By Mordechai Ben-Menachem
I’m angry. I lost five brothers yesterday. Five brothers, four scholars and Rabbis and a Druze hero who tried with all his might to just save lives, and gave his own.
Five brothers who were murdered by the European Union and by Federica Mogherini the European Union’s foreign policy chief, and by the United Nations.
Five brothers, three were born Americans, one was born British and the fifth was born in Israel: Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, Yeshiva Head of the Torat Moshe yeshiva and grandson of the legendary Boston Rabbi Joseph Dov Soloveitchik; Rabbi Kalman Levine, 55; Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, 43; and Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68,who had Israeli-British citizenship.
Rasan and Oudai Abu Jamal were cousins from Jabel Mukaber. The families hailed the terrorists as heroes and martyrs, and passed out candies to celebrate. “This act is something normal for any person who is connected to his people, to courage and to Islam. We got the usual death notification and we shouted with joy, people here also handed out candies to guests who came to visit and were happy for the martyrs.”
Arab Jerusalem residents throw stones at the Light Rail serving them. That is normal for those who consider murder normal. Think about what a Muslim Arab describing horrendous murder of scholars at prayer as “normal.” Not aberration, desperation, demented or deluded; a “normal” cause of jubilation.
The EU’s favorite liar said: “The Palestinian presidency has always condemned the killing of civilians on both sides, and condemns today the killing of worshipers in a house of worship in west Jerusalem. It also condemns all acts of violence from whatever source and demands an end to invasions of Al-Aqsa mosque, to the provocations of settlers, and to the incitement of certain Israeli ministers.”
There was no “invasion” of Al-Aqsa, now or ever. This is a lie. In Israel, there is no incitement – it is illegal and strictly enforced; it is a lie. This is not condemnation; it is incitement looking hopefully for the next bloodshed.
Jewish historian Simon Dubnov, was murdered by Europeans in the Holocaust. In 1898 he predicted half a million Jews alive in the year 2000. There are some 14 or 15 million. Demographers threaten us with an Arab majority. The Jewish birth rate is rising, to more than three births per woman. But, just like for Mogherini and Europe, reality interferes. In Europe they can’t produce enough children to populate more than the local pubs. In the Muslim world the numbers secure their population.
Last year, 25,000 additional Jews were ingathered in Israel and we expect more this year.
In Israel, government, industry, technology, education and health care are an island in a filthy sea. Jewish people achieve. Arab Muslims love beheadings and oppressive poverty. The Zionist revolution puts up with European antisemitism; a vast lighthouse lighting their worst envy. We are guided by optimism; Europe by greed, envy and hatred. With all our optimism, what is primarily on Jerusalem streets yesterday and today? Rage! Rage such I have very seldom seen. There is also grief and sadness, of course, with atypical rage.
I live in a neighborhood in what Europe calls “West” Jerusalem (actually, it is South, but sense is as rare there as truth). It is called Qiryat Yoval. It is called, by them, a ‘Jewish’ neighborhood. Hundreds of Arabs live here, young and old. Nobody bothers them. Many are students, there are several dormitories.
Mogherini and Europe have no problem with Arabs in a Jewish neighborhood. Arabs are allowed to live anywhere they choose. When Jews purchase a flat in an area they consider “East” then that person becomes criminal in their eyes. In simple language, this is racist antisemitism – which, unfortunately, is what Europe has long taught us to expect – that that is the only thing we should expect. They pretend moral equivalency when it can be turned against Israel and differentiation when it, in turn, is more convenient. This is racist antisemitism.
United Nations, UNESCO, UNWRA, Mogherini and Europe continue to assiduously fund textbooks devoted to murder of Jews first. This is racist antisemitism.
After the murder I went to the market. At the bus stop, a young Arab lady crossed in front of me. For the first time, I felt an urge to hurt her, for simple revenge (I didn’t of course – I / we don’t reduce ourselves to their level).
Mogherini and European governments said the usual empty phrases. The words are less than nothing.
Obama is just as bad: “…tragically, this is not the first loss of lives that we have seen in recent months. Too many Israelis have died, too many Palestinians have died. Obviously, we condemn in the strongest terms this attack.”
Is this madness? “Too many Israelis, too many Palestinians.” The Israelis were murdered in cold blood by barbaric acts that were then celebrated in the streets and are praised by the Palestinian Authority.
The Palestinians died while perpetrating attacks, as murders should. This is not even moral equivalency, and not even perfidy. It is blatant amorality – a divorce from morality.
Peter Kassig was captured in eastern Syria on 1 Oct. 2013 delivering relief supplies to Syrian Arabs. He was acting for the aid group he founded. Kassig formerly converted to Islam and took the name Abdul-Rahman Kassig. Now, try to pay attention. He was delivering relief to Arabs. He had converted to Islam. All the Western folks beheaded by Islamic State were persons who worked for them! Hamas is ISIS. ISIS is Hamas.
Arabs hate. That is the basis of their culture. “Two States” will not change that, but will make the murderers more efficient –exactly what Mogherini and European Governments desire.
Arabs hate traitors, even when these are for them. Paying attention yet, Oh Liberals? Your protection for these ‘Palestinians’ will not protect you. You will be the first ones to be killed, and in the most brutal manner – while your daughters are sold into sex slavery. Neither your own stupidity nor your antisemitism will help you.
Mordechai Ben-Menachem is a former researcher/lecturer at Ben-Gurion University and an author of 30 book ranging from engineering to poetry. He is also an ordained clergyman and a former soldier. He currently lives in Jerusalem.