Israel has the right to defend itself

By: Candice Malcolm

May 17, 2018

While Israelis were celebrating the international recognition of their historic capital in Jerusalem, and the 70th anniversary of the Jewish State, Hamas was busy staging its own criminal plot. 

Hamas called for violence, and they paid for violence — literally. Hamas pamphlets told Palestinians they would receive $200 for a gun wound, $500 for a serious injury, and families of those killed by Israeli soldiers would receive $3000. 

They used propaganda and anti-Semitic tropes to whip Palestinians into a frenzy and create a human shield. Violent rioters then stormed the border separating Israel from the terrorist-run Gaza Strip. 

These rioters were equipped with guns, knives and bombs, and did everything they could to provoke Israeli border guards (including flying Nazi swastikas) to shoot into the crowd of rioters. More than 60 people have been killed in these clashes, and according to a Hamas official, 50 of the dead are Hamas agents. 

In response, the international media painted a one-sided picture of Palestinian victimhood.

Worse, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement condemning Israel and calling for an investigating, without even mentioning Hamas’s role in inciting this violence and instigating the conflict. 

Hamas is a banned terrorist organization; its charter calls for the destruction of Israel and the death of Jews. 

Try reading Hamas’s charter - it’ll make you understand that militant Islam and vile anti-Semitism are at the heart of their beliefs. Hence the unwillingness to make peace with their Jewish neighbour, despite years of trying. 

Here’s just one example, from Article Seven of the Hamas Charter: 

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (evidently a certain kind of tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).

Now read the charter again, but replace the word ‘Israel’ for ‘Canada’, and ‘Jews’ with ‘Canadians.’ How would we react if we had a hostile neighbor who elected a radical religious terrorist group as their government, and called on their people to kill Canadians and destroy Canada?

What would we do? We would fight back, and do everything we could to stop the terrorists and keep our country safe. Even if it means using disproportionate and excessive force. 

So, why don’t we support our friend and ally in Israel when they do the same?