| With the world's eyes on Egypt and protests spreading
throughout the Arab world, the safety of Israel has become a point of concern
in the media at levels not seen since the second Gulf War. For the first time
since that war, the media has shown maps of the entire Middle East on
television, only this time to unprecedented levels.
The shape of Israel alone in the media map looks to some as
if Israel is engulfing the "West Bank" as it encroaches on the top,
bottom and middle. That image fuels the impression the Arab world wants to
project, in that Israel is aggressively positioning itself to surround and
conquer Arab lands. The Arab world, therefore, is surely not pleased with the
greater map being shown on television repeatedly, with Israel practically
This begs the question as to why the Arab world is so focused
on a piece of land you need a magnifying glass to find. More so, I ask why the
Arab world is putting so much attention to this relatively miniscule piece of
land instead of working toward its own prosperity. The answer may surprise you.
In 1921, the Arab Congress was formed to coordinate the
boycotts which began as early as 1910, to starve out the Jews before Israel
could be created. This was before the Arab states were created too. Once the
states, including Israel in 1948, were created, the Arab Congress was renamed
the League of Arab States, more commonly referred to as the Arab League. Today,
the Arabs don't want you to know that the Arab League has declared war on
Israel, or that the Arab League exports their boycott of Israel globally to
have non-Arabs assist in destroying Israel economically. To the Arabs, an
economic weakening of Israel also means a weaker Israeli army on a future
battlefield, not to mention economic implosion to destroy the Jewish state.
In today's media, Arab commentators keep repeating the false
claim that Egypt is the 5,000 years old land of the Pharos, a lie that
respectable reporters have parroted. The fact is Egypt gained its independence
from the United Kingdom on February 28, 1922, and the Arab culture is far from
the world of the Pharos. Egypt's largest city, Alexandria, is not named for the
Pharos, but rather a people who conquered and dispersed the Biblical Egyptians
into oblivion. Today's Egyptians hardly resemble the people depicted in the
Pyramids. These are not the same Egyptians.
The question still remains: Why is the Arab world so
preoccupied with a boycott of a sliver of land while a large percentage of the
Egyptian people are starving? The average Egyptian makes ten percent of the
average American's wages, and fifteen percent of the average Israeli's. The
answer is the Arab world prefers to fight Israel than create a better life for
its own people. Despite the fact that the majority of Egyptians have been
starving for decades, today's protests are not about economic prosperity or
government handouts. The protests were triggered in support of and to copy the
success that the radical Hezbollah terrorists had when they recently took total
control of Lebanon.
While the Arab boycott precedes the creation of the Arab
states and even Israel, it speaks volumes about Arab attitudes toward Jews, not
just Israel. It is one thing to not like a person or nation, but another to
harm yourself just to inflict pain on another. Yet, that is exactly what we are
seeing in the Arab world.
Israel has the highest GDP per capita of any nation in the
Middle East, double that of the super wealthy Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where
tourists are forbidden to see the starving masses. The Arabs know this via the
Internet, which helped coordinate the riots in Egypt, but they don't care.
Hatred of Israel rules supreme in the Arab world.
Soon after the riots in Egypt began, the media silenced
comments by protesters against peace with Israel. In 2006, Hamas, a subsidiary
of the Muslim Brotherhood, kidnapped Steve Centanni, a Fox News reporter and
his cameraman in Gaza. Why? Because they did not like Fox News' general
reporting. This makes me wonder if the reporters whom the Egyptian government
officials had assaulted were attacked for their parent network's content, for
showing the map of the Middle East where Israel is nearly invisible because it
is so tiny compared to the Arab world. I do not believe it is a coincidence
that I have not seen those maps much, if at all, after the recent reports of
reporters being beaten.
The current violence in Egypt is unmasking the Arab League's
agenda to destroy Israel: They don't want you to see the greater Middle East
map; they don't want you to see public calls to destroy Israel; and they
certainly don't like it when I expose the truth behind the Arab boycott of
Make no mistake about it. Radical groups like Al-Awda which
are dedicated to the destruction of Israel are both pushing the Arab boycott of
Israel in the United States and are marching in New York City to overthrow
Mubarek with signs reading "Long Live the Egyptian Intifada!" The
Arab boycott is about destroying Israel, not bringing peace as the BDS
(Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) proponents like to claim. After all, you can't
have peace with someone who will not sit down with you for a cup of coffee. The
Arab boycott of Israel is fundamentally anti-peace. After all, boycotts
separate people, not bring them together.
Fred Taub is the President of Boycott Watch, an expert in
boycotts, the author of the book Boycotting Peace (Balfour Books, 2011), has
appeared on the Fox News Channel, Al-Jazeera Television, and several other
media outlets. His work has also been cited in two cases before the United
States Supreme Court.