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July 4, 2016 6:33 am

We Don’t Need the World’s Permission to Defend Ourselves

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right center, paid condolences to the family of the late Hallel Yaffa Ariel. He promised the strengthen the settlement were Ariel lived. Photo: Twitter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right center, paid condolences to the family of the late Hallel Yaffa Ariel. He promised the strengthen the settlement were Ariel lived. Photo: Twitter.

“Now there is one less of them,” a Danish Facebook user wrote gleefully after a 13-year-old Jewish girl was stabbed to death in her sleep in her bedroom by a Palestinian man. He thought that the heinous, cowardly murder of an innocent child in her sleep was simply a part of “the resistance” against the Jews.

What kind of human being seeks to justify the cowardly murder of an innocent child in her sleep? Imagine the outcry, if that child had been an Arab and its murderer a Jew. The news would have caused an uproar on the front pages of all the news outlets in the world. Since the girl was Jewish, needless to say, the latter did not happen.

The Israel-Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, Sari Bashi, could not just do the decent thing and condemn the murder but had to tweet instead that “settlements are illegal, but settlers are NOT legitimate targets.” What sickening times we live in, when a human rights organization cannot bring itself to say more than that the murder of a sleeping Jewish child is not legitimate. Bashi had no response to Mark Halawa, who told her, “I was one of those brainwashed Palestinian children. All Jews are our targets. This settler nonsense you speak of is for idiots!” Contrast that with Bashi’s tweet from June 27, when she emotionally gushed, “Powerful, chilling research by B’Tselem on boy killed, cousins hurt when Israeli soldiers sprayed car with bullets.”

The Palestinian Authority was very quick to honor the terrorist. According to Palestinian Media Watch, Fatah’s official Facebook page immediately posted his picture, declaring him a shahid (martyr) — the highest honor achievable in Islam. WAFA, the Palestinian Authority’s official news agency, honored him as well. The murderer’s family will immediately start receiving a monthly stipend that the PA pays to the families of all “martyrs.”

On Twitter, the EU Embassy in Israel was asked for a response to the fact that the EU funds are used to fund these stipends. Their response was “technical,” as always: “We are not claiming that the payments have stopped. However, FYI, technically, they are no longer paid by the PA but by the PLO.”

In plain English: The EU is fine with supporting terrorism, and knowingly does so, as long as the support is indirect — inasmuch as you can tell the PLO and the PA apart, which you cannot.

The EU Embassy’s response should hardly come as a surprise, after a week in which the EU Parliament gave Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ medieval blood libel a standing ovation. President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, tweeted that the speech was “inspiring address by Pres. Abbas to EPlenary — EU supports aspiration by large majority of Palestinians for peace and reconciliation.”

Let that sink in for a moment: The president of the European Parliament thinks that a speech peddling medieval blood libels is “inspiring.” Furthermore, the “aspirations by large majority of Palestinians for peace and reconciliation” — where did he spot those aspirations? In the constant terrorist attacks? In the polls, which show that a majority of Palestinian Arabs support terror against Israelis? Or in the command of Abbas aide Sultan Abu al-Einein, a Fatah Central Committee official who said that “wherever you see a Jew, slit his throat”? Clearly, Palestinian Arabs pay very close heed to those words and act upon them promptly. But then again the EU never lets facts get in the way of its ideology.

As for the United States, the State Department issued their condolences to the family — no mention of the generous American funding of the PA, which enables all of this — but the White House, predictably, remained silent on the matter, despite the fact that the murdered girl carried American citizenship.

“The entire world needs to condemn this murder just as it condemned the terrorist attacks in Orlando and Brussels,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “I expect the Palestinian leadership to clearly, unequivocally condemn this vicious murder and take immediate action to stop the incitement. Enlightened nations must join in this demand and pressure the one who heads the incitement that leads to the murder of children in bed.”

Waiting for the world to condemn and pay lip service to Israel’s fight against terrorism is a dead end in every sense of the word. It will never happen. It did not happen on 9/11, when the world was most likely to understand what Israel was facing, and it will not happen 15 years later, when political correctness and a jaded sense that this is just the “new normal” has eroded any hopes that might have once been for genuine world solidarity with Israel. Israel must fight the terror as it sees fit in order to end it finally and prevent the killings of Jewish children in their sleep and pedestrians on their way to the supermarket.

We are a sovereign nation. We do not need the world’s permission to defend ourselves against those who seek our destruction.

This article was originally published by Israel Hayom. 

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  • Bindon Blood

    This why England voted to leave the E.U. It is a ghastly,undemocratic ,undignified and crooked set up. They can’t even get their accounts signed off because they ,literally,don’t add up. Hopefully the E.U will collapse soon;many countries trapped within it are now starting to rattle their cage doors.

  • Rumpleforeskin

    Well I just had a baby girl. So now there’s one more of us.

  • Alan C. Cornet

    It should also be noted that Hillary Clinton also said absolutely nothing about this crime. Why? The answer is quite clear…Indifference…Jewish Blood is the world’s cheapest commodity. Easy to spill with little critical
    words, deeds, or action by a World that just does not care.

