The 2014 '30 Under 30'

Congrats to this year's 30 -- check out the full list here!

Protesters to Israelis: Rocket attacks “not that scary, Hamas not a terrorist group

Approximately 100 protesters gathered near the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville on Saturday to protest Israel’s response to the recent barrage of Hamas rocket attacks.

The open hostility to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state and the protesters’ refusal to condemn Hamas was stunning.

One protester claimed ALL of Israel is on occupied land, including Tel Aviv, Jaffa, and Haifa. According to him, “Every square foot of Palestine is owned by the Palestinians. The Israelites have no reason to stay there, ever.” He went on to say, “Your citizens are not supposed to be there. This land is not yours! Move off! Move back to Europe where you came from.” Another sign he held proclaimed “the imposter Jews should go back to Asia.”

One lady claimed the Israeli response to the Hamas rocket attacks is “almost the same” as the Holocaust, which claimed the lives of more than million people. Several young children who were with her gathered around a sign claiming that Israel’s defensive military actions against Gaza terrorists is tantamount to another “Holocaust.”

Another lady at the protest claimed that the Hamas rocket attacks are “not even that scary” and that “Israel is the great aggressor.” She also inaccurately declared that “no one has been allowed in or out [of Gaza] since 2007,” and bizarrely claimed that Hamas has only fired “a couple of rockets back” at Israel. Furthermore, she stated Israel’s response to Hamas is “ethnic cleansing and genocide.”

Reality conflicts with her opinions. In actuality, residents in southern Israel live in with the harsh reality of rocket attacks and often just have a 15 second warning or less to seek shelter. And, contrary to the protester, more than 800 rockets have been fired into Israel over just the last four weeks. Furthermore, rather than indiscriminately targeting civilians, the IDF often provides advance warnings of military operations and uses precision targeting to minimize damage to surrounding areas.

Hamas allies have launched 1,300 rocket attacks so far this year, and Israel has recently responded by precision targeting rocket launch sites and ammunition storage facilities, in addition to Hamas political infrastructure. Israel’s attempt to diminish terrorist capabilities has been done with precautions to minimize loss of innocent life. In fact, Israel continues to transport food for Gaza residents across the border even throughout the present conflict.

While protesters boldly proclaimed Israel was a terrorist state since its founding, protesters claimed Hamas was NOT a terrorist organization! The United States Department of State disagrees, listing Hamas as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). In fact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be meeting with members of Hamas during her visit there today. One protester verbally berated this journalist for daring to inquire about the messaging on the signs.

The intolerance, bigotry, and ignorance displayed by the anti-Israel protesters  at the event proves discouraging for all those hoping for reason and peace to prevail  in the Middle East.

 

Comments

Comments

  1. Joshua Jones says:

    Israel could say, “Okay Hamas, here you go. Here is the entire land of Israel and we are moving our entire population back to Europe”. I can tell you right now that even if that were to happen. Hamas and Islamic extremism would still try to kill every jew out there. This is not a dispute over land entirely. This is one group calling for the extinction of another.

    1. Khalid Namoos says:

      So then why is it that the only place a Jew could own land up until the early 1900s was Palestine? and why is it that my grandparents were friends with Arab Jews up until the 1940s (wonder what happened there)? Why is it that Lebanon can exist and it is 50/50 muslim and christian? FYI to everyone: Muslims are allowed to marry Christian and Jews girls BECAUSE WE SHARE THE SAME PROPHET. We respect Jews and are allowed to eat Kosher meats. Think about what you say before you sound like a moron brother. Just helping you out in life. Your ignorance of other cultures really leaves me concerned for humanity. BTW I’m a palestinian with a Jewish roomate and I know more about Israel, brithrite, Judaism then you or your family does. Why? because I’m educated and I care: good day to you sir.

    2. Khalid Namoos says:

      So then why is it that the only place a Jew could own land up until the early 1900s was Palestine? and why is it that my grandparents were friends with Arab Jews up until the 1940s (wonder what happened there)? Why is it that Lebanon can exist and it is 50/50 Muslim and christian? FYI to everyone: Muslims are allowed to marry Christian and Jews girls BECAUSE WE SHARE THE SAME PROPHET. We respect Jews and are allowed to eat Kosher meats. Think about what you say before you sound like a moron brother. Just helping you out in life. Your ignorance of other cultures really leaves me concerned for humanity. BTW I’m a Palestinian with a Jewish roommate and I know more about Israel, birth right, Judaism then you or your family does. Why? because I’m educated and I care: good day to you sir.

    3. Khalid Namoos says:

      So then why is it that the only place a Jew could own land up until the early 1900s was Palestine? and why is it that my grandparents were friends with Arab Jews up until the 1940s (wonder what happened there)? Why is it that Lebanon can exist and it is 50/50 Muslim and christian? FYI to everyone: Muslims are allowed to marry Christian and Jews girls BECAUSE WE SHARE THE SAME PROPHETs. We respect Jews and are allowed to eat Kosher meats. Think about what you say before you sound like a moron brother. Just helping you out in life. Your ignorance of other cultures really leaves me concerned for humanity. BTW I’m a Palestinian with a Jewish roommate and I know more about Israel, birth right, Judaism then you or your family does. Why? because I’m educated and I care: good day to you sir.

