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Appeasing Iran Will Lead to More Attacks on All of Us

Israel’s military displays what they say is an Iranian ballistic missile which they retrieved from the Dead Sea after Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel, at Julis military base, in southern Israel, April 16, 2024. Photo: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

American newspaper columnists, Substack posters, X users, talking heads, and other analysts all knew when and how Israel would respond to the Iranian drone, rocket, and missile attack. Or not respond. They were convinced the Iranian attack was designed to fail because Iran knew Israel would shoot down the weapons — or that it was designed to succeed but failed anyhow. They are sure that the Iranians warned President Biden — or they didn’t — or that he warned them. In short, they had no idea what they were talking about, but their opinions didn’t matter much anyhow.

Political leaders matter more, and from President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and a variety of others, they all weighed in publicly, calling for Israeli “restraint” for fear of escalation into a major regional war.

But that war is already underway.

The regional war actually began in 1979. The fact that Iran tried to kill thousands upon thousands of Israelis in this assault was simply another escalation. That Israel — aided by the US and Arab states — had the weapons to stop them and, finally, to retaliate directly, doesn’t change that fact.

Iran piously moaned that international law was violated when its “diplomats” were killed in the “Iranian embassy” in Damascus. (Actually, they were Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) terrorists in an office building). No mention was made of Iran’s violations of international law, its use of terror proxies against foreign officials and embassies around the world — attacks that left hundreds dead and wounded — as well as taking Americans hostage for 444 days in Tehran. Iran has killed foreign diplomats, led a massive attack on Jews in Argentina, and targeted American embassies and military positions.

Iranian-supplied weapons and training were responsible for thousands of American deaths and injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iran passed off responsibility for the 2019 drone attack on Aramco oil processing facilities in Saudi Arabia to its Houthi proxy, but separate investigations by the US, the UK/Germany/France, and the UN deemed Iran responsible. Iranian-supplied weapons and training are also the backbone of Hamas and Hezbollah attacks on Israel, as well as militia attacks on Americans in Iraq, and Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea.

Iran is responsible for civilian suffering in every country where it operates. The people of Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Gaza, and the West Bank, as well as Iranian civilians, pay the price of Iranian government aggression — and hundreds of thousands died for it in Syria alone.

So why is Iran waging This war? It is not for the “liberation” of “Palestine” or for Jerusalem. In fact, it is only in part for the destruction of Israel.

Iran’s goals are broad and deep, and the instability it has produced is in the service of its ultimate vision. The first part of that vision is the establishment of Shiite rule across the Middle East, which accounts for the war against Israel, but also Sunni countries from the Gulf to Jordan. It’s also no coincidence that Iran’s proxy, the Houthis, attack and disrupt shipping in the Red Sea, which is bordered by and essential to Sunni countries and Israel. This also accounts for the appeasement of Iran by Sunni Qatar and Turkey.

The farther-reaching goal is the destabilization of the Mediterranean countries and the Sunni states of North Africa, most particularly Morocco, whose king is a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed. To this end, Iran supports militias in the second tier of Africa, both Sunni and Shiite. Western-supported countries with large Christian minorities — Sudan, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania — are the targets of militia violence, famine, and wreckage.

For the instigation and continuance of this 45-year war, the West has exacted no price from the Iranian regime beyond periodic economic sanctions, UN weapons/technology sanctions that were largely ignored, and the elimination of Qassam Soleimani. It should be clear by now that whether the immediate victim of Iranian aggression is Israel, the US, or Saudi Arabia, the timing and escalation of attacks is determined in Tehran.

This is what appeasement produces.

Israel understands what the pundits and politicians did not. A little-remarked-upon facet of the Israeli strike was that Israel hit all of Iran’s close proxies, in addition to the head of the snake. In addition to going after the Islamic Republic directly, Israel also targeted proxies in Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon. And someone destroyed an IRGC headquarters in Iraq — one might assume that whoever did it had the same motivation.

Deterring Iran will not be easy. Israel took the first step, but only with a common understanding and mutual support will it be possible for the US and its allies to end Iran’s war.

We’re not there yet.

Shoshana Bryen is Senior Director of The Jewish Policy Center and Editor of inFOCUS Quarterly magazine.

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Assault charge laid, arrest made related to incident near the University of Toronto encampment—while its president speaks in Ottawa on antisemitism, and the school seeks a removal injunction

Toronto Police have arrested and charged a man for assault over an incident May 9 near the protest encampment at the University of Toronto’s King’s College Circle on its downtown campus.  Toronto Police Services (TPS) say they responded at 3:45 p.m. that day to a call for assault in the area of the road around […]

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‘Any Chance the Media Would Cover This?’ New Video Shows Terrorists in Gaza Using Humanitarian Aid to Help Prepare Rockets

Terrorists in Gaza using humanitarian aid bags to prop up rockets. Photo: Screenshot

Terrorists in Gaza have been using humanitarian aid bags to prop up rockets they were preparing to shoot at Israelis, new video circulating on social media reveals, underscoring the challenges of delivering aid to Palestinian civilians in the Hamas-ruled enclave without it being stolen.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade — which is the armed wing of Fatah, the political party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbasused bags from Turkey and UNRWA — the UN agency responsible for the Palestinians — to prop up the rockets, according to the video.

