Boycotts and fires: the same hatred for Israel

The keffiyeh says it all.

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Giulio Meotti

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The fires have been extinguished in Israel amid the general silence of the Western media which is much more reactive when Israel disarms a Palestinian Arab terrorist. Numbers are telling: 180 Israelis injured, 527 Israeli dwellings completely destroyed in Haifa, more than 1.5 million tons of liquid and fire-resistant materials, 13,000 hectares of burnt Israeli forests, over 80,000 Israelis evacuated. This new terrorism was fueled by a terrible hate campaign on social Arab networks, filled with appeals to “burn” the Jews and Zionists.

After the fire, another type of terror targeted Israel: the label and boycott campaign. France, in fact, approved the marking of Jewish products made in Judea and Samaria. It is ironic and terrible that one of the most devastating fires affected a “settlement”, Halamish, boycotted by the motion approved by the European Commission a year ago and now implemented by Hollande’s France. Deputy Minister Michael Oren, historian and former Israeli ambassador to the US, answered this boycott: “Think twice before you buy French products”. More Israelis should follow his advice.

This new terrorism was fueled by a terrible hate campaign on social Arab networks, filled with appeals to “burn” the Jews and Zionists.
Speaking of the incendiary wave, the Israeli MP Amir Ohana said that these fires show that “they want to destroy the only Jewish State much more than they want to create a 22nd Arab state”. Instead of Molotov cocktails, label and boycott terror uses paper resolutions, but they share the same goal: annihilating Israel.

Think about what happened a few days later. We saw a Palestinian Arab keffiyah grace the neck of Western neo-Marxist intellectuals, engaged students, absent-minded teenagers and radical chic ladies who dress casually. But we had never before seen the symbol of “Palestinian resistance” (read terrorism) on the neck of the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It just happened, however, now that President Peter Thomson sported the famous scarf.

The last wave of fires provides an opportunity to reflect on the dangers that would present a different scenario. What would happen if the Israeli emergency crews were called to stop a wave of large-scale fires after a military offensive by Hezbollah from southern Lebanon or by another terror militia? Are we sure Israel would receive the same help from the international community as it did during the fires? When Israel is engaged in a military conflict with an Arab nation, the world is not only silent, but just waits to see Israel being defeated.

The reprehensible keffiyeh of Peter Thomson and the timely French labeling are there to remind us of that hard truth.