Want a Ceasefire? Release the Hostages

How can Gazans stop the Israeli bombings?

By Madeline Brooks/ November 4, 2023/ . [American Thinker]

.“I write about what could stop the bombing if they took responsibility for themselves, and I look at them through a family systems lens.
They are like the very troubled child living off Daddy who wants to burn the house down. Let us not buy into their self pitying smokescreen.”

Madeline is a conservative and counter-jihad writer.  She can be reached at resistjihad@aol.com

.The latest moral confusion about the Hamas/Gaza problem is whether or not to continue bombing.  The plea is that civilians are innocent and must be spared.  A mainstream TV broadcast showed a wide-eyed Gaza man saying, “I was as surprised as the Israelis by the October 7 attack.  So why punish me with bombing?”

This is a message for you, Mr. Average Gazan, and any other Gazan like you.  Here’s why Gaza is still being bombed.

First of all, it’s hard to know if you are telling the truth.  The terrorists planning the attack acted for two years as if they were peaceful, all the while stockpiling weapons.  Taqiyyah, or lying to your enemies, is endorsed in the Koran (3:28) and in other Muslim writings.  An apparent peacemaker, Hamas official Ghazi Hamad, who was responsible for the Gilad prisoner exchange, turned out to be totally treacherous.  While fooling the leftist chump he bargained with, Hamad talked about negotiating peace.  Now Hamad shows his true colors, vowing to repeat the October 7 massacre over and over until Israel is eliminated, as Caroline Glick points out.

Also, Mr. Ordinary Gazan, although you may not have known the exact date of the latest massacre, all Hamas has been screaming about is death to Israel from the start.  So don’t play innocent.

Secondly, you have been receiving food, water, electricity, and medicine mostly from Israel, your so-called oppressor.  Actually, Israel has been your daddy, and you have let yourself live like a ward of the state — a supremely ungrateful ward.  When Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2005, it left you orchards and sophisticated greenhouses, which produced income for the Jews who developed them and could have for you, too.  But you tore them down out of spite.  You also could have developed your beautiful beaches into profitable resorts.  There was no Israeli “occupation” preventing your economic development, since Israel was not there.  But Hamas was, and you apparently accepted Hamas’s dictatorial, one-party control.

Wake up to how your Islamist leaders have been taking international money that was meant for you and using it for their own luxurious living as well as for secret armaments.  That is a big part of why you are poor.

Thirdly, Israel has offered peace to you on multiple occasions, but you preferred war, and a continuation of your hostile dependency.  Looking at this mess from a family systems dynamic, you are the deeply troubled child refusing to help himself, relying totally on others to support him, and staying emotionally and financially crippled, taking pride not in accomplishments, but in destruction.  Beyond that is your insane conviction that your host country must die, even as you bite the hand that feeds you.  Apparently, neither you nor the world has noticed yet how untenable your demands are.  You have successfully put up a smokescreen of self-pity and victimhood, which does nothing to help you getting well.

Playing the victim card right now, begging the world to make Israel stop the war, is a continuation of the smokescreen, giving Hamas more time to get strong and renew the attacks it has announced it will resume.

Fourthly, Gazans owe the world and especially Israelis an apology for all of the above.  You must declare that you reject Hamas’s goal to kill all the Jews and take over Israel and the world.  Tell the worldwide “hate Jews” movement yelling in support of you that it’s time for them to grow up, too.  If you, Mr. Average Gazan, really want the bombing to stop, you must cooperate with Israel and help the Israelis find Hamas operatives and weapons caches, and whatever else will help the Israeli war effort.

In short, Gazans must take full responsibility for their support of Hamas and do all they can to disable it.  Otherwise, Israel has no good reason to stop the bombing.  You, Mr. Average Gazan, have been given the benefit of the doubt as an innocent victim.  And you have shown you don’t deserve it.

Prove otherwise.  Work now with Israel to halt the war and then develop a peaceful way of life.  Or get bombed.  The choice is yours.

Will this happen?  Not very likely.  But it is the moral path forward.  Stating it can help you get clear on your need to take responsibility for yourself.  It can also help the guilt-ridden international community make a decision to no longer let themselves be manipulated by your endless irrationalities.

My Flickr slideshow  from October 13, 2023, in Times Square
focuses on the obnoxious International Day of Action for “palestine”.

The “palis’ and their Commie supporters ALWAYS put on a good show. Posters, marches, chants. The media loves them. BUT what is MISSING?

