A Survivor of Palestinian Tyranny Defends Israel

(Phyllis Chesler/FrontPageMagazine) Brigitte Gabriel- 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 in Lebanon. It was Israel that came to help the Christians in Lebanon. My mother was wounded by a Muslim's shell and was taken to an Israeli hospital for treatment. I was shocked to see the doctors treat my mother before they treated the Israeli soldier lying next to her. Those 22 days at that hospital changed my life. I realized that I had been sold a fabricated lie by my government about the Jews and Israel that was far from reality. I knew that if I was a Jew standing in an Arab hospital, I would be lynched to shouts of "Allahu Akbar." Once behavior is legitimized against Israel, it is legitimized everywhere in the world. 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 a speech delivered at the Duke University Counter Terrorism Speak-Out on Thursday.

2004-10-15 00:00:00

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