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    Speech by a Lebanese Christian Woman at Duke

    Iím proud and honored to stand here today as a Lebanese speaking for Israel -- the only democracy in the Middle East. As someone who was raised in an Arabic country, I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the Arabic world.

    I was raised in Lebanon where I was taught that the Jews were evil, Israel was the devil, and the only time we will have peace in the Middle East is when we kill all the Jews and drive them into the sea.

    When the Muslims and Palestinians declared Jihad on the Christians in 1975, they started massacring the Christians city after city. I ended up living in a bomb shelter underground from age 10 to 17 without electricity eating grass to live and crawling under sniper bullets to a spring to get water.

    It was Israel that came to help the Christians in Lebanon. My mother was wounded by a Muslimís shell and was taken into an Israeli hospital for treatment. When we entered the emergency room I was shocked at what I saw. There were hundreds of people wounded, Muslims, Palestinians, Christian Lebanese and Israeli soldiers lying on the floor. The doctors treated everyone according to their injury. They treated my mother before they treated the Israeli soldier lying next to her. They didnít see religion. They didnít see political affiliation. They saw people in need and they helped.

    For the first time in my life, I experienced a human quality that I know my culture would never have shown to its enemy. I experienced the values of the Israelis -- who were able to love their enemy in their most trying moments. I spent 22 days at that hospital. Those days changed my life and the way I listen to the media. I realized that I had been sold a fabricated lie by my government about the Jews and Israel that was so far from reality. I knew for a fact that if I was a Jew standing in an Arab hospital, I would be lynched and thrown over to the grounds as shouts of joy of ďAllahu AkbarĒ (God is Great) would echo through the hospital and the surrounding streets.

    I became friends with the families of the Israeli wounded soldiers, one in particular Rina, her only child was wounded in his eyes.

    One day I was visiting with her and the Israeli army band came to play national songs to lift the spirits of the wounded soldiers. As they surrounded Rinaís sonís bed playing a song about Jerusalem, Rina and I started crying. I felt out of place and started waking out of the room, and this mother holds my hand and pulls me back in without even looking at me. She holds me crying and says: ďIt is not your faultĒ. We just stood there crying holding each otherís hands.

    What a contrast between her, a mother looking at her deformed 19 year old only child, and still able to love me -- the enemy, and between a Muslim mother who sends her son to blow himself up to smithereens just to kill a few Jews or Christians.

    The difference between the Arabic world and Israel is a difference in values and character. Itís barbarism versus civilization. Itís dictatorship versus democracy. Itís evil versus goodness.

    Once upon a time, there was a special place in the lowest depths of hell for anyone who would intentionally murder a child. Now, the intentional murder of Israeli children is legitimized as Palestinian ďarmed struggleĒ. However, once such behavior is legitimized against Israel, it is legitimized everywhere in the world, constrained by nothing more than the subjective belief of people who would wrap themselves in dynamite and nails for the purpose of killing children in the name of God.

    Because the Palestinians have been encouraged to believe that murdering innocent Israeli civilians is a legitimate tactic for advancing their cause, the whole world now suffers from a plague of terrorism, from Nairobi to New York, from Moscow to Madrid, from Bali to Beslan , a plague of terror which has been authored and perfected by the Palestinians for the last half century .

    They blame suicide bombing on "desperation from occupation." But let me tell you the truth. The first major terror bombing committed by Arabs against the Jewish state occurred ten weeks before Israel even became independent. On Sunday morning, February 22, 1948, in anticipation of Israelís independence, a triple truck bomb was detonated by Arab terrorists on Ben Yehuda Street in what was then the Jewish section of Jerusalem. Fifty-four people were killed and hundreds were wounded. It is obvious that Arab terrorism is caused not by the ďdesperation from occupationĒ, but by the VERY THOUGHT of a Jewish state.

    So many times in history in the last 100 years, citizens have stood by and done nothing, allowing evil to prevail. As America stood up against and defeated communism, now it is time to stand up against the terror of religious bigotry and intolerance. Itís time for all of us to stand up and support and defend the state of Israel, which is the front line of the war against terrorism.
    http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/Rea...e.asp?ID=15545

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    Bump!

    Oh yeah, this just in:

    http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/9642800/detail.html

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    Soooo QJF - why post this story? This isn't just about Israel - its any non-Muslim that's at risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queens Jet Fan
    Iím proud and honored to stand here today as a Lebanese speaking for Israel -- the only democracy in the Middle East. As someone who was raised in an Arabic country, I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the Arabic world.

    I was raised in Lebanon where I was taught that the Jews were evil, Israel was the devil, and the only time we will have peace in the Middle East is when we kill all the Jews and drive them into the sea.

