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Brigitte Gabriel’s Speech at Duke University

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textI’m proud and honored to stand here today as a Lebanese speaking for Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East. As someone who was raised in an Arabic country, I want to give you a glimpse into the heart of the Arabic world.

I was raised in Lebanon where I was taught that the Jews are evil, Israel is the devil, and the only time we will have peace in the Middle East is when we kill all the Jews and drive them into the sea.

When the Muslims and Palestinians declared jihad on the Christians in 1975, they started massacring the Christians city after city. I ended up living in a bomb shelter underground from age 10 to 17, without electricity, eating grass to live, and crawling under sniper bullets to a spring to get water.

It was Israel who came to help the Christians in Lebanon. My mother was wounded by a Muslim shell and was taken into an Israeli hospital for treatment. When we entered the emergency room, I was shocked at what I saw. There were hundreds of people wounded, Muslims, Palestinians, Lebanese Christians, and Israeli soldiers lying on the floor. The doctors treated everyone according to their injury. They treated my mother before they treated the Israeli soldier lying next to her. They didn’t see religion, they didn’t see political affiliation; they saw people in need and they helped.

For the first time in my life, I experienced a human quality that I know my culture would not have shown to their enemy. I experienced the values of the Israelis, who were able to love their enemy in their most trying moments. I spent 22 days at that hospital; those days changed my life and the way I believe information, the way I listen to the radio or to television. I realized that I was sold a fabricated lie by my government about the Jews and Israel, which was so far from reality. I knew for a fact that if I were a Jew standing in an Arab hospital, I would be lynched and thrown to the ground as shouts of joy of “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) echoed through the hospital and the surrounding streets.

I became friends with the families of the wounded Israeli soldiers, one in particular, Rina, whose only child was wounded in his eyes. One day, I was visiting with her and the Israeli army band came to play national songs to lift the spirits of the wounded soldiers. As they surrounded his bed playing a song about Jerusalem, Rina and I started crying. I felt out of place and started walking out of the room, and this mother held my hand and pulled me back in without even looking at me. She held me, crying, and said, „It is not your fault.” We just stood there, crying, holding each other’s hands.
What a contrast between her—a mother looking at her deformed, 19-year-old only child and still able to love me, the enemy—and a Muslim mother who sends her son to blow himself up to smithereens just to kill a few Jews or Christians.

The difference between the Arabic world and Israel is a difference in values and character. It’s barbarism versus civilization. It’s democracy versus dictatorship. It’s goodness versus evil.

Once upon a time, there was a special place in the lowest depths of hell for anyone who would intentionally murder a child. Now, the intentional murder of Israeli children is legitimized as Palestinian „armed struggle.” However, once such behavior is legitimized against Israel, it is legitimized everywhere in the world, constrained by nothing more than the subjective belief of people who would wrap themselves in dynamite and nails for the purpose of killing children in the name of god.

Because the Palestinians have been encouraged to believe that murdering innocent Israeli civilians is a legitimate tactic for advancing their cause, the whole world now suffers from a plague of terrorism, from Nairobi to New York, from Moscow to Madrid, from Bali to Beslan.

They blame suicide bombings on the „desperation of occupation.” Let me tell you the truth. The first major terror bombing committed by Arabs against the Jewish state occurred 10 weeks before Israel even became independent. On Sunday morning, February 22, 1948, in anticipation of Israel ‘s independence, a triple truck bomb was detonated by Arab terrorists on Ben Yehuda Street in what was then the Jewish section of Jerusalem. Fifty-four people were killed and hundreds were wounded.

Thus, it is obvious that Arab terrorism is caused not by „desperation” or „occupation”, but by the VERY THOUGHT of a Jewish state.

So many times in history in the last 100 years, citizens have stood by and done nothing, allowing evil to prevail. As America stood up against and defeated communism, now it is time to stand up against the terror of religious bigotry and intolerance. It’s time for everyone to stand up and support and defend the State of Israel, which is the front line of the war against terrorism.

Thank you.

