Tag: palestine

26Feb

Missile Alert in a Bad Neighborhood

You think you live in a bad neighborhood? Consider the following map of how long the average Israeli has to reach “safety” once a missile alert has been issued. Then consider the radical change if the world gets it’s way, and much of the Galilee and Samaria are handed over to the control of those who are trying to build a Caliphate.

Would you find this acceptable if it were New York State?

Missile alert maps current v Palestinian state in Yosh

16Dec

If You Repeat a Lie…

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Israel has certainly made mistakes in it’s short life, but the world has made more — more by lying to millions of people about Israel and Palestine. We are quick to hold a “slut walk,” to prove women shouldn’t be raped because of the way they dress, but we are also quick to call Israel a “slut” who deserves the terror rained down on her because she dresses the wrong way. The double standard isn’t just maddening — it’s Antisemitism, plain and simple.

Of course, the Palestinians are as much victims as Israel is, being used a pawns in a global game of “kick the Jew, so long as I don’t have to do the kicking.”

Enough, already. Time to end the lies and tell the truth.

14Aug

A Perception Driven World

You may have seen this video of Israeli Soldiers shooting a poor kid in the leg, and then laughing about it. Later images in the narrative include the kid in the hospital with his leg in a cast, and then discharge papers for the kid leaving the hospital. It all sounds watertight, right? An Israeli soldier caught on video shooting a child with a high power rifle, and proof the child was then taken to the hospital for treatment.

There’s a single problem with this narrative: it’s all in your perception. This entire episode is an example of why eyewitness testimony isn’t as reliable as you think it is — why God required at least two eyewitness testimonies of a single event before bringing in a conviction. So let’s go down the list of facts we know here.

First, the kid limps off. If you’ve ever seen a shooting with a high power rifle, you’d know the person shot doesn’t “limp off.” They are carried off with a broken leg (at a minimum).

Second, the person in the video is limping from an injury in their left leg, while the person in the hospital bed has an injury on their right leg. These aren’t the same two people.

Third, the discharge papers from the hospital don’t show a name or a date, and they’re written in English (how many American hospitals write up their discharge papers even in Spanish, much less Hebrew?).

Fourth, the sniper claims a shot in the butt, not the leg. In fact, the sniper probably couldn’t see the “kid’s” leg at all, given the construction of the building.

Fifth, the “kid” isn’t a “kid.” He’s at least 18, perhaps older, and he’s not so innocent, going to an Israeli city to throw heavy objects off a building at the people below. Do we have any video of someone being hit by a large stone from three stories above to offset his “injuries?”

In sum, something isn’t adding up here. Thomas Wictor has pointed to sand bullets as the solution — plausible. With or without the sand bullets, however, the facts just aren’t completely in line with what we think we see. In this case, the perception becomes reality for most people — “Hitler, we’re sorry!” according to one comment on the video (and there are plenty more like it).

As Christians, we face this type of situation every day. Things that seem unreal are, in fact, real. Homosexual marriage, which will ultimately harm our social fabric, is promoted as an unmitigated good. Racism is pulled out to counter serious arguments about real policy problems, from illegal immigration to foreign policy to obvious lawlessness.

What is the Christian responsibility towards the truth?

We expect the world to take our claims of a risen Savior seriously. We expect our friends to spend time investigating our claims made on faith. We expect our family members to take our belief in a God you can neither see nor hear nor feel in earnest.

And yet, far too often, we take the world’s claims about reality in an off handed manner. We, like the world around us, are often all too willing to take a narrative that’s presented to us at face value. It takes work to try and find the truth; it’s far easier to watch a two minute video and react, especially if that video fits a preconceived narrative. How would we react if we came across a crowd in Jerusalem screaming “crucify him?” Probably much the same as we do today — we’d join right in.

If we are truly committed to the truth, then we need to be willing to do the work to dig and find out more — to pay attention to the little inconsistencies that say, “something else is going on here.”

If we are truly committed to the truth.

