While Yehudah Glick lies in the hospital suffering from the physical gunshot wounds inflicted on his body the other night, he is also battling another barrage of injuries due to the world outcry against him, upon hearing of his shooting, a world that is quick to defame him, defame his name, his life’s mission and his overall being.
Does calling him an agitator or a fanatic make it okay to shoot him point blank? Does this designation allow the world to reduce the severity of the crime perpetrated against him?
And who is it exactly that decides what the criteria are that classify him as an agitator? Is it because his opinion conflicts with other segments of the population, or is it because he is an easy target, so easy in fact, that he was shot in a popular center in Jerusalem one that is used to being open to sharing ideas, thoughts and cultural differences.
Is this the season for name calling? And as our Prime Minister is under attack, it strikes me as ironic and severely hypocritical to call someone “chickenshit” and yet to do so anonymously especially when the person responsible for doing that insulting is a US senior administration official.
Sure we tell ourselves that name calling doesn’t hurt. We have tried to build up our immunity to it even singing about it as kids when we skipped rope, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.”
(Insightful line about the stones, don’t you think?)
I must admit that even when it comes to blogging something that often holds me back from pressing “publish” on a post I have written is that painstaking awareness that there will soon follow a slew of insults and negative responses if I dared to post anything a wee bit more “controversial” relating to the topics of life in Israel, anti-Semitism and other “hot off the press” material.
Yah yah, I know. Bad PR is still PR. (Ugh).
Now, if we can call someone a name and it sticks, then does that mean that we can insult and berate them without being held responsible for our actions?
Are the name callers agitators? The policy makers, the settlers, Temple Mount visitors, Christians, Muslims, Jews, government officials and all the rest?
While we’re at it, maybe agitators are simply people who are standing and waiting at the light rail station to embark on a ride in the city of Jerusalem and whose lives were cut short by a terrorist, who decided that on that fateful morning he would become a martyr, as he drove his car into the crowd killing a baby and a young woman and injuring many others?
And so until we can all come to a decision on who we can “blame” for our actions, the name calling, barrage of insults and road raging will continue both online and in real life leaving me to wonder what in all “H-E-double hockey sticks” has happened to our basic human decency.
And it seems so harmful to me that the repercussions for name calling are close to nil especially considering the anonymity which the internet offers us and where people feel free to let the expletives fly and where good manners lie dormant.
I really don’t know who the biggest cowards are in this whole slew of mudslinging and name calling but one thing I know for certain is that, for heaven’s sake, if you are going to make a point, please say it nicely because whatever anyone else might tell you, name calling hurts.