
“In our whole region consisting of over 350 million Arabs, there are only 1,658,000 Arabs who have complete political and religious freedom and have the right to vote in full democratic elections. It is no coincidence that all of these Arabs live as full and equal citizens in the one Jewish State.”
Israel values human life, its enemies value death, murder, martyrdom. To redeem Gilad Shalit, Israel released terrorists with blood on their hands to return as glorified heroes and to resume their “careers” as terrorists. Jews value life this much.
I hope and pray that Jonathan Pollard will finally be set free while he and I are both still alive and I hope that Israel does not have to pay too dear a price for his freedom.
Israel is compassionate and humanitarian. It has provided medical aid to Syrian refugees, and before that to Lebanese in flight from Arafat’s terrorism. Israel has sent medical and emergency teams all over the world wherever there has been a flood or an earthquake.
Israel takes care of its own; the world does not exactly care about Jews. Israel is not a parasite on the international community. Thus, Israel absorbed all the Jews living in Arab lands who were exiled or who had to flee their homes in Muslim-majority countries in the Arab Middle East, North Africa, and central Asia.
It did not demand that the UN pay for this massive relocation project. The same cannot be said for the Arab countries which have refused citizenship to the “Palestinians,” and indeed, who created the very concept of a Palestinian people where none had ever existed, as a force with which to exterminate Jewish Israel.
Oh, I could go on but for now, please allow me to wish all those Christians who support Israel, who love Israel, even more than some Jews do—the most wonderful holiday.
(For a picture of the wall in London, click here.)