Monday, July 04, 2005

Brigitte Gabriel Speech at Duke University

an earlier post of mine was Brigitte Gabriel's speech at Columbia University; here's an earlier speech of hers at Duke.

Remarks of Brigitte Gabriel - delivered at the Duke University Counter
Terrorism
Speak out October 14, 2004

"I'm proud and honored to stand here today as a Lebanese speaking for Israel
the only democracy in the Middle East. As someone who was raised in an
Arabic country I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the Arabic
world.

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 Moslems and Palestinians declared Jihad on the Christians in 1975,
they started massacring the Christians city after city. I ended up living
in a bomb shelter underground from age 10 to 17 without electricity eating
grass to live and crawling under sniper bullets to a spring to get water.

It was Israel who came to help the Christians in Lebanon. My mother was
wounded by a Moslem shell and was taken into an Israeli hospital for
treatment. When we entered the emergency room I was shocked at what I saw.
They were hundreds of people wounded, Moslems, Palestinians, Christian
Lebanese and Israeli soldiers lying on the floor. The doctors treated
everyone according to their injury.

They treated my mother before they treated the Israeli soldier lying next to
her. They didn't see religion they didn't see political affiliation, they
saw people in need and they helped. For the first time in my life I
experienced a human quality that I know my culture would not have shown to
their enemy. I experienced the values of the Israelis who were able to love
their enemy in their most trying moments.

I spent 22 days at that hospital, those days changed my life and the way I
believe information, the way I listen to the radio or to television. I
realized I was sold a fabricated lie by my government about the Jews and
Israel that was so far from reality. I knew for fact that if I was a Jew
standing in an Arab hospital I would be lynched and thrown over to the
grounds as shouts of joy of Allahu Akbar, God is great would echo through
the hospital and the surrounding streets.

I became friends with the families of the Israeli wounded soldiers one in
particular Rina, her only child was wounded in his eyes. One day I was
visiting with her and the Israeli army band came to play national songs to
lift the spirits of the wounded soldiers. As they surrounded his bed playing
a song about Jerusalem Rina and I started crying. I felt out of place and
started waking out of the room, and this mother holds my hand and pulls me
back in without even looking at me. She holds me crying and says: " it is
not your fault". We just stood there crying holding each other's hands.

What a contrast between her, a mother looking at her deformed 19 year old
only child, and still able to love me the enemy, and between a Moslem mother
who sends her son to blow himself up to smithereens just to kill a few Jews
or Christians.

The difference between the Arabic world and Israel is a difference in values
and character. It's barbarism verses civilization. Its democracy verses
dictatorship. It's goodness verses evil.

Once upon a time there was a special place in the lowest depths of hell for
anyone who would intentionally murder a child. Now, the intentional murder
of Israeli children is legitimized as Palestinian "armed struggle".

However, once such behavior is legitimized against Israel, it is legitimized
every where in the world, constrained by nothing more than the subjective
belief of people who would wrap themselves in dynamite and nails for the
purpose of killing children in the name of god.

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 Nairobi to New
York, from Moscow to Madrid, from Bali to Beslan.

They blame suicide bombing on "desperation of occupation" Let me tell you
the truth. The first major terror bombing committed by Arabs against the
Jewish state occurred ten weeks before Israel even became independent. On
Sunday morning, February 22, 1948, in anticipation of Israel's independence,
a triple truck bomb was detonated by Arab terrorists on Ben Yehuda Street in
what was then the Jewish section of Jerusalem. Fifty-four people were killed
and hundreds were wounded. Thus, it is obvious that Arab terrorism is caused
not by the "desperation" of "occupation", but by the VERY THOUGHT of a
Jewish state.

So many times in history in the last 100 years, citizens have stood by and
done nothing allowing evil to prevail. As America stood up against and
defeated communism, now it is time to stand up against the terror of
religious bigotry and intolerance. It's time to all stand up and support
and defend the state of Israel, which is the front line of the war against
terrorism."

If you can, listen to Brigitte's speech online at:

http://www.phyllis-chesler.com/db_video.html

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