From Hope To Disappointment

boys kidnappedI had no intentions of wading in on the subject of the three kidnapped boys. I am deeply concerned and am following the news for any positive updates. Beyond that, I didn’t feel that I really had anything to contribute to the discussion.

Sadly, I was wrong.

It may come as no surprise to many, but it came as a surprise to me to see the extreme attitudes of some of my friends in Gaza.

I shared the post showing people in Gaza celebrating the kidnappings, and asked for my friends to respond, to say something that would give me some comfort in the face of these terrible pictures of glee coming out of Gaza.

I posted in hope. I am now writing in disappointment.

One of the most outspoken respondents is a former student of mine. He expressed what I have heard so many times, but I thought it was simply the misguided opinion of the one from who I was so used to hearing it  – the notion that “nobody cares about the Palestinian youth who are in Israeli jails.” My young friend refuses to care about the three boys who have been kidnapped.

This attitude is as frustrating as it is disappointing – and it is completely untrue!!

As someone who left all comforts behind to risk my life in Gaza so I could show the kids there that someone does, indeed, care about them, I have to say I am so tired of this cry of victimization. It is an insult and a slap in the face to the large numbers of people who speak up for the rights of Palestinians and especially those in Gaza. I do not know how people outside of Gaza respond to international support, but I can tell you that I am sick of hearing that “no one cares” and another classic “the world has turned its back on us”

Nothing could be further from the truth. The “world” is pouring its resources into a corrupt and evil regime that cares nothing for its own civilian casualties but continues to perpetuate a mindset of victimization at the hands of Israelis, to the point that when three Israeli teenagers are kidnapped, or an Israeli boy is murdered in his sleep, there are those (too many) who don’t even blink – who see these crimes as totally justifiable because, after all “no one cares about us so why should we care about anyone else”.

It takes every bit of strength I have not to throw my hands up and just walk away.

I have been very vocal about how much I have cared about Palestinian children. I have risked my life to “put my money where my mouth is”. I am at a loss.

I want to believe that I can make a difference in this world and that was why I, at my own great expense, went to Gaza, lived there, and got involved in life there.

The people I know there KNOW all of this about me and that is why I reached out to them for a glimmer of hope regarding these three boys.

I found none.

About Linda Todd

A Canadian girl with a decidedly unCanadian experience, Linda is a seeker of truth and enlightenment. Formerly married to a Palestinian journalist from Gaza, she lived there and told their story well… until she visited Israel and confirmed her suspicion that she had been exposed to way too much propaganda. As Linda continues to seek truth and enlightenment, she now tells a very different story….one that shows Israel for who she really is – a place of warmth and hospitality….and freedom.

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  • Mark Rowan

    This is the effect of living in a vacuum.

  • Mark Rowan

    This is the effect of living in a vacuum.

  • Mark Rowan

    This is the effect of living in a vacuum.

  • Mark Rowan

    This is the effect of living in a vacuum.

  • Mark Rowan

    This is the effect of living in a vacuum.

  • Mark Rowan

    This is the effect of living in a vacuum.

  • Mark Rowan

    This is the effect of living in a vacuum.

  • walt kovacs

    dont be upset at your former students, the same sentiment is coming from the far left in america and europe

  • walt kovacs

    dont be upset at your former students, the same sentiment is coming from the far left in america and europe

  • dcomplex

    Expel these monsters once and for all, and anyone who tries to stay gets bayonetted.

    • cba

      That’s a disgusting comment.

    • cba

      That’s a disgusting comment.

      • Arafat

        A beheading in Woolwich, a suicide bomb in Beijing, a blown-up marathon in
        Boston, a shooting in the head of a young Pakistani girl seeking education, a
        destroyed shopping mall in Nairobi – and so it continues, in the name of Islam,
        from south London to Timbuktu. It is time to take stock, especially on the
        left, since these things are part of the world’s daily round.

        Leave aside the parrot-cry of “Islamophobia” for a moment. I will return to
        it. Leave aside, too, the pretences that it is all beyond comprehension.
        “Progressives” might ask instead: what do Kabul, Karachi, Kashmir, Kunming and
        a Kansas airport have in common? Is it that they all begin with “K”? Yes. But
        all of them have been sites of recent Islamist or, in the case of Kansas, of
        wannabe-Islamist, attacks; at Wichita Airport planned by a Muslim convert ready
        to blow himself up, and others, “in support of al-Qaeda in the Arabian
        Peninsula”. “We cannot stop lone wolves,” a British counterterrorism expert
        told us after Woolwich. Are they “lone”? Of course not.

        A gas facility in southern Algeria, a hospital in Yemen, an Egyptian police
        convoy in the Sinai – it’s complex all right – a New Year’s party in the
        southern Philippines, a railway station in the Caucasus, a bus terminal in
        Nigeria’s capital, and on and on, have all been hit by jihadis, with hostages
        taken, suicide belts detonated, cars and trucks exploded, and bodies blown to
        bits. And Flight MH370? Perhaps. In other places – in Red Square and Times
        Square, in Jakarta and New Delhi, in Amman and who-knows-where in Britain –
        attacks have been thwarted. But in 2013 some 18 countries got it in the
        neck (so to speak) from Islam’s holy warriors….

  • asdasdasdas

    “.I could see so many Jewish people and Israelis giving a darn about Palestinians and beating their own breasts over how they treated Palestinians…but I very rarely, if at all, saw that reciprocated”

    Maybe it’s because Israeli is the occupier and the Palestinian are the occupied.
    Didn’t this most obvious idea dawn on you? How many other people who are under a brutal military occupation do you know that sympathize with their occupiers? Please try to use some common sense.

    • cba

      The ones brutalizing the Palestinians are their own leaders.

      • Liza

        Absolutely. This is an unrefutable fact.

    • unpluggged

      You don’t know what a real occupation is. Ask my grandmother who lived in Stalingrad during WWII. German soldiers seized her home for themselves and her family was forced to dig a mud hut and live there as slaves under constant risk for their lives. They were lucky that they weren’t Jews.

    • Orryia Kohen

      The inability of many Palestinians to empathise with Jews existed long before the “occupation” (i.e. territory acquired by a defensive war that has been offered to the Palestinians countless times if only they agree to leave Israel alone).

      Here a 92 year old women speaks positively of the massacre in Hebron, which occurred in 1929, 38 years before the “occupation” began.

    • Orryia Kohen

      The inability of many Palestinians to empathise with Jews existed long before the “occupation” (i.e. territory acquired by a defensive war that has been offered to the Palestinians countless times if only they agree to leave Israel alone).

      Here a 92 year old women speaks positively of the massacre in Hebron, which occurred in 1929, 38 years before the “occupation” began.

    • Orryia Kohen

      The inability of many Palestinians to empathise with Jews existed long before the “occupation” (i.e. territory acquired by a defensive war that has been offered to the Palestinians countless times if only they agree to leave Israel alone).

      Here a 92 year old women speaks positively of the massacre in Hebron, which occurred in 1929, 38 years before the “occupation” began.

    • Orryia Kohen

      The inability of many Palestinians to empathise with Jews existed long before the “occupation” (i.e. territory acquired by a defensive war that has been offered to the Palestinians countless times if only they agree to leave Israel alone).

      Here a 92 year old women speaks positively of the massacre in Hebron, which occurred in 1929, 38 years before the “occupation” began.

    • Arafat

      Come on, now.

      In recent years Muslims have killed upwards of 5,000
      Buddhists in southern Thailand.

      In recent years Muslims have committed genocide in Sudan
      against black Africans, Christians and Animists.

      In recent years the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Hindus from
      their native homelands in Pakistan and Bangladesh has picked up speed.

      In recent years the ethnic cleansing of the Bahia of Iran
      has accelerated and the genocide of gays throughout the Muslim world is
      ongoing.

