John R. Houk
© September 26, 2011
The ruling of a near retiring President of the Israel Supreme Court proclaimed land settled by Jewish Settlers in the settlement of Migron, Judea-Samaria is private Arab land. The Supreme Court Justice Dorit Beinisch is a Jewish Left Winger which means in her imagination Judea-Samaria is occupied even though the area is traditional Jewish land. It also means Beinisch is under the delusion that if Israel donates a chunk of her heritage to the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians that peace will exist between Israel, Palestinians and surrounding Muslim nations. The Leftist Jews will be greatly surprised.
The pressure on Israel to acquiesce to a sovereign Palestine is tremendous. Because of the pressure I sadly predict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will get the dubious credit for selling the Jewish Settlers of Judea-Samaria out of their Jewish heritage. The sell-out would be the creation of a sovereign Palestine which will force the Jewish settlers to move out or die according to the tenets of Islam. One can see the frustration in that some Jewish settlers have began attacking those that are considered the enemies of Jewish Judea-Samaria.
In early September Beinisch’s judicial ruling led to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to bulldoze three Jewish Settler houses in Migron. Bulldozing of homes is what the IDF does to families of Muslim terrorists after a homicidal suicide attack that kills innocent Jewish men, women and children. Since it appears the whole world is determined to create a Jew-hating Arab State right next to Israel that continues even today before statehood that the Jewish State of Israel will not be recognized.
The Jewish-Settler frustration with their own sell-out government and Muslim terrorists creeping in the cracks of Judea-Samaria struck out at their nemesis times two: an IDF compound and a couple of Mosques as a Price Tag.
Price Tag activism is considered religious right wing extremist terrorism by Jewish Settlers in Judea and Samaria. Here is a brief description of Price Tag activism:
'Price tag' is a term coined by extremist elements within the settler population in Judea and Samaria for acts of vandalism, intimidation and violence against Palestinians and their property as a reaction to the government's removal of outposts, roadblocks, and other perceived anti-settler actions. 'Price tag' actions also come in reaction to Palestinian acts of violence, such as the brutal murder of the Fogel family from Itamar ([SlantRight Editor: This is what happened to the Fogels from Itamar] IDF Spokesperson: Settlers' 'price tag' policy is terrorism, Israel Hayom; August 4, 2011).
I find it odd that Jewish Settlers are called terrorists for protecting their Biblical inheritance. Muslim terrorists are called victims of Israel for stealing the Jewish heritage of Israel. Yeah I know, the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians believe all of Israel, Judea-Samaria, Golan Heights and Gaza have always been Muslim possessions and that the reclaiming Jews are stealing the land Palestinians have lived on for centuries. The reality though any presence of Muslims in the Holy Land is the result of Islamic Imperialism. The land of Israel is part of the promise given to Abraham that applies to his descendents from the son of Promise Isaac (NOT ISHMAEL the son of an Egyptian slave; i.e. Hagar) and the bloodline that has flowed through Jacob (renamed Israel by God Almighty) and further on to David and further on to Zerubbabel and as far as Christians are concerned to Jesus the Son of God through the bloodline of Mary. In case you are wondering the false prophet Mohammed that proclaimed his deity Allah has no Abrahamic bloodline that flowed through the son of Promise Isaac.
The Price Tag activists have thus far expressed their anger at the Israeli government betrayal and the Jew-hatred of Palestinians by using vandalism. Is that terrorism? Yeah probably it is. Is it terrorism on the level of the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians? NO ABSOLUTELY NOT! Islamic terrorists take aim at Jewish families that include women and children, and butcher them in the most heinous manner possible. YET the West is determined to believe Palestinian propaganda that Islamic terrorist butchery is justified because Jews occupy their own land. The reality is 1948 invading Arab armies created Arab refugees by refusing to matriculate them into the Arab nations after Israel defeated them. Then in 1967 after another Arab invasion Israel recaptured Judea and Samaria from Jordan which had marooned Arabs that call themselves Palestinians in which former conquering Jordanians renamed the West Bank.
Not that it would have changed the peace-conflict thing between legitimate Israel and Jew-hating Muslims, just think how history would have played differently if the Jordanians were less interest in conquest and more interested in setting up a sovereign state called Palestine in the area they called the West Bank by Jordan (in 1948 Transjordan). Since the invading Arab armies lost in 1948 yet refused to take responsibility for the refugees they caused, the parcel of land where most of the Arabs calling themselves Palestinians would have been perfect for a Palestinian State. However even this would be a usurpation of Jewish heritage.
Leftist Jews hate religious Jews in much the same way that American Leftists despise Biblical Christians. Leftist Jews go out of their way to denounce the Price Tag movement among Jewish Settlers as a breakdown of the rule of law in Israel. This is so even though Islamic terrorism within Judea-Samaria is looked upon less as a breakdown of the rule of law and more as victimization by Israel occupying Palestinian land. Calling Israel’s heritage “Palestinian land” drives me crazy.
