High School Break-ups can be devastating, when those raging hormones turn into anger things get really ugly. Once “cutsey cutsey” comments turn into put downs a nastiness. Bob Novak”s relationship with Jews and Israel reminds me of those high school break-ups.
Years ago after never really studying or trying to observe his faith he felt that he couldn’t make it as a Jew so he converted to another faith. Just like that once loving couple, after “breaking up” with his people Novak turned angry and is now one of the leading anti-Israel pundits today. Novak has said blamed the Iraq war on the “Israel lobby” and Israel, in fact he before the Israeli PM took ill he called it Sharon’s war, has used the term Freedom Fighters to describe Hamas. One of Novak’s favorite libels is that Israeli Jews are mistreating Israeli Christians. I guess he is trying to show the followers of his new religions that he no longer likes those who worship his old one. Thankfully CAMERA is there. Below is a CAMERA piece which answers some of Novak’s reprehensible libels.
5) The columnist charges that “Bethlehem University students cannot get to Jerusalem, a few minutes’ drive away, unless they sneak in illegally.” [This allegation was included in the Washington Post version, but was edited out of the Chicago Sun Times version..] In fact, a major gate/checkpoint allows Bethlehem-area residents to reach the Israeli capital. If students sneak in illegally, it is only because they want to avoid going through the security checkpoint. 6) Novak reports that enrollment at Bethlehem University, “run by the Catholic Brothers of La Salle … is 70 percent Muslim,” but does not say, or perhaps does not know, why. The school, like Bethlehem itself, once had Christian majorities. But from 15 percent of the Arab population of the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1950, the Christian community has fallen to less than 2 percent, the decline accelerating with establishment of the Muslim-controlled Palestinian Authority in 1993 and the anti-Israel terrorism of the “al-Aqsa intifada” in 2000. Usually intimidated into silence, some Christians have been openly speaking out against the Muslim harassment and violence directed against Christians that is driving many out of Palestinian Authority areas. “The Christian community of Bethlehem has been dwindling for at least a century because of economic and political hardships, but now it is hemorrhaging,” then mayor, Roman Catholic Hanna Nasser, told the London Sunday Times in 2003. Large-scale emigration of Christian Arabs from what would become Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip began in the late 1800s, according to Daphne Tsimhoni in her book, Christian Communities in Jerusalem and the West Bank Since 1948. But since Israel’s establishment in 1948, its Christian Arab population has grown nearly 400 percent, from 34,000 to almost 130,000; it is the only country in the Middle East with a growing Christian minority. 7) Novak laments that current Bethlehem mayor, Victor Batarseh, “is on the Israeli blacklist because he contributed to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which the State Department has designated a terrorist organization.” The PFLP, one of the largest factions in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) after Fatah, staged 122 attacks, murdering 18 Israelis, in 1991 alone. In 2006, the PFLP criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for condemning a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, claimed responsibility for attacking Israeli border guards after a failed attempt to kidnap a soldier, and reportedly joined with Palestinian Islamic Jihad in terrorist attempts. 8) The columnist, acting like a stenographer, not an analyst, parrots the line that “the Britain-based organization Save the Children estimates that half the children in the occupied territories are psychologically traumatized.” No doubt Save the Children, and Novak, could reach a similar estimate by talking to children in Israeli towns and villages within range of chronic rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, or in the northern third of Israel after last summer’s month-long barrage by Hezbollah rockets. This “factoid,” devoid of context or proof of methodology, is – like the column itself – without substance.