Monday, October 24, 2005

No Riots In Brooklyn

This column, written by Jonathan Gurwitz, appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.
Brooklyn was quiet during the recently concluded Jewish High Holy Days. So were Jewish neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Cincinnati and the suburbs of Houston.

Even in the venerable old City of David, the Jews did not riot, did not clash with police and did not burn Palestinian flags.

Unlike allegations that the American military flushed copies of the Koran down the toilet, the desecration of synagogues in the Gaza Strip actually happened. Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups weren’t the least bit shy about displaying their incendiary handiwork at houses of worship abandoned by Israeli settlers last month.

Interestingly, Newsweek — and much of the international media that helped fan the flames of Islamic fanaticism with the faulty stories of Koran desecration — took a powder on synagogue desecration.

Days after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, the New York Sun reported, Hamas announced its intention to turn one synagogue in the former Gaza settlement of Netzarim into a museum of weapons used against Israeli civilians. “Qassam rockets and other locally made arms will be exposed,” read a Hamas statement.

How is it that as Jews gathered for the holiest days of their calendar — which this year coincided with the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan — such provocations did not spark a conflagration of Zionist rage?
(Via Donklephant).