http://www.thenewage.co.za/blogdetail.aspx?mid=186&blog_id= 292 Debate: Israel victim or aggressor? Steven Friedman takes issue with Don Krausz A country sorely misunderstood Don Krausz David Randall of the band Faithless has chosen to boycott his fans in Israel where the group had played since about 2001. In June 2005, they gave their last performance there. It was then that a Palestinian producer aptly known as Boikutt opened Randalls eyes to the apartheid horrors, crimes, atrocities and obscenities perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians. He referred to the suffering and humiliation of the Palestinians and the siege of Gaza (TNA February 16: A pebble in the mainstream). His grandparents may have told him of the Blitz and what it was like to be under constant bombardment. I am not drawing a parallel with WW11 but for eight years civilian settlements in Israel proper were subjected to the impact of about 12 000 missiles, as many as 80 a day. Sderot was hit by 4 000 rockets. That only ceased when Israel could also no longer endure the cries of the oppressed and wiped out most of the thugs in Gaza. Now, anyone can accuse another of things that are libellous and the plaintiff can sue such a person in court. The court will then decide on the truth of the allegations and unless the accuser can establish that truth, he could be liable for heavy penalties. Not every aggrieved person would go to such lengths. Yet, if such persons value their integrity, they would not expect a judge to do their homework for them they would try to establish the truth themselves. Boikutt may have had an axe to grind. Did Randall seek an Israeli opinion on Boikutts accusations? Did he investigate the background to the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation? Has he ever read the Bible and learned of the Jewish background to the area? Is he aware that the territory was not stolen from the Arabs, but partly designated as a Jewish homeland by the British mandate? Or, that in 1947 the UN apportioned the land between the Jews living there and the resident Arabs, for the name Palestinian was only a recent invention? Does he know that during the years 1947/48, the resident Palestinians attacked their Jewish neighbours with the help of neighbouring Arab states? How would his outlook be affected if he learnt that the heavily outnumbered and outgunned Jews had to fight for their lives and lost 1% of their total population? This would equate with South Africa suffering the loss of 500 000 of its citizens! The surrounding Arab states launched at least five major wars against the colossal empire of Israel about the size of the Kruger National Park. Todays population of Egypt is 83 million. Israels Jews number 6 million. Yet that relative handful of men and women defeated the forces of Egypt, Libya, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon time and again once, taking only six days to do so. When it dawned on Egypt and Jordan that they were unable to defeat Israel on the battlefield, they made peace. That resulted in Egypt regaining the Sinai Desert with its oil fields and control of the Suez Canal. Jordan acquired peaceful borders and Israeli support and agricultural cooperation. The Palestinians, however, saw things in a different light. Their charters proclaim the religious obligation to destroy Israel and kill Jews. Using terrorism in the shape of ambushes, suicide bombings, drive-by shootings, mass firing of rockets at civilian settlements and assassinations, they caused thousands of Israeli casualties. The Israelis found that by erecting barriers between Jewish and Palestinian residential areas they were able to reduce the suicide bombings by more than 90%. Apartheid, Mr Randall? By directing Israeli and Palestinian traffic onto different roads, the drive-by shootings were all but eliminated. More apartheid, Mr Randall? By establishing heavily guarded checkpoints to monitor every Palestinian entering Israel, the smuggling of explosives, weapons and entry of terrorists was severely reduced. And how do you see that, Mr Randall? I think that it is a great shame that Israels youth and music lovers should be deprived of the undoubted talents of Faithless. When some millennia ago King Saul would fly into a homicidal rage it was the music of David that soothed and calmed him. Messrs Randall and Maxi Jazz, dont you think that your presence in Israel may do more good than harm? Don Krausz is the chairman of the Association of Holocaust Survivors in Johannesburg Continued............. http://www.thenewage.co.za/blogdetail.aspx?mid=186&blog_id= 292 Followed by: The Jewish State is a bully in disguise.