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Human Rights, Human Shields, Human Indifference

Human Rights, Human Shields, Human Indifference

“As the Jews go, so go the Christians.”


"We know that Hamas uses human shields. But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?" – Reporter covering the war, who asked not to be identified*

The “leaders” of Hamas give interviews from hospitals and schools, because they know they have the protection they need: innocent civilians. “Human rights” demonstrations in Europe and elsewhere have become little more than an excuse for the promotion of genocide. In Seattle, a demonstration included a poster showing a Jew drinking blood and eating a Christian child. In France, they have become a pogrom.

The demonstrations have absolutely nothing to do with being human, let alone rights. They are nothing more than a stage for anti-Semitism and Israel bashing. If these concerned demonstrators cared about human rights, they would be marching in the thousands against the embassies and consulates of Russia, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and others. They would be demonstrating against the rape of women and children, child labor and the treatment of minorities in their countries. Alas they remain silent.

Using this silence, Russia and its allies shoot down a passenger jet, and are on the verge of unleashing a war on the Ukraine. Using this silence, ISIS (part of the umbrella that includes Hamas, the Muslim brotherhood, Islamic Jihad etc.) is on the verge of exterminating Christians in Iraq. Our politicians react to their demands by punishing Israel.

Jews are a soft target, and the leaders of Europe (and now the U.S.) are so adroit at appeasement, all they offer is impotent words of, “anti-Semitism, bad, bad,” and then wring their hands. The goal of ISIS and their minions is to extend their influence either through a caliphate or through the terror they deem necessary to bring the western world to its knees.

Our president should be taking every opportunity to demand that Hamas cease using human shields, and encouraging Israel to continue to destroy the tunnels terrorists use to attack it. It was recently revealed, according to Israeli security forces Hamas was planning an attack on Rosh Hashanah. The plan was to send hundreds of terrorists simultaneously through many tunnels to take over kibbutzim and towns in the area and unleash a massive, unprecedented terrorist attack.

Our leaders tell Israel to practice restraint and to negotiate, but how do you negotiate survival?

As a convert to Judaism, I have written that I joined the Jewish people because my soul was bound up with them from the time I was a child. One of the reasons I was drawn to Judaism is that Jews are as much about other people as they do about themselves (often to the detriment of the Jewish people).

Israel has been publicizing the plight of Arab Christians for years. Christians, like Jews, once flourished in the Arab world. The tolerance of the Muslims helped produce some great Jewish thinkers. All of that is gone now, and the Christian minorities are learning what we learned long ago. No one cares about them. Forced to convert, leave or die (sound familiar?) they are quickly disappearing. Our elected leaders have said little and done nothing.

On Sunday, an American priest appeared on a program to talk about the plight of the Christians of Mosul. They have been ordered to convert, leave or die. He talked as if it was something new. I admire that he is finally speaking out, but he has been silent on the treatment of Jews in Europe and until now, Christians in the Middle East. He has never mentioned the plight of an American pastor, Saeed Abdeini, as he rots in an Iranian prison. He rightfully criticized the administration and western governments for their lack of concern and action, but he should have been leading the way a long time ago. Christian leaders need to understand what Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, said, “As the Jews go, so go the Christians.” This reality might be too much for them to stomach, but it is true.

Although they were written decades ago, the words of Martin Niemöller mean as much today as when they were penned. When asked how and why the Nazi’s came to power, he wrote the following:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

We need to remember the wise words of Edmond Burke that all it takes for evil to flourish is for good men, including men of faith to do nothing. We are all in this together.

*”How the media is helping Hamas” by Basam Tawil, The Gatestone Institute, July 27, 2014.

July 28, 2014

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Visitor Comments: 13

(11) Anonymous, August 26, 2014 7:37 PM

Martin Niemöller's words powerful

Martin Niemöller's words powerful

(10) Beverly Kurtin, August 18, 2014 7:07 AM

Americans shut their eyes

Americans don't get what id's happening and what IS going to happen in it sooner than they think. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights is being used against us! Terrorist cells, sleeper cells are already infecting ALL OF OUR CITIES. Yet, if we say anything pointing out that they exist, we cower when the Muslims accuse us of being antiIslamic. When that happens, we need to show them THEIR ANTIAMERICANISM! We must fight fire with fire. The demented former president Jimmy Carter wants to put Hamas on the same level as Israel. He is a perfect example of how messed up America is. Doesn't he know that Hamas, when they have committed the Jewish genocide that they will start committing genocide on the CHRISTIANS? As Hamas puts it,first the Saturday people, then the Sunday people. Hamas, the PLO, and Hezbollah virtually wiped out the Christian population of Lebanon. Carter doesn't think that they will do the same wherever they go next? We Americans had better start working on our Constitution to restrict the kind of speech that they are using to destroy us. The terrorists hate our democracy our freedom,and everything else that we stand for. Iran is working us morons that we are. We are letting them get away with their development of a nuclear weapon. Our president BELIEVES THAT THEY ARE KEEPING THEIR AGREEMENTS, BUT ONE OF THESE FINE DAYS...without warning,we will see a bright flash in the sky,followed by a mushroom cloud.

(9) Marlene, August 1, 2014 5:05 AM

Hand this article out in non-Jewish Houses of Worship

Jews know what has happened and continues to happen. It's time for non-Jews to read this article!

My suggestion is to make copies and give as handouts to each and every church, every denomination/non-denomination and all other non-Jewish houses of worship.

If each person has no right, no one, including Muslims, will have rights.

Learn from history! You will not be able to stand alone against haters. Jews have been, but we are still but a tiny fraction of the world's population! Remember that without all the zeros, this is the count of people:

6,986 non-Jews in the world
14 Jews in the world

Hatred is a cancer/Aids/ebola combination ... and it's spreading faster than non-Jews can comprehend.

(8) Anonymous, July 30, 2014 1:45 PM


This is excellent! Thank you so much for posting it!

(7) Yehudith Shraga, July 30, 2014 7:39 AM

Israel speaks out loud about the tragedy of Christians in Muslim countries, while the Christian countries speak out loud against Israel!

What the Christians're going through now in the Islamic world is the experience they put Jews through,when we had no our state and nobody on our site to speak in our favor between the other nations,with a tiny amendment, that there are a lot of Christian states in the world, who see the suffering of their brothers and sisters and do nothing to save them, instead they try to pretend they're so busy with criticizing Israel on Gaza situation.
Torah teaches us the correct response to the problems or tragedies of our enemies or evil doers and says, that though they behaved wrong to us, we should make all we can to help them.It's our duty to speak out for the fate of the Christians in Muslim countries and to remind them not to wait till it is too late. The G-d gives us the situations when we can make a true repentance,for the Christians it's the speaking out loud about all the wrongs they've done to the People of Israel and doing everything to save their brothers and sisters in need, instead, it seems that they use their power and abilities to continue blaming the Jews for all the wrongs in this world, they continue closing the eyes on the Islamic grabbing on the Europe and US, and their open cynical usage of the resources of Europe and US to make their permanent presence in those countries to be the camps for terrorists and Islamic invasions.
The G-d keeps the Christian world spiritually blind, because to gain the spiritual seeing,one should first see and correct all the wrong one has done, and start keeping the bestowing form of Life as is taught by Torah and Jewish Sages, instead of keeping hold on the false believes, which push them to the tragedy of annihilation and distraction by those whom they so blindly support.
Mida kiNeged Mida is the spiritual rule, which shows us the MUST implementation of "Love your neighbor us yourself". No wonder the Jews may not rely on the help of the Christian world, because even the Christians in need may not.

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