The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Monday, April 15, 2002  


Today in the Philadelphia Inquirer we have an ad from the local chapter of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League. It reads:

"Israel we are with you.

"Israel is a nation under terrorist attack.* [Ed: The asterisk refers to Netanyah, Eilon Moreh, Jersalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Efrat, and Jerusalem, presumably the only places where the ADL thinks anyone has died in recent weeks.]

"We support Israel's exercising the most fundamental right of a state -- the defense of its citizens. We express solidarity with the state, goverment and people of Israel. We are deeply saddened and pained by the tragic loss of life as a result of the vicious campaign of Palestinian terrorism.

"Israel wants peace. But Israel's longing for peace will not lessen its determination to fight and defeat those who murder innocent men, women and children, and seek to destroy the Jewish state."

The ad concludes with the Nixon campaign's primary slogan of 1972, later borrowed by Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines: "Now more than ever."

No sadness is expressed for the innocent people killed by the Israeli army.

No pain is felt for those killed in Jenin, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus.

No regret is expressed for the shameful display of aggression at the Church of the Nativity.

No apologies are given for the army's shooting at unarmed journalists.

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