One of my readers has provided the graphic for the ad David Horowitz proposed displaying on Seattle Metro buses. And I think finally the man has truly taken leave of his senses. Let’s leave aside the fact that there have been no bus bombings in Israel for years. But who in their right mind claims that Palestinian terror is financed by the U.S. taxpayer?
While I’ve disagreed with the over the top rhetoric of the Mideast Awareness Campaign in claiming outright Gaza war crimes (before they’ve been proven in a court like the ICC), it is an incontrovertible fact that Israel uses its $3 billion yearly military aid package to purchase sophisticated weaponry routinely used in wars like Lebanon and Gaza. So American taxpayers do, in that sense, participate directly or indirectly in the oppression of the Occupation.
But to claim that we also support or finance Palestinian terror is simply way out there in some sort of Islamophobic nether world. This is precisely the point I made in yesterday’s post about why we need more, not less speech. Horowitz’s add SHOULD be displayed on Seattle buses. I want everyone to see what an idiot he is. I want him to make a fool of himself. This is the marketplace of ideas and the way you determine what ideas are useful and what ideas are worthless.
And to make one point clear, I have no problem with the notion that there have been acts committed by Palestinians which may constitute war crimes. So let’s let the ICC determine this issue. Let’s bring both parties to the Hague and determine their guilt or innocence.