March 20, 2007

The New Blood Libel

From The New Blood Libel:

The alleged bloodthirst among the Jews is a classic anti-Semitic myth, known as the blood libel, that has been used over the years to justify the actual killing of many actual Jews. Here's the two-time Pulitzer-winner, Nicholas Kristof, in Sunday's New York Times: "B'Tselem...reports that last year Palestinians killed 17 Israeli civilians...and six Israeli soldiers. In the same period, B'Tselem said, Israeli forces killed 660 Palestinians."

Aside from the fact that Israel was being attacked by the Palestinians after withdrawing to the 1967 borders of the Gaza Strip, here's some context that Kristof left out. B'Tselem is funded by German church groups, the governments of Switzerland and the EU, and the same Ford Foundation that underwrote the anti-Israel agitation that preceded the UN's Durban conference.

Moreover, the statistics Kristof cites don't include Israelis killed by other Arab terrorists working in league with the Palestinian Arabs and funded by the same Iranian terror master. In 2006, that included 43 Israeli civilians and 117 Israeli soldiers who were killed in the war with Lebanese-based Hizbullah.

The B'Tselem statistics do include - but Kristof omits - the 55 Palestinian Arabs killed in 2006 by other Palestinian Arabs. Nor does Kristof's selective use of statistics include the Americans and others who were killed by Palestinian Arab terrorists, such as Daniel Wultz, 16, from Florida who was slain in a 2006 suicide attack in Tel Aviv.

The fact is that he writes at a time when a war against the Jews is underway. It is a war in which the American people have stood with Israel for three generations. The reason is that Americans are wise enough to understand which side in the war against the Jews shares our values - and to sort out the truth from the libels.