May 4, 2013
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd raged when he testified to discredit and delegitimize the State of Israel, at the UN, aired on YouTube. He adamatly denied the Jews their only homeland, where they've been a steady presence since 1300 BCE, amid proof of their monarchy, culture, ethics, morality, and religion, established by 1000 BCE.
Waters comes by his biases naturally. He is from the England that blamed the Jews for the Black Plague and expelled them for 350 years; the England that established and then violated the British Mandate in capitulation to Arab pressure; the England that turned thousands of Jewish immigrants away from Palestine to their death; the England that the Manchester Guardian paper chastised for doing nothing to advance partition, and wrote, "has turned heavily against the Jews who cannot arm or train their soldiers as the Arabs have been able to do in the states bordering Palestine."* Add to this, the Archbishop of Canterbury who welcomed oppressive Sharia to compromise English law.
Scheduled to speak on April 30th in support of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) of Israel at Manhattan's 92St Y, financially supported by the UJA Federation, Waters then cancelled. Did he or the Y fold to opposition, or is this a sign of conscience? Will this four-flusher actually reconsider his position that Israel is to blame for the stagnated peace process – and much more?
Unable to compete with modernity and modern warfare, the Muslim Brotherhood devised the strategy of keeping their brethren isolated to win global support – this is apartheid. "To the vanquished go the spoils!" Did the Brits welcome back the vanquished Nazis or the Argentineans to the Falklands? Yet Israel has often returned captured land with the hope of peace, but jihadists cannot acknowledge Israel as a Jewish State.
Waters had been boiling at the security measures for those who travel between Israel and Gaza. Is he oblivious to the exploding-Muslim phenomenon? Would he have simmered with the routine questioning and searches between peaceful America and Canada? Might he have better tolerated discovering the bodies of the Fogel family, the baby's head virtually severed, when Israel's security failed?
He called the security barrier an "appalling edifice to behold," this barricade with a mere 10% consisting of concrete, the rest wire, Israel's protection from her lethal neighbors, yet disregards the many walls, thicker, higher, sturdier, some electrified, that exist worldwide – the latest being the 1116 miles-long edifice between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. How about the numerous walls throughout the UK, and 44 stone-and-steel "Peace Walls" in Belfast alone?
Waters was also immersed in Israel's housing developments, yet the land was legally obtained in several ways: land purchased from absentee landlords at high prices; the formal birth of the independent, sovereign State of Israel; and winning territory in wars begun by five Arab armies. Great Britain remained a major obstacle to Jewish self defense, barred entry to new immigrants, refused the Jews the right to form a militia and removed weapons wherever possible, yet Brits signed a treaty with Transjordan that armed the Arabs; and the US imposed an arms embargo on the entire region. Still, the Arab war to destroy Israel failed and Arabs lost land they would have had if they'd accepted the partiion.*
If he esteems the Palestinians, can Waters define them? They regarded themselves Syrians in 1939, but they are descendants of Afghans, Algerians, Arabs, Armenians, Bohemians, Bosnians, Bulgarians, Circassians, Copts, Egyptians, Georgians, Germans, Greeks, Italians, Kurds, Latins, Maronites, Persians, Ruthenians, Samaritans, Syrians, Sudanese, Tartars, Turks, and more, and they took the name in an effort to invent a link to the land where there was none before. The Ancient Romans’ political strategy was to destroy the Jewish connection to the area by calling it Syria Palestina, referencing the Aegean Philistines, the sea people of Ancient Greece, but the connection to the Philistines is mere terminology. Today's Gaza is occupied by an illegal population calling itself Palestinians, forsaken by a war strategy of their own making.
Never a distinct people, Palestinians have no specific history, language, culture, or antiquities; their commonality is the Koranic command to usurp a history and dominate the inhabitants. In Britain, there are already 85 sharia courts and an Islamist campaign to turn several British cities into independent Islamic states, the beginning of a UK transformation, with Buckingham Palace as their Caliphate. US Imams are already claiming that Muslims preceded Christopher Columbus and the Native Americans. This is warfare by historic revisionism and propaganda and it feeds on the prejudiced and uninformed. Their assertions hold no water, but revisionism can deceive. Fourteen centuries of persistence and success suggest they need not step into modernity. Hamas is now training students to use weapons to kill Jews, and Waters and the UN will have a new generation of jihadist deaths to blame on Israel.
Waters also tapped into the Islamists accusation of Israel's ethnic cleansing, but not Arabs' ethnic cleansing of Jews! According to his thinking, Israel, the size of, say, Wales, is appropriating land from the Islamic landmass a thousand times its size. Is this the same Israel that is home to every national origin, race and color, including Arab Jews who fled the threat of extinction? Israel, of which 20% of the population is Arab, with 12 Arab Knesset members? Where is this ethnic cleansing?
Ethnic cleansing creates a decline in population, but the neighboring Palestinians are thriving and increasing due to Israel's improved healthcare. There is now longevity and a decrease in the Palestinian birth-mortality rate. The only "cleansing" appears to be Israel's providing cleaner, healthier environs. The accusation doesn't hold water. Ethnic cleansing was Hitler's deeds, and what the Jews are experiencing from Muslim threats of worldwide genocide, their fleeing Scandinavia, Germany and France, and constant barrage of Hamas rockets from Gaza. And while Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was calling for Israel's destruction, his relative was receiving life-saving heart surgery in Israel.
Ethnic cleansing is also when Muslims kill seven million black Africans in Southern Sudan, while the UN and Waters maintain silence. Muslims capture, enslave, brutalize and dehumanize their captives, while the world looks away. The new Republic of South Sudan has spoken in gratitude for the safety and humanitarian aid offered the children who managed to escape to Israel.
The Palestinians declined every chance at statehood; their raison d'etre is Israel's destruction. True occupation is the Palestinians in Judea (Judea = Jews) and Samaria, and Muslim control over the entire continent that was once inhabited by non-Muslims.
Finally, the musician launched an attempt at accountancy, but battles are not waged for proportionality. He did not dispute five Arab armies' attacking the new State of Israel or, for that matter, the Muslim multitudes raping, pillaging, killing the unarmed in Africa. England and Germany did not war for congruence. Arabs terrorize, and accuracy is considered inconsequential; the more dead they have, the more pity they elicit. The UN has finally acknowledged that Hamas positions women and children as human shields at rocket sites to increase the death toll for outpourings of compassion. Former British Army Colonel Kemp has time and again testified that the IDF operates in exemplary fashion, with more precautions to safeguard civilians than "any army in the history of warfare." He called to task the lies of the media, the fallacious Goldstone report, and the evil propaganda war waged by the Arabs, the media, and organized supporters. Mr. Waters is "all wet."
Radical Islam is intolerant. Over 1400 years, they extinguished Jews, Christians, Copts, Buddhists, Hindus, Pharoans, Zoroastrians, and others. That's ethnic cleansing. Where is his voice against this destructive Religion of Peace? Where is his voice against their inhumane treatment of even their own women and children?
May Roger Waters begin a true investigation and a return to honesty and integrity, and leave behind the causes of tyrannical regimes that create only misery for their people and the world.
*See Complete Idiot's guide to Middle East Conflict, Mitchell Bard, PhD.
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