The Sadness Continues

No one can deny the fact that the horrific kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers is merely the most recent in dreadful, violent terrorist attacks by Palestinians against innocent Israelis. These unjustifiable acts are horrendous and despicable. But, in the same vein, to express shock and disbelief that Jews could be capable of an act as despicable as the murder of the Palestinian teenager or the beating of another young man is disingenuous. While these are extreme acts, they are not unique. As innocent Israelis have been the victims of terror, so many innocent Palestinians have suffered over the years.
These latest incidents will draw attention because of the timing and the particularly violent nature of the acts and I have no doubt that those who committed these acts will be brought to justice as they should be. But, the truth is that the conflict has produced daily acts of intimidation, humiliation and physical abuse of Palestinians by Jews just as it has produced so many horrendous acts of terror against Jews by Palestinians. While we may be sickened by what we have read in recent days, we can’t take it out of the context of the cycle of violence, oppression and violent calls for revenge. We should be saddened and deeply pained. But, we shouldn’t be surprised.

This piece, appearing in Ha’aretz yesterday, needs to be read:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.603431/.premium-1.603431

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3 responses to “The Sadness Continues

  1. Martha Kransdorf

    Thank you for your posting! It’s hard to get more than the gist of the message from the Ha’aretz piece without a subscription since they only provide a few sentences–but it sounds like an important wake-up message.

  2. Laurel F.

    Most Israelis and other Jews rightly condemn the killing of the Palestinian teen, and want those responsible to be brought to justice. It should be (but, for the most part, isn’t) noted by the world that there is no widespread condemnation by the Palestinians of the kidnapping and killing of innocents.

  3. Israeli Arabs have passports- if life there is so horrible for them, they can LEAVE. Unlike the Arab countries where they are more than humiliated , abused, denied jobs, prohibited from travel.

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