In the spring of 1948, Arab Muslim armies and militias invaded the Jewish State in order to destroy it. Now after the Arab Spring yielded an Islamic Winter, efforts are being made to focus this spring on a renewed assault on Israel.
The Global March to Jerusalem is being billed as a peaceful march, but in reality it’s a Muslim crusade calling for the ethnic cleansing of a Jewish city and a number of its organizers have Hamas ties and have made genocidal statements about the Jews.
Tipping its hand is the logo of the Global March which encompasses all of Israel from Kiryat Shmona in the north all the way down to Eilat in the south, making it quite clear that this isn’t just about one city; it’s about all of them and all the land around them. It’s about the complete destruction of Israel.
The March has fairly clear echoes of the Arab invasion of Israel in 1948 and the Mufti of Jerusalem’s Holy War Army. It also follows up on the Gaza Flotilla’s aim of challenging Israeli sovereignty to provoke incidents and claim victimhood. Or as Abdul Malik Sukaryeh, the march’s Lebanon media co-coordinator, said in an interview on a Hezbollah website, while threatening a third intifada, “Is Israel going to massacre us? …This would be genocide, a real Holocaust not a pretended one.”
While ties between Hamas and its godfathers in Iran have been tested by the Syrian civil war, the Global March shows that cooperation continues between the Mullahs and the Brotherhood arm. For Iran the Global March helps shift focus from its own domestic troubles and international conflicts to the Muslim world’s chief scapegoat. And Hamas, which has found itself having to explain its position on Syria, can refocus attention on a common enemy.
Like the Gaza Flotilla, the Global March depends heavily on harnessing Western useful idiots, whom it needs in order to avoid looking like the Iran/Hamas ethnic cleansing project that it is. Like revenants summoned from their crypt, the living dead of the left, widely discredited, morally bankrupt and repugnantly shrill, rise to the call of their Islamic masters.
The Global March has already been endorsed by George Galloway and Cindy Sheehan, along with fellow Code Pink ghoul and Democratic Party fundraiser, Medea Benjamin. 9/11 Truther Richard Falk has signed on the dotted line, along with radical racist theorist Cornel West and Obama’s former mentor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
What these useful idiots are endorsing is nothing short of blatant bigotry, ethnic cleansing and genocide. That is made clear by statements from the Global March on Jerusalem organizers.
Ahmad Abo Halabiya, a Hamas figure who heads the Global March committee in Gaza and sits on the march’s International Central Committee, has said, “Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them.”
Ahmad Bahar, who sits on the Global March’s advisory board, and a Hamas leader who served as the speaker of the united Palestinian parliament, has proclaimed, “Make us victorious over the infidel people… Allah, take hold of the Jews and their allies, Allah, take hold of the Americans and their allies… Allah, count them and kill them to the last one and don’t leave even one.”
The advisory board also includes Sheikh Raed Salah, who heads up the Muslim Brotherhood inside Israel, and has accused Jews of using children’s blood in baking matza, an ancient blood libel, along with former Malaysian prime minister Mahatir Mohamad who claimed that, “the Jews rule the world by proxy.”
But that kind of company may not be too repugnant for the likes of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, who stated that Obama won’t talk to him because he’s controlled by the Jews, another endorser, Desmond Tutu, who has a long history of anti-Semitic statements, and Cindy Sheehan who has claimed that her son died to benefit Israel.
Or for Judith Butler, who has waged a war to boycott the Jewish State, and has bizarrely said that, “understanding Hamas, Hezbollah as social movements that are progressive, that are on the Left, that are part of a global Left, is extremely important.”
Making for some middle ground on the North-American end of things is Hatem Bazian, who terrorized Jewish students in his journey from campus organizer to professor, and whose Hamas connections and events targeting Israel have made him a fixture during Israeli Apartheid Week. Also listed is Edward Peck, who received credit from Jeremiah Wright for inspiring some of his more inflammatory statements, and who has described Hamas leaders as “moderate.”
Then there’s the always reliable leftist Noam Chomsky, who has nevertheless built bridges to Holocaust deniers, Richard Falk, the 9/11 Truther who has posted anti-Semitic materials online, Francis Boyle, who has described Israel as “Jewistan” and cheerfully predicted its destruction.
That anti-Semitism is a common element among both the Islamic core of the Global March and its Western useful idiots, who like Judith Butler, are busy pretending that the March is as progressive and leftist as Hezbollah and Hamas. That toxic combination of hatred and self-hatred has been on display throughout all the attempts to camouflage the campaign against Israel in peaceful colors.
But can a campaign against the Jewish inhabitants of Jerusalem be seen as anything but anti-Semitic and can a movement whose logo entirely eliminates Israel while its leading activists make genocidal statements be seen as anything but genocidal?
Jerusalem is the heart of Israel. Its history is tied to that of the Jewish people. The Islamic crusade against that heritage and history should be seen within the context of the Arabization and Islamization efforts in Asia and North Africa which wiped out the identities and cultures of entire peoples. As long as Jerusalem exists by its true name, rather than Al-Quds, a generic bastardization, it stands in opposition to Mecca and the wave of genocide and ethnic cleansing that left millions without any culture and creed but that of their conquerors.
Jerusalem represents an ongoing resistance to that original march of hate, as both a city and the capital of a nation, where people of all religions and no religion at all enjoy equal rights and political freedom.That is what drives Mecca in its insane campaign of hate against Jerusalem. And that is what unites the madmen and madwomen of the far left who want to plunge the West into darkness to join in the march against Jerusalem.
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Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.