Wednesday, July 02, 2014
To This White House, Israel's Always 'Guilty'
Yesterday, I wrote that the reaction of the Obama Administration to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers would have been entirely different if it was three Arabs kidnapped and murdered by Jews.
Today, we see how right I was.
There were massive Arab riots in Jerusalem today after the body of 17-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was found partially burned in the Jerusalem Forest after Arab residents of the Beit Hanina neighborhood in East Jerusalem told police they had seen a young man being forced into a black vehicle early on Wednesday morning.
Without waiting for any evidence on who had killed him or why, the Arabs and the Palestinian Authority ginned up the already volatile situation by insisting he was murdered as revenge for the murder of the three Israeli boys and embarked on an orgy of violent rioting.
The Palestinian Authority further fanned the flames by calling for "international protection for our people, and not to leave them at the mercy of the settlers, who are protected by the occupation army,” the PA leadership said in a statement published in Ramallah.
There was no call from any western leader for 'restraint' by the Palestinians!. Nor did anyone wait and dither for 3 weeks before weighing in
US Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned the murder, calling the act "sickening" and saying, "There are no words to convey adequately our condolences to the Palestinian people.
"Those who undertake acts of vengeance only destabilize an already explosive and emotional situation. The world has too often learned the hard way that violence only leads to more violence and at this tense and dangerous moment, all parties must to everything in their power to protect the innocent and act with reasonableness and restraint, not recrimination and retribution."
White House spokesperson said the death of the Palestinian teenager was a "heinous murder" and called on the Israelis to "bring the perpetrators to justice".
Remember, at this point, there's no evidence whatsoever that the Arab teen was killed by Israelis. Or that it was even related to the kidnap murders of the three Israelis. None.
In fact, there's quite a bit of evidence he was murdered by Arabs. For instance, based on his Facebook page, Khdeir may have been murdered in an honor killing because he was gay.
And Speaking to Arutz Sheva on condition of anonymity, A senior retired police official noted that the family of the murdered 17-year-old was well known to police sources in Jerusalem, adding "it's a problematic family with internal clashes that have been ongoing for many years. I have no doubt that as time passes it will be clarified that the murder was criminal and nothing more.”
Or he simply could have been killed as a convenience to be used as a martyr, just like Mohammed Dura.
But that didn't stop the White House and a number of EU leaders from weighing in immediately. After all, why wait? This is a perfect opportunity to do what they wanted to do anyway, equivocate the murders of three innocent Israeli boys with the murder from an as yet unknown cause of an Arab...because this way, they can use this new killing as justification to go right back to business as usual and keep funding the Hamas-Fatah entity. And after all, this killing, conveniently blamed on Israel certainly works admirably in protecting Hamas from any retaliation for the kidnapping and murder of those three Israeli teens, now doesn't it? Almost like that was the intention from the start.
One thing we do know. There's absolutely no comparison in the way Israel is handling this as compared to the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians handle the murderers of Jews.
Palestine's unelected dictator Mahmoud Abbas issued a pro forma condemnation of the kidnapping and cold blooded murders of three Israeli kids by Hamas,but that was pretty much about it. Meanwhile, as I've chronicled elsewhere, the Arabs were celebrating this 'victory' openly, with Abbas' Hamas partners openly cheering it.The PA's official WAFA news agency referred to the dead kids as 'soldiers' and Fatah's official Facebook page was running images like the one below and instructing 'activists' to destroy any CCTV footage that might aid the Israelis in finding the kidnapped boys.
The contrast with the Israeli reaction couldn't be more different.
Israeli PM Netanyahu promptly issued a statement calling the killing a “reprehensible murder” and charged Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to ensure that the police work as quickly as possible to investigate the boy’s death.
There are no cartoons in the Israeli press making the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir into a 'victory', no celebrations, no applause,no referring to a 17-year-old kid as a 'soldier'.. Instead, the Israelis are actually investigating what happened, and unlike the Palestinian Authority they will bring the murderer to justice whether he is Jew or Arab.
None of it matters in the least, because after the dogs bark and mark their territory in Washington or in the New York Times, the Israelis will still be condemned because the EU, the Obama White House and their apologists have picked sides. If Arabs murdered poor Mohammed Abu Khdeir, there will be no apology to Israel, not from Abbas, not from the EU, not from John Kerry and the White House. It doesn't fit the narrative any longer, so they will simply move on like nothing happened and wait for the next opportunity.
And in the unlikely event Jews murdered Mohammed Abu Khdeir? It doesn't matter if the Israelis try them for murder, convict them and imprison them (Israel has no capital punishment). It doesn't matter how much the Israeli media and the vast majority of Israelis and Jews ignore the idea of any moral 'justification', condemn the killings and call for the full weight of the law to be leveled at the killers.The usual suspects will still use that one instance as an excuse for the thousands of terrorist assaults on Israel aka 'the cycle of violence.'
That kind of special singling out of one people, one nation for demonization is anti-semitism, pure and simple. There is no other word for it.
And I am more fed up with it than you can imagine.