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Jewish World Review
May 4, 2004
/ 13 Iyar, 5764
And the world still remains silent
There are only a couple of possible explanations for why the world is not out
even now, protesting the intentional murder of a pregnant woman and her four
young daughters by Palestinian gunmen.
I think it's clear that had the shooters been Israeli soldiers and the victims
a Palestinian family, millions of righteously indignant protesters would have
hit the streets and the airwaves calling for the capture and punishment of the
murderers and, no doubt, the immediate dismantling of "the Zionist entity."
They do that when a Palestinian civilian gets unintentionally caught in the
crossfire. They do it when actual gunmen and terrorists are killed. They do it
when fences are constructed to keep the killers out. They do it when
terrorists' houses their houses, not their families are destroyed.
They do not do it when defenseless Jewish women and children are gunned down in
There are only a limited number of explanations for this none of them very
One must realize that we are talking about the intentional murder of a pregnant
woman and four little girls. Someone had to take aim at and shoot an obviously
pregnant woman and four small children ages 2 to 11. This was not a case of
accidental collateral damage. This was a targeted killing. And, I'm sorry, but
there is absolutely no moral equivalency between the targeted killing of an
armed (or even an unarmed) terrorist mastermind, and the murder of an unarmed
pregnant woman and her children, no matter how much certain people would like
there to be. It is the difference not between apples and oranges, but between
apples and skyscrapers.
Had the victims been any other pregnant woman and her children, practically
anywhere else in the world, there would have been a deafening hew and cry.
So, either much of the world is OK with the Jews as victims or they have a very
low opinion of Arabs.
What I mean is, that unless there is a collective understanding that Jews are
unimportant, expendable or worse, justifiable targets, the only other
explanation is that the world feels the Palestinian Arabs are simply incapable
of civilized behavior. Unless the world is collectively thinking, "well,
they're Arabs, what do you expect?" then we can explain the deafening silence
over this atrocity only through worldwide, systemic and deeply entrenched
I'm not crazy about either explanation, but I think I hope it's the former,
because there is some chance for the Arabs themselves to change that perception
by behaving in a civilized manner, and by calling on their misguided brethren
to do so, too.
The latter explanation, on the other hand, has terrifying and far-reaching
implications that I'd prefer not to contemplate, and which people all over the
world, in the United States in particular, are dismissing as impossible.
Unfortunately, those of us familiar with history know that dismissing
unpleasantness out of hand doesn't make it go away. On the contrary, it allows
it to fester and grow.
If the international acquiescence to or rationalization of the murder of that
Jewish family isn't a function of anti-Semitism or a belief that no better
behavior can be expected from Palestinian Arabs, then it can only be a fear, a
terror as it were, that to speak out against the wholesale slaughter of
innocent Jewish men, women and even children may bring the wrath of the
proverbial Hun down upon the protester.
If that's it we're all doomed, of course, because that means the terrorists
have already won.
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