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On Monday, Jan. 31 st., a 10-year-old Arab girl was killed by gunfire, and her death was initially blamed on the IDF by PA and UN officials. The girl was shot as she stood outside a UN-sponsored school in Rafiah, Gaza. Suspicion surrounded the initial claims that the IDF was responsible for the girl's death due to the fact that no IDF activity had taken place anywhere near the school. It was later revealed by the Ynet news agency that hundreds of shots had been fired into the air by Muslims celebrating the departure of friends and family on the Hajj, a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Islam's holy cities, Mecca and Medina - incumbent upon every Muslim. The girl was killed when one of the bullets struck her in the head.
The "information" that the IDF had "killed a Palestinian child" was out in the news. Then came a quiet correction, en passant, but that had no impact on public opinion. People heard the "information" but barely noticed the correction. It is a familiar pattern.
There are many reasons why European public opinion is so antagonistic toward Israel, but one of them is the manipulation of media and information by Israel's foes. Which brings me to the sad irony of this week's commemoration events of the liberation of Auschwitz.
(Last) week, Europe asked forgiveness for the killing of 6 million Jews. But it cannot forgive itself for Israel's existence. This is the sad and tragic irony of Europeans asking forgiveness for a crime that happened in the first place because of Europe's irrational attitude toward the Jews. Unfortunately, this irrationality hasn't changed.
Most Europeans now subscribe to the belief that the Arab-Israeli conflict is the source of Islamic terrorism, and that this conflict is still going on because of Israel's stubbornness and territorial grid. It's very simple: Israel wants land but doesn't want peace, and this is why it humiliates the Palestinians and nurtures a conflict that in turn angers 1 billion Muslims that are getting nasty in Europe and elsewhere. And Bush doesn't want to put pressure on Israel because he is a fundamentalist Christian (the moron happens to believe in God) and his advisors are all Jewish neoconservatives. Voila.
It is time for Israel and pro-Israel advocates to explain to Europeans that far from being Europe's enemy for allegedly nurturing Islamic violence, Israel is actually fighting an ideology that is threatening Europe itself and that it is time for Europe to wake up.
How do you explain that to Europeans? With the following quotes and facts.
People often ask me what's wrong with the Europeans when it comes to Israel. The answer is that Europe has been colonized demographically and culturally for the past thirty years. Try and have a rational conversation in a public forum in Europe today on Islam or on Israel. It's impossible.
Europe is no longer a place where you can freely think and debate in public as far as topics like Islam or Israel are concerned. As Italian author Oriana Fallaci wrote in her recent book The Force of Reason: "The war that Islam has declared to the West is not a military war. It is a cultural war. A war, as Tocqueville would have said, aimed not at our body but at our soul." Europeans should be thankful to America and Israel for fighting this war instead of blaming them for all of the world's ills.
The fact that more and more Europeans have integrated the basic messages of Islamic propaganda is indicative of the power of "intellectual terrorism." As "business ambassadors" you can and should help Europeans to wake up --for their own good and ours.
BNIC is a non-profit organization whose
purpose is to improve Israel's international image and business
presence. Through BNIC, Israel's business leaders and communications
specialists join their resources, talents and efforts to counter the
international de-legitimization and defamation campaign orchestrated
against the State of Israel.
Thanks are due to IsrAlert (www.isralert.com) for bring this
article to our attention.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon is CEO, The Business Network for International Cooperation (BNIC), which is located in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Contact BNIC by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 972-3-645-5053. Its website address is http://www.bnic.org
BNIC is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve Israel's international image and business presence. Through BNIC, Israel's business leaders and communications specialists join their resources, talents and efforts to counter the international de-legitimization and defamation campaign orchestrated against the State of Israel.
Thanks are due to IsrAlert (www.isralert.com) for bring this article to our attention.
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