Last week a devastating fire in the city of Kyriat Karmel killed 42 Israelis and destroyed much of the Carmel Forest.

Israeli firefighters watch a devastating fire in the city of Kyriat Karmel, Carmel Forest, near Israel’s northern city of Haifa. 42 people died in the fires. (AFP)

A 14 year-old Arab boy confessed to starting the Mount Carmel fire while smoking a water pipe before returning to school.

This was not an isolated incident. Israel has been combating a wave of terrorist arson by Arab citizens of Israel. This video footage shot from an IAF aircraft, which shows a vehicle escaping from the scene of an arson attack on the Carmel Mountain in an earlier assault.

Of course, the Israeli press has been low key on the wave of arson by Israel’s Arabs.

So, what was the left’s reaction to these terror attacks on the Jewish nation?
Yesterday, at The Atlantic, blogger Jeffrey Goldberg urged readers to turn their backs on Israel:

Inevitably, the Jewish National Fund, which, among other things, plants forests in Israel, is asking for donations from Americans for its “Forest Fire Emergency Campaign,” in response to the massive fire spreading across the Carmel mountains. But I’m not giving.

Israel’s per capita GDP is nearly $30,000. Israel is a rich country. The fact that it doesn’t possess adequate firefighting equipment is its own fault. The fact that the leadership of its fire service is incompetent is its own fault (you can read more about that here). At some point, the good-hearted Diaspora Jews who still think of Israel as a charity case are going to have to tell their cousins to learn to fully-fund basic services like firefighting if they want to be thought of as citizens of an advanced country.

Horrible. Absolutely horrible.
What’s worse… After a day of reflection Jeffrey Goldberg still stands by this appalling position.

Today, rather than apologize for his outrageous attack on Israel, Goldberg decided to attack this blog instead.

Are we really sure the Internet is an appropriate vehicle for the dissemination of knowledge? A prominent right-wing website accuses The Atlantic of anti-Zionism, because of my recent post on the Carmel fire:

Maybe someday the Jews in America will wake up to the absolute hatred and hostility the left has for the State of Israel.
This is just disgusting.

A leading leftist website is urging liberals not to donate to Israeal’s fire relief fund… Because Israel is a “rich” country. The Atlantic today is urging liberals to turn their back on Israel.

And, fellow Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan joined Goldberg in attacking this blog. Andrew seems to believe that Goldberg’s position is pro-Israel.
…I kid you not.

Yesterday, Jeffrey Goldberg and The Atlantic threw Israel into the fire. Today they defended their words.
And, this is considered respectable commentary on the left. Disgusting.

More… The Jewish National Fund is hoping to raise $10 million for reforesting and firefighting efforts. You can donate here.

UPDATE: Laura from Israel wrote in–

Hi Jim
I enjoy reading your blog and appreciate your constant support for Israel. Jeffrey Goldberg’s Unhinged column today really made me angry. I sent him the following email:

Dear Mr Goldberg
I’ve been living in Israel for 9 years, and when I saw your column recommending that American Jews not donate to the fire relief efforts, I felt sick.
If this is the ‘support’ (moral, financial and emotional) that you show for Israel at a time when the country is weeping and bleeding, then I’ll take Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit blog over you. Any day.

All the best to you (and I hope you treat yourself to something nice with the money you didn’t donate!)

Anyway, no matter what the left says (and unfortunately we have plenty of the same here in Israel), your support does not go unnoticed and I thank you for it.
Best wishes
Laura

 

 

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  1. Andrew Sullivan.

    Bwahahahahahaha! You mean this Andrew Sullivan aka RawMuscleGlutes?

    http://www.villagevoice.com/2001-06-19/news/the-real-andrew-sullivan-scandal/

    And you’ll all be surprised to hear that Ole RawMuscleGlutes considers himself to be a VICTIM. Imagine that.

  2. The level of sheer hatred towards Israel coming from the left is absolutely astounding.

  3. Sick ba$tards.

  4. we all know how compasionate liberals are.

  5. Why anyone pays attention to this Sullivan freak is beyond me.

    Warning: This link is not safe for work.

    Bareback City Profile for RAWMUSLGLUTES

    http://web.archive.org/web/20010606105110/milkyloads.tripod.com/bareback/index.html

    Patterico explains it quite well:

    Why We Need to Link Andrew Sullivan

    http://patterico.com/2008/09/06/why-we-need-to-link-andrew-sullivan/

  6. Gov. Mike Huckabee gave a speech yesterday at the 28th annual Beit El dinner in Manhattan. He said he was “grateful to be amongst so many in the room who have shown courage in seeking to stand with Israel.” http://ilikemikehuckabee2012.blogspot.com/2010/12/mike-huckabee-speaks-at-beit-el-dinner.html

    Joel Rosenberg has a fund called the Joshua Fund which helps those in need in Israel. Please consider making a donation: http://www.joshuafund.net/pages/page.asp?page_id=41773

  7. Oh, I know: We should be encouraged to give our money to foreign countries in order so that the foreign countries can carry out everyday governmental actions which they chose not to fund adequately!

    Socialism for all!

