Ironic Ignorance
                                                       by Gerald A. Honigman
     As part of Israel's current campaign to send a message to Hamas over the capture of one of its young soldiers and the daily terror and attempts at terror its citizens have been subjected to, Israeli jets buzzed Syria's president, Baby Assad, in his summer home in Latakia.
     Assad has given refuge to Hamas leaders, such as chief honcho, Khaled Meshal, and the Jews dropped in to say hello.
     A few days earlier, Arabs kidnapped and murdered another Israeli of those Jewish settlers they and others like to speak of. I mean, after all, how dare a Judean (Jew) live in Judea...
     I couldn't help but note the sickening irony here...though most of the rest of the world surely didn't.
     Hamas's patron saint, Sheikh Izzedine al-Qassam, was also from Latakia.
     Like scores of thousands of other Syrians, he too poured across the border...Arab settlers  setting up Arab settlements in Palestine. The Records of the League Of Nations Permanent Mandates Commission and other solid documentation noted these migrations as well as those of many other Arabs who arrived from other countries then and a bit earlier as well.  Arafat was born in Cairo.
     The sheikh became Hamas's hero by butchering Jews, many who were refugees themselves from Syria and elsewhere in the "Arab" world. But while the sheikh and his buddies would become known as native Palestinians, Jews would be labeled "settlers."
     There is no doubt that many of Hamas's current members--those who specialize in terrorizing Jews--are from families as "native" as their murderous sheikh.
     As has been noted often before, so many Arabs were recent arrivals themselves that when the United Nations Relief Works Agency--UNRWA--was created to take care of Arab refugees created after the Arab attempt on Israel's rebirth backfired in 1948, the very word refugee had to be redefined to accomodate those who had lived in the Mandate a mere two years.
     Yet the message of all of this is lost to virtually all. Or perhaps worse...I'm convinced that many simply don't want to know the real story here.
     And, buying right into the Arab line, the media and others will simply continue stressing "settler" when reporting the next Jewish kid murdered by...Arab settlers.
     As if it really makes any difference to Arabs which Jew they kill.
     One thing's for certain, however...
     Bombing empty fields and creating sonic booms aren't going to fix this problem.
     Those who commit murder and terror as well as those who support them must be taken out en masse. Just ask President George Bush...virtually his own words.
     Nothing short of this will work.    
     And the Jews better wise up.

Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and conducted counter-propaganda programs for college youth, has lectured on numerous university campuses and other platforms, and has publicly debated many anti-Israel spokesmen. His articles and op-eds have been published in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites around the world. His official website is:

Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article. A. G. S.