As Israel entered the second month of the war on Hamas, the radical Islamic terror organization; former President Barack Obama appropriated the anti-Israel movement that has violently demonstrated not only against Israel but against American Jews and Jewish supporters of the State of Israel. His appearance justified the rage and violence seen at pro Hamas demonstrations by Muslim Americans and supporters of Hamas who have incited and called for the destruction of the State of Israel.
Obama, still commanding respect among a large spectrum of young Americans, encouraged Muslim-Americans and supporters of Hamas the terror organization to continue and engage in the openly anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and anti-American demonstrations by refraining from condemning these violent demonstrations against American Jews. It seems that the limits of the first amendment and the legal constraints of incitement have no relevancy when Israel is the issue.
Former President Obama, never a true friend of Israel who actually always harbored a deep hatred of Israel, is now unrestricted by an upcoming election, and can speak freely. Obama has willingly contributed to the false portrayal of Hamas a terror organization that butchered, raped, burnt alive, and kidnapped hundreds of men, women, children, and infants after breaching the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Hamas, a radical Islamic organization no different than ISIS or El-Qaeda. It wants to impose the law of the Sharia everywhere and does not recognize other religions such as Judaism or Christianity. Hamas will use any means, as barbaric as they are, to impose what they consider Islamic justice.
It was over a decade ago when Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was asked whether he would support a Muslim for President. His answer reflected what many in Western societies do not understand. Gingrich responding by saying that the answer to that question really depends on whether the candidate was “a modern person who happens to worship Allah” or “a person who belonged to any kind of belief in Sharia, any kind of effort to impose that on the rest of us.” He concluded by stating that the former would not pose a threat to America or the Western world, while the latter would be a “mortal threat.”
Gingrich is absolutely right in making such a distinction. The danger facing America from the Islamic Hamas organization’s supporters sweeping the streets of American arises not from the fact that people practicing the Islamic religion are Muslim, but rather from the degree to which they adhere to the totalitarian, supremacist Islamic doctrine of Sharia. What was perceived in the not so distant past as threat on Israel should now be understood as a problem for America and much of the Western nations where Hamas supporters have taken to the streets en masse.
This is nothing less than a current manifestation of the Islamic Domino Effect. By not shying away from this issue, Gingrich raised a serious concern that should worry all Americans today in light of the vast support for Hamas.
Over the past 100 years, powerful and belligerent conglomerations of state and non-state Islamic forces adopted the use of terror to mount a strategic threat on the continuing survival of the State of Israel. During those years, Islamic terror was considered a threat only to Israel and was felt to be a consequence of the ongoing conflict between Israel and her Arab neighbors. In recent years, Hamas’ Islamic terror was not understood or interpreted as a strategic threat to America. Hamas’ Islamic terrorists enjoyed the status of celebrities and were welcome in the corridors of power and intelligentsia throughout Europe and the United States.
Within the corridors of Congress, Democratic congressional representatives such as Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Jamal Bowman, Cori Bush, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) have given their full support to the incitement and violence sweeping the streets of American against American Jews and supporters of Israel. They have refrained from condemning the calls to eradicate the state of Israel, and have not condemned the acts of violence against American Jews during the demonstrations.
The rage and hatred expressed during these demonstrations will not stop with the Jews and will slowly take form against all non-Muslims, meaning everyone else.
Hamas represents the latest manifestation of the Islamic Domino effect within free societies such as America. More and more of Muslim-Americans and supporters of Hamas are willingly dissociating themselves from the prevailing values, constitutional restrictions and legal regulations of mainstream America and the values of Main St. These supporters of Hamas are using the freedom of Democratic societies to strengthen the message that Islam is not and will never be subservient to any other religion or political system. This is the true meaning of what Hamas stands for.
Up until Oct 7th, Israel stood alone in the war against Hamas and for the past decade and a half, the communities of southern Israel have lived under the shadow of indiscriminate missile attacks and Hamas terror against civilians living in the communities adjacent to the border. What seemed then as a localized conflict between Hamas and Israel has metamorphosed into a direct threat on the rule of law, on the physical safety of American Jews and Jewish Institutions. Support for Hamas will plant the seeds of the Islamic threat to American society from within while creating a Domino effect that will disrupt American society as we now it. The Islamic Domino Effect as personified by the Hamas terror organization, will develop into an Islamic tsunami of political and religious intolerance for religions and ideologies in open societies that are not subservient to Islam and Sharia Law.
Ron Jager grew up in the South Bronx of New York City, making Aliyah in 1980. Served for 25 years in the IDF as a Mental Health Field Officer in operational units. Prior to retiring was Commander of the Central Psychiatric Clinic for Reserve Solders at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring has been involved in strategic consultancy to NGO's and communities in the Gaza Envelope on resiliency projects to assist first responders and communities. Ron has written numerous articles for outlets in Israel and abroad focusing on Israel and the Jewish world.
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