Sunday, July 6, 2014

Different reactions to murder to Jewish and Arab kids is the main issue:

Different reactions to murder to Jewish and Arab kids is the main issue: This is from Ruthie Blum..."Israelis from across the political spectrum reacted similarly, rushing to denounce “price-tag” actions committed by Jews. Some went as far as Haaretz‘s Chemi Shalev, who blamed Israeli society as a whole for the murder. “The gangs of Jewish ruffians man-hunting for Arabs are no aberration,” he wrote. “Theirs was not a one-time outpouring of uncontrollable rage following the discovery of the bodies of the three kidnapped students. Their inflamed hatred does not exist in a vacuum: It is an ongoing presence, growing by the day…nurtured in a public environment of resentment, insularity and victimhood.” Naftali Frenkel’s grieving uncle, who transcended the political fray, nevertheless said, “If a young Arab man was murdered for nationalistic reasons, then it is a horrifying and disgusting act. There is no distinguishing blood from blood. Murder is murder, whatever the nationality or age may be. There is no justification, no forgiveness and no atonement for any murder.” No such outpouring of outrage was heard from the Arabs in Israel or the Palestinian Authority when the Israeli boys were found dead, however. On the contrary, when the Israeli boys were abducted, Palestinians accused Israel of staging the event for propaganda purposes, and left-leaning Israeli commentators initially focused on everything from the irresponsibility of people who hitchhike to the larger issue of whether Jews should be in the West Bank altogether. Meanwhile, Arab Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi even justified the abduction, denying that the kidnappers were terrorists. “They are people who don’t see any way to change their reality and are forced to use these means until Israel will wake up a little, until Israeli citizens and society will wake up and feel the suffering of the other,” she said. This was nothing compared to the reaction of the mother of one of the two prime suspects in the kidnapping: “If he did [it], I will be proud of him,” she told Israel’s Channel 10. “I raised my children on the knees of the (Islamic) religion. They are religious guys, honest and clean-handed, and their goal is to bring the victory of Islam.” She also criticized the Palestinian Authority security forces for assisting in the search for the teens, saying, “May Allah take revenge on them … [for] helping the IDF.” It is this attitude — not one of “restraint” — that Arabs throughout the Middle East are imbibing in their mothers’ milk. It is this attitude — not the so-called “occupation” — that spurs Hamas to fire missiles at Jewish nursery schools. It is this attitude, just as rampant in the Palestinian Authority as it is in Gaza, which is being instilled and cultivated in Palestinian children by their parents and educators, while Israeli children are taught to yearn for peace. There are exceptions to the rule in both societies. Israelis who commit crimes against Arabs are shunned by all but a tiny minority. They are held legally accountable by the police and the courts. They are held morally accountable by a majority of the public. Arabs in the Palestinian Authority and in Gaza who commit crimes against Jews are lauded by all but a tiny minority. They are assisted by police and the courts. They are rewarded financially by the authorities and boosted socially by a majority of the public. When Muhammad Abu Khdeir’s killers are apprehended by the Israel Police, they will be brought to justice, whether they are Jews or Arabs — and whether their motivation was nationalistic, criminal or family-honor-based. And Israelis will mourn both his passing and the horrific manner of his death. No matter what emerges from the investigation, however, the Palestinians will turn him into a martyr to exploit his memory as an additional weapon in their war against Israel. Ruthie Blum is the author of “To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama and the ‘Arab Spring.’” This article was originally published by Israel Hayom

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