  • nat cheiman


  • Myron Slater

    Israel, we, (American Jews), stand with you! If I wasn’t an old man, I would fly to your defense! Fight on!

  • This article is so correct. Jews have the tendency to want to be loved, for their inestimable contributions to mankind, as well as having a very guilty conscience, when, very often due to their superior techno-and intellectual capacity, they prevail against mortal enemies. These Jews bend over backwards in their looney-left humaneness, to castigate their own brothers for having survived. Well I for one, DON`T want to be loved, by the inveterate, both Jewish and non-Jewish anti-semites. I want to be respected, nay FEARED by them, if such must be. Love and peace to all.

  • Ani

    Exactly. Unfortunately Israel seems to be seeking, in vain, support or approval from other countries for what it does. That will never happen. There are far too many who think the only good Jew is a dead Jew. They wish to feel sad about the plight of Jews only after they are killed.

    If we are serious about “never again”, we need to act like it. I wish the government of Israel would just do what they need to do without worrying if the US, EU, UN or whomever will approve; don’t worry, they won’t. Just protect the people and country of Israel. We’ve had our own country for such a short time, at last after so many years; don’t let that go. Without Israel, Jews will once again be vulnerable as they were in the Holocaust, the Middle ages, to being tormented and thrown out of most countries they landed in. Never again.

  • robert davis

    As to the PM’s WORDS they are very nice but does he intend to do to fight arabs and the “world community” that leftwing degenerate mass who bow to antisemitism and violence? oh! build…42 houses in Jerusalem, great. But if he really wants peace and the end of the conflict THE ONLY WAY IS TO EXPELL THOSE ARABS FROM WESTERN PALESTINE, not build 42 houses.

  • robert davis

    That danish scum if he is really danish or an arab with a danish document,may soon have to say “now there is a european country less of them” when nuclear terror will start very soon.

  • Phil Lipkowitz

    As a ‘lone Activist’ having lived and worked in towns and villages (in the UK ) with very few, or no Jewish population(s) exist; Where anti-Semitism is rife, especially among the educated Left middle-class. The pure level of hate I have faced over the many years educating people to the contrary of popular thought, has been so intense, so evil, so in-bred, that ‘direct action’ seems to be the only legitimate (legal)response left to defeat these blithering fools.

    Then Brexit happened. A death-nail to the anti-Jewish filth that spewed its way to Britain through the hated EU migration policy and the movement of radical Islam and its non-Muslim apologists, is now under threat of been stopped ( enmasse )forever! Or so the majority of the UK Jews hopes.

    Unfortunately, as long as Britain continues to sell most Arab countries its latest military hardware; And Saudi-Arabia is still allowed to infuse Britains compulsory education curriculum with anti-Semitic garbage ( as pointed out by several Conservative Politicians ) I fear I shall remain reading and reacting to anti-Semitic, pro-Terror rhetoric written by my old university ‘pals’ on Facebook. Who argue that ”Enlightenment only comes through the destruction of the Jew” As one put it five years ago!

    I remain alone, still fighting the good fight…Somehow, however, I get this feeling, without help, I ain’t going to make old bones!

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Question: How long will it take this world to understand that murder in any and all of its manifestations is evil?

    Question: Since when is a martyr someone who does by spilling the blood of an innocent child?

    Question: How does one protect the Ak Aksa Mosque by murdering a sleeping Jewish child in her sleep?

    Question: How can there ever be a lasting peace when the PA and PLO do not recognise the sovereign Jewish State of Israel?

  • michael Garfinkel

    It is well known, or ought to be, that the E.U. and the United States, among others, provide the funds from which the Palestinian Authority “compensates” terrorists.

    But let’s not overlook the fact that the Israeli authorities are also complicit, as the Israeli government through its financial institutions has access to all P.A. funding.

    We are again confronted with horror – this latest despicable slaughter of a Jewish child in her bed.

    But this poor child is hardly the first, nor will she be the last.

    Until the Israelis decide that they have had enough and take appropriate measures, they should continue to prepare for more of the same.

    What is there to do, except to advocate, in the strongest possible terms – that convicted terrorists be hanged; that their homes be demolished, that their family members be deported – and that no terrorist, nor his family, receive a shekel of compensation.

  • Tone Lechtzier

    Shalom,kick the EU out,along with the Arabs.I wonder what Bibi would do if [Hashem forbid] it was his daughter? My sincere condolences to the family.Spot on article.Perhaps it’s time for a new PM with the guts to put and end to this trail of Jewish blood.

    Blessings ~ Tone

  • enufizenuf

    Israel may not need the world’s permission to defend itself, but it often acts as though it does. The only real defense for Israel in the long run is, of course, to destroy its enemies. They have no interest or intention in doing anything but destroying Israel, so at some point Israel is simply going to have to beat them to the punch and render them incapable of ever posing any threat to Israel. There’s no other way.

  • stevenl

    To remain on the defense is not a solution since it invites continuous attacks. The enemy must be destroyed in order to stop the attacks, REGARDLESS of what the barbarians from the West and the ME believe.