Subject: Terrorism and Racial Profiling Part 2 – what we can learn from Israel
Nehemiah 4:13 “I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people with their swords, their spears, and their bows.”
In his article “What Israeli Airport Security Can Teach the World”, Daniel Wagner begins by commending Israel on being the gold standard in preventing radical Islamic terrorism: “No country in the world faces more terrorist threats than Israel, and no airport in the world faces more such threats than Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. Yet very few other airports have achieved the level of security that exists at Ben Gurion.”
What innovative security techniques do the Israelis use? Anshel Pfeffer’s lays out his investigation in his Sept. 2016 report entitled “In Israel, racial profiling doesn’t warrant debate or apologies: “I asked Israeli Lieutenant Colonel Eran Tuval why we are allowed to board airplanes at Ben-Gurion International Airport with bottles and tubes of liquid brought from home, while in Heathrow or JFK they confiscate our face cream and toothpaste? ‘Oh, that’s simple… We use racial profiling, they don’t.’
To Israelis, the practice of picking people out based on racial stereotypes is so self-evident, there isn’t even a Hebrew term for it. Though some security experts have advocated adopting racial profiling, the general consensus in the West is that it is unthinkable to subject passengers with certain shades of pigmentation and names germane to a specific part of the world to more rigorous searches… few Western democracies are prepared to face the storm of criticism they can expect from liberal opinion-makers.”
In last week’s article we highlighted how 9/11 terrorist Mohamed Atta and his team that brought down the Twin Towers were able to “waltz through American security without anyone stopping him, asking his name, checking his ticket, looking at his passport, or opening his bags (which contained box cutters and pepper spray). What makes Israel so immune to political correctness? We only have to know our Bibles.
Our verse this week is taken from the book of Nehemiah, who was a Jewish cupbearer for the Persian King Artaxerxes (this was while Israel was under Persian rule). In March of 445BC the king granted Nehemiah’s request to travel back to Jerusalem to rebuild its walls and restore its greatness. But multiple enemies surrounded him when he arrived in Jerusalem, with the goal of destroying him and any attempt to restore Jerusalem. But Nehemiah succeeded. How? Read this week’s verse – he stationed people around the perimeter with weapons to defend themselves against terrorist attacks as they rebuilt the walls.
Another biblical example of God’s protection of Israel through military preparedness is Numbers 26:2. Our Founding Fathers used it to create America’s “Minutemen”, who had to be ready “in a minute’s notice” to organize into militia companies self-trained in weaponry, tactics and military strategies during America’s Revolutionary War: “Take a census of all the congregation of Israel from 20 years old and above… who are able to go to war.” And, as Professor David B. Kopel explained in his July 2013 paper “Ancient Hebrew Militia Law”, it was the basis for our Second Amendment: “New Englanders intensely self-identified with ancient Israel… ancient Hebrew militia law is part of the background of the American militia system, and of the Second Amendment. Israel relied on a militia, in which citizen soldiers would spend most of their time cultivating their farms… and would fight only for limited periods… and only when necessary.”
As America and other Western nations continue to argue amongst themselves over how to protect themselves against radical Islamic intentions to destroy them, we have the perfect living, functioning role model in the tiny nation of Israel of how it can be done successfully. Around 120 years ago, Mark Twain, in examining the state of Israel, asked the question that is common among nonbelievers: “The Jews are but one-quarter of one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way… His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and learning are way out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. The Egyptians, Babylonians, and Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then passed away; the Greek and Roman followed, made a vast noise, and were gone. The Jew saw and survived them all. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of the Jews’ immortality?”
The answer to Twain’s question is one of the most compelling evidences for the existence of God, who has sworn to defend them: ”You, Israel, are My servant. Jacob, whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you, and have not cast you away.” (Isaiah 41:8-9).
“The Evidence of Faith’s Substance”, Article #248