A local Marin woman hitched a ride with a peace group to stay with some Palestinians, and came back filled with useful information. Anna Rogers found “shocking . . . how much Arab land has been taken over and how crazily restrictive it is for the Palestinians.” That’s an interesting thing to say, of course, since in the last few years, Israel has been giving land back to the Palestinians. So considering that this is apparently her first trip to the Middle East, when she refers to being shocked at “how much Arab land has been taken over” she must mean “since the creation of Israel.” Or, in other words — Israelis should just get the Hell out of there.
As for the crazy restrictions, Rogers also thought it was so, so unfair that these poor Palestinians couldn’t move around freely. The article in which she is interviewed helpfully advises that there’s some kind rumor about these same Palestinians killing Israelis: “The Israeli government has said it established checkpoints to protect settlements from suicide bombers and other attackers.” (In a sane journalistic world, rather than attributing this statement to the Israeli government, as if it’s factually suspect, the reporter might actually have pointed out that it is in fact true that a huge number of Palestinians, trained from the cradle, are determined to kill Israeli civilians.)
Ms. Rogers is having none of this stupid Israeli government propaganda. She’s seen what’s going on in Israel with her own eyes, and assures us that it’s nothing to worry about:
Rogers said she visited a kibbutz near where rockets from Gaza are landing. She said the rockets are crude and usually miss their targets.
“They’re an annoyance,” Rogers said. “I think a lot of people were annoyed with Israel’s government for not making some kind of peace agreement with Gaza even though Hamas is there.”
Although I’m not thrilled about the reporter’s passive approach to the reason behind the Israeli checkpoints (see my comments, above), he gets full kudos for providing an opposing point of view. Thus, at the end of the article, a spokesman for a local Jewish group provides an intelligent counterpoint to Ms. Rogers’ insane blatherings:
But Michael Harris of San Rafael, one of the leaders of San Francisco Voice for Israel, a local advocacy group, said the situation constitutes more than “an annoyance.”
“I don’t think the residents of Larkspur would consider it a nuisance if 20 rockets a day were launched from Corte Madera into Larkspur. [The two communities are side by side.] Bad aim does not excuse that these rockets are designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to murder civilians.”
Harris noted that “Gaza is ruled by Hamas, which took over in a coup and has stated on multiple occasions that it has no interest whatsoever in peace with Israel. Its entire existence is predicated on the destruction of Israel.”
I find it impossible to come up with any excuse for Ms. Rogers’ attitude, which is that Israelis should just stand aside and let themselves be killed so that those nice Palestinians can . . . well, kill some more. What’s even more insane about her view is that, while in Gaza, she stayed with a Christian family, and yet somehow managed to remain entirely unaware of the horrors Muslim Gazans visit on their Christian compatriots. This is a lady whose head is firmly fixed in an ideological bubble, and she’s doing her best to spread her ignorance.
UPDATE: A few more of those “nuisances” rained down on Israel last night:
Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip bombarded southern Israel with dozens of mortars and rockets on Wednesday, sowing panic and despair there and burdening diplomatic efforts to revive an expired truce.
Ironically, while no Israelis were injured, those poor “militants” suffered some Ayers-ian accidents:
No Israelis were injured in the barrages. The attacks took a steeper toll in Gaza as explosives apparently misfired, wounding three civilians and killing two militants. One of the injured civilians works for a conflict resolution center.