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The lessons of the Acre riots

Though Israeli security services concentrate on opposing Arab organizations, the Arabs didn’t need one for the Acre riots. Just like on so many occasions before, an incitement from a mosque mobilized a sufficient crowd of hotheads for whom Jew-hating is the only allowable kind of social protest. The Israeli attorney general refused to prosecute the rioters even though they chanted “Kill the Jews!” and meant it, coming out against Jewish residents with axes and rods. No doubt, a similar anti-Arab riot by Jews would have been punished severely.

No measures will be taken to combat Arab hostility toward Jews, and that’s understandable because it is built-in, and any such measures would be futile. But apparently even anti-Jewish actions will not be punished. Israel is the only civilized state that allows anti-Jewish riots such as in Acre, Israel.

Israeli police arrived at the scene hours late, in clearly insufficient numbers, and only acted on a grand scale after Jews managed to defend themselves. At that point, police equally suppressed Arab attackers and Jewish defenders. Here again, a leftist method to ignore the roots has been demonstrated: just like pacifists demand peace here and now, despite the necessity of rectifying previous wrongs, or anti-death-penalty activists scream about the rights of the accused without considering their victims’ right of revenge, so too, in Acre the police viewed both Jews and Arabs as equally engaged in violence, and arrested both.

The Jewish situation in Israel is precarious. Arabs in Acre were about two hours away from massacring local Jews. A little bit more incitement would definitely have pushed them over the edge. There are plenty of similarly endangered Jewish neighborhoods: Jerusalem, Lod, and Nazareth to name a few.

Jews were afraid to use firearms to defend themselves in the Acre riots. According to the monstrous Israeli regulations, soldiers are not allowed to shoot at Arabs unless they are clearly in for a murder. By such definition, Arabs with axes in the streetsórather than in housesócannot be shot at. Any Jewish self-defense organizations would be useless under these terms.

The idea of Jewish self-defense is unworkable because we’re too close to the Arabs. It’s like facing a violent criminal and waiting for him to strike you first before you respond. By the time he strikes, it might be too late. The only way to prevent murderous Arab riots in Israel is to preempt them by transferring the Arabs thirty miles away to Jordan and Lebanonóless distance than many Americans travel to work.

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