He begins by grabbing your attention with a “Now hear this.”
It’s about how
Palestinian neighbors are dealing with the tragedy of four young people killed
What about the Palestinians? How did they go about rendering justice? Matthews quoted Chuck Schumer, “They cheered. They called the kidnappers heroes. The mother of one of the suspected kidnappers said, ‘If he (my son) truly did it, I’ll be proud of him till my final day’”.
Matthews goes on to say:
I have thought for a while about when will we have true peace between
and its neighbors? It’s when Arabs are
ready to punish another Arab for killing a Jew. That will be the day when Israel will be
ready to trust their neighbors, when they show the most primitive respect for
the Jewish people, respect for their right to their homeland, even more,
respect for their right to life.” Israel
It’s hard to know where to start. I excuse Chuck Schumer. His political life depends upon Jewish money and votes. Matthews however is a different case.
As I read, “They called the kidnappers heroes,” I reflect on the murder of 29 Palestinians in prayer at the mosque in
by Baruch Goldstein. He was killed while pulling off his massacre
. But drive through Hebron Hebron today and you will
see an Israeli memorial in his honor as a hero of . What’s the difference? Israel
Matthews talks about respect for Jews, while teenaged girls walk around Tel Aviv carrying a placard reading, “ HATING AN ARAB IS NOT RACIST, IT’S HAVING VALUES.” Scribbled on the walls at check points through which Palestinians are forced to line up are anti-Arab slogans such as, ARABS TO THR GAS CHAMBERS,” and DEATH TO THE ARABS.
Matthews talks about respect for Israel’s right to a homeland, which of course was taken from Palestine by driving off or killing 750,000 Palestinians, many who are still living in refugee camps in Gaza to be bombed yet again, for the third time in seven years. Nevertheless, the Palestinian leadership has offered peace and recognition for
to have 78 percent of what used to be their
homeland and over and over,
has rejected the offer in favor of building more settlements on the 22 percent
left for Palestinians to live on. Israel
Most offensive of all, Matthews calls for Palestinians to learn to respect life. At the time of his broadcast, 222 Palestinians had been bombed to death by
mostly civilians including many, many children, while one, I repeat, ONE,
Israeli militant died of shrapnel injuries from a Palestinian rocket. Back in 2008-2009, 1430 Palestinians were
killed by the Israeli bombardment of Israel
as compared to 13 Israeli soldiers, with 4 having died by friendly fire. In 2012, Gaza Israel
killing 133 Palestinians, mostly civilians, while two Israeli soldiers lost
their lives. So, I ask Chris Matthews,
who needs to “show the most primitive respect for life? Gaza
I am certain that what Chris Matthews said is all true. I believe the grieving mother did say that she was proud of her son and I have no doubt that
arrested those responsible
for the murder of a Palestinian kid.
However, that is such a tiny sliver of the total picture until he
distorts the truth. All speakers know that, “text without context is
pretext.” Look at the numbers. The
context, as Matthews spoke, was: Israel
214 killed, including 44 children, 1,585 injured, including 435 children, 22,600 people displaced, 23 health facilities, 81 schools, and 2, 360 homes damaged, 900,000 people without access to water.
Think for a moment. What happens to people who do not have water? They fight, get sick or die.
I am puzzled that a seasoned journalist such as Matthews would present such a warped analysis of the massacre taking place in
 Source: UN OCHA, updated July 16 at 3pm local time, does not include 4 children killed this afternoon on the beach or several other incidents.