Forget for a moment all the strategic and geopolitical rationales for the Gaza pullout and consider the reason that the Jewish settlements in Gaza are an issue at all: Palestinian Arabs and indeed all the Arab states of the Middle East hate Jews. They hate Jews so ferociously that they can't live alongside them. Not even if there are 8,000 Jews living among 2 million Arabs. There is not an Arab state or an Arab controlled piece of territory in the Middle East that will allow one Jew to live in or on it.
By contrast there are more than a million Arabs, Muslim and Christian, living safely in Israel where they enjoy more citizen rights than the Arabs living in any Arab country -- or for that matter the Muslims living in any Muslim country. But not a single Jew can live in a single Arab state.
The ethnic cleansing of the Jews from the Middle East began in 1921 when Churchill created the state of Jordan out of 80 percent of the Palestine mandate. The order creating the state of Jordan said no Jew is allowed to live on this land. That was what the Arabs wanted. No Jew should dirty this land. Seventy-percent of the population of Jordan is Palestinian Arabs. But they don't want Jordan as their Palestinian state because there are no Jews there to drive into the sea. Palestinians have shown twice -- in 1948 and again in 2000 -- that they want to kill Jews more than they want a Palestinian state. Jew-hatred is the cause of the Middle East conflict and it is the only reason the Jews in Gaza are an issue at all.
Unlike the Muslim Arabs in Europe, for example, who are responsible for outrageously disproportionate crimes, the Jews in Gaza are law-abiding and productive citizens. But they are Jews. And therefore they must killed (which is why the Israeli Army has to be present) and driven out.
American and European leftists claim to hate racism and racial oppression. But when it comes to the racial oppression of the Jews they hate the Jews more than they hate racism or oppression. How can any self-respecting progressive support the expulsion of the Jews from Gaza? How can they support the Palestinian Nazis who are responsible for the Jew hatred in the Middle East? The answer is: They hate the Jews more. And why do they hate the Jews? They hate the Jews because Israel is America's only real ally in the entire Third World -- the world of ethnic minorities and the oppressed. They hate the Jews because the Jews expose their hypocrisy in supporting mayhem and murder and tyrannical oppression in the name of compassion and social justice.
Jew-hatred comes naturally to leftists. Karl Marx was a Jew hater, albeit a Jew himself. Marx who once sneered at the rival socialist Lassalle calling him a "Jewish nigger" wrote a famous essay about the problem of the Jews. Like today's left he identified the Jews with capitalism, with the essence of capitalism which was creating wealth for the world. The solution to the "Jewish Question" according to Marx was a world without Judaism and without Jews. How simple! How refreshing.
The leftist world outlook is conspiratorial in its essence. According to the left, the world is controlled by THEM -- capitalists, corporations, Halliburton. THEY are responsible for evil throughtout the world. Are there Islamic fanatics who blow up tall buildings? That's only because THEY made them desperate. And of course the Jews knew in advance. Is Saddam Hussein a monster who needs to be removed? Only the Jews think so, but THEY control the White House. Neocon Jews are behind it all. Just ask Cindy Sheehan. Since the Jews and Halliburton are responsible for global evil, eliminating THEM is the only way to create a world in which there will be "social justice." How far is this from the raving lunacies of anti-Semites?
The left embraced the cause of Palestinian terror and its goal of a genocide for the Jews forty years ago. Gaza is just one territory along the way.