The anti-Semitic "tradition" of blaming Jews for the world's problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas.
Major newspaper editorials condemned Hamas, but their condemnation was hedged by calls for "restraint" on "both sides" and "proportionality" in Israel's response to the attacks. There is little or no mention of Hamas' directive to ignore Israel's warning to leave homes in areas where the rockets have been placed among civilians. The Hamas strategy is to parade the bodies of the dead before TV cameras to demonstrate Israel's "cruelty" and uncaring attitude toward innocent lives.
Still, there was room for the predictable screeds against Israel. The New York Times gave space on its op-ed page to Nathan Thrall, a senior analyst at the International Crisis Group covering Gaza, Israel, Jordan and the West Bank. Thrall writes, "Israel and much of the international community placed a prohibitive set of obstacles in the way of the Palestinian 'national consensus' government that was formed in early June."
The Times of Israel reported on a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Berlin -- yes, Berlin -- during which crowds reportedly chanted "Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come on out and fight." They might as well have chanted "Sieg heil."
Hamas is a designated terrorist organization that is religiously and politically committed to the eradication of Israel. That it formed a coalition with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its supposedly "moderate" leader, Mahmoud Abbas, doesn't make Hamas more moderate; it underscores the true ideology of the PA.
The Guardian newspaper printed a column by associate editor Seumas Milne, the gist of which was, "The idea that Israel is defending itself from unprovoked attacks from outside its borders is an absurdity." Occupied people, like the Palestinians of Gaza, Milne writes, "...have the right to resist, by force if they choose."
Yes, Gaza is occupied, but by Hamas, not Israel, which withdrew in 2005 and created a vacuum Hamas predictably filled.
Writing in The Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick notes the objectives of Hamas, which has vowed never to make peace with Israel: "In the midst of Operation Protective Edge, Hamas released a music video in Hebrew calling for the Palestinians to bomb Israel and kill all Israelis. 'Raze it (Israel) to the ground, exterminate the cockroaches' nest, and banish all the Zionists,' the lyrics read."
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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