‘Why the hypocrisy?’ When It Comes To Israel, It’s An Ironic Question
The recent spate of terrorist attacks across Europe, with jihadists using vehicles and knives to maim and kill innocent civilians appear to be waking some European governments up to the reality that the so-called ‘charities’ they support are, in fact, supporting incitement to hate. According to a recent article in Israel Hayom, the governments of Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands and Sweden have frozen funding to a Palestinian NGO called WATC because of its involvement with a terrorist who murdered dozens of Israelis.
It’s a start, and quite a satisfying one at that, given that two years ago, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom publicly called for a “thorough investigation in order to bring about accountability” of Israeli security forces carrying out “extra-judicial killings” of Palestinian terrorists.
Her hypocritical call, given that she’d never called for such accountability from any other country who had experienced terrorist attacks, came at the height of a particularly intensive and vicious “car and stabbing intifada” within Israel, with Hamas and Palestinian Authority leaders urging their followers to use accelerators and knives to spill as much Jewish blood as possible.Palestinians duly took to the streets with knives, scissors, cars and guns, while social media was aflame with violent videos and graphics encouraging them to “Hit the gas at 199 [km/h] for Al-Aqsa” and sing happily along to lyrics such as “Run over the two-month-old-baby – that is how we get them” and “He began fighting with a car, running over them like rabbits.”
Any of this sound familiar? Is Europe finally realising that Israel is the canary in the coalmine? Or is the move by the above governments too little, too late? It’s a sobering question, especially given the Palestinian Authority has paid out some $1.2 billion in “salaries” over the past four years to terrorists and their families, otherwise known as the “Martyrs Fund.”
The Israeli legal system is as robust as any other democratic country and anyone can call for a hearing or bring a case against the State if there has been a miscarriage of justice. But many European countries, including Ireland, fund NGOs working outside and within Israel which cause the State unprecedented amounts of interference and damage, particularly when it comes to the matters of the law.
According to NGO Monitor in 2015 the Irish government provided direct funding of €720,000 to Israeli and Palestinian NGOs and over €32 million in funding to Irish and international NGOs involved in anti-Israel activities. Among these NGOs are PCHR, Yesh Din and Al-Haq, leaders in anti-Israel “lawfare” who propose sabotaging the Israeli court system by “flooding [it] with petitions in the hope of obstructing its functioning and resources.”
And closer to home, in June of this year Trócaire launched a video, petition and street display accusing Israel of denying Palestinians “their right to freedom of movement”, in a direct response to Israel’s need for security checkpoints due to the terrorism that has killed hundreds of Israelis and maimed scores more.
All the while, European governments are continually reviewing their security measures and there is a noticeable increase in armed police and soldiers on the streets of UK, France and Belgium. Only this week the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, issued a statement promising “if someone runs in St. Mark’s Square screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ we’ll shoot him.” Here’s a quick reminder of the recent spate of terrorist attacks within Europe where the terrorists were shot dead by security forces:
August 25 2017: In Brussels, a machete-wielding man was shot dead by soldiers after he attacked them shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
August 17 2017: The Barcelona terror attacks killed 14 people when a terrorist ploughed a van into a crowd killing 13 and injuring more than 100. Police shot dead five terrorists after a second attack in Cambrils, a coastal town south of Barcelona.
June 3 2017: The London Bridge terror attack killed 8 people and injured many others. Three knifemen were shot dead by police after mowing down pedestrians and going on a killing spree at pubs and restaurants.
April 20 2017: A police officer was gunned down on the Champs Elysses in Paris. The attacker was shot dead by police.
March 27 2017: Khalid Masood mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing 4 and injuring others. He then fatally stabbed a police officer. Masood was shot dead by armed police.
February 3 2017: A knifeman was shot while trying to attack a group of soldiers with a machete while guarding the Louvre in Paris.
July 26 2016: Armed men slit the throat of an elderly priest after storming a church in Normandy. Police shot dead the attackers.
July 14 2016: A terrorist rammed a lorry into people watching a fireworks display to mark Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing 84 and injuring hundreds others. The attacker was shot dead by police.
There are no calls for accountability or claims of extra-judicial killings for any of the above, and rightly so. But why the hypocrisy? When it comes to Israel, it’s an ironic question.
Are our government leaders listening? It might be timely to remind them of Israel’s former Ambassador to the United States Ron Prosor’s comments in November 2014: “A person doesn’t just wake up one day and decide to stab someone or ram his car into a crowd of people. These attacks are the results of years of anti-Israel indoctrination and the glorification of so-called martyrs. The incitement is everywhere. In schools, mosques and media, the Palestinian Authority is glorifying terrorists and celebrating attacks on Jews and Israelis.”
The canary in the coalmine. You get the idea.