The March of the Red-Green Brigades

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The Red-Green alliance is on the march. On Wednesday, the leftist-controlled European Parliament in Strasbourg passed a resolution endorsing the Goldstone Report. That report, it will be recalled, denies Israel’s right to self-defense by alleging that Israel’s actions to defend itself from illegal Palestinian aggression during the course of Operation Cast Lead were war crimes.

The resolution did more than accept the Goldstone Report’s baseless claims. It sought to silence those who are trying to make the Red portion of the Red-Green alliance pay a price for its abetment of jihad.

The resolution “expresses its concern about pressure placed on NGOs involved in the preparation of the Goldstone Report and in follow-up investigations, and calls on authorities on all sides to refrain from any measures restricting the activities of these organizations.”

This statement was inserted to defend the EU-supported Israeli organizations – overwhelmingly associated with the far-Left New Israel Fund – that took a lead role in providing Richard Goldstone and his associates with false allegations of illegal actions by IDF soldiers. Those organizations – and the New Israel Fund – have rightly been the subject of scrutiny in Israel after their role in compiling the Goldstone Report was revealed in January by the Israeli student organization Im Tirzu.

Israel is not the only target of the Red-Green alliance. Its operations span the globe. Sometimes, as in the case of the Goldstone Report, the Left leads the charge. Sometimes, as with the Hamas-led missile offensive against Israel that preceded Cast Lead, the jihadists move first.

In general, jihadists are motivated to attack non-Muslims by their religious belief that Islam must dominate the world. And in general, the Left’s justification of jihadist aggression stems from its neo-Marxist faith that the liberal nation-state is the root of all evil. Whether the Left recognizes that if successful, its collusion with jihadists will lead to the destruction of human freedom, is subject to debate. But whether or not the Left understands the consequences of its actions, it has played a key role in abetting this goal.

IN NIGERIA on Sunday night, the jihadists led the charge. With the apparent collaboration of the Muslim-dominated Nigerian army, Muslim gangs entered three predominantly Christian villages around the city of Jos and killed up to 500 innocent civilians, including children, with machetes, axes, and daggers.

According to eyewitness reports, some victims were scalped and many were raped. Most had their hands and feet chopped off. Infants and children were among the butchered.

The massacre was premeditated. According to government spokesmen, Muslim residents were tipped off two days prior to the attack. To ensure their victims were Christians, the jihadists addressed them in Fulani, the language spoken by local Muslims. If the victims responded in Fulani they were saved. Otherwise they were hacked to death.

Sunday’s massacre could have been expected to lead the news worldwide. But it didn’t. Indeed, it was barely noted.

That scant coverage the barbarous events received was itself plagued by obscurity and vagueness. Commentators and reporters alike hid the identities of the aggressors and the victims, characterizing the jihadist butchery as “sectarian violence.”

They also sought to obfuscate its significance, claiming that the Muslim gangs decapitated infants in response to tribal property disputes.

Jessica Olien at The Atlantic not only made these claims, but brushed off the dimensions of the atrocity, writing, “It’s worth noting that police have confirmed only 109 dead.”

After minimizing the death toll, Olien turned her literary daggers on the victims, claiming that they had it coming. As she put it, “It’s hard not to compare the weekend’s attack with one in January in which 150 people from the same Muslim community responsible for Sunday’s attack were brutally killed. The attack on March 7th drew considerably more international attention the previous incident.”

Ah, so unfair. The over-reported atrocity unfairly portrays murdered Christians as victims. But Olien knows better. The Muslims were simply retaliating for the attacks they suffered.

Sadly for Olien and her erudite justification of barbarism, it is far from clear that the victims of January’s violence were Muslims. Writing in the London Times on Thursday, British Baroness Caroline Cox claimed that the primary victims of January’s slaughter were Christians, not Muslims.

According to Cox, eyewitnesses to the events in January “indicated that the killings began when Muslim youths attacked Christians on a Sunday morning on their way to church. Muslims were also killed as those under attack began to fight back.”

Cox continued that Sunday’s attack followed a now familiar pattern. Attacks “are initiated by well-armed Muslim extremists, chanting militant slogans, attacking and killing Christian and other non-Muslim citizens and destroying homes and places of worship.