These are LIES. ALL lies.

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Two addendums that compliment Madeline’s post:

The true history of the Jews of the Middle East

Seventy-five years ago, my husband’s family was part of Egypt’s flourishing Jewish community. After Israel’s establishment in 1948, their community was destroyed. Egyptian Jews fled anti-Jewish persecution or were expelled.

But, speaking to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi recently denied this well-documented history. Instead, he audaciously claimed:

“I grew up in a neighborhood side-by-side with the Jews of Egypt. They were never subject to any form of persecution whatsoever. They were never targeted in any way whatsoever…. Maybe they were targeted in Europe, in Spain, in other countries, but in our Arab and Islamic region, nothing like this ever happened.”

While astonishing that Sisi, the leader of a U.S. ally, would spread ahistorical propaganda — many on the extreme political left promote similar lies.

The reason is simple: Middle Eastern and North African Jews do not fit a neat narrative about Israel’s supposed evil as a symbol of Western colonialism. The culpability of Jews and the “eternal innocence” of those who brutally resist the West by murdering civilians does not allow for Jewish victimhood when the perpetrators are not white or European.

But the history of Jewish life under hundreds of years of Islamic rule paints a different picture.

Jews under Islamic regimes were dhimmi, or a “protected people of the book” permitted to live in Muslim societies. They were however subject to regulations, such as paying the jizyah tax levied on non-Muslims, exclusion from certain professions, restricted habitation in ghettos, and often forced to wear distinctive clothing meant to demonstrate submission to Muslims.

Even with this “protected” status, Jews were under threat as a minority. Fanatics who rejected tolerant Islam often perpetrated anti-Jewish violence, including the slaughter and expulsion of Jewish tribes in the 7th century, the Almohades’ persecution in the 12th century, 17th-century forced conversion of Jews in Isfahan and manifold other expulsions, massacres and forced conversions — all of which are often erased in historical retellings like Sisi’s.

Modern history of anti-Jewish violence by fundamentalist Islamists is also denied or ignored. Before Israel was established, more than 800,000 Jews lived across the Middle East and North Africa. After Israel’ s establishment, hundreds of thousands of Jews left, fled or were expelled from Islamic-majority countries, threatened by rising Arab anti-Jewish sentiment and violence.

This persecution — ironically — resulted in todays’ Israeli Jewish population whose majority is made up of “Brown” Mizrahi Jews, indisputably indigenous to the region even for those with a penchant for denying ancient Jewish ties to Israel. With a few exceptions, their families’ former countries have largely become Jew-free. Today, as a Jew, I cannot safely visit most of the countries that generations of my extended family once called home.

But why is anti-Jewish violence and antisemitism in both pre-modern and modern Middle East and North Africa denied or ignored?

The reason is simple. Erasing Middle Eastern Jewish history and historical oppression of Jews sets up a bedrock of falsehoods to support the justification for terror: The decolonization argument, the belief that Hamas’ terror serves as legitimate resistance to a colonizing power.

Proponents of this false theory argue that Zionism grew directly from Western colonialism. Jews who settled Israel are seen as white European colonizers who carry the West’s moral stains and re-victimize its Muslim innocents. The Holocaust, typically understood as a key event in the legitimization of Zionism, is construed as yet another crime of European colonialism that indirectly led to the persecution of Palestinians.

Seeing this conflict as merely a question of colonialism is based on historical lies and allows for grotesque moral conclusions.

First, any violence against Israelis is legitimized and becomes the fault of the colonizers — either Europeans or Jews themselves — but never fundamentalist Islamists who perpetrate them.

Second, Jews cease to be innocent civilians. Whether adults or babies, whether they support a two-state solution or not, whether Israelis or Jews living in countries outside of Israel, they are legitimate targets for “freedom fighters” engaged in a prolonged anti-colonial struggle.

This false narrative assumes that Israelis should be viewed strictly as colonizers and Palestinians strictly as their resisters. It assumes that fundamentalist Islamists bear no responsibility for their actions. It ignores anti-Jewish violence by Islamists around the world. It denies agency to the very people whom it claims to speak for — Palestinians. It assumes that if only Israel were to dismantle itself, Jews would live peacefully again in the Middle East.

The events of Oct. 7 — and their aftermath — show the utter folly of that idea.

And lastly, from Mia Talias


She says, “Time for a history lesson, every day is a school day.

Am Yisrael Chai!