Palestinian parents to middle-schoolers in Alpharetta, GA make it clear that they want all Jews and their homeland destroyed
Autrey Middle School is a public school in the affluent Alpharetta suburb of Atlanta. It serves almost 1,500 students in grades six to eight, has almost 50% “minority” enrollment, and is ranked among top 5% in all public schools in Georgia.
As it turns out, Alpharetta is home to a large Jewish and specifically Israeli expat community and so it is understandable that the school should have a large Jewish population as well, though one would imagine that they are not counted as a “minority” enrollment.
Last Thursday, the school held its annual Multicultural Night. This kind of event is welcome and indeed essential for a school with such a diverse student body. How else would it be possible for teachers to break down the cultural barriers among students and create a strong school community?
The Israeli booth at the event chose to provide its visitors with a glance at Jewish religious symbols, some Jewish cuisine, and the strong Israeli commitment to environmental leadership and to peace. The organizers of the display, sensitized as they must have been to the presence at the school of Arabs and Muslims, did everything they could to avoid controversy. Since the borders of Israel with Syria and the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria are not yet a matter of wide international consensus, they avoided the display of any maps whatsoever. The Israel Defense Force, the IDF, plays a major and even defining role in every aspect of Israeli life and culture. And yet, it was nowhere to be found in Autrey middle school.
Quite on the contrary, the posters displayed at the Israeli booth dwelt exclusively on the non-controversial topics of environmental sustainability and peace. Unfortunately and at the same time tellingly, the Palestinian parents chose a different road entirely, the road of “resistance”. They did indeed chose to geolocate the fictional state of “Palestine”. They located it between the river Jordan and the Mediterranean with borders that are identical (but for the Golan Heights) to those of the state of Israel, had Israel annexed Judea and Samaria and re-occupied the Gaza Strip. What is even more amazing is that a country that has been a member of the United Nations since 1948, that has nearly nine million citizens including nearly two million Arabs, a country with which the Palestinian Authority has signed a large number of agreements, a country that supplies the Palestinians in Gaza with all of their electric power, is nowhere to be found.
That country, Israel, simply does not exist in the world according to the parents of the Palestinian Arab middle-schoolers in Alpharetta, Georgia. One really must break this down to try and understand the practical aspects of how this came about. The poster that depicts “Palestine” as a replacement rather than a neighbor to Israel, didn’t just self-materialize; it was designed and printed by someone, almost certainly not the parents of Autrey students. Rather, these parents, adults who are very well aware of the geography of the Middle East, adults who are quite likely to know some Hebrew and to have interacted with Israelis in Israel, made the choice to obtain this poster from a branch of some internationally recognized terrorist organization such as Hamas or Islamic Jihad.
These parents then chose to bring this poster to an event in a school for young children, and event whose entire purpose was to bring closer the various ethnic and cultural groups within the school and to make it a welcoming place for all of them. The Palestinian parents, not to overstate the obvious, knew that the map they had displayed is simply incorrect in as much as it does not represent anything close to reality. They also knew, that it was not really going to fool anyone into believing that it did, since a simple internet search would have proven its falsehood. No, the goal here was different. The goal was not to show visitors where in the world Palestine was, but rather where it WISHES to be.
It also meant to tell the parents, teachers, and students of the Alpharetta, Georgia middle school that the Palestinians have no interest in Jews or Israelis. That to them, the nearly seven million Jews who are now living in Israel have no place in the world. That if they had the means to do so, they would commit a second Holocaust, a complete ethnic cleansing of the Middle East from its Jewish population. There is no difference whatsoever between the display of the “map” in which Israel does not exist and the display of a large poster with a swastika. To a Jew, be they American or Israeli, the two displays are identical and mean only one thing: whoever is displaying them wishes you dead and, should the opportunity present itself, will not hesitate to actualize his wish.
The display concocted by the Palestinian parents is thus an act of extreme violence, of wishful thinking genocide. Could they have chosen a different road? Most certainly. If they desired to locate Palestine on the map, they could have shown a map with Israel in its pre-1967 borders and Palestine in Gaza and in Judea and Samaria, or the so-called West Bank. As far as the West Bank goes, this would have still not comported with present or future reality, but it would have represented the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian Arabs. Such a display would not have caused any controversy; it would have been, from anyone’s perspective, the right thing to do.
The Palestinian parents could have chosen to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Arabs in the Land of Israel, a heritage that dates back to the 7th century AD and produced such architectural marvels as the Al-Aqsa mosque. They could have shown the Autrey school community pictures of ancient olive groves, of picturesque hilltop villages, of Palestinians at work and at play. They didn’t. Why?
