When the latest round of missile attacks against southern Israel by Hamas began a few weeks ago, it seemed timed to accompany Israel’s attempt to recover the three teenagers abducted in the West Bank. Then, after the missing boys were found dead and a Palestinian teenager was killed in seeming reprisal, the number of rockets from Gaza increased.
For the first couple of weeks of attacks, Israel relied on its Iron Dome defenses; additional air responses were limited. During this time world leaders called on Israel to exercise “restraint”, and urged “both sides” not to risk the “peace process”. Outside of Israel there was no virtually no vigorous official condemnation of the aggressive rocket attacks by Hamas targeting civilians.
Then, when Israel began to actively defend itself — after the air raid sirens went off in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem — the world leapt to its feet in predictable outrage against this “disproportionate response”. The Palestinian flags and “Israel = Hitler” signs were brought out of storage and marched around the public squares of capital cities. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators railed against Israeli “war crimes” and attacked pro-Israel counter-demonstrators.
One such demonstration was mounted this afternoon in The Hague. A source in the PVV just sent us the following email:
Just now anti-Israel demo in the Hague, people with jihad and Israel=Nazi signs.
Incredible and disgusting. The police are not intervening.
Geert Wilders just tweeted that Holland is no Syria, and we are no Caliphate. People with those flags should be arrested, detained, stripped of the Dutch nationality and send abroad and never be allowed to return.
In the photo at the top of this post, you’ll notice al-raya, the black flag of jihad, being displayed proudly by the demonstrators. The supporters of Palestinian rocketeers are calling for a holy war against Israel. Do their leftist allies realize this fact? Do they care?
The young man sporting the keffiyeh in the right foreground is wearing a shirt with a “Fly Emirates” logo. I wonder if that’s where the funding comes from for all those banners, Pali flags, and expensively-printed swastika signs.
A sign in the background reads “Natanyahu [sic] War Criminal” in Dutch.
In this photo you can see the swastika sign, a “Boycott Apartheid Israel” sign, and a Nelson Mandela poster:
There’s also a curious bar-code sign on display. I can’t get a close enough look to see what it signifies.
The swastikas are much in evidence in this one:
Once again, it must be noted that the materials used in this demonstration are expensive to produce. These aren’t homemade signs scrawled on placards and tacked to sticks. Someone paid big money to deploy these street-corner mujahideen.
As a side note, thirty Ukrainian soldiers were killed yesterday when separatist rebels in the Lugansk region launched a missile attack against government troops. Grad missiles were used in the attack, one of the same types fired at southern Israel by “militants” in Gaza.
Hundreds of people have been killed in eastern Ukraine over the past couple of months, with numerous civilians among the victims. New casualties are reported virtually every day. But they don’t make the headlines, and no one mounts expensive demonstrations in major Western cities on behalf of either side. And certainly not in The Hague.
Funny about that.