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The Real Danger

Politicians and Professors Are Still Delusional

by: Rabbi YY Jacobson
The Sandler Family

There are no words which can describe the evil perpetrated by Mohammed Merah in Toulouse, on Monday morning, March 19th 2012.

Merah is the Islamic Jihadist who murdered three French soldiers, a Rabbi and three Jewish children, ages 8, 6, 3 in cold blood.

What is equally sickening—and in many ways more frightening—is when progressive and peace-loving politicians, professors and journalists simply don’t grasp the gruesome reality: There are hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of Jihadists, whose hate to every single Jew knows no bounds. These are people who find it moral and noble to lift an 8 year old angelic girl by her hair and shoot her in her temple, only because she was born to Jewish parents.

Here are three examples of this delusional ignorance, pontificated by a politician, a historian and a journalist.

In Brussels this week, at a conference on Palestinian refugees, Catherine Ashton, the foreign policy chief of the European Union, cast her eyes beyond the killings of three Jewish children in Toulouse. Ashton linked this atrocity to the tragic killings of children in recent times elsewhere in the world—in Belgium, in Norway, in Syria, "and when we see what is happening in Gaza."

The Toulouse-equals-Gaza remark naturally drew a torrent of protests in Israel, with officials denouncing Ashton for equating the deliberate murder of Jewish children in Toulouse with the loss of Gaza children in Israeli defensive operations against terrorist groups using children as human shields.

Ashton said her comments had been misinterpreted, but the damage, of course, has been done.

Then in a March 21 article in the English Forward, “Toulouse Tragedy Shows Rhetoric's Danger,” Houston history professor Robert Zaretsky shifts the focus of the murder in France to the intolerant rhetoric by French leaders about Muslims: It is a matter of public record that Sarkozy’s minister of the interior, Claude Guéant, has made a series of provocative claims concerning French Muslims. Whether it was his assertion that “all civilizations are not equal” or his prediction that if foreigners legally residing in France were given the vote, the French would find themselves eating halal meat in school and office cafeterias, such remarks fall well outside the purview of a man responsible for the nation’s security.

“This is no less the case for a president who, over the years, has made a political target of the French Muslims, a discourse most recently marked by Sarkozy’s declarations that ‘we have too many foreigners in France…’”

Instead of identifying and bemoaning the monstrous, barbaric and grotesque belief system of Islamists as the cause of all this verbiage, she comes close to blaming the murders in Toulouse on this anti-Islamic rhetoric.

Finally, in a recent news article, the New York Times finds a way to use the killing of the three children in France as a peg to blame Israel for Palestinian children casualties in its response to Gaza rocket barrages.

Jerusalem correspondent Isabel Kershner penned an article in the March 21 edition of the Times ("Fury in Israel at Remarks Linking Gaza to Toulouse" page A5). She ends her piece with a telling paragraph:

"In the latest cross-border violence between Israel and militant groups in Gaza, 26 Palestinians were killed over four days, according to the Israeli military. Most were militants, but four were civilians. A 12-year-old boy was among those killed in Israeli airstrikes; another boy, 14, was killed by explosives in disputed circumstances. In the same period, Palestinians fired over 150 rockets into southern Israel, none of which claimed a life."

Never mind that the four-day cross-border violence was started by Gaza terrorists and Israel was responding under its internationally recognized right of self-defense—a point neatly hidden from Kershner's copy. If Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committee had desisted from launching volleys of rockets, there would have been no violence, and Gaza kids would have been spared.

Never mind also that the 14-year-old Gaza boy wasn't killed "in disputed circumstances," as Kershner puts it.  A reporter of the French news service, Agence France Presse, investigated the scene of the boy's death and reported there was no evidence whatsoever that he was killed by an airstrike. Everything instead pointed to youngsters playing with live ammunition. Kershner, however, obfuscates the circumstances so as not to exonerate the Israeli military.

Never mind that when 150 rockets rain down on civilian communities in southern Israel, tens of thousands of Israeli children are traumatized by sirens that alert them to take cover within a matter of seconds. Many of these children develop lasting psychological pain and suffering. But widespread cases of post-traumatic stress don't enter into Kershner's equation.

