Oh, Now I Get ItIt took me a while, but thanks to Sarah Schulman, writing in the New York Times, I finally figured it out.
Israel has become a world leader in technology, agriculture, including drip irrigation and desalinization of water, medicine, including advances in battling heart disease and cancer, environmental quality, renewable energy, and defense; ten Israelis have so far won Nobel Prizes. (To compare, Muslims, accounting for 20 percent of the world's population, have won 8) It's the destination of choice for Sudanese refugees who survive the life-threatening trek through Egypt. it's the only country in the Middle East that allows equal rights for all of its citizens regardless of race, gender, ethnic origin, religion, or sexual orientation; Muslims (especially female Muslims) in Israel have more rights than they do in any of the Islamic nations.
Israel opened the first field hospital in Haiti after their devastating earthquake, they assisted the Japanese after their recent earthquake and tsunami; Israel has sent humanitarian aid to more than 140 countries and authorities. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been treated in Israeli hospitals, including children suffering from life-threatening diseases who would die if not for Israeli resources. Also bringing better health to the children of the world is the Israeli-based charity, Save a Child's Heart, an organization that brings children suffering from heart ailments to Israel from 42 countries where adequate medical care in unavailable.
All of this, I now know thanks to Sarah Shulman, is done to cover up Israeli oppression of the Palestinians.
Oh, those crafty Zionists!