Sometimes the sheer wave of extreme Islamic terror that is sweeping over the world, including Israel, is just overwhelming. In the midst of the horror and darkness, there are some stand-out moments that are just so shocking they almost beggar belief.
One such incident happened yesterday when Daphna Meir was brutally murdered in her own house in front of her children. And the world was silent.
It wasn’t just the brazen murder of a very special person, movingly eulogised by Rachel Sharansky Danziger, or the now predictable silence of the world when we Jews are killed in our homeland, that was just as predictably followed by Hamas press releases praising “the magnificent operation” followed by the now ritual distribution of sweets to celebrate murder. What followed is truly indicative of the poisonous hatred that has seeped through every level of Palestinian society. That an individual can murder a mother, a giver of life, and a nurse, a protector of life and be praised by their people and be encouraged by the silence of the world is so shocking it almost defies comprehension.
Something is seriously broken in a society where political leaders, religious leaders, and even mothers praise their children for being murderers. Where children are incited 24/7 in school, by the media and in mosques to go out and murder. Where schools and public squares are named after murderers. Where murderers are extolled as the epitome of heroism (and rewarded with American supplied tax-payers dollars) by the PA.
The world community, who funds and ignores this poisoning of an entire society, needs to fix its moral compass and help the Palestinians press the moral “reset” button. Palestinians need to understand that one can’t murder oneself towards a state. The PA is responsible for the current violence and to overlook this is to ignore the situation. The world is not doing the PA a favour by not holding them to account. Indeed this is reinforcing the current deeply flawed mindset. Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Dr. Michael Oren recently observed, “being Palestinian means never having to say that you’re sorry.” Unless the PA educate for peace there will never be peace.
The only time the world is not silent, it seems, is when the Jews dare to defend their hearth and home. Then the baying pack, led recently by the Swedish Foreign Minster Margot Wallström, declares; “how dare those Jews defend themselves?” We Jews heard the silence of world seventy years ago, when one third of the Jewish people was murdered for the “crime” of being Jewish. The big difference is that today we can and we will defend ourselves and we no longer need to rely on the pity of our host nations, but are able to be in charge of our own destiny.