  8. You’re in good company, Hoft. Goldberg and Sullivan have had Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs in their sights for years and Goldberg writes smear or hit pieces on Geller on a regular basis. With a little effort, maybe one day you’ll be an important part of Goldberg’s life, too, like Geller is today.

  9. #1 December 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm
    Chisum commented:
    Andrew Sullivan
    ………..

    What passes for “moral authority” on the Left.

    BUYcott Israel!!! Whoo-hoo!!

  10. Wanumba,

    I hesitated to add those links but believe that people should be aware of what we as conservatives are up against. That Andrew Sullivan has been given a venue to spew his twisted hate speaks volumes.

    Agreed! BUYcott Israel!

  11. #7 December 6, 2010 at 9:10 pm
    John Stanford commented:

    “Oh, I know: We should be encouraged to give our money to foreign countries in order so that the foreign countries can carry out everyday governmental actions which they chose not to fund adequately ….”

    Hey John…. Here’s a news flash for you. Responding to “man-caused disasters” and/or terrorist attacks are hardly things we normal people consider to be “everyday government actions”. I suppose if you’re an anarchist, you might think that these things are to be expected, but the rest of us would probably disagree. And, since when is voluntarily helping the victims of such a disaster Socialism? Socialism is when someone TAKES your money and gives it to someone else. There’s a BIG difference between the two scenarios.

    A government certainly has a responsibility to be reasonably prepared for whatever emergencies that might naturally normally occur, but when something outside the norm happens, compassionate people step up to the plate and help them out. Making catastrophes like this happen is what terrorism is all about, and those who refuse to help the victims are making it quite clear whose side they are on.

  12. Every summer we have massive forest fires here in the US, sometimes many thousands of acres. We do not have a single state or a single community that has enough fire equipment or fire fighters to deal with this kind of emergency. And because we do not, here in New England, where we don’t have many forest fires, we have dedicated teams who go every summer to fight fires in the West.

    Sharing and sometimes helping to replace equipment is what neighbors do.

  13. “Are we really sure the Internet is an appropriate vehicle for the dissemination of knowledge?”

    Very Orwellian

    Oddly, J. Goldberg disallows comments.

  14. These left in this country like, Goldberg, and, Sullivan, among others are cultists. They are following the cult of marxism and the Obama Temple. They are no different than the followers of Charles Manson and Jim Jones. Truly sick individuals. They will never be able to see how sick they are, they just attack what is normal and good.

    Democratic Kool Aid
    http://www.resistnet.com/profiles/blogs/democratic-kool-aid-harry

  15. Ummm….. regarding Ms Andrew Sullivan…… ummmm….as one of those rare men (according to Hollywood) who thinks that some things look funny as I would not want them around my kids….ummm…. may I ask why in the world any blogger would quote a man who wears panties and proudly admits that he likes to get down on his hands and knees and be taken like a woman? Righteous bloggers would call Ms Andrew Sullivan “Creep Show,” and not elevate his game by sharing the stage with him.

  16. But we shouldn’t help the Jews because everyone knows that they’re wealthy tightwads who skimped on fire fighting equipment because they’re too cheap! /snark
    Isn’t that the gist of the Atlantic’s argument?
    No anti-semitism there! Oh no!
    And Andrew “Trig” Sullivan? Is he even relevant these days? He didn’t just jump the shark and the couch…he’s jumped a padded room wearing a straight jacket!

  17. Why does “boy smoking” = “terrorism”?

  18. Some “rich country”! Carl of Israel Matzav has posted a comparison of Israeli and “Palestinian” firefighting equipment, originally published in Hebrew in an Israeli newspaper: http://israelmatzav.blogspot.com/2010/12/israels-outdated-firefighting-equipment.html#links

    “150 of Israel’s fire trucks were manufactured 15-20 years ago or more, while all of the ‘Palestinians’ trucks are brand new.

    Israel’s trucks carry three firefighters each – the ‘Palestinians’ trucks carry seven each.

    Israel’s trucks have relatively low water pressure – the ‘Palestinians’ trucks have high pressure.

    Israel’s technology is old; the ‘Palestinians’ technology is new.

    The ‘Palestinian’ trucks carry more than double the equipment of the Israeli trucks.

    150 of Israel’s fire trucks were manufactured 15-20 years ago or more, while all of the ‘Palestinians’ trucks are brand new.

    Israel’s trucks carry three firefighters each – the ‘Palestinians’ trucks carry seven each.

    Israel’s trucks have relatively low water pressure – the ‘Palestinians’ trucks have high pressure.

    Israel’s technology is old; the ‘Palestinians’ technology is new.

    The ‘Palestinian’ trucks carry more than double the equipment of the Israeli trucks.

    Isn’t it nice to get ‘international aid’?”

  19. Many countries offered to help the US during the oil spill this year. Was it wrong for them to do it because the US is a rich country? It is simple compassion and neighborliness. No other country would receive the same criticism as goldberg gives israel. This is pure unadulterated bigotry.

    When there is a natural disaster in the US, the redcross is there to help everyone in need. Should they refuse aid to rich americans. Should we refuse to donate to the redcross because they help rich people in times of emergency?

  20. The Atlantic probably doesn’t have to work too hard to convince their readership to turn their backs on Israel.



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