Silence. The West and Europe easily accept massacres of Jews and the unending waves of Kassam rockets, because Israel’s sins have to be washed away by Jewish blood. By Giulio Meotti
A Jewish soldier from the Samarian community of Ofra.
A legendary Jewish sniper born in France and living in the Jerusalem’s “settlement” of Pisgat Zeev.
Two Jewish sisters killed with their husbands.
A woman who survived by feigning death while the husband has been slaughtered. Buses under mortar attacks and sniper fire.
A yeshiva under rockets in Ashdod.
People sheltering in Ashkelon.
It happened just few days after the international community and the White House protested the construction of some new Jewish houses in Jerusalem and Ariel.
The terrorists, who shot at the bodies from close range to be sure that they had been killed, remembered then that the conflict is about Israel’s existence, not its size.
The world will remain silent in the face of this newest killing spree of Jews.
The “civilized” people should have feel shame for leaving the Israelis alone during the Second Intifada. But the demonic strategy of silence worked very well. It’s as if the Jewish victims never existed.
My fellow journalists were trained in the universities and editorial offices of the 1970s and 1980s, where they were taught that Israel is the new colonialist white man’s burden. The Associated Press, Time, the BBC, the New York Times and others had artificially created the Israeli army “war crimes” in Lebanon and Gaza.
The West and Europe easily accepted the daily massacres of Jews and the unending waves of Kassam rockets, because Israel’s sins had to be washed away by Jewish blood.
Scores of young people and children, women and elderly, incinerated on buses; cafesי, pizzerias, and shopping centers turned into slaughterhouses; mothers and daughters killed in front of ice-cream shops; entire families exterminated in their own beds; infants executed with a blow to the base of the skull; teens tortured and their blood smeared on the walls of a cave; fruit markets blown to pieces; nightclubs annihilated along with hundreds of students; seminarians murdered during their Biblical studies; husbands and wives killed in front of their children; brothers and sisters, grandparents and grandchildren murdered together; children murdered in their mothers’ arms.
The old Nazi slogan, “The Jews are our misfortune”, amplified once again, in slightly modified form.
When the Europeans cited Israel as “the greatest threat to world peace,” they meant: “The Jewish state is our misfortune”. That’s why they so easily accepted the idea that Israeli youngsters and Holocaust survivors have been killed.
Yehuda Shoham was just five months old when he was struck in the head by a rock while his parents were driving home to the Israeli town of Shiloh.
On the bustling Jerusalem street of Ben Yehuda, where the Israeli Left likes to talk about “peace”, many Jewish youngsters were killed at the beginning of the Intifada.
Danielle Shefi, five years old, was killed near Hebron while she was playing in her parents’ bedroom.
Avia Malka was nine months old when she was killed by a grenade in the coastal city of Netanya.
Ethiopian children were killed by rockets in Sderot, labeled as “the most bombed city in the world”.
In Taba, al-Qaeda destroyed an entire Jewish family, the Nivs, because the Israelis had rendered the Arab city “impure” by their presence.
And always the same response by the West: silence. The Israelis are now the only Western population forced to live with their eyes turned to heaven.
The Eilat attacks are a reminder to all of us that in the eyes of Islamists and terrorists, Western appeasers and visceral anti-Semites, Israel itself is just one big settlement to be uprooted.
“If this is a man” was the title of Primo Levi’s masterpiece on the Holocaust. Today it should be retitled: “If this is a Jew”.
The writer, a journalist with Il Foglio, writes a weekly column for INN. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror vicitms, published by Encounter. He lives in Italy. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary.