Tuvia Book
Author, educator, Tour-Guide, artist

And the World Was Silent

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.

About the Author
Dr. Tuvia Book was born in London and raised in both the UK and South Africa. After making Aliya at the age of 17 and studying in Yeshiva he volunteered for the IDF, where he served in an elite combat unit. Upon his discharge he completed his BA at Bar-Ilan University, as well as certification in graphic design. He then served as the Information Officer at the Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia, while earning a graduate degree in Jewish Studies. Upon his return to Israel, Dr. Book graduated from a course of study with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, and is a licensed tour guide. Tuvia has been working in the field of Jewish Education, both formal and informal, for many years. He has guided and taught Jewish students and educators from around the English-speaking world for some of Israel’s premier educational institutions and programs. Tuvia has been guiding groups for Birthright Israel since its inception and, in addition, has lectured throughout North America, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Tuvia served as a Shaliach (emissary) for the Jewish Agency for Israel as the Director of Israel and Zionist Education at the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York (Jewish Education Project). He was a lecturer/educational guide at the Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education (AMIIE) in Israel for a decade. Tuvia has lectured at both Bar Ilan University and Hebrew University. He was a Senior Editor and Teaching Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. He is a research associate at the Hudson Institute. Tuvia is the author and illustrator the internationally acclaimed Israel education curriculum; "For the Sake of Zion; A Curriculum of Israel Studies" (Fifth edition, Koren 2017), and "Moral Dilemmas of the Modern Israeli Soldier" (Rama, 2011) and has a doctorate in Israel Education. His latest book, "Jewish Journeys, The Second Temple Period to the Bar Kokhba Revolt – 536 BCE-136 CE," was published by Koren this year. To order:
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