GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel December, 23, 2014 — Last week this column asked the liberal media and African American leadership to leave the Jews out of their battle.
A main impetus for last week’s request was an outrageous article written by Dean Obeidallah in The Daily Beast entitled “Arabs are the Michael Browns of Israel.”
However, as events in the United States continue to unfold, perhaps I was too quick to dismiss Obeidallah’s comparison out of hand.
After the news broke that following the race-baiting practiced by the Mayor de Blasio, Al Sharpton, Attorney General Holder, President Obama and others, an unstable African American executed two policemen sitting in their cruiser in New York City on Saturday, my mind jumped directly to The Daily Beast column.
It dawned on me that these officers, who were murdered for nothing more than wearing their uniforms and dedicating their lives to protecting the public, have a lot in common with the Jewish State.
First, Israel, like the vast majority of American cops, are brave enough to police hostile regions despite its obvious hazards. Any policeman can tell you that they would rather be home with friends and family, than patrolling the streets. Cops keep the peace because someone has to do it and they know that if they don’t, no one will and then everyone is in danger.
Israel plays the exact same role in the Middle East. Surrounded by hostile radical Islamic countries in a region where terrorism is by far its greatest export, Israel is a bastion of democracy while maintaining the strength to keep the evildoers in check, which is no easy task (just ask the CIA).
Secondly, Officers Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu were murdered for a reason far too familiar to the Jewish people. These two cops, who weren’t even Caucasian, were killed because of what they were wearing and what they were.
For thousands of years, Jews have been persecuted for their uniforms. As Elie wiesel wrote “It is obvious that the war which Hitler and his accomplices waged was a war not only against Jewish men, women, and children, but also against Jewish religion, Jewish culture, Jewish tradition, therefore Jewish memory.” Hitler, and every other person or group that has tried to wipe the Jews off the map, wanted to do so simply because of who they are, not anything they have done.
Are there bad Jews? Of course. Are there bad cops? Surely. But the indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people as they go about their lives has no moral justification. On this point, the gunman in New York and the Islamic terrorists in Israel converge.
Finally, the last comparison to be drawn between the shooting in New York and the situation in Israel is that of provocation. As Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said late Saturday, “There’s blood on many hands…That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor.” According to Fox News, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani “accused de Blasio, President Obama and others of fueling an ‘atmosphere of hate’ toward officers.”
Ironically, this is exactly what I accused Obeidallah, Al Sharpton and others of doing to the Jews just last week. Sadly, when it comes to the creation of an “atmosphere of hate” towards the Jews and Israel, the three mentioned above are just drops in a seemingly bottomless bucket.
In fact, an eye-opening article written on Buzzfeed by the NGO UN Watch entitled “Top 10 Worst U.N. Decisions Of 2014” showed just how hellbent the international institution is on destroying the Jewish State. Below is a chart put together by UN Watch summarizing the resolutions adopted by the UN in 2014:
It also documented the UNRWA handing over rockets to Hamas during its summer war with Israel, which they, in turn, shot and killed innocent Israeli civilians with.
John Kerry and Barack Obama have also done their due diligence in instigating hate and violence against the Jews and Israel. As the President rolled out the red carpet for self-designated terrorist and Holocaust denier Mahmoud Abbas when he visited DC, he has treated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like a nuisance not worth his time or his patience. Not to be outdone, Kerry has done everything but take the flag of Boycott, Divestment and Sanction and waved it in the Rose Garden.
All of these actions have not only emboldened Abbas to refuse to curb Palestinian-on-Jew violence (as if he doesn’t actively participate in it), but it boosts the terrorists as well(as if Abbas is not one himself).
Knowing that the US and the UN will hammer Israel no matter how heinously they are being treated, radical Jihadis know that they enjoy a free hand to torture and slaughter as many innocent Israeli citizens as it sees fit. There is no greater proof of this than the current intifada going on in the streets of Israel right now.
Words absolutely have consequences and sadly, for both Officers Ramos and Liu, as well as the victims of Palestinian terror, the consequences of the words of the western world’s’ most prominent figures have proven deadly.
I would like to make clear that I am not attempting to piggyback off of anyone else’s grief or victimhood.
The murder of Officers Ramos and Liu stands on its own as a horrible and inhumane act. I am not trying to hijack their murder for political gain.
What I am trying to do is use a situation perhaps more close to home to help explain how evil has many faces but a central goal: to destroy.
The man who murdered these innocent cops was evil and the people who excuse or incite him are accessories.
The Palestinian terrorists who continue to try and exterminate as many Jews as they can are evil, and those who excuse and incite them are equally culpable.
What the NYPD shooting and the Palestinian murder of Israelis has shown is that the world is currently backwards. The protectors of good are not only under attack but are seen as the offenders before and after they are cut down in cold blood.
Thus, even if Obeidallah’s claim that the “Palestinians are the Michael Browns of Israel” is absurd, perhaps the converse implication of his assertion is correct. Israel is the policemen of the Middle East, doing the brave work no one else has stepped up to do, and, like all of the officers in the United States currently under threat, it is just waiting for the rest of the world to wake up and realize what a grievous mistake it is making before it’s too late.