“In the early stages of the attack, the Muslim militants take corpses to mosques, where they are photographed and released to the media, creating the impression that these are Muslim victims.”

The international media are only too willing to accept  at face value these false accusations of Muslim victimization at the hands of their actual victims. And so are their leftist comrades in international governing circles.

In the wake of Sunday’s massacre, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon both issued statements making no distinction whatsoever between the victims and the aggressors. Both called for “both sides” to act with “restraint.”

In the Left’s apparent willingness to hide the nature of January’s attacks and then underplay Sunday’s massacre, we have an example of Leftist facilitation of jihadist violence. In Nigeria, of course, the jihadists are the main actors and the Left are merely their helpmates

IN ISRAEL, the roles are generally reversed. Here it is the Left that leads the jihadists by the hand. Take the Left’s campaign against Jewish property rights in Jerusalem. In the Sheikh Jarrah/Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood, buildings owned by Jews were seized by Jordan in 1948 after its conquest of the city. For the past decade Jewish property owners have been working through the courts to assert their rights to their buildings and remove the Arab squatters who took them over.

Court after court upheld their rights to their property. And, indeed, more than a decade ago, the squatters reached a settlement in which they acknowledged the owners’ property rights and the owners agreed to let the squatters stay so long as they paid rent. But when the squatters stopped paying rent, the Left pushed them to refuse to vacate the premises and to try to re-litigate the old settlement. Finally, the case made it to the Supreme Court, which also recognized the rights of the Jewish owners and ordered the police to enforce its ruling and remove the illegal squatters.

The police removed the squatters last month and within hours, Jewish residents moved in, in accordance with an agreement with the buildings’ lawful owners. Since they moved in, the Jews have been under constant attack from their Arab neighbors. They have been beaten and threatened with murder.

In the meantime, the Left has turned the case of the illegal Arab squatters into a cause celebre. Last week, thousands of leftists staged an anti-Semitic demonstration outside the compound, demanding that the Jews be removed from their homes. The argument, of course, is that allowing Jews to exercise their legal property rights by peacefully residing in a predominantly Arab neighborhood is an unacceptable “provocation.” The Arab squatters attempting to steal the property, on the other hand, are “victims.”

Rather than characterize the protesters as anti-Semites who are stoking violence against innocent Jews for their crime of lawfully living where they choose, the local and international media have described the demonstrators as “peace activists” and “human rights activists.”

For turning reality on its head and championing the cause of jihadists against the human rights of their victims, these leftist demonstrators are lionized by their comrades in the media and in the chanceries of the Western world. The State Department said it was “unacceptable” that Jews moved into their homes.

So, too, the UN raced to accept the Left’s claim that human rights demand the denial of Jews’ property rights due to their ethnicity. Its peace process boss Richard Miron said, “I deeply deplore the totally unacceptable actions by Israel in which Israeli security forces evicted Palestinian refugee families… to allow settlers to take possession of their properties.”

It is a depressing commentary on our times that spokesmen of democracies and supposed champions of human rights are willing to state publicly that granting Jews the equal protection of the law is an unacceptable imposition on their bigoted neighbors. But the notion that Jews have an equal right to buy and own property in areas of Jerusalem from which they were illegally ethnically cleansed by the Jordanians in 1948 is now a great cause of the Left. And one can only assume that the jihadists will soon make their move – to the gratification of their leftist comrades – against the innocent Jews of Jerusalem.

THIS BRINGS us to the events surrounding US Vice President Joseph Biden’s visit to Israel this week. On the first day of his visit, as a matter of routine governance, the Jerusalem Planning and Building Committee approved plans to build 1,600 housing units in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood. Ramat Shlomo is a neighborhood with more than 20,000 residents located between the even more populous Ramot and Sanhedriya neighborhoods. From an Israeli perspective, it is just as uncontroversial as Yad Eliahu in Tel Aviv or Hadar in Haifa.

But not from a Red perspective. Just moments after the decision was announced, the Left used it as proof of Israeli venality. For approving the construction of new homes in its capital, the government was condemned again and again. The Palestinians and the Arab League jumped on the bandwagon. And now, owing to the Left’s anti-Israel onslaught, anyone murdered in Jerusalem – or anywhere else for that matter – will be dismissed as a product of fully justified Muslim anger.

Observing the Leftist charge, led in this case by the frothing-at-the-mouth Israeli media, Biden moved swiftly. The man who came to Israel on a charm offensive could no longer hide the truth about where the Obama administration’s true sympathies lay. After declaring his undying love and fidelity to Israel just hours before, Biden switched gears and condemned Israel for “undermining” prospects for peace.

On Wednesday morning as he referred to his condemnation of Israel’s decision to build homes in its capital, Biden said, “Sometimes only a friend can deliver the hardest truth.”

And at least in this case, he is correct.

And so, in the spirit of that sentiment, it must be said: When those who purport to support peace and human rights join forces with the Red-Green alliance, what they are actually supporting is bigotry, violence, murder and, ultimately, the destruction of human freedom. Whether the Left recognizes the significance of its actions or not, it is time that it be held as accountable for its defense of jihad as the jihadists are for carrying it out.

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. 

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  • rachel tourre 03/12/2010 at 10:02

    AMEN! and thank you for your always pertinent

  • Perfected Democrat 03/12/2010 at 12:18

    Exactly; especially in regard to the MSM who are so important in providing critical information to the public, and influencing public awareness and opinion; whose tacit approval of the never ending intimidation and murder campaign, by blatant misrepresentation or simple obfuscation of the facts, becomes a license to kill. After the fact there is plenty of time to engage in the usual historical revisionism, when people have short memories. It’s a game which is tantamount to aiding and abetting.

  • Marc Handelsman, USA 03/12/2010 at 12:45

    The March of the Yellow Lilliputians will lead them to slaughter after jihadists are done using them. Cowardice toward confronting Totalitarian Islam has caused the EU to emasculate itself and endorse the intellectually dishonest Goldstone Report. The Left will not be held accountable for its actions, until the jihadists they defend, turn on them. And Vice-President Biden is undermining Israel’s security by interfering in its domestic affairs. It’s time for the Obama Administration to concentrate on America, and leave Israel alone.

  • Bill 03/12/2010 at 14:52

    Likud politicians had better seek justice on behalf of Israelis against the Israelis’ Red-Green enemies, or Israelis will have to take the law into their own hands.
    The rights and powers of governments derive from the people. They are not alienated from the people when governments are established. Rather, the people retain their rights and powers, and may atempt to dislodge or exterminate their enemies when their governments decline to do so.

  • Steve 03/12/2010 at 15:38

    After the Judenrat government of Israel apologized to Biden for the Israeli announcement and Netanyahu castigated the bureaucrats that were only doing their jobs and has submitted a proposal in the Knesset that they must have his aides’ permission before they can do it ever again and furthermore he snubbed a ceremony upon the rebuilding of a synagogue that was destroyed by the Arab ethnic cleansing of 1949 in order to fawn over the anti-Semites at the UN you would think the left-green alliance would be appreciative of the Judenrat government. But no, Hillary Clinton has piled on with another condemnation. In the meantime the Judenrat government allowed Ban-Ki-Moon to enter Gaza through the Israeli border (he should have been welcome to be an Egyptian tourist instead)and fawn over the poor poor victims of Israeli war crimes.

  • DaveP 03/12/2010 at 19:06

    One thing that Israel has never understood, is that America’s influence with the Islamic world rests on the assumption, that it is the only country that has influence to extract concessions from Israel.
    Two things follow from this
    1. The more Israel gives away, the less it will have, and thus less influence it has with America.
    2. The more America forces Israel to give, the less influence it has with the Arabs as well as Israel.
    It is therefore not in the interest of America to force Israel to give anything.
    If Israel shows its displeasure at the one sided concessions that America is demanding from Israel, and walks away, then America has no hand to play, and the Arabs know it as well.
    Another thing. Obama is desperate to show the Arab/Muslim world that he is their true friend. The corollary is that he is no friend of Israel. There is no need for Israel to do any favours for a man who is not a friend of Israel. The more Clinton, Biden and Obama loudly protest that they are true friends of Israel, the more reason there is to be suspicious of them.
    It is therefore necessary for Israel to sidestep Obama as diplomatically as possible.

