After Gaza

Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk


Ethnic Cleansing

The government of Israel has now removed 9,000 Jews from the Gaza area of Israel. This in response to the Arab demand that they cannot establish a 23rd state called Palestine (after the long extinct Philistines) unless not one Jew lives among them. In short, the Arabs want to be Judenrein, cleansed of Jews, as the Germans called the policy.

It is of course ridiculous and unjust to compare the evacuation of the Gaza Jews to the deportation of the European Jews to death camps. Nevertheless, it is a tragedy which must not be repeated. Evidently, the haters and killers are not satisfied. On the contrary. Even now, as Israeli soldiers evacuate Jewish homes for the use of the haters and killers, the anti-Jewish propagandists demand more. The evidence is that Israel cannot satisfy the racists and religious bigots because they will not be satisfied. Only if all Jews were to be kicked our of all of Israel would they stop their demands, unless of course they would then want to murder the Jews of America, Europe and other communities. In short, the Gaza experience proves that the Arabs cannot be satisfied and that no sacrifice by Israel is ever enough to appease them. Like Hitler before them, they want more and more blood, murder and destruction.

Look around you. The Arabs kill each other in Iraq and in Egypt. The Muslims kill each other in Indonesia and slaughtered Christians in Nigeria and the Philippines and Hindus in India. Wherever there are Arabs or Muslims there is hatred, murder and bloodshed.

Since Israel has removed all Jews from Gaza we have a right to ask that the Palestinian entity remove all Arabs from Israel. Now the 1 million Arabs living in the land to which they migrated for the sake of collecting benefits they did not earn should go to Gaza, into their own land, and live there with their brethren.

The Palestinians and the haters also complain that Israel has built a wall to keep the killers out. Only last week the Lutheran church voted that Israel must remove the wall. The wall, they say, inconveniences the Arabs. Indeed it does. It makes it inconvenient to get into Israel and kill Jews at will. Of course, we cannot expect much more from our Lutheran brethren, whose founder, Martin Luther, wrote On the Jews and their Lies and Vom Schem Hamphorach, a book I translated into English (The Jew in Christian Theology by Falk is in all libraries). In both books Luther rants against Jews and advocates the burning of synagogues and the expulsion of all Jews from Germany.

The Nazi killers regularly published excerpts from Luther’s writings in their anti-Jewish newspapers such as Der Stürmer. Today, Arab newspapers all over the Arab world republish these stories and cartoons and repeat all the medieval horror stories concerning Jews garnered from European sources.

The lesson is clear. Never again. Israel cannot afford to give the killers another inch, for nothing satisfies them except another Holocaust. As the murderers now scream: “Terror pays”.

Shalom u'vracha.

Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including Football & American Identity (2005) & Youth Culture and the Generation Gap (2005) with Dr. Ursula A. Falk.

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