HANANIA: Israel hides immoral conduct behind Congressional hypocrisy, For Immediate Release, March 7, 2008
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Israel hides immoral conduct behind Congressional hypocrisy
By Ray Hanania — This week, the U.S. Congress once again threw kerosene on Middle East violence and suffering, insuring the violence will continue, not end. Approved 404 to 1, House Resolution 951 is filled with dozens of paragraphs condemning Hamas and its rocket attacks against Israel, while defending Israel’s government response which has killed scores of innocent Palestinian men, women and children. The end result is that by playing one-sided politics, Congress is helping to destroy Israel and all hope moderate Palestinians have for their own secular, independent state.
Congress included these two mandatory, politically motivated lines in Resolution 951 to help Israel’s government justify its killing of innocent Palestinians civilians:
“Whereas the Government of Israel’s military operations in Gaza only target Hamas and other terrorist organizations;
“Whereas the inadvertent inflicting of civilian casualties as a result of defensive military operations aimed at military targets, while deeply regrettable, is not at all morally equivalent to the deliberate targeting of civilian populations as practiced by Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist groups.”
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Hamas is a terrorist organization. It is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. It is dedicated to the creation of an Islamic state. And it’s policies have been designed to prevent peace based on compromise.
But Israel’s government policies haven’t been much better.
The difference is Hamas is not hypocritical about their actions. They openly denounce Israel and justify their violence. The Israeli government, on the other hand, plays a shell game supporting peace but employing policies that undermine peace. The Israeli government continues to confiscate Palestinian lands in the West Bank. They have killed 10 times more civilians in their responses to Hamas attacks than Hamas has killed Israelis.
If Israel’s goal has been to kill the terrorists and avoid killing innocent civilians, as the House Resolution asserts, then Israel has failed miserably. And no politically motivated resolutions can hide that fact!
Since last week, three Israelis were killed and more than 100 Palestinians, almost all civilians, were killed, too. You didn’t see the pictures, hopes or dreams of the Palestinian victims splashed across emotion-driven media, but you read every detail about the Israeli victims.
Among the Palestinian civilians killed by Israel’s military were dozens of children blown to pieces. Mothers and fathers had their heads blown off. Civilian homes were destroyed and whole neighborhoods were devastated.
But the cowardly Congress dared not address that in their politically motivated and immoral outrage.
The conflict has been going on for 60 years. It didn’t start last week, as Israel and the Congress pretend. They ignore years of injustice against Palestinians.
Hamas has been firing rockets into Israel because Israel has been firing rockets, missiles, bombs and bullets into the Gaza Strip even after allegedly leaving. They never really left. They are like the prison guards. Israel controls an economic strangulation that has been devastating to the 1.4 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Israel controls how much food, water, electricity and gasoline gets into the Gaza Strip and they have been using that control to punish Palestinian civilians hoping that pain and suffering will force the Palestinian civilians to reject Hamas.
Israel’s uncontrolled retaliations against Hamas which kill scores of civilians is feeding Hamas’ terrorism. Israel’s government hypocrisy is expediting the day when the Islamicists will one day destroy Israel. But in destroying Israel, Palestinian, Arab and Muslim moderates also know Hamas will also destroy hopes for an independent, secular Palestinian state.
Just because Hamas has killed civilians, it doesn’t give Israel’s government the right to kill Palestinian civilians. The reality is Israel’s soldiers also live and work right in the heart of the civilian population and is in fact a civilian-based military.
If Hamas actions are terrorism for killing civilians, then so too are Israel’s current government policies. Only one member of congress had the courage to speak to Congress’s action which is feeding the violence.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul said: “Mr. Speaker I rise in opposition to H. Res. 951, a resolution to condemn Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. As one who is consistently against war and violence, I obviously do not support the firing of rockets indiscriminately into civilian populations. I believe it is appalling that Palestinians are firing rockets that harm innocent Israelis, just as I believe it is appalling that Israel fires missiles into Palestinian areas where children and other non-combatants are killed and injured. Unfortunately, legislation such as this is more likely to perpetuate violence in the Middle East than contribute to its abatement. It is our continued involvement and intervention – particularly when it appears to be one-sided – that reduces the incentive for opposing sides to reach a lasting peace agreement.”
Ron Paul has proven to be the only moral voice among an immoral gaggle of cowardly congressmen. He is the only member who consistently embraces a peace based on compromise and justice. His voice gives moderates hope while the Congress only pours kerosene on the fire.
Resolution 951 is driven by politics not fact. Hamas terrorists don’t hide behind civilians. They stand up and face Israel’s brutality fearlessly and out in the open.
Thanks to the brutality and terrorism of Israel’s government, and the one-sided hypocrisy of the U.S. Congress, Hamas actions are gaining support among the Palestinians, in the Arab World and with the growing Islamicist movement.
Tragically, thanks to Israel’s reckless government and congressional hypocrisy, that Islamicist movement will one day destroy Israel, and with it all hope for an independent and secular Palestinian State, too.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist and author. He can be reached at www.ArabWritersGroup.com.)
Here is the House Resolution:
http://cnifoundation.org/images/stories/HR_951.pdfHere is Congressman Paul’s Response:
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Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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