Sunday, December 05, 2010

The Metaphorical Front Line of Islam

Paul Weston is part of a delegation of Counterjihad activists who are visiting Israel. Below is his report on an afternoon in spent in the vicinity of Ashkelon, just across the border from the Gaza Strip.

A Report From Ashkelon
by Paul Weston

Members of the Counterjihad movement were present in Ashkelon (Israel) today, listening to various experts on Israeli matters in the morning, before taking a conducted tour of the flashpoint areas of Sderot and the Gaza border in the afternoon.

The event was also attended by various leaders of European political parties with a knowledge — and therefore a healthy fear — of Islamic expansionism They included Filip de Winter of the Vlaams Belang, Heinz Christian Strache of FPÖ, and Rene Stadtkewitz, leader of the Geert Wilders-inspired and recently formed German Freedom Party, or Die Freiheit.

Those present were treated to a historical occasion unprecedented in the history of Israeli-European relations, thanks in the main to the reputation of retired IAF Lt Col Eliezer “Cheetah” Cohen, a internationally respected war hero who twisted a few arms and called in a few favours in order to allow various well-lunched foreign civilians gain access to the crack paratroop base directly on the Gaza border.

We were humbled by the actions of these young soldiers, both male and female. The compound was dry and dusty, as were the well-used looking tanks upon which equally dusty soldiers were relaxing before setting off again into the war zone just half a kilometer away.

Taking valuable time out to talk to us, these unassuming soldiers spoke in quiet yet determined voices about their jobs and the importance of what they were doing, which quite literally is protecting the civilian population of Israel from Koranically inspired genocide.

And not just Israel. The physical front line of the Israel-Gaza border is also the metaphorical front line of Islam versus the West; or indeed the meeting point of good and evil, where evil is told that it can advance no more.

It was from this very military base that Gilad Shalit left on patrol one fateful day in June 2006 before being taken prisoner by Hamas. As you read this, Gilad is somewhere in Gaza, thoughtfully booby-trapped by those delightful friends of the European liberal-left, just in case their position were overrun and Gilad rescued.

As we left the compound several jeeps roared off into no man’s land. Those painfully young and idealistic soldiers were once again shouldering a responsibility unknown to the average European. I am not a religious man, but I prayed for their safe return, having heard only moments before that almost every patrol results in enemy contact.

Our next stop was Sderot, the Israeli city just a few kilometers from the Gaza border, best known in the West as the only city in the world to have endured constant rocket attack for over ten years.

The atmosphere was muted, as perhaps one could expect. Fear was not in the air, but there was a marked feeling of something that I — as a European raised in a time of peace — could not quite put my finger on. Not sadness, not anger — stoicism perhaps — but even as I write this I simply I cannot understand what living there must be like, especially for a child.

There is nothing quite so eye-opening as looking at a bomb shelter adjacent to a children’s’ playground. Every child in Sderot is trained to race to a shelter within 15 seconds, which of course means Sderot is an architectural mixture of houses dotted amongst bomb shelters.

Although it has been quiet for the last three months, Sderot has had to become accustomed to being bombarded by up to a hundred Kassam rockets a day, fired indiscriminately from hidden launchers in areas within Gaza chosen for their high civilian density. In this battle of good versus evil it is only liberal-leftists who fail to see the evil that drives the shelling of “enemy” civilians and children whilst hiding behind their own civilians and children.

Unfortunately, the Western media has fallen for this very obvious ploy hook, line and sinker. When Israel reacts, it becomes worldwide news, but there is little mention of the deaths of the inhabitants of Sderot, nor of the horrifying statistic that 90% of Sderot’s children require psychiatric counselling in an attempt to undo the damage that no child should ever have been subjected to.

Returning to our hotel I was struck by another thought. We had to pass through security to gain access to the hotel, just as we did to enter bars and restaurants. Living under siege is something the Israelis have got used to, but for a foreigner it is both shocking and depressing.