    When the Muslims and Palestinians declared Jihad on the Christians in 1975, they started massacring the Christians city after city. I ended up living in a bomb shelter underground from age 10 to 17 without electricity eating grass to live and crawling under sniper bullets to a spring to get water.

    It was Israel that came to help the Christians in Lebanon. My mother was wounded by a Muslimís shell and was taken into an Israeli hospital for treatment. When we entered the emergency room I was shocked at what I saw. There were hundreds of people wounded, Muslims, Palestinians, Christian Lebanese and Israeli soldiers lying on the floor. The doctors treated everyone according to their injury. They treated my mother before they treated the Israeli soldier lying next to her. They didnít see religion. They didnít see political affiliation. They saw people in need and they helped.

    For the first time in my life, I experienced a human quality that I know my culture would never have shown to its enemy. I experienced the values of the Israelis -- who were able to love their enemy in their most trying moments. I spent 22 days at that hospital. Those days changed my life and the way I listen to the media. I realized that I had been sold a fabricated lie by my government about the Jews and Israel that was so far from reality. I knew for a fact that if I was a Jew standing in an Arab hospital, I would be lynched and thrown over to the grounds as shouts of joy of ďAllahu AkbarĒ (God is Great) would echo through the hospital and the surrounding streets.

    I became friends with the families of the Israeli wounded soldiers, one in particular Rina, her only child was wounded in his eyes.

    One day I was visiting with her and the Israeli army band came to play national songs to lift the spirits of the wounded soldiers. As they surrounded Rinaís sonís bed playing a song about Jerusalem, Rina and I started crying. I felt out of place and started waking out of the room, and this mother holds my hand and pulls me back in without even looking at me. She holds me crying and says: ďIt is not your faultĒ. We just stood there crying holding each otherís hands.

    What a contrast between her, a mother looking at her deformed 19 year old only child, and still able to love me -- the enemy, and between a Muslim mother who sends her son to blow himself up to smithereens just to kill a few Jews or Christians.

    The difference between the Arabic world and Israel is a difference in values and character. Itís barbarism versus civilization. Itís dictatorship versus democracy. Itís evil versus goodness.

    Once upon a time, there was a special place in the lowest depths of hell for anyone who would intentionally murder a child. Now, the intentional murder of Israeli children is legitimized as Palestinian ďarmed struggleĒ. However, once such behavior is legitimized against Israel, it is legitimized everywhere in the world, constrained by nothing more than the subjective belief of people who would wrap themselves in dynamite and nails for the purpose of killing children in the name of God.

    Because the Palestinians have been encouraged to believe that murdering innocent Israeli civilians is a legitimate tactic for advancing their cause, the whole world now suffers from a plague of terrorism, from Nairobi to New York, from Moscow to Madrid, from Bali to Beslan , a plague of terror which has been authored and perfected by the Palestinians for the last half century .

    They blame suicide bombing on "desperation from occupation." But let me tell you the truth. The first major terror bombing committed by Arabs against the Jewish state occurred ten weeks before Israel even became independent. On Sunday morning, February 22, 1948, in anticipation of Israelís independence, a triple truck bomb was detonated by Arab terrorists on Ben Yehuda Street in what was then the Jewish section of Jerusalem. Fifty-four people were killed and hundreds were wounded. It is obvious that Arab terrorism is caused not by the ďdesperation from occupationĒ, but by the VERY THOUGHT of a Jewish state.

    So many times in history in the last 100 years, citizens have stood by and done nothing, allowing evil to prevail. As America stood up against and defeated communism, now it is time to stand up against the terror of religious bigotry and intolerance. Itís time for all of us to stand up and support and defend the state of Israel, which is the front line of the war against terrorism.
    http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/Rea...e.asp?ID=15545
    I wonder what she thinks of the IDF smart bombing Christian children who have nothing but hate for Hezbollah...They again killed Innocent children in a neighborhood that is Catholic and have no Muslims living in it..

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    Fatman said: "I wonder what she thinks of the IDF smart bombing Christian children who have nothing but hate for Hezbollah...They again killed Innocent children in a neighborhood that is Catholic and have no Muslims living in it"

    There are Christian sympathizers for Hezbollah. They see Hez as social workers and ultra nationalists. They feel that as long as the rockets are pointed as Israel which is non-Arab and Jewish, there is no threat to the Christians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2009fatman
    I wonder what she thinks of the IDF smart bombing Christian children who have nothing but hate for Hezbollah...They again killed Innocent children in a neighborhood that is Catholic and have no Muslims living in it..

    Hmm . . . you pop your ignoramous head up in this thread but avoid responding to anybody in the other one. what a shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2009fatman
    I wonder what she thinks of the IDF smart bombing Christian children who have nothing but hate for Hezbollah...They again killed Innocent children in a neighborhood that is Catholic and have no Muslims living in it..
    The IDF does not aim smart bombs or any other type of bomb at Christian or Moslem children. When there was bombing in Christian neighborhoods it was to take out bridges and roads to damage resupply attempts of Hezbollah.

