Michael Lucas: Europe's Trouble with Israel
BY Michael Lucas
June 09 2010 4:50 PM ET
It was only a day or two after the Israeli navy stopped the “peace flotilla,” which was trying to break the embargo on Gaza, and Europe was already awash in huge anti-Israeli demonstrations. Look through European newspapers and you will find plenty of photos of demonstrators, faces distorted with fury, carrying pictures of Israeli politicians with swastikas painted on their forehead.
The facts were furiously re-written: Hunting knives, sling shots, and sharpened metal rods are presented as “normal” seafaring equipment. Videos, which show the peaceniks as highly trained hand-to-hand combatants, are ignored. And nobody wonders where naïve peace activists have learned to disable hovering helicopters.
But I am neither surprised nor impressed to once again witness the outburst of anger and dishonesty directed at the state of Israel.
Muslims are killing Muslims (and quite a few non-Muslims) by the thousands — in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Iran; in Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen; in mosques, marketplaces, schools, and private homes. Yet in the face of all this slaughter, the world, and Europe in particular, is quiet, as it is in the face of many other outrages that we witness around the world every day and that are much more significant than the deaths of nine Turks. But when Israeli is involved, it becomes the only occasion in which Europe suddenly unites in outrage. I’ll be frank: Europeans care about Palestinians as much as I care about Europeans — which is not at all.
The scope of the outcry has become so ridiculous that the organizers of Madrid’s Gay Pride have disinvited an official Israeli delegation. Security concerns, supposedly, and pressure from some unnamed pro-Palestinian groups. The delegation, mind you, from the only country in the Middle East where LGBT people can live in peace, happiness, and safety.
I think this idea should be taken a step further — Madrid Pride, this rollicking drug, sex, and dance fest, should be taken to another location: Gaza, maybe, or Ramallah? Tehran or Riyadh? With optional excursions to Mogadishu and Sanaa? Once again, Europe mindlessly capitulates before Muslim pressure.
No surprise here. The double standard is long established. Muslims are given a free pass. But Europeans will jump on any opportunity to demonstrate their hate for the state of Israel. The demonstrations against Israel’s stopping of the flotilla have nothing to do with empathy for the victims of a military operation. Their purpose is to leverage the trap the terrorists have so cleverly laid, to pressure politicians, and to escalate to the point of complete destruction of Israel.
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