It should have been expected! Israel removed a number of check-points on the roads to make life easier for the Arab population in the territories, so they exploited that, drove a car next to an Israeli one and shot and murdered an innocent civilian driver, Rabbi Meir Avshalom Hai. Many blamed the removal of West Bank roadblocks for the attack. According to a report, one of our ministers had claimed “past experience shows that the removal of roadblocks as part of the easements granted to Palestinians has led to attempts to carry out terror attacks against Jews.”  And this is just one example.
But that wasn’t the end. Our forces through underground means, discovered who the perpetrators of this murder were and went to Nablus to arrest them. The three men refused to surrender, and were shot. Many weapons were found in their building, amongst them the gun used for shooting the rabbi. And now as always, Israel is blamed for shooting them, wheras no voice was raised when they shot the Israeli.
And now for something unexpected. Former President Jimmy Carter, in an open letter, has suddenly apologized for any words or deeds that may have upset the Jewish community. In his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” he was so very sensitive to Palestinian suffering, but completely ignored the legacy of mistreatment, expulsion and murder committed against Jews in Arab countries and elsewhere. He unfairly compared Israeli treatment of Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza to the legalized racial oppression that once existed in South Africa. Everywhere for the last years Carter has spoken out greatly against Israel and trivialized the murder of Israelis, and now he explained that his words and book were “misunderstood”! What can be the reason for this sudden apology? Can it have anything to do with his grandson,  who is running for a seat in the Senate and has many Jewish voters in his district? Who knows? I hope it is really a change of heart.
And after mentioning  former President Carter, I feel I must again add a few lines on today’s great rise in anti-semitism. I quote a few words forwarded to me: “Outside of the US much of the international media uses the language of “genocide,” “Holocaust” and the names of concentration camps drawing a parallel between Nazi Germany and Israel on a regular basis. Such language and imagery serve to delegitimize any Israeli action, while fueling the image of the Jew as the new Nazi., militant beasts whose disappearance would obviously be a blessing. ”  All over the world more anti-Semitic acts take place, including swastikas drawn on Jewish schools and graffiti ordering Jews to leave the country, vandalism, hate mail, and direct violent attacks on Jews.  When will there be an end to this?
I close today by wishing all a happy and healthy year for 2010. Shalom from Irene




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