    If we were having missles sent at our civilians from Mexico you wouldn't want our govt to do the same there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum
    Soooo QJF - why post this story? This isn't just about Israel - its any non-Muslim that's at risk.
    Why did I post this? First of all I posted this last week because I thought it was topical. Jet Moses obviously liked it and bumped it up today.

    I think it shows a side that the media has ignored. That is Lebanese civilians who dislike Hezbollah and look at Israel in a civil way and understanding of their plight.

    It also shows the humanity of Israelis at a time when so many are accusing them of being inhuman and heartless because of the civlian death toll in Lebanon.

    Are those good enough reasons for you?
    Last edited by Queens Jet Fan; 08-08-2006 at 03:10 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Real_Teal

    There are Christian sympathizers for Hezbollah. They see Hez as social workers and ultra nationalists. They feel that as long as the rockets are pointed as Israel which is non-Arab and Jewish, there is no threat to the Christians.
    Catholics in that part of town have no sympathy for Hezbollah...Maybe you don't remember when the Israeli Army held camps in Lebanon back in 1982 let them slaughter each other. Sharon who was the head of the military at the time just turned his back and let them kill each other inside the camp that the Israeli army controlled. Muslims hate Christians and the hatred goes back centuries
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    Quote Originally Posted by doggin94it
    Hmm . . . you pop your ignoramous head up in this thread but avoid responding to anybody in the other one. what a shock.
    I will not dignify being labeled a
    anti-Semit or a bigot because people lack reading comprehension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2009fatman
    Catholics in that part of town have no sympathy for Hezbollah...Maybe you don't remember when the Israeli Army held camps in Lebanon back in 1982 let them slaughter each other. Sharon who was the head of the military at the time just turned his back and let them kill each other inside the camp that the Israeli army controlled. Muslims hate Christians and the hatred goes back centuries

    When the US bombed Serbia and killed innocent children with smart bombs were we targeting them? Prior to doing that were we allowing Serbs to kill Muslims or were Serbs killing Muslims?

    If Muslims are killing Christians or Christians are killing Muslims when Israel is not in control of the area is that the fault of the controlling entity or is it the fault of the people killing each other?

    Should we go into Africa to stop the genocide and if we do and children are killed with smart bombs accidentally are people like you going to scream that we are murderers? At what point are you going to hold people responsible for their actions on others? At what point do you give the green light to defend yourself or your ideals if you have any worth defending? At what point do you decide to hope things get better rather than pray for your own defeat and those of your allies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2009fatman
    I will not dignify being labeled a
    anti-Semit or a bigot because people lack reading comprehension.
    I labeled you neither. But in describing someone who is "cheering Israeli deaths" as a non-extremist, you labeled yourself an idiot.

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    http://www.moroccotimes.com/news/article.asp?id=9260

    You know damn well Mr. Potato Head and his proxy Nasrallah did it.

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    Who murdered former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafiq Hariri?

    Lebanon had a real shot at peace before he was assassinated:

    http://www.moroccotimes.com/news/article.asp?id=9260

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queens Jet Fan
    Why did I post this? First of all I posted this last week because I thought it was topical. Jet Moses obviously liked it and bumped it up today.

    I think it shows a side that the media has ignored. That is Lebanese civilians who dislike Hezbollah and look at Israel in a civil way and understanding of their plight.

    It also shows the humanity of Israelis at a time when so many are accusing them of being inhuman and heartless because of the civlian death toll in Lebanon.

    Are those good enough reasons for you?
    Yes - good answer.

    Any chance you'll be re-thinking your stance on the War on Terror now?

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    No need to rethink because I have always been a strong proponent of the war on terror - meaning to go after the terrorists wherever they are ie. Afghanistan and not to get diverted from that task. I suggest you read George Will today as he has an excellent article about the key to the War on Terror being law enforcement and not military actions and bombings.

    It's a crime that the administration cut $6 Mil from the budget on anti-explosive technology. How do we not have the money for that?

    George Will
    Last edited by Queens Jet Fan; 08-16-2006 at 03:50 PM.

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    I'll assume you're a proponent; being a component might mean you would be launched at IFs.

    I did read Will, but don't agree; for one thing, this has been expanding since 9/11, and our former definition of who is a terrorist has also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum
    I'll assume you're a proponent; being a component might mean you would be launched at IFs.

    I did read Will, but don't agree; for one thing, this has been expanding since 9/11, and our former definition of who is a terrorist has also.
    Sorry. Thanks for the correction. I don't think the definition of a terrorist has changed. To me the definition is someone who targets innocent civilians in the cause of political gain. I don't see why 9/11 changed that.

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