October 14, 2004

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  • Stefan Benedikt: (21-1-2013 la 10:39)

    Marele noroc al lui Brigitte Gabriel a constat din faptul ca dansa a fost lasata sa-si termine discursul in conditii acceptabile. In aproape toate colegiurile si universitatile americane, factiunea liberala de stanga domina intregul discurs politic din ultimii 10-15 ani. Mari personalitati de origine evreiasca ca Alan Derschowitz, Daniel Pipes, Elie Wiesel, etc. nu mai sunt lasati in colegiuri sa tina discursuri fara a fi huiduiti in permanenta.

    Mii si mii de studenti sunt indoctrinati de catre profesorii lor de sentimente anti-israeliene si de simpatie pentru arabii palestinieni, care de aproape 65 de ani continua si se complac in lupta de gherila (armed struggle), in loc sa se apuce serios de treaba pentru a-si dezvolta teritoriile oferite de Israel intru formarea propriului lor stat. Invitatia de a promova pacea si a accepta/ recunoaste statul Israel a fost respinsa de catre palestinieni de zeci si zeci de ori.

    Lumea araba continua sa traiasca cu capul in nori. Tarile bogate, in loc sa-ncerce sa-i convinga si sa-i integreze pe refugiatii palestinieni din 1948 (si pe urmasii acestora), sa ii asimileze in statele arabe invecinate pentru a le solutiona situatia de refugiati si a le asigura astfel drepturi elementare la educatie si la o viata mai buna, continua cu obstinatie sa-i mentina pe acestia in conditii subumane de refugiati in scopul de a-i radicaliza si mai mult si sa finanteze arme clandestine cu destinatia, Gaza, Liban, etc. cu scopuri revansiste de destabilizare militara a statului evreu.

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  • CHARLIE: (21-1-2013 la 15:00)

    Dupa cum stiti probabil, productia de petrol in USA e in plina urcare si USA va deveni autarhica cel putin din punct de vedere energetic. Deposite imense de gaz atat in USA si Canada au ieftinit materia prima pentru „plastice”, promoveaza mari schimbari in lume.

    Industria chimica si altele fac investitii in Statele Unite. Multe produse facute actualmente in China din cauza manei de lucru ieftine se vor intoarce in USA mai ales ca salariile in China sunt in urcare. Revolutia energetica va avea repercursiuni politice serioase si Arabii vor vedea veniturle lor cazand si importanta lor politica si strategica in decadere. Conflictele din Orientul Mijlociu nu vor mai afecta lumea civilizata. Evenimente recente petrecute in Algeria vor devenii mai rare. Insasi Rusia, care vinde Europei gaze si petrol, va simti cutremurul energetic global.

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  • Olivia: (21-1-2013 la 16:16)

    citez

    Stefan Benedikt: (21-1-2013 la 10:39)

    Marele noroc al lui Brigitte Gabriel a constat din faptul ca dansa a fost lasata sa-si termine discursul in conditii acceptabile. In aproape toate colegiurile si universitatile americane, factiunea liberala de stanga domina intregul discurs politic din ultimii 10-15 ani. Mari personalitati de origine evreiasca ca Alan Derschowitz, Daniel Pipes, Elie Wiesel, etc. nu mai sunt lasati in colegiuri sa tina discursuri fara a fi huiduiti in permanenta.

    Sunt mirata de aceasta afirmatie ca nu am auzit de un asemenea incident -adica astia sa nu fie lasati sa vorbeasca in universitatile americane. Am cautat pe google si singurul lucru pe care l-am gasit a fost un incident la Irvine University din California in care ambasadorul Oren a fost bruiat de un grup de protestatari musulmani. Au fost pedepsiti pe diverse criterii legale inclusiv pe baza incalcarii amendamentului 1 din constitutie ca impiedica the free speech. Da poate nu am reusit sa forumulez intrebarea corect asa ca sa ma duca la incidente in care Derschowitz si Wiesel nu sunt lasati sa vorbeasca in univeristati americane, de aia as aprecia orice informatie in sensul asta. multumuri cu anticipatie Olivia