3Jun

Funny — & Not So Funny

Al-Dura-Fraud

In case you didn’t hear, the image that launched a thousand tongues wagging against Israel, and a thousand rocks and rockets into Israel, has been proven a complete a total fraud. Israel did not kill this child, as anyone who actually followed the story from day one, and looked at the facts (rather than the spin) would know. A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get it’s shoes on.

Khaled Abu Toameh on apartheid

Another lie about Israel — a lie that’s repeated over and over and over again — is that Israel is an “apartheid state.” The implication is that Israel is racist, that the root of the problem between Israel and the “Palestinians” is racism. If Israel is racist, then why do Muslims of “Palestinian origin” actually hold seats in their elected bodies, and in many other governmental positions?

Sick of Obama yet

Finally, something a bit funny, but not funny. The answer? Definitely yes.

15Feb

Rockets? What Rockets?

man-mazeA recent study of the textbooks used in Israel and Palestine (a state which has never existed in the history of man) has revealed, to no-one’s surprise, that Israel and Palestine are equally at fault for the current conflict. Which just proves that when you start with a presupposition that doesn’t match reality, it takes a lot more than some simple facts to shake your presupposition — in other words, seeing is not believing.

For the newbie, let’s review the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

From the Palestinian side: A bunch of Jews using a forged book (the Bible) as their justification and the death of millions of Jews in World War II (which didn’t really happen) as an excuse invaded the prosperous nation of Palestine, destroying it’s institutions and essentially enslaving it’s people through border fences and apartheid. The Palestinians have been struggling, ever since, trying to take their land back with nothing more than their bare hands and some rocks they can find on the streets. The world does not support Palestine, being beholden to Jewish financial interests, and Palestinians are starving in the streets on a daily basis (when they’re not being massacred by out of control Israeli military personally for racially motivated reasons).

In the real world: Jews bought up a lot of land in their native homeland, land that was not being used, and was freely sold to them by the current occupants — who had little to no use for it, as it was not farmable, and had no significant religious value. These Jews then declared a new state of Israel, clearly stating anyone who lived in the land covered was free to remain and become a part of this new state. The surrounding Arab countries attacked this new state, asking anyone who was Arabic or Muslim to clear the area for military operations by leaving, and promising Israel would be wiped off the map. These Arab armies were defeated, and the new state of Israel took the land (they had already largely purchased in legal transactions) in the time honored way — by defeating their enemies. Once Israel was established, and became prosperous, millions of Arabs began moving into the area to take advantage of that prosperity. Among them arose a set of leaders who saw that calling these newly arrived people “refugees,” and keeping them in the worst possible conditions towards doing what they could not do on the battlefield: destroy Israel. Suddenly Jerusalem became the “third holiest site” in Islam, a status which clearly overrules it’s designation as the holiest site in Judaism (especially as every historian in the history of man is wrong about the location of the Jewish Temple). These “refugees,” are regularly incited to fire rockets into Israel, and carry suicide bombs onto buses, into pizza parlors, and into city streets. When Israel responds to these incitements in common sense way, “the world,” calls down it’s wrath on Israel, because the entire situation is the fault of Israel itself.

In short, the only way Israel can prove to the world that it really loves the world is to all run to the beaches of Tel Aviv and jump in. From there, they should swim until they drown. And they should take their textbooks with them.

Such is the view of the esteemed professors who wrote this report.

Of course, when rockets rain down on their university, they stand around bewildered.

What is that odd pencil shaped thing falling from the sky onto my office? What is that loud booming sound? Has someone turned the bass up on their boom box that high? Rockets? What rockets?

17Oct

The “Occupation” in Palestine

Where are those IDF soldiers we’re always hearing about who shoot Palestinians like they’re some kind of animal in this picture? And where are those respectful and tolerant Palestinians who just want to get along?

Sure, Israel makes mistakes in Palestine. But the current narrative that the Palestinians are peace loving people who are just oppressed into violent action by uncaring and hateful Israeli policy needs to end.

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