      The Chaldean, Coptic, Armenian and Assyrian Christians are
      under threat. The Kurds are being wiped out. Shi’ites are killing Sunnis and
      Sunnis are killing Shi’ites.

      Muslims are killing Chinese in NW China and Russians in
      southern Russia. They waged a war in what was once Yugoslavia too.

      Quit trying to muddy the waters and pretending Islam means
      peace. Words have meaning and the reality on the ground – and Islam’s long
      history of violent conquest – belie your obfuscating words.

      • Liza

        Islam means nothing even remotely indicative of peace. See how they treat their women, daughters, others too. See how the oil rich leaders treat their citizens. LIKE SHIT! Look at the citizens of Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, the Palestinians who resided in Jordan,… THEY ARE BEASTS OF THE MOST BRUTAL ELEMENT. When the Heck have 3 innocent arabs been kidnapped by Israelis?? When???? Never ever ever.

        • Arafat

          Islam = Nazism. Same supremacist, sadistic core tenets.

    • Arafat

      Come on, now.

      In recent years Muslims have killed upwards of 5,000
      Buddhists in southern Thailand.

      In recent years Muslims have committed genocide in Sudan
      against black Africans, Christians and Animists.

      In recent years the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Hindus from
      their native homelands in Pakistan and Bangladesh has picked up speed.

      In recent years the ethnic cleansing of the Bahia of Iran
      has accelerated and the genocide of gays throughout the Muslim world is
      ongoing.

      The Chaldean, Coptic, Armenian and Assyrian Christians are
      under threat. The Kurds are being wiped out. Shi’ites are killing Sunnis and
      Sunnis are killing Shi’ites.

      Muslims are killing Chinese in NW China and Russians in
      southern Russia. They waged a war in what was once Yugoslavia too.

      Quit trying to muddy the waters and pretending Islam means
      peace. Words have meaning and the reality on the ground – and Islam’s long
      history of violent conquest – belie your obfuscating words.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Please explain to me why Abbas has steadfastly refused to give asylum to Palestinians fleeing the Syrian killing fields.

      • Liza

        Because the arabs don’t exactly love each other, they simply hate the Jews more, that’s all.
        Why did the Jordanians chase the arabs out of Jordan? How did Lebanon go from being the Paris of the middle east to a war zone? Why were Iraq and Iran in a war for almost a decade? Beast is as Beast does. Have you seen the photos of what arabs do to each other if they “think” one is not anti-Israel? What humane society offers $25,000 to the family of a suicide (homicide) bomber? NONE. NONE. NONE!!!!

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Please explain to me why Abbas has steadfastly refused to give asylum to Palestinians fleeing the Syrian killing fields.

    • Liza

      You are brainwashed and either ignoring reality, or changing it to suit your beliefs. OCCUPIED?? Those brutal animals were granted half of the country as a Palestinian state the same minute the Jews were granted half of the land to create a Jewish land. The Jews said “thank you”, the “others” said, no way – we are going to drive the Jews into the sea before we ever see them flying a flag on these lands. Well, if G-d were on “your” side and had helped you eliminate the Jews from the land, would you have been calling the land “occupied”. No. You are full of shit and stupidity and brutality. Be human if you want to be treated like one!

    • Liza

      You are brainwashed and either ignoring reality, or changing it to suit your beliefs. OCCUPIED?? Those brutal animals were granted half of the country as a Palestinian state the same minute the Jews were granted half of the land to create a Jewish land. The Jews said “thank you”, the “others” said, no way – we are going to drive the Jews into the sea before we ever see them flying a flag on these lands. Well, if G-d were on “your” side and had helped you eliminate the Jews from the land, would you have been calling the land “occupied”. No. You are full of shit and stupidity and brutality. Be human if you want to be treated like one!

