Syria, for example, where Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has slaughtered over 5000 of the country’s citizens, has also been instrumental in funneling weaponry to terrorist groups intent on murdering Israelis. A 2008 U.S. State Department report pointed out “that Syria provided political and material support to Hezbollah and allowed Iran to use Syrian territory as a transit point for assistance to Hezbollah, Hamas, [and] Palestine Islamic Jihad . . , among others, based their external leadership within Syria’s borders.” Syria’s internal problems have not prevented the transfer of weapons and intelligence; in fact, the rate has increased since the revolt. The IDF has claimed that Syria regularly trains Hezbollah on using advanced anti-aircraft weapon systems against Israeli targets.
Iran, of course, also has a long history of funding terrorism and fueling jihad in the Middle East, and particularly for any group or state interested in murdering Jews. The State Department report noted that “in 2008, Iran provided more than $200 million in funding to Lebanese Hezbollah and trained over 3,000 Hezbollah fighters at camps in Iran,” and that “since the end of the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah conflict, Iran has assisted Hezbollah in rearming, in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.1.”
Speaking at a 2011 rally, Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s secretary-general, boasted about the size of his group’s deadly arsenal, some 40,000 rockets and missiles aimed at Israel and one of the world’s largest stockpile of weapons.
“We are growing in numbers,” Nasrallah crowed, and “our training is getting better and our weapons are increasing. And for those who are betting that our weapons are rusting, we say that our weapons are being renewed.”
Iran’s fingerprints are on the weapons and armaments flowing into Gaza to Hamas, as well. A 2011 State Department report from the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism observed that “Iran increased the provision of medium-range rockets” and the unrelenting barrage of rockets and mortars from Gaza into southern Israeli towns “demonstrated technological advancements,” and “the rockets could also be launched from greater distances and with larger warheads.”
“In addition,” the report continued, “Israeli experts assessed that Hamas successfully smuggled Fajr-5 rockets from the Sinai Peninsula through tunnels into Gaza, and subsequently began producing these rockets in Gaza, which were capable of striking Tel Aviv suburbs.”
“Divestment campaigns and requests for institutional divestment,” a University of Wisconsin guide for BDS radicals reveals, should insure that “the argument is more directed towards questioning the nature of the exclusively-Jewish nature of Israel and the racist policies that allow the existence of such a project. This argument is far more effective and winnable than that of debating specific events and facts.”
But if misguided divestment proponents ignore “events and facts,” if they insist on promoting a campaign to strip Israel of its ability to protect its citizens from being murdered while ignoring the lethal arms buildup in the hands of terrorist organizations and rogue states, they will expose themselves, and their motives, as being disingenuous at best, and anti-Semitic and genocidal at worst.
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