Does the Truth Matter?
When Israel is considered guilty until proven guilty
Edie J. Adler
Much has been reported in the media about the recent conflict in Israel, when Israeli soldiers boarded a flotilla of ships from Turkey allegedly bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza; almost immediately the world united in condemning Israel, including a call from the United Nations (or as I prefer to call them the "United Ninnies") for an immediate international investigation.
Published on LatinoLA: June 8, 2010
Let's look at some of the facts:
‘«ů Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, more than 10, 000 missiles have been fired from there into Israel with the intent to kill or injure as many civilians as possible, including children.
‘«ů Israel had to impose a naval blockade to try and prevent the flow of weapons into Gaza.
‘«ů Israel offered the ships the option to dock at the Israeli port of Ashdod, so the humanitarian aid could be delivered by land after checking for dangerous materials.
‘«ů The offer was rejected and one of the flotilla organizers said the issue was not the delivery of aid, but rather to "break the siege."
‘«ů Aboard the sixth ship Israeli soldiers, armed only with paint ball guns, were savagely attacked with lead pipes, knives and guns. One of the soldiers remains in critical condition. (You can see for yourself; there are many videos on YouTube, including this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU12KW-XyZE.)
‘«ů There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. In 2009 alone, more than one million tons of aid was delivered. That is almost one ton of aid for every man, woman and child in Gaza!
Since the UN was founded on October 24, 1945, it has never condemned an act of violence and aggression towards Israel; so I am not surprised at the immediate condemnation from the UN when Israel acts in self defense; as a point of interest, let's not forget that Iran is a proud member of the UN Commission on Women's Rights! I suppose "honor" killings of young girls and stoning women to death would make anyone a proper advocate for women! You can find the true story of one such incident on Netflix; just look for "The Stoning of Soraya M" but I warn you, this is a very hard film to watch, and one you will not easily forget.
I was very sad to once again witness most of the world opinion turning against Israel, even before all the facts were known. White House correspondent Helen Thomas was quick to say the Jews should go back home to Germany and Poland! Is this woman not familiar with history? I personally think Helen should go back home to Salem!
Just as I was beginning to despair, something wonderful happen: Neal and I attended the rally in support of Israel, held on Sunday June 6th, in front of the Israeli Consulate. I have never attended a rally before and I was a little scared, not knowing what to expect. My heart was warmed at the sight of more than 3,000 people, including many non-Jews and Latinos! I saw flags from Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, and El Salvador! My fear was quickly replaced with joy and pride for my familia Latina!
Reverend Carlos Diaz, representing Latino Evangelist churches, brought with him 200 of his parishioners.
Pastor Richard Escobedo was also present.
Councilman Robert Garcia came all the way from Long Beach to show his support and to tell the audience "Israel, si se puede!" I caught up with Councilman Garcia to thank him for his support of Israel. He told me he has great admiration for the work of the Jewish Federation; about a month and a half ago he was in Israel for a week with the Federation; when they called to invite him to speak at the rally Councilman Garcia's response was a resounding "Yes!"
Mr. Garcia also told me he has always strongly believed that Israel has a right to exist. I asked him if he had a special message for our Amigos & Amigas who read LatinoLA.com ‘«Ű this is what he said: "As our community grows and we become more influential in government and business, our relationship with Israel has to be stronger; the more we learn about our culture and countries, the better."
I whole-heartedly agree with Councilman Garcia. Furthermore, I also believe that the more you learn about Israel, the more you will discover how much Israelis have in common with Latinos.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended the rally, all the people who are taking the time to learn all the facts, and you, the LatinoLA.com reader, for taking time to read my column!
Edie J. Adler:
Edie J., a regular contributor to LatinoLA is the author of "My Yiddishe Grandma." She and husband Neal live in Valley Glen with their 5 dogs, 4 cats, 3 birds, 2 turtles, 2 frogs, and 1 baby raccoon.
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