The Ultimate in Chutzpah and Stupidity

The Ultimate in Chutzpah and Stupidity

© David Burton 2018


     As the State of Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of it rebirth and as the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem, we were once more confronted with the ultimate in chutzpah of the “Palestinians” and their Arab/Islamic supporters and the stupidity of too many supposedly intelligent people around the world.


     Chutzpah is a Hebrew word that has been adopted into Yiddish and then English. Chutzpah can mean: audacity, insolence, impudence, gall, brazen nerve, effrontery, presumption and arrogance. Example: A man is bought into court for murdering his mother and father. Appearing before the judge at his sentencing, he pleads for leniency - because he is an orphan! Now that's chutzpah!

     So it is with the “Palestinian” terrorist leaders in Gaza and the West Bank. These Islamo-fascists scream for martyrdom on the part of the subservient “Palestinians” over whom they ruthlessly rule; they rant and rave for the annihilation of the State of Israel and the extermination Jewish people living there. At the same time, these brutal cutthroats beg the world for sympathy, claiming that they are nothing but poor and defenseless victims of the Zionist aggressors who have offered them their friendship, their own independent country and who have been providing the “Palestinian” people with water, electricity, fuel, financial, medical, technological and humanitarian aid for the past 7 decades. These Islamic tyrants thrive on lies, victimhood, martyrdom and the blood of Jews and that of their “Palestinian” subjects. These “Palestinian” terrorist leaders reflect the ultimate in Chutzpah – while calling for murder, terror and geocide, they claim victimhood and beg the world for sympathy.

     The tyrants in the West Bank and Gaza go to any lengths to gain sympathy from the oblivious bystanders in the rest of the world – no matter the cost to their own suffering people. While assaulting the border of Israel, the Hamas leadership in Gaza had their underlings destroy the Kerem Shalom fuel terminal at the main cargo crossing with Israel, the only entry point for fuel to Gaza. The fuel supplied by Israel through the terminal is used to run hospitals, pick up garbage, pump water and treat sewage in Gaza. For Hamas, that is immaterial – what is more important is to cry victimhood and plead for sympathy and mercy! The complicit United Nations immediately took up the cry for sympathy for Hamas and its minions in spite of the fact that it was Hamas and its hit squad who had caused the disruption of the critical fuel supply for Gaza. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) obligingly demanded that “an alternative way of getting fuel to Gaza be found urgently.” (Ref. 1) Never mind calling for action against those who had orchestrated the destruction of the fuel terminal. As usual, the U.N. ignored the crime committed by Hamas against its own people, and by implication, was blaming Israel for closing down the crucial border crossing.

     “The rioters’ actions have also brought to a halt dozens of trucks that carry merchandise and equipment to Gaza from Israel on a daily basis, including fuel.
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     “The Hamas terror organization is harming the wellbeing of Gazans. Israel and other countries work to deliver goods such as food, equipment and fuel to Gaza’s citizens, initiatives which Hamas’ actions prevent. Hamas is responsible for everything that happens in Gaza, above and below ground . . .
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     “Due to the vandalizing of the Kerem Shalom humanitarian crossing, for the second time in two weeks, by Palestinian rioters, the crossing {was to} be closed until further notice to allow for repairs. . .” (Ref. 1)

     In another display of chutzpah, “A Palestinian rioter who was arrested by IDF forces . . . after breaching the border fence and infiltrating into Israel admitted that Hamas is orchestrating the border violence to maintain its grip on Gaza, and that it is cynically using women and children as weapons.
     “ ‘Hamas organized the demonstrations so that people would not turn on them,’ he said . . .
     “He explained that the humanitarian crisis in the Strip has significantly deteriorated and so Hamas planned the so-called March of Return to ‘let people blow off steam,’ and did so in a way that helps their ‘cause.’
     “Their plan, as well as their propaganda worked, he said.
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     “He also backed Israel’s declaration that Hamas is using women and children as human shields in the violence . . .
     “ ‘They tell women to go forward. They say to the woman: Go ahead, you are a woman, and the Israeli army does not shoot at women. They tell small children: Go ahead, the army does not shoot at small children. They tell a child to go ahead and he goes, it’s a little boy. They deceive him’ . . .
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     "{Conversely,} Israel has done its utmost to warn Palestinian civilians to stay away from the battle zone on the border, and has even dropped leaflets in Gaza warning of the dangers. {Also, the army used non-violent dispersal methods such as water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets before resorting to live fire.}
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     “In the meantime, Hamas has admitted that 50 of the 62 casualties were members of their terror group, while the IDF has identified 24 of the dead as Hamas and Islamic Jihad members.” (Ref. 2)

