Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Trigger Event

I keep hoping for a trigger event. Like the time that the US government seemed determined to continue the war in Viet Nam. Then, a picture of a screaming nine year old naked child, with her clothes having been burned off and the look of absolute terror all over her young face appeared on the front page of the New York Times. Suddenly, this became a trigger event and Americans began wondering if this was the way to peace in Viet Nam.

I also think of all the preaching in Montgomery, Alabama denouncing segregation as an evil system.  Very little changed.  Then one day, Rosa Parks simply said, “I’m not going to sit in the back of the bus.”  That became the trigger event that lead to the civil rights of African Americans all over the southland.

I had hoped that the deliberate murder of 23 year old Rachael Corrie would have generated enough of a backlash that finally the US government would rise up and say, this has gone too far.  But in spite of the gory details of a multi-ton bulldozer crushing the life out of a young American girl, condemnation of Israel gained little traction.  Then, when Israel bombarded Gaza last summer for 51 straight days, I thought, surely this massacre of over two thousand people will spark a reaction to Israel’s senseless claim to own all of Palestine because “God” gave it to the Jews”. Yet again, when the bombs stopped falling and Gaza was left a pile of rubble, the nations of the world, especially the US, considered the conflict to be settled.

So, I ask, could the terrorist attack that burned little 18 month old Ali Dawabsha alive while he was sleeping in his own bed, become the trigger event that calls into question the whole oppressive regime of Israel’s occupation? At least, people are talking about it. The Associated press reported in American newspapers:

Israel intensified its crackdown on Jewish extremists Sunday imprisoning two high profile ultranationalist Israelis for six months without charge and arresting additional suspects in West Bank…The crackdown comes after a deadly July 31 firebomb attack on a Palestinian home in the West Bank that killed an 18 month old and his father and severely wounding his mother and brother.[1]

One can only imagine the panic and fear that gripped two parents who in spite of exploding flames tried to save their children.

Netanyahu is “shocked”, he said. But he could not be surprised. He appointed as Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, who actively called for the genocide of Palestinians and championed calling their children “little snakes.” [2] It was Netanyahu who had called for the bombardment of Gaza where 500 children were burned, blown up or crushed to death in what he called “revenge,” the very same word those who burned little Ali and his family alive spray painted on the wall of his house. And Netanyahu continues to provide state funds and weapons to every settler and refuses to crack down on the thousands of settler violence targeting Palestinians. It was only a matter of time.

There have been some  2,100 settler attacks since 2006, including 120 in the 222 days of 2015 so far… only 1.4% of those who murder Palestinian children are ever indicted.  Juliana Farha says, “This might be news to you, but rest assured that Bibi knows all about it.”[3]

Shahd Abusalama, writing for Mondoweiss:

As one who carries the memories of many brutal Israeli attacks on Gaza, this claimed “shock” didn’t hit me. It rather outraged me at Israel’s crocodile tears and pretentious humanitarianism, despite its brutal military occupation of West Bank, the continued  expansion of its illegal settlements, the suffocating siege of the Gaza Strip that remain in ruins after Israel’s genocidal war last summer, and its ongoing assertion of itself as a “Jewish State” not a state for its citizens, as it discriminates against 1948 Palestinian citizens of Israel, or what its leaders call a “potential fifth column.”[4]

Netanyahu had to say something, no matter how disingenuous it might be. More than 2,000 Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv to protest the killing.  Gilad Erdan, a member of Netanyahu’s cabinet said, “A nation whose children were burned in the Holocaust needs to do a lot of soul searching if it bred people who burn other human beings.”  Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, compared Jewish terrorist to ISIS. David Grossman wrote in the daily newspaper, Haaretz, “I can’t get this baby, Ali Dawabsheh, out of my mind.[5]  Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said, “I feel a sense of shame, and moreover a sense of pain. Pain over the murder of a small boy. Pain that from my people, there are those who have chosen the path of terrorism, and have lost their humanity.”[6]

A prime example of "lost humanity" was when Nasar Jaber, a Palestinian youth in Ramallah simply wished a young soldier at a check point to have a “good day.”  The soldier stopped him. “Am I your friend to wish me a good day? The soldier then struck Jabar in the head with the butt of his rifle, fracturing his jaw, and detained him two hours before allowing him to be taken to a hospital.[7]

According to B’Tselem, in the past three years since August 2012, Israeli citizens set fire to nine Palestinian homes in the West Bank. Additionally, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Palestinian taxi, severely burning the family on board. No one was charged in any of these cases… In recent years Israeli citizens set fire to dozens of Palestinian homes, mosques, businesses, agricultural land and vehicles in the West Bank. The vast majority of these cases were never solved, and in many of them the Police did not even bother to take elementary investigative action.[8]

Again, could the murder of little Ali Dawabsheh become the trigger event that turns the tide of Israel’s public opinion against Netanyahu’s reign of terror?  For the first time in decades, it seems possible.

