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Two media objects caught my consideration in the present day.

One was a intelligent cartoon within the San Francisco Examiner. It depicted a crowd at an anti Israel rally. The indicators carried have been vicious, “Israel butchers” and “Loss of life to Israel”. One such particular person fairly clearly Osama bin Laden was saying to 2 astonished non Arabs carrying these indicators,” Glad you would make it to the rally!”

I usually surprise if these far to the left Jews who attend these anti Israel rallies perceive they’re aligning themselves with anti Israel and anti U.S. teams just like the so referred to as “Worldwide Solidarity Motion” and “Reply” whose mission statements (both obliquely or straight) name for the destruction of the State of Israel. However possibly they’re not more than self hating Jews and a world with out Israel would go well with them simply high-quality. Within the bay space there are in all probability extra of them than in different elements of the U.S. and most of them conceal out in Berkeley. Effectively they’re going to be disenchanted. Israel goes nowhere and can proceed to be a Jewish homeland for an extended, very long time.

The opposite media merchandise was a report on one of many N.P.R. information bulletins and it referred to the greater than 10,000 folks (sure, ten thousand) who’ve been killed in Sri Lanka over the previous few a long time. Sri Lanka (previously often known as Ceylon) is an island nation off the south east coast of India. Sri Lanka was greatest recognized for its high-quality tea and completed cricketers however now add within the Tamil Tigers a terrorist group liable for most of that physique rely. Nonetheless all of the mayhem in Sri Lanka receives the slightest of media consideration (to not point out hardly a peep on the U.N.) however Israel responding to a barrage of missiles and mortars fired by Hamas terrorists over a interval of a few years turns into the main entrance web page information merchandise world- vast, receives condemnation for its act of self protection from once more all corners of the globe and provides Arabs and non Arabs trigger to stage demonstrations and rallies in cities as remote as Paris, Sydney and Istanbul.

The demonstrations have usually contained distinct parts of virulent anti Semitism (embody the bay space in that) and for the Jews of those remote locations it has been a most uncomfortable sight. The scathing assaults on Israel by the Prime Minister of Turkey (a rustic with whom Israel has had army ties) have unsettled the Turkish Jewish inhabitants and there have been rumors of a boycott of Jewish owned shops. So once more why is there this insatiable obsession with Israel and an nearly complete indifference to Sri Lanka and bastions of freedom and democracy like Zimbabwe, Belarus, and Libya –there’s a prolonged checklist. Effectively my instructor as soon as instructed me” Jews are information” and I want to add that the world can not abdomen robust, resilient militarily profitable Jews. However they love lifeless Jews. Ever discover how a lot sympathetic consideration the holocaust receives?

The success of Israel as a nation in so many respects, a nation that embodies the easiest of human values, a nation that’s discovering medical cures, that’s modern in fields like agriculture, expertise, science, music and the humanities is galling to so many. However for them I’ve considered one of my favourite expressions,” Am Yisrael Chai-The folks of Israel lives!”

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