Peaceful protests have a long tradition in America, and they are protected by the U.S. Constitution.
The hundreds who assembled Thursday evening to chant and protest in the William H. Gray III 30th Street Station were within their rights, until they started blocking commuters from where they wanted to go. That was an infringement on their rights. That’s a no-no, and also counterproductive.
When protestors piss off passersby, they lose the fight to convert people to their cause. When protesters block highways and stop motorists from getting to their destination — same thing.
One “nice” aspect of the protest was that it was interfaith — Muslims, Christians and Jews — organized by the Philly Palestine Coalition, which is accused of anti-Semitic actions by Philadelphia’s traditional Jewish organizations. It’s heart-warming that they all came together to sing Kumbaya over the corpses of 1,400 Jews, including 33 Americans.
The protest was also sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace, which advocates suicide for Israeli Jews.
No, of course they don’t say that, but when they demand “cease fire now” and “free Palestine” — those would be suicidal moves for Israel.
And those who demand the U.S. not help fund Israel’s military — while “death to America” Iran funds Hamas — they are the Death Wish Jews.
I have reported on these misguided souls before, along with allied groups such as Grandmas for Peace, as they demonstrated outside the Israeli consulate that used to be located on JFK.
I am willing to accept their sincerity, but not their sanity. They are the very personification of what Lenin called “useful idiots.”
A “cease fire” sounds attractive because it would stop the killing.
But it would stop the killing only so long as it would take Hamas to regroup and to rearm, and then the killing would resume. The killing of Jews, and the extermination of Israel, are in its 1988 charter, in these words, in the second paragraph:
Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it” (The Martyr, Imam Hassan al-Banna, of blessed memory).
If the peace at any price groups have ever demanded Hamas drop the genocidal language from its charter, I haven’t heard it. No, the burden is always on the Jews.
As to “free Palestine,” the Arabs had their opportunities — as far back as 1947 — and they have all been squandered. Numerous Israeli peace offers over the decades have been rejected. Gaza is already free — Israel having left in 2005 and received in return unending rocket attacks. Israel usually brushed off those attacks as pin pricks, with minor response.
With the massacre of Oct. 7, Hamas — not Israel — took the battle to another level, a barbaric, satanic attack that Israel could not ignore. It pledged to destroy Hamas, and that is what it is doing now.
Israel talks of killing Hamas — not Palestinians.
Hamas talks of killing Jews — not Israelis.
Did you read of the one Hamas terrorist who, after killing a family in their living room, used a cell phone to call his parents to exult that he had just killed ten Jews with his own hands? Jews — not Israelis. Jews.
Is this too complicated for the Jewish Voice for Peace to understand? That the side they are supporting is the only side that endorses genocide? And that cease fire before victory gives a “win” to terror? And writes a check for more terror to be paid for in Jewish blood.
Israel has the same right to pursue victory over terror as the U.S. did over Germany and Japan. And in that war, there were millions of civilian casualties. It is one of the horrors of war.
In Gaza, there are tragic civilian casualties, many of them children.
Israel has asked civilians to retreat from the battlefield. Some did, others could not, some would not.
The difference between Israel and Hamas is that Israel does not revel in civilian deaths, while Hamas makes joyful telephone calls to brag about them.
It is very sad some American Jews are too wrapped up in their warped morality to see the distinction.
They are the Death Wish Jews.
Stu Bykofsky’s work is published at StuBykofsky.com.