I held off on commenting on the news of the day leading up to Passover because, well, I frankly didn’t want to darken the season. Unfortunately, those who hate the Jewish people were not content to let the Feast pass in peace:
Palestinian Authority Arabs set fire to Kever Yosef near Shechem Sunday morning several hours after PA policemen gunned down Jewish worshippers, killing one of them. Eyewitnesses saw smoke billowing over the tomb, which Arabs have frequently desecrated in the past.
The murder victim, 24-year-old Ben Yosef Chai, a nephew of Likud Minister Limor Livnat, was buried Sunday afternoon, several hours before the beginning of the last day of the seven-day Passover holiday Sunday evening.
PA police killed Livnat and wounded four others by opening fire on their cars after they prayed at Kever Yosef and were returning home.
Surely there must have been a reason for the police to open fire? Yes there was. Hint: They were shouding “Allahu Akbar” as they did it.
Jonathan Tobin notes:
That this crime was committed by a member of the Palestinian Authority’s own security forces — which have been trained and vouched for by the PA’s foreign donors such as the United States — is telling. Rather than keep the peace and root out the terrorists who are a threat to the safety of both Jews and Arabs, the PA police have yet again proven themselves to be a group that is willing to commit acts of terrorism themselves. There is, after all, a precedent for the PA police to act in this manner around Joseph’s Tomb. In 1996, six Israeli soldiers were killed during a Palestinian attack on the site. Four years later at the start of the second intifada in September 2000, PA policemen stormed the holy site that was at that time the home of a yeshiva. An Israeli soldier was killed in the assault after which a Palestinian mob sacked the Tomb, demolishing it and desecrating holy books and Torah scrolls.
This all comes just a day after the PA rejected an Obama Administration proposal that would establish a Palestinian state while dropping the so-called “right of return” of Palestinians to Israel:
According to an article published in The New York Times last week, the US Administration has been working on a new peace initiative that revolves around a few key principles: A Palestinian state without the right of return, Jerusalem as the capital of two states and an emphasis on Israel’s security needs.
“The PA said that it would reject any peace initiative that requires Palestinians to relinquish the right of return.
Nabil Sha’ath, member of the PA negotiating team, said that the right of return was a basic right, which the Palestinians couldn’t give up.
What the “right of return” really means is that while no Jew would be allowed to buy or build a home in Palestinian territory–that would be an “illegal settlement,” don’tcha know–Palestinian Arabs would have the right to immigrate to Israel. The ultimate plan, of course, is to simply outbreed the Jews and take over demographically, which is exactly why Israel rejects the proposal.
We can actually already see how the right of return would play out thanks to already trying a similar idea on the rest of the world: Arab nations refuse to protect the rights of Christians, not allowing them to build churches and condemning to death both those who share their faith and those who become apostates to Islam. The majority will not even allow Jews to live there. And yet we see no problem with the building of mosques and Muslim neighborhoods all over the West. The result is a decidedly uneven playing field which is fast becoming a demographic and legal nightmare for those who favor religious freedom.
In addition to that, we have attacks outside of Israel as well. On a small Greek island in the Ionian sea:
Arsonists broke into Corfu’s only synagogue and burned the community’s prayer books and Torah scrolls Tuesday morning.
On Wednesday members of the community, some distraught and weeping, gathered at the synagogue and mourned over the ashes of the Torah scrolls.
Today the Jewish community on Corfu numbers less than 100.
“It’s very difficult for us,” Rabbi Shlomo Naftali, an Israeli rabbi who was flown to Greece to conduct Passover ceremonies. “We stood around the books and cried. Now we’ll have to bury them.”
To give the Greeks credit, the government condemned the attack:
Giorgos Petalotis, a spokesman for the Greek government, condemned the attack Wednesday, saying,, “The burglary that took place in the Jewish Synagogue in Corfu and the destruction of sacred liturgical books is an immoral and appalling act, which the Greek government condemns in the strongest possible manner,”
“I’ve said before and I say once again,” Petalotis said. “Under this unfortunate circumstance, that bigotry and anti-Semitism are concepts incompatible with Greek culture and alien to the mentality of the Greek people. This act cannot overshadow the longstanding tradition of friendship and mutual respect between the two peoples. The Greek authorities have already received instructions to carry out intensive efforts to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice”.
Of course, the world will not give this attack nearly the attention that a single burnt Koran in Florida got, and any condemnations will be pretty muted in comparison. They’re too busy looking for excuses to attack the victim on a legal front:
The University of California’s Hastings College of the Law recently demonstrated its utility in the “lawfare” offensive against Israel by hosting a conference on March 25-26, 2011, titled, “Litigating Palestine: Can Courts Secure Palestinian Rights?” The event drew about 75 law students, faculty members, and pro-Arab activists. Police were present at the entrances to the building, as well as at the door of a second room where the proceedings were visible on video, and a large sign warned that disruptive individuals would be excluded. . . .
The anti-Israeli rhetoric of the participants was notably extreme, and even bizarre.
Throughout the first day of the conference, denunciation of Israel as an “apartheid state” comparable with the formerly-segregated South Africa was obnoxiously common, as were claims that American Arabs and American Muslims face bias similar to that of ethnic Japanese in the Western U.S. and Canada subjected to internal relocation during WWII. Yet an even worse element of anti-Israel rhetoric was present: equating Israeli relations involving Palestinians and Arabs with slavery and segregation in the U.S. In doing so, the participants flaunted equal ignorance of Middle Eastern and American history.
Sorry to come out of Passover (and still be within the Feast of Matzah) with bad news, but the world is as it is and as it will be until our King returns.
Maranatha and Shalom
- Another Passover massacre (powerlineblog.com)
- AGAIN!!! Palestinians Desecrate Joseph’s Tomb With Murder and Fire (yidwithlid.blogspot.com)
- “Jerusalem – Thousands Attend Funeral of Breslover Chasid Shot At Kever Yosef (Photos)” and related posts (vosizneias.com)
- Palestinian Police Shout ‘Allahu Akbar’… Shoot Israeli Worshippers (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- PA policemen shoot Jewish civilian worshipers, killing one. (elderofziyon.blogspot.com)
- Israeli Is Killed in the West Bank (nytimes.com)