Thomas Are
August 19, 2015

[1] Daniel Estrin, Israel Holds Jewish Extremists, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  August 10, 2015.
[2] David Harris-Gershon, You Aren’t “Shocked” Jewish Settlers Burned a Palestinian Baby Alive, Netanyahu You’re complicit.  Tikkun Daily August 1, 2015.
[3] The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)  reported by Juliana Farha,  Someone Else’s Normal: The Dawabshe Tragedy and Picturing Palestine. Mondoweiss, August 13, 2015
[4] Shahd Abusalama, The Burning of a Palestinian child: not an exception, but results of Zionism,  Mondoweiss,  August 1, 2015.
[5] David Pratt, Something is Rotten in the State of Israel,  Information Clearing House,  August 10, 2015.
[6] Allison Duger,  Mother of Palestinian Baby Burned to death tried to Save her  Child, Mondoweiss,  August 2, 2015
[7] International Middle East Media Center, July 30, 2015
[8] Press releases from B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied TerritoriesB’tselem: A Burned Infant was only a Matter of Time in view of Policy to Not Enforce Law on Violent Settlers. published July 31, 2015.


  1. Pastor there will never be a "Trigger" event where the ersatz little patch called Israel in concerned. For some ungodly (I use that term seldom, but it's quite appropriate in the instant case) due to the zombie like indoctrination of the American citizenry into the opinion that those Zionist criminals are definitely "God's Chosen" and since they been conditioned to accept the blessing/curse of Genesis 12:3 being applicable to today's Jews, they fear any contrary action or opinion. Fortunately the resolution has been foreseen and is quoted in Obadiah verse 18.
    Blessings to you and yours!

  2. Rachael Corrie was I think thirteen fourteen not twenty four. Yes I hope this tragedy of the death of a father and infant son blows the lid basta.

  3. Israel is a criminal state supported by other criminal governments around the world. What a loathsome group the Zionists are. The founders of Zionism were more than willing to sacrifice their own children and are on record stating it. I would hope and pray for a "trigger event" to stop the madness of Israeli sponsored genocide, but doubt that it will happen anytime soon. These criminals consider the lives of Palestinians nothing more than grass to be mowed when murdering them provides a political benefit. There is no reasoning with such godless pagans. These people actually brought lawn chairs to watch and enjoy the bombing of Gaza!

    1. There is a trigger event and it's coming soon. The Lord of Hosts, the Alpha and Omega will end this Satanic madness and usher His people into a new Heavens and Earth. Count on it and look for it.

  4. A Christian minister who has not been brainwashed is a rare commodity in the western world these days! What a breath of fresh air. The "trigger event" does not happen in Palestine because the western media is controlled by the same people who condone, if not directly responsible for, all crimes against humanity since mid 19th Century, if not earlier.

  5. It is a joy to hear even one "preacher" challenge the accepted narrative of zionism. I assume that this kind of passionate hatred of deception is not welcome from the pulpit, nor is there a place in the Church to speak or hear God's truth about anything. The "light of the world" is shrouded in the same bizarre narrative that claims to have "the text" to end all texts, and the warning about adding to or subtracting from the text has been used to silence anyone who might have something worthwhile to offer. In the meantime, all the world's "leaders" and "reporters", and "teachers" and "prophets" are spinning their own narrative without end and truth-seekers are holed up in obscure websites like zerohedge, or Dr.Roberts. I am hoping for a day of reckoning, but I don't think it will be good news for the people in charge.

  6. Rise above that battleground, Thomas. // Prayer is mightier than the pen. // How are you able to know right from wrong among the two opposing sides? // As the author of ACIM asks: Would you rather be right or happy?.

    1. P.S. "ACIM" = A Course In Miracles, for those readers/posters unfamiliar with the letters; an avant-garde work this scribbler refers to as: The Third Testament.

  7. Ok - you side with Islam - as they cut Christian head after Christian head. Your an anti-Semite, plain and simple. The enmity and cruelty that surrounds Israel is beyond your comprehension. Drop dead pastor.

    1. Truth. Those poor misunderstood Muslims

  8. Anti-Semite means nothing, it has joined "bigot" and "infidel" in the land of over-used meaninglessness.
    You're appalled by hideous Black behavior, you're a bigot. You're appalled by hideous Moslem behavior, you're an infidel. You're appalled by hideous Israeli behavior, you're an anti-Semite. I proudly consider myself to be all three. You drop dead Ron Lev.