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Anti-Semitism Must Be Defeated at Home and Abroad

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Anti-Semitism Must Be Defeated at Home and Abroad

On 05.16.19 09:54 AM posted by Rep. Michael Cloud

Israel is under attack—bothin its own homeland and in ours.

One week, The New York Timesruns an anti-Semitic cartoon. The next week, Hamas launches 600 rocket attacksagainst Israel.

These are merely some of themore recent occurrences in an ongoing effort by the globalanti-Israel community—which now includes members of our own Congress—todelegitimize and destroy one of our most reliable allies and to bolster aterrorist regime that harms Israelis and Palestinians alike.

Israel’s opponents employ ahost of double standards. Hamas attempts to kill as many Israeli civiliansas possible through indiscriminate rocket attacks, yet international outrage isdirected at Israel’s precision strikes—in self-defense—against militarytargets that seek to minimize civilian casualties.

But just imagine if the situation were reversed, if Israel’s enemies were the ones who held a decisive military advantage. Hamas would without a doubt destroy Israel if only they had the capability, but Israel time and again has shown exceptional restraint in seeking peace.

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When President Donald Trump rightlyfollowed through on our longstanding commitment to move the U.S Embassy fromTel Aviv to Jerusalem, the anti-Israel community insistedthat Israel be the only nation on earth denied the right to determineits own capital.

The United Nations falselyaccuses Israel of human rights violations while ignoring actual humanrights violations committed by nations like Cuba, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia,all of which sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Here in the United States, anti-Semitic attacks, including at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue and last month at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California, have led to a growing unease among Jewish communities.

Even in Congress,anti-Semitic statements have become a regular occurrence, with members such asRep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., characterizing Jews in Israel as usingmoney and hypnotism to control world leaders—slurs that have centuries-oldanti-Semitic roots.

House leadership recently hadthe opportunity to pass a resolution condemning anti-Semitism, yet lacked thecourage to stand up to these vocal anti-Semitic members, opting instead to passa vaguely worded resolution against “hatred” in general.

Just this week, in an attempt to smear Israel, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., made the wildly inaccurate claim that Palestinians provided “safe haven” to Jewish refugees, when in fact Palestinian leaders (including the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini) allied themselves with Hitler and attempted to bar entry to those fleeing persecution.

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Ever since, terrorist groupslike Hamas have waged violence against Israel, with the recent rocketattacks being only the latest instance. And to do this day, the Palestinian Authority compensates many who areimprisoned for acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens, along with manyfamilies of terrorists who died committing such acts.

But what theblame-Israel-first crowd refuses to acknowledge is that Hamas is responsiblenot just for violence against Israel, but for victimizing Palestiniansthemselves. The terrorist organization has not allowed legitimate elections totake place since it took over Gaza in 2007. And the Palestinian people havepaid dearly—both materially and with their lives—for multiple wars started byHamas against Israel.

In fact, hundreds of fed-up Gaza residents recently protested their government’s actions, and were fired on by Hamas forces.

Hamas also consistentlymisuses funds that could be used to benefit the Palestinian people, insteadchoosing to fund terrorism. Hamas spent $90 million to build tunnels for use interrorist attacks—money that could have funded thousands of homes or hundredsof medical clinics.

And if that weren’t enough to demonstrate Hamas’ true priorities, consider that they routinely use Palestinian residents as human shields, firing rockets at*Israel*from schools, mosques, and hospitals in order to maximize their own civilian casualties and win international sympathy when*Israel*responds in self-defense.*

We recently recognizedHolocaust Remembrance Day, and social media was filled with messages of#NeverAgain—even as Israel’s enemies plotted its destruction andanti-Semitic voices in our own nation condemned Israel’s acts of self-defense.

Israel is a committedally and a reliable friend of the United States, one that shares our commitmentto peace and liberty. America must continue both tosupport Israel against foreign threats and to stand up against anti-Semitismhere at home.

The post Anti-Semitism Must Be Defeated at Home and Abroad appeared first on The Daily Signal.

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