  2. Spurwing Plover says:

    I have a better idea why dont those 100 vanderbuilt jerks move back to that place under the rock where they origionaly came from

  3. dot says:

    NASHVILLE!!!!!!!!WAKE UP!!! You don’t realize that IF these neanderthals destroyed Israel, NEXT they would be coming after US??? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU? Not only is Hamas a certifiable terrorist group, they have been lobbing rockets into Israel for a long time, without response from Israel; and Hamas, the cowardly chicken s/h’s that they are, hide behind their OWN hospitals, schools, mosques and any other place they think Israel won’t strike. Israel should squish them like the vermin that they are…I suppose you don’t think Hezbollah is a terrorist group either? YIKES! What are they teaching you at that school, which used to be highly regarded as an excellent institution of Higher Learning? Feel sorry for your blaring ignorance! You’re making Tennesseans look really BAD!

  4. Rusty H. says:

    dot chill your balls lol
    you relize we have way too much security and so much more technology than Isreal if they were to send rockets and if the rockets would be able to reach us?…. air force “missile inbound….missile destroyed”

Polititainment

'True Blood' star takes on Sarah Palin

Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays vampire Pam Ravenscroft on the HBO program, hit back at the former governor of Alaska for criticizing a recent episode.

Cher rants against Rand Paul
Thrown in between tweets about toothaches, costumes and pool time, Cher decided to rant about Sen. Rand Paul on Twitter Friday night. It was not clear what prompted the Twitter tirade. Cher had just finished giving an update on her toothache and five new “unbelievable” costumes when she switched gears. Mediaite postulated that she may […]
Joel helps explain GOP view on jobs
Apparently John Boehner’s press team is made up entirely of Billy Joel enthusiasts. The Library of Congress announced on Tuesday that this year’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song will go to Joel. The prize “honors artists whose work has left a lasting impact on audiences and inspired new generations of performers.” And John Boehner’s press […]
Joan Rivers rips media over Israel

In which Joan Rivers takes a sledgehammer to the media.

Fla. pol proposes mandated D'Souza show

Florida State Senator Alan Hayes, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, is planning on introducing legislation to mandate that all Florida high schools show Dinesh D’Souza’s new film "America." That is, unless parents don’t want their kids to see it.

White House

Golfer finds Obama’s golf ball in the woods, says president’s game is ‘off line’
President Barack Obama is “off line again.” Or at least his golf game appears to be. Instagram user larrydoh posted a picture of a Titleist 44 golf ball labeled “POTUS” on Saturday. He found the golf ball at the Congressional Country Club, one day after POTUS played the same course himself. “Obama played at Congressional […]
Polls: Obama White House incompetent at managing, worse than Darth Vader

The job of the administrative branch is to, well, administer the laws. According to a new Fox News poll released on Wednesday, most Americans think that the Obama administration is failing dismally at the task.

Obama wants ‘idealism and optimism’ for millennials in face of Congressional ‘crisis,’ refuses to recognize he is part of the problem
Now that “hope and change” seems to be played out, President Barack Obama has come up with a new catchphrase for millennials – “idealism and optimism.” In a speech at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Seattle, Wash. Tuesday night, Obama asked young people not to give up their natural idealism and optimism because of […]
President Obama admits he does not watch the news

During a speech during a Democratic National Committee event in Seattle, Washington Tuesday night, President Obama confessed that he doesn't watch the news. Throughout the speech, Obama predictably complained about the incompetence of our "broken" Congress and urged his liberal audience to get enthusiastic about voting for Democrats in the midterm elections this fall.

Congress and the President actually take action, Obama says ‘it’s so much fun’
“Girls just want to have fun,” Cyndi Lauper belts in her famous song. Apparently President Barack Obama wants to join her. “Let’s do this more often. It’s so much fun,” Obama said at a bill signing on Tuesday. Obama gathered in White House with members of Congress to sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This […]

Congress

Congresswoman's 'miracle baby' turns one
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R- Wash.) and her husband Dan recently celebrated the first birthday of their “miracle baby,” Abigail Rose. The couple learned early into the congresswoman’s pregnancy that their baby had Potter’s Syndrome. The condition causes a lack of amniotic fluid which prevents the baby’s growth and development, especially of the kidneys. Jaime […]
Obama throws more fuel on lawsuit fire
It appears President Barack Obama plans to keep up his “So sue me” attitude this week. House Speaker John Boehner penned an op-ed Sunday in USA Today that outlined the specifics of the planned lawsuit against the president. He had announced in late June that he would file a lawsuit against Obama on behalf of the […]
Norton: 'You don't have a right to know'

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton played down the importance of government transparency during a House hearing Friday, speaking out against Republican-led attempts to compel a White House official to appear before the Government and Oversight Committee.

Politicians struggle to 'live the wage'

Goodbye three-course power lunches at swanky D.C.  steakhouses. Hello Ramen noodles and PB&J.

Paul Ryan unveils new anti-poverty agenda

In another example of the Republican Party expanding its policy tent, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled a new poverty-fighting agenda Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute.