Guest Column: Who’s really behind the terror in Palestine?

By Sherry Dreyfuss
President, Jewish Federation of Rockford

This summer’s Gaza Israeli War is still making the news and editorial pages. The suffering of the Palestinians is highlighted. When I read these stories, two thoughts come to mind. First, it is true that the Palestinian people suffered greatly. People were killed, homes were destroyed, and civilians were terrorized from within. The Israeli people also suffered. More than 3,000 deadly missiles were launched at innocent civilians, and dozens of terror tunnels were discovered dug under the border into Israeli residential areas. These tunnels were going to be used to launch an attack in Israel to kill and kidnap as many Israelis as possible. Israelis were killed and traumatized. Children were afraid to leave shelters even to go to the bathroom.

Who is to blame for all this? The answer is Hamas, the terror organization whose charter calls for the destruction of all Jews. The Israelis and Palestinians both suffer greatly because of Hamas. According to U.N. documents, almost 200 Palestinian children were killed in accidents while being forced to build the terror tunnels. Resources meant to build infrastructure were diverted by Hamas to build tunnels and missiles instead of schools and hospitals. Dozens of Palestinian men were publicly executed with no trial because they were supposedly collaborating with Israel. They were not working with Israel and were most likely executed because they were rivals of Hamas or to settle feuds. The worst offense of Hamas is the use of Palestinian women and children as human shields. This is why so many are killed. Hamas uses mosques, schools, and homes to store weapons, fire missiles, and build openings for terror tunnels. Palestinians are forced to stay in these buildings, even after Israel drops leaflets, calls Palestinians and drops warning noisemakers on the roofs to evacuate buildings before destroying them. Israel does not want to kill civilians, but Israel is forced to defend itself. Israel is a tiny country the size of New Jersey that is fighting to survive. Those who demonize Israel instead of Hamas just prolong the suffering of both the Israeli and Palestinian people.

With so many people trying to prevent Israel from protecting its citizens, my second thought is how much the world would lose if Israel were destroyed. Israel is an oasis of medical, environmental and technological innovation. Trials are occurring on a cure for Ebola and ALS, among other diseases. Two teams of Israelis are now in Sierra Leone trying to help stop the spreading of the disease, setting up “eye camps” for people who would not otherwise have access to the technology and treatments. The Israeli organization, Save a Child’s Heart, treats children from all over the world who suffer from heart disease, providing free heart surgeries.

Israel developed drip irrigation, which has made it possible to turn a desert into agricultural land, not only in Israel, but also in developing countries of Africa. Israel is a pioneer in turning seawater into drinking water. Israel is home to thousands of high-tech startups. Just think how much more Israel could contribute to the world if it didn’t have to use so many resources to just survive. Hamas is a branch from the same poisonous tree as ISIS. The anti-Israeli forces need to stop justifying Hamas’ barbaric actions and help defeat them for the sake of the Israelis and Palestinians.

From the Oct. 15-21, 2014, issue

5 thoughts on “Guest Column: Who’s really behind the terror in Palestine?

  • October 16, 2014 at 2:18 am
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    It is possible to read the Zionist Plan like in a screenplay of a movie and recognize the many sequences that some individuals are trying to reproduce. In the next scene, it is as if someone were knocking at your door and holding one “sacred” book on one hand and one knife on the other behind his back.
    The Bible will be used as a weapon to instigate a War of Religion.

    Their Plan follows the exact footprints already defined in a controversial manuscript called: “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”. Many have said that it is a fake although the manuscript exists (one copy held in London at the British Museum). In the past everyone repudiated the paternity of this book and they were all pointing fingers but today it is no longer relevant to know who wrote it. Instead it is important to know that its strategy is being executed with utmost precision and could soon be finalized by a small group of individuals.

    Too many similarities during the last few years coincide with the escalating events already described by the final stage of this plot written in the hateful manuscript.

    Not the protests or the violence in the streets could ever stop this Plan relying on its long tentacles and on the short memory of the people.

    A new Direction begins with Wavevolution bridging through Science all people into the shores of Equality and beyond any border marked by Religions.

    Wavevolution is the only answer for the next War of Religion like also for those Jews, Christians and Muslims who want an alternative to their blind Belief of one Bible which they all share and that has always been the object of new and convenient interpretations (Talmud) since the past 3,000 years and still in our days to constantly justify its contents over the course of Time.

    http://www.wavevolution.org/en/humanwaves.html

  • October 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm
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    A two state solution is desperately needed in order for Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace. Unfortunately the last great effort for peace through the Oslo Accords was thrown under the bus in favor of conflict and instability.

  • October 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm
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    The Palestinians refused to agree to the Oslo accords. they have refused the two state solution from the beginning. Within eight hours of Israel becoming a country it was attacked on all sides. The original idea was for a two state solution and the Muslim nations refused to accept it.

    Wavetorre Only an absolute idiot tries to say that the Protocol of the Elders is from Jewish minds. It is insulting and people who believe this tend to be sick mentally ill neo-Nazi’s. I am surprised that the Rock River Times would even allow such a hateful comment to be posted.

    People who post that lie does for the sole purpose of promoting hate. Again no one who can think believes that trash is for real.

  • October 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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    The Oslo Accords was a Declaration of Principles and signed off by both Rabin (Israel)and Arafat(PLO)after several secret meetings in Norway. Rabin was killed by an Israeli extremist who felt Rabin conceded too much to the PLO and Arafat lost creditability by negotiating with Israel. Palestinians renewed attacks while Israel placed Netanyahu in office to stiffen their resistance to returning any occupied territory and make use of their military power.

  • October 16, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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    With regards to the “Protocols,” consider the following:
    a whole class of freshmen at the U of Illinois [in 1965], save two, thought that Johnathan Swift was making a serious proposal in “A Modest Proposal,” even after the professor spent an entire class period discussing the work [personal communication from a trusted friend who was there]. This leads me to wonder: was Machiavelli serious or sarcastic in “The Prince”? How is one to approach a written work like the Protocols or, for that matter, the Koran or the Bible?!
    Might I suggest, with great caution!

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