  • Walter 03/13/2010 at 7:51

    Another great article Caroline.
    Truthful, focused, critical of the falsehood so prevalent in this world.
    There is a vile wickedness in ISLAM, and a wilful blindness of this wickedness, among moslems.
    Can we all remember, that just a few weeks ago [2010-Feb-13], at an address at Oxford University, in London, ‘peaceful’ moslems were yelling,
    …”Slaughter the Jews! Slaughter the Jews!”.
    “Danny Ayalon” “slaughter the Jews” London
    “slaughter the Jews”
    “Slaughter the Jews Like You Did in 1929”
    Moslems invariably justify their calls for violence, and the murder of their ‘enemies’, as being a justified revenge for violence, or a ‘slight’, against moslems/ISLAM.
    This type of false accusation against their ‘enemies’ is typical of all good moslems.
    And this falsehood, and lying, is a major plank in ISLAM’s [Jihad] modus operandi, at those times, when moslems feel confident enough to initiate conflicts with local non-moslems.
    i.e. ‘the line’ among the moslems will always be,
    Moslems are always good, peace loving, and victims.
    Non-moslems are always evil, and are the cause of all conflict with moslems, ALWAYS.
    Moslems, Jihadists, always manufacture lies, manufacturing their own ‘victimhood’, to justify, and incite moslem violence against their perceived ‘enemies’.
    Moslems, Jihadists, always lie, projecting **all** guilt upon their intended victims, again, to justify, and incite moslem violence against their perceived ‘enemies’, under the cover of moslem ‘victimhood’.
    Good moslems engage in this ‘victimhood’, and guilt projection incessantly, against their [often innocent] ‘enemies’.
    It is pure wickedness, and evil.
    In contrast,
    This is what the God of Israel has to say, about the false witness,
    Deuteronomy 19:16
    If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
    17 Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;
    18 And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
    19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
    Will the God of Israel do to unrepentant moslems, what is in their heart, to do to Israel?
    Psalms 28:3
    Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.
    4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
    I pray that the God of Israel will help his people, and confound and destroy the unrepentant enemies of his people.

  • John B 03/13/2010 at 13:38

    The war against Israel seems to be have entered a phase of extreme pressure, both from within and without. As you point out, the left refuses to stand for Israel’s survival and in fact cooperates with those who wish its destruction. The left just seems to want to give the land away. That is their only policy for peace. It is easy to give stuff away. As long as the fish swims towards the fisherman it has a peaceful and easy time. It is when the fish fights for its life that the fight becomes evident. If Israel gives way to those who are reeling it in, it is doomed.

  • Arius 03/13/2010 at 17:33

    Having the US as an ally to Israel is becoming or will become a bigger negative than having it as an enemy of Israel.
    In the case of Armenia, Russia never tried to stop or complicate the shellacking we gave Azerbaijan and will again if the latter again attacks.
    Israel must never divert its policy from its self interest. US interests, especially now with the stealth Muslim as President, are a dagger pointed at the heart of Israel.

  • Bill K. 03/14/2010 at 1:27

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent hissy fit over new settlement construction in the West Bank which she complained was a “deeply negative signal” that deeply embarrassed Vice President Biden shows that Israel must be doing something right.
    Bluntly the entire purpose of the Obama administration’s foreign policy is to force Israel into a suicidal death spiral by forcing it to make accommodations with enemies that would destroy it. Of course this is all masked with blather about “the United States’ strong commitment to Israel’s security” but this is a blatant lie that has been exposed here time and again. If Clinton, Biden and Obama were embarrassed by this self-assertive move by Israel, well T.S. They deserved it.
    Acts like this by Israel may not build love or friendship in foreign capitals but they do build respect. Take for instance the killing of the Hamas military chief Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, apparently by Mossad. In a Times Online article “We’re all thrilled by Mossad the movie” Melanie Reid writes the following:
    “Now everything I write, of course, is on the understanding that the Israelis refuse to comment on allegations that they are responsible for the killing. But their motive, it is said, is that Mr al-Mabhouh is rumoured to have played a key role in smuggling Iranian-funded arms to Islamist militants in Gaza, and may have been on his way to Iran. And just because the Israelis haven’t said that they did it doesn’t mean for a minute that they weren’t responsible.
    It is an unfashionable thing to say, but I have a considerable admiration for the Israeli way of doing things. They want something, they get it. They perceive someone as their deadly enemy, they kill them. They get hit, they hit back. They don’t waste time explaining or justifying or agonising; nor do they allow their detractors to enter their country and then afford them generous welfare payments. They just act. No messing. No scruples. Not even a shrug and a denial, just a rather magnificent refusal to debate anything.
    This absolutism, based on their history, carries its own moral weight; one that is rather electrifying in a Western world grown flabby with niceties. Clearly, the Israelis could defend their policies if they wanted to, but they quite simply can’t be bothered. It’s a waste of breath. One admires them for that, too.”
    I’m not in complete agreement with Reid. For example, why should Israel agonize over the killing a cold blooded murderer? But the point here is when Israel, or any free country for that matter, acts in its own defense by and large you gain the respect of friends and enemies alike. Embarrassing the Obama administration, given its current drift, is not a faux pas but a positive virtue.

