Let’s Mobilize An Army Of Stone Throwers On Border

By ilana mercer

In the United States, even Customs and Border Protection apologizes for doing its job. CBP is supposed to “protects the public from dangerous people and materials attempting to cross the border …”

On one of the networks that wants all people, dangerous or not, to cross the southern border into the U.S., if they so desire, a CBP officer was bending over backwards to appear like a “global force for good.” (That, believe it or not, was the U.S. Navy’s motto, between 2009 and 2015!)

Tear-gassing rubble-rousing migrants, who were charging his officers and breaching the U.S.-Mexico border, was in the service of protecting … the migrants, especially The Children. Perhaps that’s in the oath of office a CBP officer takes?

Law enforcement officers entrusted with the safety of the American people struggle to articulate pride in executing their mandate. Attached to the expected self-loathing repartee is, invariably, a declaration of loyalties to The World. (Of a piece with this confused loyalty is the typical argument made by the typical TV talker: Illegal immigration must be stopped, so as to … save migrants from the journey’s depredations.)

It’s instructive to contrast the apologetics around defending the U.S. border and the American people with the absence of apologies on Israel’s borders.

In May this year, “Tens of thousands of Palestinians massed near Gaza’s border fence, threatening to ‘return’ to the lands their forefathers lost when Israel was created in 1948.” They wanted in.

Israeli soldiers responded not with tear gas, but with bullets. They killed over 60 protesters who threatened to breach the border. The number has since risen to 120.

Most of us, this writer included, would condemn such excessive force.

Yet surprisingly, the Economist—a liberal, pro-Palestinian, most excellent weekly—pondered but briefly and nonchalantly about Israel’s army having used excessive force, concluding almost callously: “Every state has a right to defend its borders.”

Come again?!

This from the very same editorialists who never tire of protesting any disruption in the holy quest of weary columns of Christ-like caravanners, planning to defy the U.S. government, by illegally entering the United States of America.

Moreover, calmly and with no histrionics does the Economist report, matter-of-fact, that “Any Palestinian, even a farmer, coming within 300 meters of the fence [with Gaza] is liable to be shot.”

And while the august magazine has declaimed dutifully that “Israel must answer for the deaths in Gaza,” its writers have also evinced a good deal of impatience with the M.O.P.E (Most Oppressed People Ever), stating: “It is time for Palestinians to take up genuine non-violence.”

In other words, grow up. The stone throwing was cute when your “Struggle” was in its infancy.

Go figure.

For the longest time, the world raged about Israel’s refusal to accept the necessity for its citizens to be blown to bits or be overrun demographically (by people who’re “only seeking a better life” for themselves and their posterity).

Israel paid no attention to the liberal lunatics aligned against its oft-excessive habit of defending its citizenry’s rights.

In fact, the Jewish State has recently gone one better. Israel has automated the process of defense, creating a set of “auto kill-zones” “by networking together remote-controlled machine guns, ground sensors, and drones along the 60-kilometer border.”

Bluntly put, Israel has deployed gizmos to Gaza; “Robo-Snipers” instead of flesh-and-blood men and women.

The nation’s “19- and 20-year-old soldiers” are still deployed to the front—but virtually. They sit at a safe distance “behind computer screens,” waiting on “approval by a commanding officer” before “pushing the kill button.”

The IDF Southern Command’s rules of engagement along the Gaza fence are, shall we say, particularly aggressive.

Oh, it’s still pro forma for the U.N. General Assembly and Security Council to open every one of their sessions with a rote condemnation of Israel’s actions on its borders and everywhere else.

But even the U.N., a cesspit of venality and stupidity, has gotten the message over the decades. And it is this:

Israel’s army is not going to put down its guns and mobilize an army of stone throwers to throw stones back at the persecuted Arabs, thereby not committing the crime of using excessive force.

Israel’s action on its borders is not unlike action taken by the U.S. Armed Forces in defense of borders not our own.


Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She is the author of “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & “The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook, Gab & YouTube



  1. Ilana Mercer offers us an extremely skewed, report of what happened on the Israeli Border in May. So her, own condemnation of ‘such excessive force’ by Israel rings hollow.

    It was an organised attempt to invade and occupy Israel. There’s no point of firing rubber bullets and tear gas at people like this. They’ll just live to come back and invade again.

    Organised Palistinian invaders (i.e. an army) set up an armed camp of tents. Each tent has the name of town on it from which the occupants claim to have been expelled, and which is one of the ultimate targets of the invasion.

    Groups of young men attacked the Israeli border, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails in the direction of Israeli troops, and rolling burning tyres towards the fence to provide smoke screens.

    They have also erected earthen embankments to annex land for themselves, and been attempting to plant Palestinian flags on Israeli Sovereign territory.

    For weeks Palestinian terrorists had also been launching sky borne incendiary devices over the border fence.

    Even Hamas’s own reports however, are more frank, than Ilana Mercer’s.

    A Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, admitted in an interview to Al Jazeera ‘ that-

    “when we talk about ‘peaceful resistance’, we are deceiving the public. This is a peaceful resistance bolstered by a military force and by security agencies”.

    They have been forcing bus companies to bus invaders into the area and giving compensation to the families of their deceased ‘soldiers’

    Hamas itself claimed 50 of these 60 casualties as it own violent militants, and Islamic Jihad claimed 3 of them.

    This is full scale military invasion by an organisation which claims to represent a state. It is NOT simply people wanting to migrate to Israel, as the people who enter the US are.

    Israel is perfectly entitled and morally justified in defending its borders, if necessary and if it chooses to do so, by the use of gunfire.

    No one forces invaders to try to enter.

    Whether it’s good politics to do so is however is an another matter. But that’s up to Israel.

    As regards throwing stones over the US Border at potential migrants trying to go in. All that would amount to is one set of immigrants throwing stones at another set of potential immigrants.

    Everyone in the United States is an ‘immigrant’ im;cduin the ‘Native Americans’ who arrived there first. The United States itself however is a political construct created by relatively recent immigrants, as recently as 1776.

    • How convenient for your argument that you should designate the white Nordish settlers of America as “immigrants”, but not the Jews of Israel. Are you Jewish yourself? If so, should we treat that as just another convenient happenstance that has nothing at all to do with your implicit view that white Nordish peoples should have no country of their own, but Jews should be permitted an exception?

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