The only link between the Toulouse massacre and the four-day Gaza cross-border violence is that innocents have been targeted by Jew-hating terrorists. But don't expect to read that in the New York Times.

These three examples are telling. They inform us of the real danger confronting us, not only from the Jihadist blood-thirsty murderers but from the scores of Western leaders and thinkers who will forever excuse their behavior and put the blame on the weeping victims.

Comments (4)

Two are Jewish

Friday, Mar 23 2012 - כ"ט אדר תשע"ב
Rabbi YY Jacobson
An email I received:

Very well stated. 
I would add--even edit in--that of the three people mentioned on your article, two are Jewish of of Jewish extraction. One (Ashton) may not be. Which leads one to conclude, that this is an especially Jewish trait, to seek out "moral equivalence" (though it is anything but), very much in line with the דור של מחר, that does feel an identification with its people.

This is an indictment of a חינוך המיוסד on a strongly diluted Jewish identity.
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More connections

Sunday, Mar 25 2012 - ב' ניסן תשע"ב
Steven Lessoff
R. Jacobson,

While those who compare Toulouse to Gaza are wrongly blaming the victim and encouraging agressor, nevertheless, their words have a prophetic truth.

The truth is that the same brutal Islamists that commit terrorism in Europe, America and Israel are also responsible for the suffering of untold numbers of children in Africa and the Middle East. 

Al Queda, who were directly responsible for the Toulouse attacks, and their Taliban affiliates brought Afganastan to racism, religious violence, corruption, and the world\'s highest rates of maternal and infant mortality. 

The Muslim Brootherhood and their surrogates have murdered millions. They use rape as a strategic weapon and are Arabizing Sudan by genocide. In Gaza they encourage racism, violence against Christians and use children as psychological weapons and human shields. Even before ruling Egypt (G-d forbid) they already commit rape, honor killings and pograms against Christians. 

Shiite extremist commit unspeakable violence in Iran, Syria and Lebanon. 

The Toulouse murders certainly are connected to the suffering of Children in Gaza, but Israel is not the aggressor. Israel and all civilized people are the victims.
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don\'t loose scope of the cause...

Monday, Mar 26 2012 - ג' ניסן תשע"ב
avraham wyszynski
Achay, the longer we hold the unjust press and the anti-Jewish nations responsible for these acts of terror the longer it will take for those attrocities to stop. Turn back and show others the way to turn back, to return to Torah Life, including those who have given up their Jewish identities, No protest to the UN or EU or any other earthly power will remove those calamities from us. Ribono Shel Olam can stop the rockets and the bulets in mid air and change the attitudes of the nations toward us in an instant... if we only ask for it.

We\'ve had our experience of trusting our lovers prior to the latest galut. To whom are you complaining? Isn\'t our Creator, our King trying to get our attention? Talk to your Boss, Achay! He can hear you very well.
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The Boycotts

Monday, Mar 26 2012 - ג' ניסן תשע"ב
Rabbi YY Jacobson
An Email I received:

I am a regular subscriber to and am never disappointed. This time, you were more on the mark than you might even know. I am a member of a small active group in our shul (Hebrew Institute of Riverdale) called the Israel Action Committee - We set up protests  and demonstrate in front of institutions or organizations that spew hatred against Israel.  ex. When Columbia University hosted a multi-day conference hosting Students for Justice in Palestine, we showed up (at considerable physical risk to ourselves). Another time, a JCC itself was allying with organizations that were boycotting Israel goods - and we let them know up close we were on to them. What I have learned from attending these protests was that apologists for Islamic terrorism are not only Arab students or progressive liberals, but sadly many politically correct Jews. Indeed, they were among the most vocal opponents of ours. How do you deal with these people? How did they get this way? Is it a total lack of identification of their roots? A need to be universalist? An unpleasant memory of a rabbi or Jewish authority figure in their past? I was wondering if you had any insights about this.
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