  • Ron Kilmartin 03/14/2010 at 4:37

    I second Dave P’s excellent comments above. Obama has made clear his anti-Israel stance from day 1. And let’s not forget Clinton’s hugging Mrs. Arafat a few years back. Israel must beware of the Obama administration and their Middle East shenanigans. Change that old saying about Greeks to beware of Obama drones bearing accolades.
    On Friday, Obama declared a freeze on off-shore drilling for 4 years; that is equivalent to a cash gift to the Saudis, the Gulf states and his old Muslim stomping grounds, Indonesia.
    Strange about the continued freezing of American energy assets to benefit the Arabs and Indonesia. First it was Bill Clinton who froze out development of the Kaiparowits soft coal beds in Utah as a gift to the Indonesian Lippo Group by declaring it a national monument, and now we have Obama continuing to aid the Arabs and Indonesia with freezing of American oil assets. These “gifts” effectively raise oil prices in the US, part of Obama’s “energy plan”, and they fit in neatly with his anti-Israel stand.

  • JW, Olympia WA 03/15/2010 at 14:54

    I am worried about Israel’s ties to the U.S. and I am in favor of strengthening them. But how could Israel permit such a travesty of justice as was broadcast during the evictions from East Jerusalem? Was the fault that of the police, the courts, the media, or all three?
    Never mind that the evictions were done under the claim of legal legitimacy (although some Arab “squatters” claimed to have authentic titles or leases), the story left Israelis in a very negative light.
    In geopolitical terms, that’s the equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot. If Israel cannot get out in front of the news coming out of the country then Israel’s detractors will de facto control information about Israel. That’s just a fact spawned not only by by the world public’s insatiable appetite for video clips, but also the ubiquity of personal electronics, which today are in the hands of anyone with an inexpensive camera or phone that can take mpegs.
    Don’t blame the “Red-Green Brigades” for Israel’s public relations void. These days, for better or worse, a single negative sound-byte or video clip can blight decades’ worth of relationship-building and trust. Israel needs to develop an al-Jazeera style news agency that will promote Israel’s humanitarian, educational and scientific contributions to the world as well as Israel’s problems with Hamas, al-Aqsa and other violent malefactors. Face it: the Muslims are kicking your butts on the PR front.
    I’m not talking about intensive behind-the-scenes lobbying by AIPAC, whose activities increasingly strike many Americans as covert and sinister. What I’m talking about is a transparent model for announcing Israelis’ ideals and achievements to a world that, despite an admittedly wide swath of ideological exceptions, has the potential to be supportive of Israel if news about Israeli life were better known.
    If Israel does not better promote itself in a public way, such inaction will be like donating ammunition to Israel’s enemies.

  • Gramma from Canada 03/21/2010 at 11:47

    I believe that all these ideas that you have written are correct. I believe they are all back up plans if one fails..BUT they are all tied into each other in one way or another.
    I truly believe that ‘obama’ is being pulled to do what God will have him do to help set up ‘exactly’ the end times senario.
    His ‘arrogance’ and ‘pride’ will be his fall and unfortunately he is going to be the ‘final’ fall of America as well.
    It is time for ALL Christians to spread the Word as time is really, really short.
    Jesus is about to return in the AIR for HIS CHURCH….
    Pray for Israel as she is being set up to go through a time like no other in all of History.
    Great article Carolyn and I pray that the Lord will continue to give you great insight and the boldness to write what you see.
    God Bless and Keep Israel FOREVER…..
    Gramma from Canada


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