Friday, December 12, 2014

Quotes From the Honest Guru

Every task seems easy, when you are not an expert

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The best article on the Israeli-Muslim conflict

"The world is not responding to events in Israel, but rather to the description of these events by news organizations."

This link is by far the best article for anyone who truly wants to understand the world bias against Israeli in the Israeli-Muslim conflict.

An anti-Israeli protest in Paris

Saturday, August 16, 2014

An Arab mother's sacrifice

The Israeli doctor tells a Palestinian mother that he has just saved her son's life. Her answer:
"Thank you for saving his life. Now I can raise him to be a martyr to kill you."

Welcome to understanding the Middle East mind

Friday, August 15, 2014

Why do they hate Israel so much?

This is a re-post of a blog I posted in 2010. Other than another 400,000 Muslim killed by Muslims since this was posted, nothing much seemed to have change.

I have just returned from a couple of weeks in Europe – a continent in distress. The financial crisis is felt in every city in Europe, and may result in default on debt of some of the European countries. It may even lead to the collapse of the EU altogether. Iran’s plans to continue with its nuclear program will soon put Europe in the range of the Iranian nuclear warheads. The rise of extreme Islam in Europe threatens to change the face of Europe and the European culture forever. Many real problems that may threaten the European lifestyle, and yet anti-Israel sentiment is still prevalent.

My question is why? Why is anti-Israel sentiment high on the public agenda in a continent with so many urgent problems? Is Israel really such a risk to Europe, or alternatively, are Israel’s actions so horrific that Europe simply cannot ignore them for moral reasons, and put then high on the agenda, despite the more urgent problems?

Let’s look at some facts. Israel’s birth at 1948 was out of war. Like most other wars it’s controversial, and there are numerous viewpoints and interpretations of the events. Undoubtedly, both sides had their fair share of atrocities. Yet, no other birth of a nation has created such one-sided hatred.

Nowadays the existence of Israel is a fact. None of those who took part in the birth of the country is in a position of power any longer. Most of them are dead. So even those who feel that Israel birth was in sin must admit that most living Israelis had nothing to do with the birth of their country. Yet they are still a target of hatred.

There is no doubt that the Arab-Israeli conflict is ugly. There is no doubt that this has been a horrible war in which both sides have committed many atrocities. But there is also little doubt that either side is the sole responsible. The situation is rather hopeless, and nobody, absolutely nobody, has a solution. Yet, Israel is hated.

The Arab-Israeli conflict is far from being the bloodiest conflict in the world. It’s far from having the worse record of atrocities. Let’s, for example, look at some numbers (all taken from the Historical atlas of 20th century Matthew White):

The total death toll of the Israeli Arab conflict in over 100 years claimed about 60,000 people, out of which 7,000 Arabs were killed in the 40 years of occupation. It’s a horrible number indeed. However, in the same period 83 million people were killed as a result of tyranny and genocide. That is, Israel has been responsible for 0.07% of all such killings. Not so bad considering that the country has been in a war the entire period. Let’s compare it to other countries:

In China 40 million were killed under Mao
In Russia 20 million were killed under Stalin
Sudan conflict has consumed 225,000 lives
Somalia 400,000
Romania 150,000
Cambodia 225,000
Algeria 100,000 (fundamentalist Moslem insurrection only, not including the Algerian war)
Kurdistan 300,000
Liberia 150,000
Angola 550,000
Philippines 50,000

Not that these numbers justify the Arab-Israeli war, but one must wonder why the hatred in the European street is focused on Israel rather than on Algeria or Angola, for instance.

How come Israeli scholars are banned from many English academic conferences? Why don’t they ban Burmese, Sudanese or Chinese? And why, when any Muslim decides to detonate a bomb anywhere in the world, let it be London or Bali, calls against Israel are heard?

Is the very same attitude that that led the English to blame the Polish when they were first occupied by Hitler? That is blaming the bombers may lead to more religious hatred, and more bombs, while blaming Israel is safe. After all, no bomb, suicide bomber, airplane hijacking by an Israeli has ever taken place?

Or maybe it’s just the same good old anti-semitism under disguise: “we don’t hate Jews any more; it’s Israel that we hate”?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Why Can't Israel Reach Peace?

It's much worse if you speak Arabic, or can read French. And yet, for many who prefer to ignore the facts on the ground, Israel is the only side to blame for the never ending state of war. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Modern Day Mystery

The sign was easy enough to understand

 Then I opened the door