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  • itzhak bareket: (23-1-2013 la 15:17)

    …HIBA by ; itzhak bareket .

    she is touching my back from back side to head
    and vice-versa , head-low-side ,
    with her long , beautiful but cold fingers…

    she is walking with them on my spyne ,
    like a musician on his forte-piano
    sometimes there are very painful sounds
    really very dolorosa ,
    sometimes , gently , . calm , andante
    and sometimes , presto , vivace , alegro full of joy …

    meanwhile , her fingers became warm , and so do i ,
    i start feeling much better , warmblooded
    not just in my spine ,in my heart too …

    she gave me a phisyotherapy treatment .
    her name is HIBA… which means in arabic language .

    A ” G I F T „

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  • Alexandru Leibovici: (24-1-2013 la 18:13)

    @Olivia

    Stefan Benedikt: „Mari personalitati de origine evreiasca ca Alan Derschowitz, Daniel Pipes, Elie Wiesel, etc. nu mai sunt lasati in colegiuri sa tina discursuri fara a fi huiduiti in permanenta.”

    Sunt mirata de aceasta afirmatie ca nu am auzit de un asemenea incident -adica astia sa nu fie lasati sa vorbeasca in universitatile americane.

    Aceste linkuri ar putea fi de ajutor: aici, aici şi aici.

    Acelaşi site are probabil şi informaţii despre perioadele anterioare.

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  • Olivia: (24-1-2013 la 23:14)

    In aceasta publicatie a lui ADL, daca ar fi fost vreun eveniment in care fie Dershowitz sau Wiesel ar fi fost impiedicati sa vorbeasca la orice universitate americana de catre studenti, in cazul ca unul dintre ei ar fi dorit sa o faca, sunt sigura ca ar fi fost nu o mentiune ci articole pe pagini intregi despre eveniment. Nu apare nici o mentiune. Asa ca chestia asta este scoasa din burta cuiva. sau din imaginatie.

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  • Wanda Lucaciu: (24-1-2013 la 23:28)

    @Olivia

    Nu stiu unde locuiti in Statele Unite, dar probabil ca nu cititi cu atentie ce se petrece in lumea universitatilor.
    Acum citeva luni la UC Irvine a fost o problema cu un speaker, la UCLA la fel. Unii studenti care au boicotat conferinta, au fost scosi din sala de politia universitatii.
    Astea nu sunt bazaconii si pt ca dumneavoadtra nu sunteti informata, asta nu inseamna ca aceste probleme nu exista.

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  • Olivia: (25-1-2013 la 00:38)

    Oriunde traiesc in USA, ce se intampla la 2mile de mine tot din ziar/internet.tv aflu, ca nu pot sa ma gasesc fizic in acelasi timp oriunde se intampla ceva.
    Da nu am citit nicaieri ca Wiesel sau Dershowitz ar fi fost boicotati la vreo univeristate din USA cand au vorbit despre Israel nici ca nu au fost lasati sa vorbeasca asa cum sustine domnul care posteaza initial. Nu am citit ca nu am gasit o asemenea stire desi am cautat. Nu zic ca nu sunt protestatari impotriva Israelului in univeristati da eu zic sa pastram datele corect. Ca parca asta este intentia publicatiei. Mie oricum mi se pare destul de pozitiv faptul ca protestarii oe care ii mentionati si care nu lasa vorbitorul sa se exprime pozitiv despre Israel sunt elimintati din sala. Am cerut sa mi se dea surse despre boicotul lui Wiesel si a lui Dershowitz si pentru ca eu nu am gasit si nimeni nu a postat ceva in sensul asta presupun ca informatia este inventata. Eu zic ca nu eu ar trebui sa fiu dojenita ci cei care posteaza fara surse, cand sursele sunt la indemana, daca sursele exista. Ca nu zice ceva din timpul lui MIrcea cel Batran sau Vlad Tepesh, daca s-a intamplat ar trebui sa fie macar vreo mentiune tiparita. PS, sunt rezidenta in CT

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