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.