“…Israel should recognize that no amount of bombing Gaza by the Israeli Air Force will end this hatred. Killing innocent civilians and collective punishment are medieval practices, best left to the barbarians of Hamas and ISIS. Civilized people should resist the temptation to fall into the trap laid for them by the forces of medievalism. The challenge is to drain the swamps, not swat individual mosquitoes.”
July 2, 2014
The Toronto Sun
We know their names.
They died a horrible death at the hands of gunmen who snuffed out their lives for just one reason.
Their “crime”? They were Jews.
Then there is Mohammed Abu Khdeir, also a teenager.
He was was seen being forced into a car in Jerusalem early Wednesday. Within hours, his partly-burned corpse was discovered in a forest.
His “crime”? He was a Palestinian.
But while the brutal murders of the three Jewish teens were immediately blamed on the terrorist group Hamas by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel went out of its way to suggest the killing of the Palestinian boy might not be an act of revenge.
Downplaying the possibility of a vigilante Jewish revenge attack, Israel’s Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said, “We know of a boy who apparently was abducted and we see a link to the discovery of a body. This is still under investigation by the forensic labs and detectives.
“Everything is being examined. There are many possibilities. There is a criminal possibility as well as a political one,” the Israeli minister added. “I am telling everyone, let us wait patiently.”
Wise words, but this wisdom was missing when, despite denials by the terrorist Hamas, Israel’s prime minister blamed it for the cowardly June 12 murders of Yifrah, Shaar and Fraenkel.
On Tuesday, a Jerusalem protest deteriorated into an anti-Arab mob chanting “Death to the Arabs” and “Muhammad is dead” as police rescued several Palestinians from it.
I have no doubt Hamas is capable of such crimes.
Indeed, in the past Hamas has claimed responsibility for killing Jews who had in fact been murdered by other jihadi terrorists.
So, given that Hamas denied its role this time, it’s possible another terrorist outfit committed the murders, or individuals driven to murder after a lifetime of being subjected to Israeli military rule.
To his credit, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas strongly denounced the kidnappers of the three Israeli teenagers, saying he would hold the perpetrators accountable.
Speaking at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Abbas said, “Those who kidnapped the three teenagers want to destroy us.”
Fine words indeed.
But what Abbas should understand is that whether it was Hamas or another group that murdered the Jewish teens, such acts are an inevitable result of the unrestrained hatred towards Jews aired on Palestinian TV networks, aimed at pre-school children.
In one such children’s show broadcast aired May 2, an adult dressed up as a Bumble Bee asks girls who appear to be less than five years old to, “smash the faces of Jews like tomatoes.”
Then the host, a hijab-wearing older girl, encourages the kids to “shoot all the Jews.”
For its part, Israel should recognize that no amount of bombing Gaza by the Israeli Air Force will end this hatred.
Killing innocent civilians and collective punishment are medieval practices, best left to the barbarians of Hamas and ISIS.
Civilized people should resist the temptation to fall into the trap laid for them by the forces of medievalism.
The challenge is to drain the swamps, not swat individual mosquitoes.