Nearly 4 million people visit Israel yearly. This is cause for concern to those who have worked hard to delegitimize the Jewish state. With so many people driving, touring and nosing around the country, hard-won stereotypes are at risk. Current popular thought holds that 13 million Jews (one in every 500 people worldwide, 7 million in Israel) threaten the earth’s remaining 6 billion citizens by controlling money and governments, starting and profiting from wars, bullying Arabs and plotting to rule the world.
The current politically correct approach to attacking Israel manages to avoid the charge of antisemitism: one does not oppose Jews, that would be racist, one opposes Jewish settlements. (Even many Jews are comfortable attacking Israel in this light, Noam Chomsky, for example.) And so we are to believe that the greatest threat to world peace today is not Iran’s nuclear program, not thousands of rockets launched in Gaza, not mass murder in Syria, not Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power, not even Global Jihad, but Israeli apartment building in Judea and Sumeria. Make sense?
No. Which begs the question, with so many visitors free to look around the land, can these purposeful fictions be maintained?
Sadly, yes, but it will work best if ignorant third parties and self-hating Jews avoid certain troubling sites. Following are five places one should never go in Israel if one wishes to continue comfortably opposing her.
#1 Don’t Visit a Hospital, a School or an Ulpan.
Israeli Arabs comprise 20% of the population of the Jewish State, therefore 20% of all hospital treatment benefits Israeli Arabs directly. This ranges from standard procedures through to life-saving operations and everything in between – there is no discrimination whatsoever. (source)
In the following video, hear from the first Israeli Arab female plastic surgeon.
Obviously, if you wish to oppose Israel, there is no benefit to visiting a hospital here.
#2 Don’t Go to the Mount of Olives
The Mount of Olives is the oldest existing Jewish cemetery, with 150,000 graves spanning 3,000 years. The biblical prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi lie alongside modern day heroes like Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, who resurrected the modern Hebrew language, and Rabbi Shlomo Goren, chief rabbi of the IDF during the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem and Hebron in the Six-Day War.” (source)
It is difficult to embrace the carefully crafted fable of Arab victimization if you hang around the Mount of Olives long. On a good day you’ll see stone throwing, on a bad one, the desecration of Jewish graves. Oh, and if you visit without protection and wish to avoid assault, it would be wise to not wear black, a kippa or a cross.
#3 Avoid Bethlehem
Archaeologists have discovered the first evidence outside of the Bible that Bethlehem was part of the First Temple era Kingdom of Judah. The dramatic archaeological find was announced Wednesday, five days before Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Shavuot and hear the recital of the Book of Ruth, which takes place in Bethlehem.” (Discovery Proves Bethlehem Part of Kingdom of Judah)
Bethlehem is in the so-called Occupied Territory, often called The West Bank, really Judah and Samaria, the historic homeland of the Jews. Anywhere one drives in this PLA administered zone you will find that the Jewish settlements, not the Arab homes, have become enclaves, surrounded by fences without which they could not survive. Christians in Bethlehem fare no better than Jews…
…largely ignored by Western media, a systematic campaign of Muslim persecution against the Christians is taking place in Palestinian areas. It’s a religious and ethnic cleansing campaign silenced by the global churches,,,The silence of the Vatican and the World Council of Churches has been astonishing. Only a few Christian leaders have been brave enough to denounce what is taking place on the ground. With harsh and unexpected words, in 2005 the Custodian of the Holy Land, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, said to an Italian newspaper: “Almost every day – I repeat, almost every day – our communities are harassed by the Islamic extremists.” (Bethlehem’s Last Christians)
But there’s nothing mysterious about the “silence of the Vatican,” or CNN, or Reuters, or the BBC… If one wishes to sustain the myths of systematic brutality, Arab ethnic cleansing and of “Palestine” itself; silence is the way to go.
#4 Steer Clear of Gush Katif
Gush Katif (Hebrew: גוש קטיף, lit. Harvest Bloc) was a bloc of 17 Israeli settlements in the southern Gaza strip…In August 2005, the Israeli army moved the 8,600 residents of Gush Katif to Israel. They were evicted from the area and their homes demolished as part of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan from the Gaza Strip portion of the Palestinian Territories. (source)
Gush Katif was the centerpiece of “The Disengagement,” a Chamberlain-like “Peace for Our Time” gesture, intended to prove the Jewish nation’s good intentions. In return for the Strip, the Arabs built a shopping mall, destroyed much of the existing infrastructure, launched a slanderous campaign against Israel, invited the infamous Peace Flotilla and terrorized southern Israel with thousands of Kassam rockets.
If you must go to Gaza, go to the border and harass the IDF. Be sure not to look around. The truth is everywhere but, with a little patience and a big agenda, the media have proven that truth can be ignored.
#5 And Really Stay Away from Yad Vashem
At Yad Veshem the evil, overreaching power of “the Jews” comes into question. We see names, gaunt faces, hopeful letters, yellow “Juden” patches and even piles of confiscated shoes representing the millions slaughtered in Europe during World War II. A visit here jeopardizes, with reason and nausea, the trendy comparison of Israel to Nazi Germany. Viewing the graphic evidence of this increasingly forgotten and often denied atrocity suggests why Israel refuses to apologize for having survived; these remembrances are the essence of her stubborn, “Never again.”
So, if you wish to feel good about opposing Israel, definitely avoid all the above, but make a special effort to steer clear of Yad Vashem.