The Missing Gene of Empathy for Murdered Jews

January 28, 2016

by Izzy Lemberg

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, the ‘conscience’ of human rights was addressing the UN when he told the world that he understood that killing innocent Jews was a result of Palestinian “frustration from the occupation.” The Secretary General said, “The full force of the law must be brought to bear on all those committing crimes –- with a system of justice applied equally for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”

This outrageous statement has now become the new normal in contemporary anti-Semitic discourse and media coverage.

A day earlier a young girl, Shlomit Krigman, 23, was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian murderer. The week before Dafna Meir, 38, a nurse and a mother of six was brutally slain by a fifteen year old Palestinian murderer.

In Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot cemetery the two women now lie side by side.

Also, one week earlier, America’s Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro spoke at a conference in Tel Aviv where he too made references about Israel’s justice system, saying, “there seems to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law – one for Israelis and another for Palestinians.” Alluding to the fact that he thought Israel was discriminating against the Palestinians. He spoke about the terrorist attack the day before briefly in his opening remarks, but he did not feel it was inappropriate to condemn Israel.

The fact that both Ban Ki Moon and Ambassador Shapiro thought there was nothing wrong with condemning Israel on the same day that Palestinians were butchering women shows the apparent missing gene of empathy for murdered Jews.

I remember in my many years working in the international media, especially during the second intifada, when I witnessed countless times how there was no sympathy at all for Israelis who were murdered by Palestinians. Palestinian suicide bombers and other Palestinians who died during the conflict had names that the media reported. More often than not, names of Israeli victims were overlooked and I often wondered why that was.

The overwhelming majority of the media coverage of Palestinian deaths at the hands of the Israeli army far outstripped any sympathetic attention given to Jews.

Last week, the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, a Holocaust denier was given a reception by the Holy See, Pope Francis. Iran is now holding its third annual, Holocaust denial cartoon competition and the regime continues to be the world’s biggest Holocaust denial industry. Rouhani is no different to his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, although the world continues to pretend that he is a moderate.

There is something fundamentally wrong when the head of a religion with one billion adherents globally has an audience with the world’s biggest sponsor of Islamist terrorism, where many of the victims are Christians worldwide.

Before leaving Italy, Rouhani was speaking on the same day as the international Holocaust Memorial Day when he was being anti-Semitic by blaming the “Zionist lobby” for the strained relations between Iran and the United States. In truth, the majority of Americans are against the nuclear deal that was struck between the P5+1 and Iran.

It did not matter to President Barack Obama that the Iran deal still left Iran on record calling for the destruction of Israel and it continues its policy of denying the Holocaust. The European Union and especially Germany had no problem in ignoring the genocidal ambitions of Iran and promotion of lies about the Holocaust. Germany should know better. This betrayal of Holocaust memory and betrayal of Israel’s right to exist is the original sin of the Iran deal.

As the world recoils in horror at the crimes of ISIS and radical Islamist ideology exported from Syria to Europe, when it comes to Islamist’s butchering Jews in Jerusalem, the UN Secretary General makes excuses for murder, when he said, ”it is human nature to react to occupation.” Perhaps human nature does not extend sympathy to victims when they are Jews.

I ask myself whether people just don’t get it or is it deliberate?

This article was originally published by the Times of Israel

The Butchering Intifada and the Season of Misinformation

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The use of knives as the weapon of choice for butchering Jews can be traced to the Har Nof Massacre in November, 2014. The western media has been complicit and instrumental in advancing this religiously inspired campaign of hate, through its “mistakes” and “errors” in its reporting of terror attacks. Most notably last year when CNN “mistakenly” reported a synagogue as a mosque. CNN was not alone, many other western news agencies too made this error on the same story. Others claiming that Har Nof, which is located in West Jerusalem, well within Israel’s pre 1967 borders, was in ‘disputed’ territory. This can only be due to the media breathing the air that Israel is always wrong and the Palestinians are always right. Such fundamental errors in representing the facts are not found by the same news channels when reporting elsewhere.

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Magnanimity in victory

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during his victory speech at Likud headquarters

Benjamin Netanyahu won a decisive victory in the Israeli elections last week but he must not allow the win to go to his head. Netanyahu must face the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran, a de-legitimized Israel and a very angry President Barack Obama, who, with two years left in his presidency, is engaged in an intense cold war with Netanyahu.

Although Netanyahu benefited from the numbers that he got from the rightwing nationalists and the ultra-Orthodox community, he needs to include the rest of Israel, even those who didn’t vote for him. Netanyahu has a lot of responsibilities now and many of them may require compromise. In the past two or three days before the election when it looked like Netanyahu was going to lose, he pulled out all the stops, proclaiming that there will not be a Palestinian state on his watch.

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Countdown to the new 9/11

September 11, 2014, 11:04 am

by Izzy Lemberg

When 29 year-old Medhi Nemmouche shot and killed four Jews in the Jewish Museum in Brussels last May 24th, we were horrified. But now we know that he had much worse in store. Nemmouche was about to become the next Mohammed Atta, one of the 9/11 masterminds. A member of the Islamic State, Nemmouche was planning a much larger attack on the Champs Elysees in Paris, on Bastille Day. The attack could have been a devastating version of 9/11 for the French.

The horrifying video footage of the beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff (both carried out by a masked man dubbed “Jihadi John” by the British press, who speaks with a distinctive, clipped London accent) makes clear that the Islamic State and their Jihadi ideals are a cult of death. As are their Jihadi brethren, Hamas.

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Obama’s ambush of Israel

August 14, 2014

by Izzy Lemberg

In the midst of a perfect storm of shoddy “journalism”, an alarming number of increasingly violent anti-Semitic acts worldwide, and a global outcry indicting Israel of genocide as it responded to Hamas’s barrage of rockets into Israel, President Obama, together with the UK, has launched an ambush on Israel that endorses terrorism and sabotages Israel’s self defense.

Shortly after Obama and Kerry offered their support for the Palestinian Authority and Hamas unity government, three Israeli boys were kidnapped and Hamas began firing on Israel. And why not? Hamas has no reason to do anything but continue fighting Israel with that kind of official endorsement. Obama is enabling the terrorists and he is preventing Israel from fighting them.

During the war, Kerry wanted Turkey and Qatar, rather than Egypt, as Netanyahu had preferred, to play key roles in ceasefire negotiations that favored Hamas. Qatar gives money to Hamas and sponsors Al Jazeera and Turkey’s Prime Minister Erogdan said Israel was showing “barbarism worse than Hitler” and asked Turkish Jews denounce Israel, which makes him a bonafide anti-Semite.

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