Now check this out: The Obama Administration under the auspices of the Hillary Clinton State Department has joined Jewish Leftists and the Israeli government in selling the Jewish Settlers out. Secretary Hillary Clinton has called for justice for the vandalism of Mosques related to Price Tag activism. Actually this is not such a great surprise because Obama has consistently taken the Palestinian side for statehood even though PA President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to recognize the existence of a Jewish State. So when the American State Department condemns vandalism as a heinous crime by Jewish Settlers struggling to maintain Judea-Samaria as part of the Jewish heritage, the State Department is then ignoring the Palestinian-Muslim treatment of Christian Churches and Christians in Judea-Samaria. ALSO the State Department refuses to condemn and call for justice when Christians in other Muslim lands are persecuted by Church burnings, rapes and murders.
If America is going to be consistent in vehement condemnation, America must also vehemently condemn the treatment of Christians in Muslim lands! Will that happen? The appeasement affair the Obama Administration has for Muslims that persecute minorities will sadly preclude sounding of calling for justice for wronged Christians.
Raymond Ibrahim touches on the hypocrisy of the U.S. State Department which looks the other way when Muslims persecute Christians and Jews.
The State Department's Skewed Standards
By Raymond Ibrahim
September 23, 2011
Originally in Jihad Watch
Earlier this month in the West Bank, "settlers attempted to burn two mosques, and vandalized an IDF base as part of the latest 'price tag' attacks. The attacks came in response to the demolition of three buildings earlier this week in the West Bank settlement outpost Migron, 14 kilometers north of Jerusalem."
Accordingly, on September 9, the U.S. State Department unequivocally denounced these attacks, calling on those responsible to "be arrested and subject to the full force of the law." Likewise, when another mosque and copies of the Koran were burned earlier, the State Department said "We condemn this attack in the strongest terms and call for the perpetrators to be brought to justice."
This prompts the following question: If the State Dept. is concerned over places of worship, why do the epidemic attacks on churches in the Muslim world go largely unnoticed?
To be sure, the State Dept. has condemned the bloodiest and most savage of church attacks, including the Baghdad, Iraq attack, which saw at least 58 Christian butchered, and the New Year church bombing in Alexandria, Egypt, which left 23 Christians dead.
Yet one searches in vain for formal condemnations, let alone acknowledgment, of the majority of church attacks, most of which, if not as deadly as Alexandria or Baghdad, are much more brutal than the West Bank mosque attacks.
For instance, where is the condemnation for the attack in Sool, Egypt, when a Muslim mob torched a church, even as an imam called for Muslims to "Kill all the Christians?" As for theImbaba attacks in Egypt, when Muslim throngs torched three churches and killed several Copts, the U.S. embassy issued a statement condemning "sectarian violence" while not once mentioning that any churches were attacked.
During last month alone, two churches were set aflame in Indonesia, two churches were bombed in Iraq, three churches were bombed in Nigeria. Of all these, only one of the Iraq church attacks—which left 23 worshippers seriously injured—received a condemnation by the State Dept.
Of course, the issue here is not that the State Dept. needs to condemn all church attacks (who can keep up with their frequency?); nor do these statements amount to much more than mere words, anyway. Even so, as words, they offer some revelations.
First, the obvious: It seems that the State Dept. mentions attacks on churches only, but not always, when people are killed, whereas the condemnation of the West Bank mosques have only to do with attacks on buildings. In other words, attacks on churches around the Muslim world that do not necessarily lead to the loss of life, are ignored, whereas attacks on West Bank mosques that do not target or kill Muslims are strongly condemned.
The language of the condemnations is also telling: the Alexandria attack killing 23 Copts doesn't even call on bringing the perpetrators to justice; Kirkuk is treated with "confidence": "We are confident the Government of Iraq will take all necessary steps to bring the people responsible for this horrific act to justice."
Contrast this with the language used when Jewish settlers vandalize mosques, but kill no one in the process: then the U.S. unequivocally calls for them to "be subject to the full force of the law."
Yet even now, it might be argued that one is stretching the issue, focusing too much on words and statement frequencies. Perhaps—until one realizes that many of the most oppressive Muslim nations just got a free pass from the State Dept.
Days ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. Amazingly, countries like Pakistan, notorious for making non-Muslim life a living hell, including through "blasphemy laws," were not even cited as "countries of particular concern."
In other words, the vast majority of Muslim nations persecuting their religious minorities do not, according to the Obama administration, count as countries that are "engaged in or tolerated particularly severe violations of religious freedom" (the definition of a "country of particular concern"). Even Egypt—which this year alone has already seen over fifty Copts killed, not to mention the many churches burned or bombed—was not listed.
One would have hoped for a bit more objectivity and moral balance from the government of the United States, but such is the current state of affairs.
Is Price Tag Activism the same as Islamic Terrorism?
John R. Houk
© September 26, 2011
The State Department's Skewed Standards
RAYMOND IBRAHIM is an Islam-specialist and widely published author, best known for The Al Qaeda Reader. He guest lectures at universities, including the National Defense Intelligence College, briefs governmental agencies, such as U.S. Strategic Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency, provides expert testimony for Islam related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam. Among other media, he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, CBN, and NPR. READ MORE