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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

How to Marginalize Hate and Hostility

            I believe that most people in the world have heard of the devastating treatment of two Democrat members of the U.S. House of Representatives who were denied entrance into Israel. How dare Israel stop them when all they wanted to do is weaken Israel?

Last week authorities chose to deny Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar entrance into Israel based on their history. The two Muslim women are aggressive supporters of the boycott, divest, and sanction (BDS) movement against Israel. Tlaib says that the BDS movement is a freedom movement. However, it is an attempt to strangle the economics of Israel in reality.

            The two women are open in their hostility and hate in their desire to destroy Israel. Any logical person can understand why Israel denied entrance to them. Why would the women be allowed to enter when their stated objective is to destroy Israel? Besides, their itinerary said that it was a trip to “Palestine” (non-existence country) and not to “Israel.” The whole idea of the trip makes no sense whatsoever!

            In order to understand the absurdity of Tlaib calling the BDS movement a freedom movement, we must look no further than an annual report published by Freedom House. According to Star Parker, this nonpartisan organization ranks “nations around the world according to freedom – measuring political rights and civil liberties in each country.” The countries are put in one of three categories: “free,” “partly free,” and “not free.”

In the region that Freedom House calls Middle East and North Africa, there are 21 countries and territories, and only two are ranked free, Israel and Tunisia, with Israel receiving the highest total freedom score in the region.

The total population of the region is 420 million, and of the 420 million, 5% are free, including Israel’s tiny population of 8.9 million.

So freedom is the exception rather than the rule in the Middle East, and Israel is the shining light. Yet Israel is the only country in the region that seems to bother Tlaib and Omar.

            Parker continues by explaining that the West Bank (the home of Tlaib’s grandmother) and Gaza are not sovereign nations. However, Freedom House includes them in the freedom rankings as territories. They are both in the “not free” category and sit at “rock bottom.” She continues by explaining that Israel does not control the government in the two territories and that they are governed by the Palestinian Authority. Even though the Palestinians “have control over their own affairs, they choose to live under a corrupt, un-free regime” and blame Israel for their dire circumstances.

According to the Pew Research Center, there are 49 Muslim-majority countries in the world. Two, per Freedom House, are free. But what bothers Tlaib and Omar is the world’s single Jewish country, Israel, which is free.

            I agree with Parker when she says that a reasonable person would “admire and want to help others emulate the social and economic miracle that Israelis have created in their young country.” It becomes clearer by the day that Tlaib and Omar are not reasonable because they continue to “spread hate and blame” instead of admiration for Israel. Tlaib and Omar show the truth of the words of former prime minister of Israel, Golda Meir. She said more than 60 years ago, “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” Those were powerful words when she said them, and they are more true today.

            Tlaib and Omar are hate-mongers who are attempting to use their positions as members of the United States House of Representatives to further the agenda of their ancestral nations: destroy Israel or die trying. President Donald Trump is right in pointing out that these hateful women are now the face of the Democrat party, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is right to deny them entrance into Israel. Hate and hostility must always be marginalized in order to insure peace and tranquility.

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