    • Liza

      You are brainwashed and either ignoring reality, or changing it to suit your beliefs. OCCUPIED?? Those brutal animals were granted half of the country as a Palestinian state the same minute the Jews were granted half of the land to create a Jewish land. The Jews said “thank you”, the “others” said, no way – we are going to drive the Jews into the sea before we ever see them flying a flag on these lands. Well, if G-d were on “your” side and had helped you eliminate the Jews from the land, would you have been calling the land “occupied”. No. You are full of shit and stupidity and brutality. Be human if you want to be treated like one!

    • Liza

      You are brainwashed and either ignoring reality, or changing it to suit your beliefs. OCCUPIED?? Those brutal animals were granted half of the country as a Palestinian state the same minute the Jews were granted half of the land to create a Jewish land. The Jews said “thank you”, the “others” said, no way – we are going to drive the Jews into the sea before we ever see them flying a flag on these lands. Well, if G-d were on “your” side and had helped you eliminate the Jews from the land, would you have been calling the land “occupied”. No. You are full of shit and stupidity and brutality. Be human if you want to be treated like one!

    • Liza

      You are brainwashed and either ignoring reality, or changing it to suit your beliefs. OCCUPIED?? Those brutal animals were granted half of the country as a Palestinian state the same minute the Jews were granted half of the land to create a Jewish land. The Jews said “thank you”, the “others” said, no way – we are going to drive the Jews into the sea before we ever see them flying a flag on these lands. Well, if G-d were on “your” side and had helped you eliminate the Jews from the land, would you have been calling the land “occupied”. No. You are full of shit and stupidity and brutality. Be human if you want to be treated like one!

    • Liza

      You are brainwashed and either ignoring reality, or changing it to suit your beliefs. OCCUPIED?? Those brutal animals were granted half of the country as a Palestinian state the same minute the Jews were granted half of the land to create a Jewish land. The Jews said “thank you”, the “others” said, no way – we are going to drive the Jews into the sea before we ever see them flying a flag on these lands. Well, if G-d were on “your” side and had helped you eliminate the Jews from the land, would you have been calling the land “occupied”. No. You are full of shit and stupidity and brutality. Be human if you want to be treated like one!

  • asdasdasdas

    “.I could see so many Jewish people and Israelis giving a darn about Palestinians and beating their own breasts over how they treated Palestinians…but I very rarely, if at all, saw that reciprocated”

    Maybe it’s because Israeli is the occupier and the Palestinian are the occupied.
    Didn’t this most obvious idea dawn on you? How many other people who are under a brutal military occupation do you know that sympathize with their occupiers? Please try to use some common sense.

  • asdasdasdas

    “.I could see so many Jewish people and Israelis giving a darn about Palestinians and beating their own breasts over how they treated Palestinians…but I very rarely, if at all, saw that reciprocated”

    Maybe it’s because Israeli is the occupier and the Palestinian are the occupied.
    Didn’t this most obvious idea dawn on you? How many other people who are under a brutal military occupation do you know that sympathize with their occupiers? Please try to use some common sense.

  • Jim from Iowa

    Your post here reminds me of a conversation between a former head of Shin Bet and a Palestinian professor during the second intifada as presented in “The Gatekeepers.” The long and short of it is that some Palestinians feel that their victory is to see Israelis suffer. This attitude seems to prevail among any number of Palestinians with the understandable Israeli reaction to the kidnapping of these three young Israeli men.

  • Jim from Iowa

    Your post here reminds me of a conversation between a former head of Shin Bet and a Palestinian professor during the second intifada as presented in “The Gatekeepers.” The long and short of it is that some Palestinians feel that their victory is to see Israelis suffer. This attitude seems to prevail among any number of Palestinians with the understandable Israeli reaction to the kidnapping of these three young Israeli men.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Get three terrorists out of prison and march them to Gush Etzion, then blare the megaphones to the populace that 3 mass murderers are being released, that police are being pulled back and the people are free to do whatever they like without any consequence. Repeat this every day for the next month or until there’s some resolution to this kidnapping. If after a month there is none then the next time any Arab chartered with the responsibility to ‘negotiate’ with the Israelis shows up at a meeting, arrest him and toss him in jail, charge him with terrorism.

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