Firstly, I’m not going to give food to racism or cultural supremacy. In every group, there are good and not so good people. Condemning or suspecting people because of the group they belong to is unfair, untruthful, hurtful, and oppressive. Every culture or religion has sides that are excellent and elements that need improvement. It’s not true or helpful to say that some cultures are better than others. Supposedly advanced societies like the US and Japan are based on cruel rat races. Restrictive countries seem to better understand to stop destructive liberties like with alcohol or sex. So, let each group improve their own traditions rather than point fingers.
Recently, the slogan Arab Lives Matter began. No doubt a variation on the US Black Lives Matter protest. However, the comparison is faulty. BLM is a protest against police brutality. But, most Arab unnatural deaths in Israel are caused by traffic, honor killings, criminal hits, and revenge killings.
Many claim that a major cause is a lack of policing. So, Black Lives Matter protests police brutality; Arab Lives Matter protests police passivity?
And let’s not exaggerate the problem. It’s not as if almost all murders in Israel are committed by Arab Gentiles on Arab Gentiles. They have 3.5 times more murders than the country as a whole. That’s not 20 times.
But I doubt if more police are going to bring down Arab deaths in Israel.
To be fair, we should compare Arab Muslims and Arab Jews (Jews from Arab countries). They largely have the same culture. But Arab Jews don’t have a problem protecting life. The difference is not policing. It’s being spoon-fed from the cradle that human life is holy. We need more education for many Gentiles in the world (don’t single out Arabs) of Thou Shan’t Murder. (The Ten Commandments condemn murder, not killing.)
Let it be clear, contrary to oppressive stereotypes, that Islam is not an immoral religion that glorifies homicide. I can prove that. I remember when the first pictures came in of ISIS and its sadistic killing of scores of innocent people (beheadings, drownings). Ordinary Muslims refused to believe these were Muslim executors. They assumed this was staged anti-Islam propaganda. This means that the average Muslim considers murder evil. Not just because they are human but because Islam taught them this.
Yet, it seems to me that Muslims, like many Gentiles, don’t learn You [as a community] shan’t murder as straight-forward as Jews. It’s a nice principle unless you’re angry and then it’s understandable to kill? No, it is not.
Muslims in Israel must take the lead in teaching themselves and all other religions that human life is very holy. So holy that you can’t just blame fate when you fail to protect vulnerable people from car accidents, honor killings, criminal hits, and revenge killings. Fate or anger don’t justify death.
When Gentile-Arab society in Israel fortifies teaching its children the absolute holiness of human life, everyone will be safer. Such ideas don’t go together with hating Jews. But guess what. That habit needs revision too.
Note that painting Jews as murderous is the ultimate Antisemitism to neutralize the Jewish plea to stop killing people as if they are mosquitoes.
Remember to stay away from the oppressive stereotype that Muslims are primitive. If you hate how fundamentalist Islam degrades women, look at how fundamentalist Christianity treats homosexuals. Or radical Atheists treat Monotheists. If you dislike the unfreedom that Sharia Law forces on women, remember how the West has sexualized and prostituted women.
Compared to the Talmud, any text is primitive. But that doesn’t mean that Gentiles are primitive. Have some respect and humility. And an open mind.
I repeat what I wrote at the start of this post. But, if you know someone, solely based on their religion or ethnicity, you’re just part of the problem.