Here live a much persecuted people. Granted the keys to their own land, independence, and security so soon after their partial extermination on mainland Europe, it would have been nice to think the Jews of Israel could finally live in peace.

But of course it is not to be. Islam will not allow non-Islamic people to live next door to them in peace, and so this terrible onslaught of violence waged against innocents will continue until the final day of reckoning.

Previous posts by Paul Weston:

2007 Jan 22 The Week Britain Died
    26 Britain’s Dystopian School Children
  Feb 2 Questioning the Sanity of Liberals
  Mar 1 Multiculturalism — Merits and Debits
    31 Is European Civil War Inevitable by 2025?
  Jun 26 The Big Story That Isn’t
  Aug 10 An Open Letter to Fellow Europeans
    24 A Brussels Perspective
  Sep 12 Democratic Europe R.I.P.
  Nov 2 The Coming Third World War
    21 Cool War — Warm War — Hot War: Part 1
    29 Cool War — Warm War — Hot War: Part 2
2008 Mar 27 The Face of Moderate Islam in Britain
2009 Feb 9 Wilders in Wonderland
    13 Who is Lord Ahmed?
    25 Temporary Peace Trumps Freedom of Speech
  Jul 1 Muslims, Mosques and Mosquitoes
    2 Islam, the BBC, and Young Children
    8 Review of “A Bridge Too Far”
    17 Socialist Propaganda in British Education
  Oct 15 Multiculturalism Has Destroyed the British Police
2010 Mar 16 Ethnically Cleansing the English
  Oct 7 Banana Republic Britain
    30 “We Will Hold You to Account”


Yorkshireminer said...

But of course it is not to be. Islam will not allow non-Islamic people to live next door to them in peace, and so this terrible onslaught of violence waged against innocents will continue until the final day of reckoning.

Care to put a date on it Paul? I will make a prediction that tomorrow the sun will rise and go down.In fact I will be so arrogant as give it a time. Other predictions are to put it bluntly are more fluid. Churchill knew after 1935 that Europe was heading for a war. he could never narrow it down to with in a couple of years. I am not trying to score points as I have a lot of respect for you. But I think that all of us who read this blog know deep down that a world war is coming. I personally would like to know if you think the Jews, can handle the situation. The situation in the ME is like a boil that is about to be lanced in the near future, and how things will work out. Once the dogs of war are unleashed thing have a tendency to go chaotic. If the dogs of war come out of Mordor as they did in 1973 Israel will be hard put to withstand the onslaught, it doesn't take a genius to imagine an Israel in flames with idiots setting fire too woodlands and hundreds of rockets raining down on populated areas. What would it take for Israel to use the Samson option?

Deep Regards

Unknown said...

Oh pleaaase. Muslims are always so evil and jews are always these goody two shoes, right? Did you go in the same opportunity to the West Bank to see some of what is known here as Tag Mechir? that is nice jewish settlers burning Palestinians planting fields and Muslim cemeteries? Or is it alright for jews to act barbaric but it's wrong for muslims? Bottom line: narrowing down the Israeli-Palestinians conflict to a conflict of religion overlooking the national part is demagogic. I agree with your writing about Islam in Europe, but that's very far in so many ways than what is happening here.

D@rLin|{ said...

Tag Mechir=Price Tag="eye for an eye".Some very frustrated Jews, tired of their muslin neighbors' "petty" crimes - theft, vandalism and squatting - and of authorities turning blind eye to this - decided, allegedly mind you, to do the same.Let the neighbors to feel on their skin how is it like to be robbed of property, dignity and land.Is it fair or is it barbaric ? In some ways I suppose it is both.I see it as justice.Someone has to deliver the message loud and clear : No bad deeds go unpunished.
And to Elad:
Muslims do not just burn our fields, they kill the people who plant them.And yes , it is evil and it is not a territorial dispute - it is all about Islam.If you can see what this ideology does to Europe, how can you not see what it does to Israel?