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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Future Visions: Islamist and Israeli

Last week, we started studying future tense in Hebrew. The vehicle the teachers used was to ask the class how we would like to see the future. The first word offered was "shalom" or peace.

We built on that, talking about turning the desert of the Middle East back into the breadbasket it once was; about being able to take the train to Beirut, to Istanbul or to Alexandria; others wondered if they would someday see the great cities of Persia, or the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, the sites of Babylon and Ninevah. So much of Jewish history took place in this neighborhood, not merely in Israel but in the surrounding lands, and perhaps too optimistically, the mostly-young college aged group in my class hoped that peace would become a reality, and that normal intercourse with our Arab, Persian and Turkish neighbors will develop.

Several of our teachers are studying Arabic themselves and are involved in human rights activities here in Jerusalem.

Contrast this with the future visions of Islamism, which has coined the Newspeak word "martyrdom" as a substitute for what it really is: mass murder of civilians. The poison on the airwaves of Hamastan, of Hezbollah, of Iran and their allies is genocidal, and the horror of it is the way they indoctrinate young children to believe that mass murder is a religious duty and that Jews deserve death. Annihilating The Jews .

This month, Mickey Mouse (aka Farfur) on Palestinian children's programming called for jihad and martyrdom, before being murdered by an anonymous evil Israeli. Just the stuff you want your three-to-five age group watching. The unending calls for small children to be heroic by blowing themselves up in acts of mass murder doesn't seem to attract the attention of the UN Human Rights Commission or any other NGO ostensibly interested in child welfare or human rights.

The United Nations website actually sets forth its position on indoctrinating children to mass murder and genocide in its commentary on the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

...[T]he Convention is a universally agreed set of non-negotiable standards and obligations. These basic standards—also called human rights—set minimum entitlements and freedoms that should be respected by governments. They are founded on respect for the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origins, wealth, birth status or ability and therefore apply to every human being everywhere. With these rights comes the obligation on both governments and individuals not to infringe on the parallel rights of others. These standards are both interdependent and indivisible; we cannot ensure some rights without—or at the expense of—other rights.

Here is a small sample of what the Convention on the Rights of the Child says:

(a){C}hildren, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that {they} can fully assume {their} responsibilities within the community;
Recognizing that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding,
Considering that the child should be fully prepared to live an individual life in society, and {be} brought up in the spirit of the ideals proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, and in particular in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity,

Article 6

States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life.
States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.


Right. The Palestinians want a state but promote mass murder to toddlers and preschoolers in contravention of UN policy and basic human dignity. And the UN Commission on Human Rights focuses on Israel?

Article 14
1. States Parties shall respect the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
2. States Parties shall respect the rights and duties of the parents and, when applicable, legal guardians, to provide direction to the child in the exercise of his or her right in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child.
3. Freedom to manifest one's religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or morals, or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.


Presumably this means that the UN frowns on calling for the genocide of others, including Jews. Is there an NGO or UN body out there willing to point out that freedom of religious expression does NOT include calls for mass murder of, among others, other children?

The Jihadi Mouse Farfur and his cousin the Jihadi Bee who has replaced the "martyred" Mouse are instruments of outrageous child abuse according to the UN's own stated protocols :

[The Convention] spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation...

So where is the outcry from Human Rights organizations? Where is B'tselem? Or Human Rights Watch? Or Amnesty International?

So there you have it. According to the United Nations, Israel is "disproportionate" in responding to Hamas's and Hezbollah's indiscriminate rocket attacks on civilians but NOT ONE WORD is breathed about the distinction between Israeli education and Arab education: Israel raises children who express a desire for peace, a desire to "green" otherwise barren and abused lands, who are fiercely protective of human rights and often turn out to protest against any perceived violation of those rights, and who wish to live as equals in the Middle East among their Arab peers.

On the other side of the blue and green lines, Arab education harps on mass slaughter of Jews and other non-Moslems in the name of Holy War in order to establish a Caliphate where only heterosexual Moslem males will have rights, where women and children are chattel, and gays and lesbians deserving of painful death.

Maybe the UN (along with AP, BBC, Amnesty, and the rest of the Arab Amen Chorus) should focus less on the amount of ordnance used and more on the stated goals and educational methodology of the Israelis and the Arabs. Maybe it will dawn on them that the state of war in this neighborhood is ocassioned more by Arab Hate Education than by a reluctant Israeli occupation of terror centers.

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