     The facts relative to Gaza and Hamas are: “Gaza has been under Hamas’ rule since it violently took over the territory in 2007.
     “More than a decade of Hamas rule has brought the Palestinians strife, hardship and oppression.
     “Gaza suffers daily electricity and water cuts, 60 percent youth unemployment and a rising backlog of thousands waiting for a rare chance to exit the territory.
     “Unable to offer a remedy, the Islamic terror group has been doubling down on oppression. It has jailed the few who dare to complain publicly, including the organizers of street protests and authors who wrote on Facebook that ‘life is only pleasant for Hamas leaders.’
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     “Polls show that almost half the people would leave Gaza altogether if they could . . . With potential opponents crushed, there is no obvious path to regime change.
     “Palestinian rights groups say Hamas tyrannical practices mirror those of its rival, the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA). Both governments have carried out arbitrary arrests and mistreated detainees, and both monitor social media and civil society to silence dissent.” (Ref. 3) Both have the chutzpah to claim to be working for the benefit of the “Palestinian” people under their control while continually condemning them to poverty, misery and death.

     Continuing to display a plethora of lies and chutzpah, “The ‘Great March of Return’ Gaza demonstrations follow a pattern of playing to the sympathies of the West. As usual, the theatrics are scripted in English and in Arabic to give totally different messages.
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     “Commenting on the Gaza protests in English on C-Span and standing in front of two U.S. flags, {the} head of the PLO delegation to the U.S. put it this way: ‘We know there are defense standards. We know it is their right to protest peacefully. We have the right for peaceful protest.’
     “In Arabic, leaders of the Gaza protest put it another way: ‘We will take down the border with Israel and we will tear their hearts from their bodies.’ “ (Ref. 4) America’s Native Americans had a phrase for this behavior - “talking with forked tongue!” The “peaceful protests” in Gaza follow the same 70 year pattern of “Palestinian” chutzpah: — harm yourself, blame the other side and claim victimhood.

     At one time, Jews lived and worked in Gaza, frequently in mutual cooperation with the Gaza Arabs living there. Gazan farmers and Israeli farmers used to help each in each other’s fields. Following Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza and its turning over of governance to the Arab residents of Gaza, these Gazan and Israeli farmers “used to talk by telephone to chat and to check on the welfare of each other. When Hamas found out that these phone calls were taking place, they took the men from the Gazan farmhouses to their front door and shot them. So much for the path to peace.” (Ref. 4) In Gaza, Hamas remains the clear and immediate cause of the suffering of the people there. While Hamas talks of peace with Israel to the Western media, the Hamas charter explicitly calls for Israel’s destruction!

     The chutzpah exhibited by Hamas and the PA are codified in Sharia law. While they may talk of negotiating a lasting truce or peace with Israel, their definition of peace is vastly different from the term peace understood by nearly all civilized peoples. A long-term truce, or “hudna, can last up to 50 years under Sharia law, but has the express purpose of regaining the resources needed to defeat the enemy. It is not a truce leading to peace.(Ref. 4) Remember that, according to sharia law, in certain situations, deception or lying – also known as 'taqiyya'– is not only permitted but sometimes obligatory. According to an authoritative Arabic text, Taqiyya is of fundamental importance in Islam. The practice of taqiyya is mainstream in Islam and is very prevalent in Islamic politics, especially in the modern era. [5]

     Muslim extremists closely observe sharia law which splits the world into two perpetually warring halves and they believe that they have a "divinely sanctioned" right to lie and deceive on behalf of Islam, until Islam ultimately becomes the global religion and Sharia law becomes the universal law of all mankind. By such reasoning, chutzpah and stupidity are permitted and essential to achieve the radical Islamic goal of world domination – chutzpah on the part of the believers and stupidity on the part of the non-believers.


     It’s difficult to ascertain who are the more stupid, the “Palestinian” masses who serve as cannon fodder for their Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas masters or those nations and people around the world who parrot the PA and Hamas lies and castigate Israel for standing up to the lies, the terrorism and the threats from the Islamo-fascist regimes in Gaza and the West Bank. In retrospect, there may be another explanation of the apparent stupidity of supposedly intelligent and fair-minded peoples and nations – that explanation is summed up in one word, anti-Semitism.

