‘As the helicopters carrying the released hostages landed, traffic stopped. People got out of their cars and broke into song.’
Please Douglas submit this piece as an OpEd to the WSJ. Folks beyond this subscription community must read it.
Thank you for writing this honest broker memorial. It’s so important there be witnesses While it’s inexplicable what Hamas did, it’s more inexplicable there are people who agree like 74% of gazans and even more inexplicable the hate from around the world and in our country.
I don’t know the answer but it cannot be to give in to evil. It must be eradicated.
Israel, the Jewish people, and the civilized world have a friend in Douglas.
Douglas Murray is a brave man with an unquenchable thirst for truth. We need more Douglas Murrays to expose the butchery, savagery and hate-soaked creed of Hamas and their toadies. To show how Palestinians who were treated kindly by Israelis betrayed them to the Hamas fiends.
Here in America we have the acolytes of butchery trying to destroy our traditions, culture and country. In NYC last night these vermin tried to disrupt the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Could the battle lines be any clearer? When are decent Americans going to retake our streets? When are our institutions going to protect loyal and law abiding Americans? To deport foreign Hamas supporters and expel any university student harassing Jewish students? When are we going to say that supporting Hamas is unacceptable in our society? It starts with each of us. From this point on, if someone says they support Hamas, there will be consequences. We can all take a stand in our own way. But stand we must. As if our very lives depend on it. Because they do.
I get none of this from the media. The stories of the atrocities oh Hamas make me angrier each time I read a new one. The newest one was the workers Israel let in aiding and abetting Hamas. This foolishness that somehow Israel has a peace partner must stop. I hear how many terrorists is Israel creating rather than what are the Palestinians doing to prevent this from happening again? Hamas must be destroyed and the Gazans must realize that a repeat of this will make this strip of land. Potato farms to the sea.
Okay, we can all agree that Gaza is a miserable, over populated shit-hole, right? Now ask yourself why. Is it because the Israelis have locked them in the equivalent of a concentration camp, as many claim?
Have the poor Palestinians been so oppressed that they have literally had nothing better to do than copulate since being handed the real estate they have occupied since 2005? In just eighteen years of incarceration they have increased their population in what they knew was a specific, limited piece of land from 1.3 million to 2.8 million. As they did so, they did almost nothing toward developing infrastructure for civil life. They dug tunnels. Stockpiled weapons. Fabulously enriched a few "leaders"
Now, let's imagine a universe in which Palestinians, being handed a home replete with highly developed greenhouse capacity, and an amazing coastline on the Mediterranean; Imagine if they had simply gone to work and controlled their breeding. Imagine if they hadn't devoted millions of man hour digging tunnels. That they instead poured all this endless energy into agriculture and tourism, rather than Jew hatred. Do you really think Israel would have hindered that? Or celebrated that? Hell, maybe even have invested in that?
It is patently unfair that Israel controls power and water to Gaza. What if they didn't? What if Gazans had insisted that the billions in foreign aid be used to build those things? Whose fault is it they don't have these services for themselves? I would suggest that it is Israel's fault. Had they not been so generous to provide these things, maybe the poor Palestinians would have realized they should, and could provide them for themselves. It's something of a welfare quandary.
A heart wrenching report. Thank you Mr Murray.
How could anyone read this writing and NOT feel deep, deep sorrow and anguish for the people of Israel--the living and the dead? My heart will always be with those who perished and those who are here to cope with the reality of the horrible situation in Israel. Americans who are marching on behalf of the Palestinians at this present moment must understand the evil behind Hamas and its leaders who are enjoying themselves in luxurious surroundings in Qatar.
Thank you Douglas Murray. For you to have such moral clarity on this issue is very helpful, especially for me personally since I value your insight ( I've been a fan of yours for quite some time.) I'm so glad you are here in Israel. Everyday is heartbreaking in so many ways. But seeing how so many people around the world really feel about jews and Israel, and worse, feel comfortable saying so, has been the most heartbreaking. Again, thank you for being a constant and reliable light in the darkness.
I couldn't read this straight through; I had to stop and wipe away the tears.
Incredibly impactful writing and the best quotation ever: 'Life is something you’ve got to fill up well, without wasting any time. Even if you break it by filling it too full.' (Oriana Fallaci)
The writing in this brief essay is worth the price of my subscription; and then some. Douglas Murray is a man with immense character. This is a facet of the truth put forth by Seneca, the bravest sight in the world is seeing a great man struggle against adversity. Mr. Murray goes to those places where these stories play out, like the West Coast of the U.S. during/after the riots there, and these was zones. He exposes himself to the best and the worst of humanity so he can know the difference - and choose. He writes like a warrior poet and you can be certain that he believes that line about filling his life, even if it breaks it. I pray his doesn't get broken there.
Douglas, thank you for being an absolute superstar since the 7 October attacks. Your honest, unflinching perspective is very much appreciated. I'm praying for your ongoing safety.
There is no "Two State solution" to Palestine; there is no peace with Hamas or their murderous ideology. The Jews have a right to exist; Hamas and the terrorists don't, and anyone who sides with Hamas is a terrorist. The choice is as simple as that. We waste a lot of time and emotion trying to distinguish between the varying degrees of antisemitism among the Palestinians, but in the end they all would cheer the elimination of the Jews.
“But for every returnee, you remember those still in Gaza”
Not sure if this is true but I heard the son of an Israeli surgeon, who saved the life of one of the Hamas leaders, is still in Gaza.
Don’t worry, Biden and his team of empathetic hermaphrodites are on top of this.
Critical, necessary reporting! Thank you for your courage and candor. “...buried with his surfboard.” My soul aches.