Israel should resist desire for revenge

“…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.​”

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July 2, 2014

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

We know their names.

Istraeli teensEyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel were three Israeli teenagers who lived with their families near the West Bank Palestinian city of Hebron.

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.

Palestinian boy

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.​

6 comments for “Israel should resist desire for revenge

  1. Kamal
    July 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    The age old saying “an eye for an eye only makes ……” Never applies to an Israeli-Palestinian skirmish. Somehow we have come to expect such revenge attacks, which is sad because as you rightly say, no amount of bombing will end this hatred and collective punishment is nothing but a barbaric way of settling scores. But will both of them ever listen? Somehow wiser counsel has to prevail but who is to take that lead. Sad

  2. Dough
    July 4, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    1. The Israeli teens did not live next to Hebron. Two of them lived outside the West Bank, the third somewhere else in the West Bank.

    2. How do you know Jews killed the Palestinian teen for being Palestinian?

    3. There was plenty of evidence for the Israeli teens being kidnapped by Arabs. Here is some of it: No Jew ever kidnapped another Jew in the West Bank; voices in Arab accent could be heard in the police phone call one of the teens placed; Two Hamas members who live in the area are missing since the eve of the abduction and their wives had no clue as to why.

    4. Israel does not intentionally kill innocent civilians, but they are sometimes killed because terrorists are operating from within civilian population.

    5. I agree that revenge is bad.

  3. Imran sheikh
    July 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    The article seems to speak to the Israelis as the civilized ones who should continue to behave with becoming restraint leaving the barbarism to Hamas and ISIS.

    This highly partisan approach is the foundation of Jewish propaganda that stands accepted values on their head. It is akin to kicking a man then objecting to his scream of pain.

    The atrocities from both sides deserve equal condemnation. There is no justification for harming proxies.
    However till the rights of all human beings irrespective of race are respected there can be no peace. The fundamental of all religions is “treat others as you wish to be treated”. It is an enlightened guidline for all.

    • Linda
      August 21, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      If you believe that Islam adheres to any such creed as “treat others as you wish to be treated” you need to read their book more carefully. I am neither Jew nor Arab (since Palestinian is a name given to the land by Romans it doesn’t belong to any group so I don’t use it) it is easy for me to see that Israelis only retaliate against these savages but their kind (Islamists) are killing randomly ALL OVER THE WORLD. I have no trouble seeing which side to take. If you do YOU are part of the problem. When the whole world denounces the random killing by Islamists we can begin to overcome them.

  4. Rajindar
    July 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Tarak bhai, kabhi Vancouver aye tou khadim ko jaroor yaad karna. Aapse milne ka ishteyak hai.

    Aapka,

    Rajindar

  5. imran
    August 31, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    twitter user tarek fatha you are not muslim. You are hindu,cristan. You are enemy of islam.

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