     “Anyone who longs to see peace between Israel and the Palestinians and prosperity in Gaza has to understand that Hamas is the enemy.
     “As more and more deaths of Palestinian ‘protesters’ at the Israel-Gaza border are reported, the media continues to portray civilians in Gaza as victims of the Israeli army.
     “Many in the media and around the world ignore the fundamental truth of the situation, which is that Hamas, an Islamist terror organization that vows to destroy the State of Israel, is completely responsible for the suffering of the people of Gaza.” (Ref. 6)

     The international media is a major contributor to the stupidity of people around the world in buying into the Hamas and PA lies. The world’s media has simply parroted “Hamas’ narrative regarding the violence on the Gaza border and publish{ed} its lies without properly investigating them.” (Ref. 7) What most of the world’s media didn’t report was that the Gaza riots were not Mahatma Gandhi-inspired protests – they were attempts to initiate a long-term violent uprising and to infiltrate terrorists into to Israel.

     In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, it was explained that Hamas’ method of operation is simple: they lie.[7]

     “During the recent . . . violence on the Gaza border, ‘Hamas has continued to lie to the world, which is why their rare acknowledgments of truth are especially revealing.’
     “While ‘Hamas spokesmen raced to the press to lament the death of innocent civilians,’ {a} senior Hamas official admitted that 50 of the 62 killed during {the} violence were Hamas terrorists.
     “ ‘Hamas itself has confirmed that 80 percent of those killed in their violent riots were members of a terrorist group, not innocent civilians’ . . .
     “Several more of the fatalities were claimed by Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
     “Similarly, a co-founder of Hamas, said in an interview with Al Jazeera, ‘When we talk about ‘peaceful resistance,’ we are deceiving the public.’
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     “{Hamas} ‘orchestrated a well-funded terrorist propaganda operation’ . . . {T}he terror organization provided free transportation from throughout the Gaza Strip to the border for innocent civilians, including women and children. Hamas hired them as extras, paying $14 a person or $100 a family for attendance—and $500 if they managed to get injured.
     “Similarly, Hamas forced all of their commanders and operatives to go to the border dressed as civilians, each serving as a director of an area.
     “ ‘The audience was the international media. Hamas gave anyone with a video camera front-row access to the show and free Wi-Fi. . . {T}he violent riots were masking a plan of mass infiltration into Israel in order to carry out a massacre against Israeli civilians. Hamas called it a ‘peaceful protest,’ and much of the world simply fell for it. It wasn’t fake news, it was simply fake” . . .
     “ ‘The idea that this was a peaceful protest is the biggest lie of all, because the basic tenets required for a protest in a democracy like the US or Israel do not exist in Gaza. Under Hamas’s control, there is no freedom of speech, no freedom of assembly, no freedom of religion, no freedom of the press. There can be no such thing as a peaceful protest in Gaza, only gatherings organized, sanctioned and funded by Hamas’ . . .
     “ ‘As part of Hamas’ propaganda operation, hundreds of Gazans were injured . . . and several dozen died, most of whom were Hamas operatives. None of this violence had to occur, but it was the violence that Hamas instigated and orchestrated so that the headlines and pictures would reinforce the lies that the Hamas spokesmen had planned.’ “ (Ref. 7)

     Charges have been made that there are some in the media who are willingly helping Hamas by choosing to publish its lies and not the actual facts. Do they do this because of stupidity or because of more sinister motives?

     Under the Trump administration, the “Palestinians” suddenly woke up to see criticism being fired in their direction. This came as quite a shock to them. For 8 years under the Obama administration, they had portrayed themselves, and been treated, as the deserving underdog – the "good guys." Now, America was actually holding them accountable and calling them out for activities they had taken for granted, such as inciting to riot and murder, or funding terrorists and their families. Suddenly, there was someone out there who refused to stupidly accept their lies and deceptions or to condone Hamas and PA chutzpah.

