When Palestinian Arabs cry “Humiliation”

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October 3, 2017

By Eli E. Hertz

(II Commentary – Jerome S. Kaufman)
As a direct result of the stabbings, car ramming and suicide bombings visited upon the Israelis by Palestinian terrorists, frequently occurring at checkpoints from Palestinian terrorists, the poor Palestinian Arabs complain they feel humiliated and harassed when Israeli authorities search them and their belongings.

They are thus, they claim, are prevented from traveling freely because of checkpoints, roadblocks, closures and curfews. They say they feel corralled behind security fences and ugly concrete walls. Perhaps they might consider the cause and necessity of these life saving security measures.

Meanwhile the Israelis themselves are searched numerous times during the course of a day. Israelis are asked to open their bags and purses for inspection. In most cases, they are subjected to body searches with a metal detector every time they enter a bank or a post office, pick up a bottle of milk at the supermarket, enter a mall or train station, or visit a hospital or medical clinic. As a matter of routine, Israelis’ car trunks are searched every time they enter a well-trafficked parking lot.

Not one U.N. organ has protested the fact that, for years, an entire country has been harassed and humiliated.

Israelis are searched not only when they go out for a cup of coffee at the local Coffee-shop, but also when they go to the movies or the theater or a concert, where the term “dressed to kill” has an entirely different meaning.

These ordinary daily humiliations now extend to similar searches when Israelis go to weddings or bar mitzvahs. No one abroad talks about the humiliation Jews in Israel are subjected to, having to write at the bottom of wedding invitations and other life cycle events, “The site will be secured [by armed guards]” – to ensure relatives and friends will attend and share their joyous occasion.

To date, no one protests the fact that Jewish schoolchildren in Israel are surrounded by perimeter fences with armed guards at the schoolyard gates.

Not one Arab village in Israel or the Territories has a perimeter fence around it. Guards are not required at Arabic shops, cafes, restaurants, movie theaters, wedding halls or schools – either in Israel or in the Territories. Palestinians also do not need armed guards to accompany every school trip, youth movement hike or campout. They are not targets of terrorism. Israeli citizens with very rare exception do not commit terrorist acts against other people and the Arabs know it and take full advantage.

Israelis are told, in effect, to disguise themselves when traveling abroad – not to speak Hebrew in public and not to wear garments that reveal their Jewish/Israeli origins.

On the other hand, Arabs who frequent Jewish cities and towns in Israel wear their traditional Arab headgear without fear of being attacked or harassed.

Even Israel’s national airline – El Al – has been forced to remove its logo from the tails of its aircraft at certain airports, out of concern for the safety of its passengers.

This followed several attempts to down Israeli civilian aircrafts with missiles – one of which blew up a Swissair flight in mid-air from Zurich to Tel Aviv in February 1970, killing all 47 passengers and crew aboard.

Strangely, no media outlets and not a single human rights organization has fully and objectively reported or protested the daily humiliation and harassment Israelis suffer because of the Palestinian Authority’s ‘factory of terror.’

Not one U.N. organ has protested the fact that, for years, an entire country has been harassed and humiliated.

All this begs the question: Who are the victims and who are the victimizers? Who are the ones being harassed and humiliated? Palestinians or Israelis?

Eli Hertz is a writer, journalist. political commentator active in numerous international, industry and community associations and panels. Other activities: CAMERA, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors); AIPAC, The America Israel Public Affairs Committee (Member of the Executive Council); Past U.S. member of the Joint High Level Advisory Panel to the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Commission. Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Executive VP); The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (Past trustee); AAJLJ – American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (Member Board of Governors); President of Myths and Facts, Inc.; Recipient of ZOA’s Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award (2005).

II Unfortunately, American citizens are well on the way to becoming victims themselves. It all started with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat blowing up civilian aircraft in airports all over the world.

Read: www.defenddemocracy.org/…/the-father-of-modern-terrorism-the-true-legacy-of-yas…

The Father of Modern Terrorism; The True Legacy of Yasser Arafat … The first efforts were ham-handed: failed attempts in 1965 to bomb the … soon became innovators in a tactic later refined by al Qaeda: the civilian airliner as terror weapon.

This mode of terrorism progressed directly to the Islamic 
terrorists blowing up our own Twin Towers 09/11/2001.

And not identifying your enemy as now practiced by the vital security agencies of the Federal government and the US Dept. of State; obscuring the fact that the far greater incidence of this terror is caused by Muslim Islamic terrorists is making matters exponentially worse.

As a result, just as in Israel, we Americans are rapidly becoming the victims while the sources of the terror, pray upon our naivety, cleverly complaining of their own “humiliation” and encroachment upon their civil liberties.

Maybe we should stop playing the sucker. Rather, let us identify the enemy and unapologetically maintain intense surveillance over all areas where the poison of Islamic Terrorism and Sharia Law is preached and the relentless, frighteningly effective brain washing takes place.

Jerome S. Kaufman

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