Protestors Prove Terrorists and Hate-Filled Bigots Will NEVER Be Partners for Peace!

On campuses across Canada, throughout the US, across the UK and Europe thousands of protesting “students” have carried out a campaign against the war in Gaza … or at least, against one side in it, Israel.

They have called for universities, governments and corporations to divest ANY economic, scientific, professional, cultural/educational contacts with the Jewish state.

Many have also called on Western nations to condemn Israel’s military actions in Gaza, stop providing it military equipment (even of a defensive nature), cut ties with every company doing business in Israel, stop selling any Israeli products in our countries, and have even expressed support for another violent Intifada.

Some have gone further: calling for the complete elimination of Israel as a state. (Don’t let anyone fool you: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” means the destruction of the Jewish state.)

And make no mistake: when they call for a “full ceasefire” and withdrawal of all Israeli forces from Gaza, that’s just another way of calling for a Hamas victory, that would allow the terrorist organization to survive, rebuild, re-arm, fire more rockets, carry out more deadly attacks on Israelis … and continue to oppress the Palestinian people as well.

The worst of the protestors have also spewed anti-Semitic vitriol, praising Hamas terrorists for their murderous rampage Oct 7, or have verbally and physically assaulted students wearing Jewish religious symbols or intimidated those just trying to attend classes.

And several of the protests have been marred by violence: smashing of windows, doors and furnishings; occupying and spray-painting of buildings, inside and out, with graffiti and anti-Semitic hate messages; desecrating of statues; tearing down and burning of flags; and, violent confrontations with counter-protestors.

And that’s where they fail.

Clearly, these “students” have not taken any courses on the civil rights ideas, campaigns, and tactics of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela. Or they failed the course!

Because none of the campus protests I have seen anywhere have called for Palestinians and Israelis to live peacefully side by side: two neighbouring states and peoples, respecting each other, co-operating economically, culturally and even on matters of mutual security, to defeat extremism and terrorism.

And that’s where/how the protestors prove an important point: terrorists and those supporting them are not partners for peace.

The latest protests condemn Israel and everything Israeli and, in too many cases, express just plain, bigoted hate against Jewish people.

But they say NOTHING to call out the Palestinian terrorists (Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP, Al Aqsa Brigade) who, even during periods of “ceasefire”, fired thousands of rockets deliberately aimed at Israeli civilians and then carried out the massacre and hostage-takings of Oct 7.

The student protestors, and the agitators who have joined them, by being so one-sided, are actually HURTING any chances of an end to the 80-year-long conflict … and Hamas knows/welcomes that!

Sunday, no doubt buoyed by the worldwide support from the protests, Hamas left the negotiations in Cairo, deliberately once more scuttling a temporary ceasefire,, … and then fired 10 rockets from Rafah at the Kerem Shalom border post (where hundreds of trucks carrying food from Israel into Gaza have been crossing daily) injuring 10 Israeli soldiers … three of them critically.

So the border is closed again.

Peace will only come between the Palestinians and Israelis when moderate leaders on both sides sit down and negotiate a mutual agreement, complete with agreed upon borders and security arrangements.

But to do that, Hamas and the other terrorist groups crippling Gaza MUST first be eliminated … for the good of the Palestinian people, as well as the Israelis.

Western governments …and any “students” who REALLY care about the Palestinians should support that objective.

War IS terrible, but sometimes necessary, to achieve real, lasting peace.

It’s time for Israel to finish the job!

Harv Oberfeld

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NDP Re-Criminalization of Public Drug Use is a Good Start to Taking Back Our Streets/Parks

It was an experiment that went wrong … terribly wrong, after the BC NDP government one year ago decriminalized possession and use of small amounts of hard drugs.

The results: increased open hard drug use in several BC urban communities, not less; more opioid drug deaths, not less; more urban streets/parks, needle/social decay problems, not less; more drugged-up crazies wandering the streets scaring/threatening passersby; more retail thefts, vandalism, and more actual acts of violence in commercial, residential and even recreational areas, not less.

The NDP’s pandering to the druggies created urban communities in BC where many people feared to tread outside their homes, unless accompanied by others.

It not only destroyed Vancouver’s Granville Street as a shopping, dining, entertainment hub, but also led to increased crime/violent attacks/even murder on neighbouring streets/areas as well.

Other cities across BC experienced similar increases in open hard drug use, and also suffered from increases in thefts, drug-crazed public safety incidents and frightening unprovoked violent attacks against citizens, who were just going about their business.

The Vancouver-based media (I do not do detailed monitoring of media from other parts of the province) have been very soft on the NDP government, but I believe one day historians will agree with what I have written repeatedly on the blog … that the “bleeding heart” policies/actions/ideological blindness of the current NDP provincial government, aided and abetted in Vancouver’s case by the former extreme left City Council, did terrible damage to the social fabric/safety/economy of the city … and probably, many other BC urban communities have endured similar problems as well as a result of the NDP’s open “drug use is okay” policies.

Something had to give!

The final straw? The revelation, through a leaked memo to the BC United Opposition, that under the NDP-introduced policy , open hard drug use was even being allowed by patients in BC hospitals … potentially increasing problems/safety of other already-vulnerable and stressed out patients, staff and visitors.

Open hard drug use in hospitals … okay under the NDP!!!

When that was revealed, the government’s response? A promise to hire 320 more Security Officers to work in health facilities!

Geez!!

Last Friday, though, in the face of growing public angst/anger/fear and community, business and hospital staff open concerns/complaints … and maybe even our rants on this blog … the NDP government too had enough!

Premier David Eby announced that BC would backtrack and re-criminalize once more the use of drugs in public spaces.

“The province has made an urgent request to Health Canada to make amendments to B.C.’s exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to give police the power to step in when they see illicit drug use in public spaces, including inside hospitals, on transit and in parks,” The Vancouver Sun reported.

(The province had tried to specifically ban drug use from parks and playgrounds etc before, but a challenge by druggie supporters/advocates tied that up in Court … possibly for years. The Health Canada approach apparently will circumvent that and expedite the ban.)

It was the right move.

Possession/use of small amounts of drugs in private or sanctioned indoor locations will remain decriminalized.

And let’s keep it real: police will not likely be wholesale arresting people toking up as they walk down the street or even those using hard drugs in alleyways or other discreet outdoor locations, but at least the change could stop the open shooting up on sidewalks, in store doorways, in parks or even playgrounds, as had become so prevalent.

“Premier David Eby said during a news conference Friday that police need tools to address extraordinary circumstances where people are compromising public safety through their drug use,” The Sun said.

You can read the full Sun story here: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/bc-asks-health-canada-to-make-drug-use-in-public-illegal-again.

The province’s move is a good start to taking back our streets, parks, beaches and playgrounds … so the majority of the population can enjoy them, without feeling unsafe or worried that there’s a good chance their kids could be exposed to used needles laying somewhere nearby on the pavement, on the ground, in the grass or in the sand.

This does not mean that most British Columbians are not sympathetic or not concerned about hard drug users suffering from their affliction.

There should also be a major increase in funding for treatment programs and facilities to get off drugs those who want help to do so … but now can’t find it.

And the province and the federal government should also change the laws to force the judges too, in our current “injustice” system, to keep repeat drug dealers, violent offenders and multi-conviction recidivist thieves in custody for more than a few hours.

Then … and only then … can the reclaiming of BC cities’ core areas begin, to restore them to people places, where shoppers, diners and families can return … day or night … without the fear of facing danger.

And re-criminalizing open use of drugs in public places was a good start … if police, Crown Counsels and BC’s Judges also do their jobs!

Harv Oberfeld

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