To my friends in Fresno

Pictures of wounded children displayed at anti-Israel (not 'pro-Gaza') rally in Fresno, 8/8/2014

Pictures of wounded children displayed at anti-Israel (not ‘pro-Gaza’) rally in Fresno, 8/8/2014

Although I have been happily living in the one and only Jewish state for a week, I still haven’t let go of my old home town, Fresno California.

Here is a statement from an email sent to its members by Peace Fresno, a local organization dedicated to “social justice and peaceful resolution of conflict”:

Since July 8, 2014, Israel had [sic] launched an intense and disproportionate bombing campaign and land incursion of the Gaza Strip, “Operation Protective Edge”.

In Gaza, 1.7 million Palestinians live in what is often referred to as an “open-air prison.” All of Gaza’s borders are restricted, including the side bordering the Mediterranean Sea, which is controlled by Israel. Israel has imposed an eight-year blockade on Gaza, making it extremely difficult and even impossible for Palestinians to go in and out of the Gaza Strip. Access to water, electricity, and basic goods have also been extremely limited.

Israel has dropped bombs on civilian homes in Gaza, killing entire families. Schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers have also been attacked, killing students, doctors, and disabled patients.

Thousands of Palestinians have been left displaced and homeless due to of the damage to their homes from Israeli airstrikes. Electrical damage from the attacks has further crippled already inconsistent access to electricity in Gaza.

Palestinians have lived under 47 years of Israeli military occupation, and 66 years of ongoing colonization, dispossession, and apartheid.

Please take action to support human rights and end Israel’s impunity.

I won’t dwell on the ironies (Gaza’s electrical power was cut off when rockets fired by Hamas at Israel hit power lines and Israel Electric Company workers fixed them under fire) or the misuse of language (‘disproportionate‘), or the simple falsehoods (occupation of Gaza ended in 2005; the blockade stops war materials, not food and medicine). I won’t discuss the fact that casualty reports are massively exaggerated, both in number and the percentage of noncombatants. I’ll leave for another time the vicious lie that there is any sense in which Israel practices apartheid, or the one that IDF soldiers deliberately shoot at children.

I’ll just note a few things that are left out:

Hamas is left out, the internationally-recognized terrorist gang that rules Gaza, whose founding document can be summarized as “kill the Jews and destroy Israel.” The massive rocket barrage that precipitated the war, that would have killed countless Israelis were it not for the advanced missile defense system deployed at great cost and the bomb shelters built (also at not-inconsiderable cost) in all new construction, is left out. The tunnels from Gaza into Israel which open out between the kibbutzim near Gaza and through which hundreds of Hamas terrorists could have emerged to carry out mass-casualty attacks, are left out.

This isn’t just an ideological problem. I understand that it is an article of faith for the Left to insist that Israel is at fault for the conflict with the Palestinians. I understand that they get their idea of history from pseudo-historians like Ilan Pappé, and their knowledge of current events from pseudo-news providers like KPFA.

But shutting their eyes to reality is a choice they make, an immoral choice. Believing every accusation made against Israel no matter how exaggerated and no matter how biased the source is a choice they make, an immoral choice.

What is painful to me is that I know some of the members of Peace Fresno and others who share their beliefs. Some of them worked together with my wife on projects to reduce homelessness in Fresno. Some of them are Jews, some of them are believing Christians.

Folks, you are not OK. You are taking part in an international project to extirpate the Jewish state, the small Jewish state, the only Jewish state. You use the language of human rights, anti-racism, etc., but the truth is the exact opposite. You claim Israel is perpetrating a genocide, when the truth is that it is defending itself against those that aspire to commit one.

Unfortunately — maybe because we are so outnumbered and outspent, because our enemies received guidance from the world champions of thought control, the soviet KGB, and because of the reservoir of Jew-hatred in Christian and Muslim cultures — we lost (and continue to lose) key battles in the information war that seems to be more important than the physical struggle against the terrorist factions that we are fighting today.

But you are intelligent beings with free will. The truth is out there. Think about seeking it instead of being mindless automatons with slogans instead of ideas.

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4 Responses to To my friends in Fresno

  1. Shalom Freedman says:

    This is of course a statement not only for the people of Fresno but for all those who have been misled by the propaganda campaign in support of Hamas.

  2. Robman says:

    I’m surprised you call them “friends”, Vic.

    I guess you are being polite.

    I’ve had more than my fill of local self-righteous “do-gooders” who flatter themselves that they are about “peace”, “justice”, etc., when they support the medieval cretins who propagate Nazi-style Jew hatred.

    They should know better but they don’t. As you suggest, they are making a choice not to.

    It just goes to show how hard it is to kill that old demon, Jew hatred.

    I hope all is well with you over there in Israel.

    Off topic, I saw a poll recently in which, allegedly, an astounding 84% of Israelis believe Obama ‘does the right thing most of the time’ with respect to foreign policy.

    I do not believe this for a millisecond. But if this is true, how could it be true?

    What are people over there really saying?

    Any other Israelis who monitor this blog want to weigh in on this?

  3. Robman: I don’t know what most Israelis think about Obama. My friends don’t like him much — but my friends here happen to be more right-wing than some of my friends in California. Kerry, on the other hand, is universally considered an idiot.

  4. shalom-hillel says:

    Vic, I think it’s a great point that you make, and I make it often myself. The truth is
    available, but they make the choice to believe the lies. And, no, it’s not okay. I admit I get very frustrated when I encounter these zombies. It makes me all the more committed to countering every single slur against Israel that is made within my earshot and within my sphere of influence. I won’t let them defame Israel and remain silent. I am convinced that every attack on Israel serves to ultimately make the Jewish state stronger. This fight will make all of us stronger and more united. It’s certainly showing us who’s who.

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