At least three of the bags say they contain “wheat flour,” and the bag from Turkey specifically says it is supposed to go “to the Palestinian people.” It is unclear whether the bags had previously been opened to extract the food and then refilled with sand, for example, or if it still contained the food that was intended to feed Palestinian civilians.

“Any chance the media would cover this, yet another violation of international humanitarian law?” pro-Israel commentator Hen Mazzig wrote on X/Twitter while sharing the video.

Rafah, Gaza: Hamas is using UN humanitarian aid bags as rocket launchers today.

Any chance the media would cover this, yet another, violation of International Humanitarian Law?

— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) May 29, 2024

Almost every day for the past seven months, Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist organizations have been shooting rockets into Israel from civilian areas, which is a war crime. Tens of thousands of Israelis are internally displaced and unable to return to their homes as a result.

There is mounting evidence that Hamas has also operated in civilian clothing and in civilian infrastructure such as hospitals. However, these violations of international law are rarely noted by much of the media.

The latest video of terrorists using humanitarian aid for military purposes underscores the issue of making sure such aid gets to Palestinian civilians. 

The US built a pier to deliver 2,000,000 meals daily to Palestinian civilians, but after a few weeks of operation, the Pentagon said none of the aid unloaded from the pier had made it to those who needed it. On one occasion, about 70 percent of the aid has been stolen while en route to a UN warehouse. In other cases, it just never showed up.

Israeli estimates suggest approximately 60 percent of the aid that has gone into Gaza has been stolen — either by Hamas or other groups and individuals. Oftentimes, that aid is then sold to the population at high prices, making it difficult to impossible for most Gazans to gain access to it. 

According to Ehud Yaari, an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Hamas has made more than $500 million in profit from selling humanitarian aid since Oct. 7.

The terror group began the war last October by massacring 1,200 people in Israel and taking more than 250 people hostage, about half of whom have still not been released.

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Columbia University Anti-Zionist Group Endorses Hamas

Demonstrators take part in an anti-Israel demonstration at the Columbia University campus, in New York City, US, Feb. 2, 2024. REUTERS/David Dee Delgado

Columbia University’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has endorsed Hamas, a US-designated terrorist organization, the latest sign of its growing extremism and willingness to embrace antisemitic violence.

“The Palestinian resistance is the only force materially fighting back against isr*el [sic],” the group said in a series of posts shared by Documenting Jew Hatred on Campus, a social media account which exposes antisemitism on college campuses. “There is no way to eliminate the resistance without ending the occupation. When you see a video of a young palestinian [sic] boy traumatized in a hospital talking about how iof [the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF] shot his pregnant mother in cold blood in front of his own eyes, do not question how he chooses to resist years later.”

.@Columbia and @BarnardCollege, @ColumbiaSJP is actively promoting terrorism and anti-Israel rhetoric on their social media channels. They are sounding more and more like Hamas spokespeople every day. When is the university going to permanently ban this “student group”?

— Documenting Jew Hatred on Campus (@CampusJewHate) May 26, 2024

Campus Reform, a higher education watchdog which first reported Documenting Jew Hatred on Campus’ posts, noted that Columbia SJP has added an “inverted red triangle” to its social media biography, further indicating its support for Hamas. The Palestinian terrorist group has used an inverted red triangle in its propaganda videos to indicate an Israeli target about to be attacked, and anti-Israel protesters on university campuses have been using the symbol in their demonstrations.

Columbia SJP, a group that has reformed under multiple organizations since being suspended by school administrators during the fall semester, has been central in staging a slew of riotous demonstrations in which anti-Zionist activists verbally assaulted Jewish students with antisemitic epithets, clamorously expressed support for terrorism and Hamas, and caused thousands of dollars in damages to school property.

The group’s behavior after Hamas’ Oct. 7 massacre across southern Israel is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the StandWithUs Center for League Justice (SCLJ).

The complaint alleges that after bullying Jewish students and rubbing their noses in the carnage Hamas wrought on their people, the pro-Hamas students were still unsatisfied and resulted to violence. They beat up five Jewish students in Columbia’s Butler Library, according to the lawsuit. Another attacked a Jewish students with a stick, lacerating his head and breaking his finger, after being asked to return missing persons posters she had stolen.

Following the incidents, pleas for help allegedly went unanswered and administrators told Jewish students they could not guarantee their safety while SJP held its demonstrations. The school’s apparent powerlessness to prevent anti-Jewish violence was cited as the reason why Students Supporting Israel (SSI), a recognized school club, was denied permission to hold an event on self-defense. Events with “buzzwords” such as “Israel” and “Palestine” were forbidden, administrators allegedly said, but SJP continued to host events while no one explained the inconsistency.

The explosion of end-of-year protests held by the group forced Columbia officials to shutter the campus in April and institute virtual learning. Later, the group occupied Hamilton Hall, forcing President Minouche Shafik to call on the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for help, a decision she hesitated to make. According to The Columbia Spectator, over 108 arrests were made.

“Yes, we’re all Hamas, pig!” one protester was filmed screaming during the fracas, which saw some verbal skirmishes between pro-Zionist and anti-Zionist partisans. “Long live Hamas!” said others who filmed themselves dancing and praising the al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas terrorist organization. “Kill another solider!”

Amid the chaos, a prominent rabbi at the school urged Jewish students to leave the campus for the sake of their safety. Ultimately, the university cancelled its main commencement ceremony.

Follow Dion J. Pierre @DionJPierre.

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