They didn’t, because regardless if you are Hamas, or Islamic Jihad, or the supposedly “moderate” Fatah, the ruling faction in the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria, you don’t care about any of that. You care about one thing and one thing only: exterminating the last Jew in the Middle East and stealing their land and their possessions, possessions that today are worth many trillions. There is not a single Palestinian text book that includes a map that is any different from the one that made its appearance in Alpharetta. Not a single one that shows an entity called “Israel” on any piece of land, not even the pre-1948 borders that were approved by the UN in November of 1947 and that do not include most of the Galilee and the Negev.
There is no plurality of opinion among the Palestinians; no difference of worldview between the internationally accepted Palestinian Authority and the terrorist factions that rule Gaza. There is only a difference in tactics; the terrorists wish to genocide the Jews quickly, whereas the Authority is OK with adopting a more incremental approach. Furthermore, as the Alpharetta incident clearly shows, this is not the case where the leadership and the people are at odds. It is unlikely that the Autrey school parents belong the top ranks of Palestinian terror organizations, or at least one would hope so. No, ALL Palestinians and many non-Palestinian Muslim Arabs and non-Arabs alike share the goal of a second Jewish Holocaust.
And here is the kicker: they have no desire to hide their feelings or to bide their time until they are sufficiently powerful to act on their desires. They tell us, at every opportunity including a middle school multicultural fair what they plan for Israel and for the Jews. In this, they are also very much like Hitler. The Nazi regime did not bother to hide its plans for a Jewish genocide from its earliest days in power, when Germany was still weak and unarmed and could not withstand an intervention by any external power. And it wasn’t out of folly or a bloated sense of military capability. Not at all, the Germans, like the Palestinians, knew very well what the power equation was. They simply calculated, correctly, that the world would not lift a finger to help the Jews and that there was no need for camouflage.
The Palestinian parents in Alpharetta achieved their objective, which was a very simple one. They simply wanted to give the very Jewish, very Israeli, very American suburb of Alpharetta Georgia a message. That message was this: we are coming for you. We hate you. We wish you dead. First Israel, then the Jews, and then America as we know it. We are not afraid of you, they were saying, because there is nothing you can do to us here. Not a thing.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Palestinians in Alpharetta view this event as a complete victory. They made a horrific, genocidal display. This display was allowed to go up and was not taken down, neither by the school authorities, nor by other exhibitors, including the Jews and Israelis present at the event. The subsequent condemnation by the school principal and the Jewish community the summary of which can be found here, is another win for the Palestinians in so much as it has amplified their message: “we are coming for you”. There is really nothing that the rabbis or the school counselors can do, nothing they can say, to the Jewish boys and girls at Autrey, who every day have to go to school knowing that some of their schoolmates wish them dead and their country annihilated.
As congresswomen Omar and Tlaib have wasted no time at all in making clear, the American Arab and Muslim community is all in with those in the Arab and Muslim world who wish for a Jewish genocide. This is now the stated policy of sitting representatives in the federal legislature. Their attempts at camouflage via the artificial separation of Jew hatred from Israeli hatred are belied by the Alpharetta parents who effaced Israel and its seven million Jews from this world. The bizarre mumblings of Speaker Pelosi to the effect that the highly articulate Rep. Omar does not speak English are only overshadowed by the exilic pronouncements of the Jewish chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee in which Omar serves, Eliot Engel. Alas, Rep. Engel is the total reincarnation of the assimilated, weak, fearful German Jew circa 1933, a Jew who thought himself more German than the Germans and who could never, not even when the big kid from next door, now wearing a brown shirt knocked his teeth out, not even when he was thrown into the cattle car on his way to Treblinka, believe that the Germans would do something like THAT.
The principal needed to call the Palestinian parents to his office and read them the riot act. Maybe he will. This will not stop them from doing the same thing again next year. Will he physically tear down their hateful display when it comes up again? Unlikely.
America has invited into its midst, the midst of a substantially lawful country that operates on mutual trust and allegiance to certain principles of tolerance and acceptance millions of Muslims who hold diametrically opposite beliefs and cling to lawlessness and the principle that he who is the strongest rules. As always, Jews will be the first victims of this tragic re-staging of the Trojan Horse saga, but at least Jews have somewhere to go. All they need to do is fly to Israel and declare themselves to be Jews. What will the rest of Americans do? Will they fight or will they succumb to Islamo-fascist tyranny? Initial indications are not good. Time will tell.