Tuesday, July 17, 2018

An opportunity, if we grab it, and then get lucky

Sar Shalom

Within the past week, the Democratic nominee for Congress in New York's 14th District, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, gave an interview in which she excoriated Israel and then admitted that she is not an expert on geopolitics. While it still would have been preferable to keep Crowley, her understated admission about her lack of knowledge about the Middle East exposes a possible opening through which to educate her. Trying to educate her may have no effect, but we know what the effect of not acting will be, and successfully educating her would create a prominent Kasim Hafeez.

The first thing to note in how to educate her is that the standard practice of talking about Israel's contributions in technology, gay rights, or international relief are not going to cut. They simply do not answer the charge that Israel is arbitrarily denying the Palestinians basic life provisions, rather they argue that other aspects of Israel's actions should outweigh that. What's needed is to directly attack the notion that Israel is that sort of oppressor. With that objective, Ocasio-Cortes should be offered a tour of COGAT where she would be able to see what provisions Israel makes to provide the Palestinians with water and relief supplies. After that, she should get a tour of the IDF's MAG headquarters to learn about the IDF's rules of engagement and the role of the MAGs in micromanaging the soldiers' targeting of Palestinian terrorists.

A final stop on her tour would be to meet Meira Ovadia, who at one point at least, if not currently, worked for Palestinian Media Watch. She could tell Ms. Ocasio-Cortes how she grew up in Egypt believing all the tales Ocasio-Cortes does about Israel's evil, because that what was how everyone indoctrinated her. However, her family was Jewish. Even though her family kept that fact so secret that she did not know until vigilantes uncovered their secret. The fact that she adopted their attitudes towards Israel and that her family was secretive about being Jewish was no protection, they could not remain in Egypt and made plans to leave for Israel three days after. After high school in Israel, she start to work at PMW where she was saturated with Palestinian news and entertainment shows. It was only through her PMW-coworkers that she learned how Israel's supposed persecution of the Palestinians for no purpose, as depicted PA TV broadcasts about a 13 year old shot by the IDF, left out the fact that this Palestinian "victim" had stabbed someone just before being shot. Through stories like this, she could show Ocasio-Cortes how the narrative of the persecuting Israeli is a pack of lies.

This full package might fail to change Ocasio-Cortes' approach. However, the lack of cost if it does not, and the potential benefit if it does, suggest it worth trying.

11 comments:

  1. Trouble is, she IS learning about Israel.....from ACTIVISTS. You know where that will lead.

    http://freebeacon.com/politics/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-support-two-state-solution-three-days/

    "Are you still for a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine?" asked host Amy Goodman.

    "You know, I think this is a conversation that I'm engaging with with activists right now," she responded. "Because this is a huge– especially over this weekend. This is a conversation that I'm sitting down with lots of activists in this movement on, and I'm looking forward to engaging in this conversation."

    Activists=Israel (and often Jew) haters.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Amy Goodman from "Democracy Now!" lol
      The question she posed is instructive to the kind of "conversations" these types have: "Are you still for a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine?"

      Now!, what are the acceptable alternatives at Democracy Now!

      Delete
  2. She can't possibly wear the socialist brand without Jew hatred. PARTICULARLY in NYC. The "DSA" supports BDS and not in a halfassed way. Her biggest supporter on the NYC council is Thomas Lopez-Pierre who ran on the single issue to kick the Jews (Greedy Kike Landlords was the term he used) out of the 7th city district.

    ReplyDelete
  3. No offense. Wishful thinking. She will ruin herself. Her extremism and the fact she doesn't seem very smart. Her compatriots will not listen, let alone hear. Before the third word they commence the attack to silence by raising the scepter of racism and the like.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Could someone answer, what is the harm of trying to do what I say? The latest revelations show that the odds are even longer than I initially estimated. It's not a reason not to try to get to her before she goes to school from her fellow activists.

    If she refuses, then let the vitriol fly.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The harm is that is that it's a waste of time, it shows weakness and it demands nothing of the other side.

      Delete
  5. Even so-called “moderate” Muslims, who do not agree with these jihadists’ devotion to the purest form of Islam or their terror tactics, respect their passion and commitment.

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (Introduction Chapter, page 3) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

    MICROBIOGRAPHY: Brigitte Gabriel, the author of They Must Be Stopped, is a Christian Arab, born in Lebanon. Arabic is her native language.

    PERSONAL COMMENT:

    The Arab/Muslim terrorists who destroyed the World Trade Center on 2001/9/11 were ALL from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which were both universally accepted as moderate Arab/Muslim nations at that time.

    ReplyDelete
  6. “According to the original law of Mohammed, there are no innocent civilians.

    Radical Islamists consider all people — in or out of military uniform — who do not believe in the original Islam of Mohammed, to be the enemy, until they convert or are subjected to Islamic law.”

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (Introduction Chapter, page 3) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

    MICROBIOGRAPHY: Brigitte Gabriel, the author of They Must Be Stopped, is a Christian Arab, born in Lebanon. Arabic is her native language.

    ReplyDelete
  7. “In our efforts to appease radical Islam, we accept blame for its iniquities, or blame them on Israel. We pressure Israel to offer land-for-peace, naively assuming that radical Islam will stop thirsting for our blood.

    But history teaches otherwise: appeasement through territorial concession only strengthens the aggressor.

    In the run-up to World War II, Hitler understood this principle far better than did Chamberlain. The British Prime Minister served up Czechoslovakia to his German counterpart in exchange for peace, only to be repaid with war.

    But there is an even more dangerous lesson that appeasement teaches:

    It tells our enemy that there is no need to compromise with us.

    Whether in Israel, Spain, or Britain, appeasement hands radical Islam all the cards and says that we will play by its rules, [and] that concessions will come from our side.”

    SOURCE: They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It (Introduction Chapter, page 9) by Brigitte Gabriel, year 2008, year 2010, St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, ISBN 0312571283, ISBN 9780312571283.

    MICROBIOGRAPHY: Brigitte Gabriel, the author of They Must Be Stopped, is a Christian Arab, born in Lebanon. Arabic is her native language.

    ReplyDelete
  8. These so called interfaith breakfasts the Rabbis are so fond of typically consist of a Rabbi, an Imam and a few Protestant clergy of different denominations issuing a joint statement that screams to annihilate all the Jews notwithstanding, all Muslims are super sweet people and the next time the Protestants take up the banner of BDS again they''ll be sure to consider both sides of the issue before they condemn the Jews.

    ReplyDelete