     As additional evidence of global stupidity or of vicious anti-Semitism, the “sickening logic of Israel’s detractors is to ignore context and facts and focus only on the body count.
     “For Israel’s critics, what is important to know about the ongoing clashes along Israel’s border with Gaza Strip is not the truth, not the context — just the body count. Tell me how many Palestinians were killed compared to how many Israelis and I will tell you who is right and who is wrong, they say. All else is irrelevant, a distraction from the real issue, which is Israel’s purported criminality.
     “Israel’s detractors care little that the organizing principle behind the throngs of Palestinians attempting to rush Israel’s border is deception, not the welfare of the Palestinian people.
     “Hamas is using the violence on the Israel-Gaza border to shift focus away from its own resounding failures as the de facto rulers of Gaza Strip since 2007, when in a bloody coup it wrested control of Gaza from Fatah two years after Israel had evacuated all Jewish communities and its military forces from the territory.
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     “Hamas’ strategy is simple: encourage throngs of Palestinians — including women, children and the elderly together with armed terrorists — to rush the fence separating Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip from Israel and wait for the inevitable civilian casualties. The more deaths, the better.
     “Hamas knows that no sovereign state can allow its border to be overrun by thousands of potentially violent rioters, particularly when the crowds are probably nothing but cover for terrorists prepared to carry out an attack against Israelis.
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     “No one seems to care that under Hamas rule the limited resources available to Gazans are monopolized by Hamas, or that Hamas squanders precious resources not on the welfare of Palestinians, but rather to prepare for the next failed war with Israel.
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     “{The PA} has stopped the transfer of funds provided by Americans, Europeans and other nations to their fellow Palestinians in Gaza.
     “Hamas’s attempts at reconciliation with the {PA} leadership in Judea and Samaria have gone nowhere because both sides care more about their own aggrandizement than about the betterment of the Palestinian people.
     “Meanwhile, Gazans have no electricity; they lack potable water; the rebuilding of Gaza has been stalled since Hamas initiated yet another failed military confrontation with Israel in 2014; and sewage treatment is non-existent.
     “All of this is the doing of the Palestinians’ failed political leadership. But Israel is blamed {out of stupidity, ignorance, anti-Semitism or jealousy of the success of the only democratic nation in the Middle East}.
     “When Hamas’ irresponsible leaders, who are driven by their nihilistic Islamist ideology and all-consuming hatred of Israel, risk the lives of tens of thousands of Palestinians with nothing to lose by sending them to threaten the border with Israel, and Israel is forced to react to protect itself, Israel’s detractors look only at the final body count.” (Ref. 8) Sheer Stupidity!


     All too often, chutzpah and stupidity go hand in hand. In the case of the recent “Palestinian” riots over America’s official opening of its embassy in Jerusalem, the Palestinian’s “Days of Rage” and their “Great March of Return”, we encounter the chutzpah of the Hamas and PA leadership in claiming a desire of peace with Israel, that the riots are nothing but peaceful protests and that Israel is guilty of crimes in defending its borders and of killing innocent civilians. We then encounter the stupidity of those willing dupes around the world who accept these lies and duplicity while pillorying Israel for defending itself.

     While the “Palestinian” propagandists were touting the riots as protests against the American embassy dedication in Jerusalem, what actually took place at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip was more than a protest – it was an act of aggression by Hamas on Israeli sovereignty. It was an act of war. Even the terrorists did not say that they were protesting the embassy relocation. The terrorists and the rest of the Palestinian demonstrators were chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to America." They were chanting that their goal was to replace Israel with an Islamic state, devoid of all Jews. And all the while, there were those throughout the world blaming Israel for the violence.

     Chutzpah and Stupidity – hand in hand!


  1. UN Warns of Gaza Fuel Crisis After Hamas Destroys Border Crossing, AP and United with Israel Staff,
    United With Israel , 14 May 2018.
  2. Palestinian Rioter: Hamas Uses Women, Children as Weapons, United with Israel Staff, United With Israel,
    17 May 2018.
  3. Gaza: Palestinian Sets Himself on Fire to Protest Hamas’ Oppressive Rule,
    United with Israel Staff and AP, United With Israel, 22 May 2018.
  4. Gaining vision in Gaza, Gary Jacobson, M.D., The Jewish Advocate, Page 7, 18 May 2018.
  5. Islam's doctrines of deception, Raymond Ibrahim, Middle East Forum, 1 October 2008.
  6. Why Hamas is the Enemy of Palestinians in Gaza, United With Israel , 18 May 2018.
  7. IDF spokesman: World media fell for Hamas’ lies, World Israel News Staff, World Israel News, 21 May 2018.
  8. Hamas’ distorted ‘Gaza death toll’ logic, Mati Wagner, World Israel News , 17 May 2018.


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