For Shame, America

I hate being right.

In my previous blog, I accused the United States Administration of justifying further murders like that of the Fogel family with its anti-Semitic position on Jews buying homes in Silwan. Less then two weeks later a terrorist from Silwan killed another three month old baby girl, Chaya Zissel Braun, just like three month old Hadas Fogel, who was murdered in her crib.

While the US State Department has since issued the kind of statement it should have at the start, its initial statement was nothing short of shameful. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not have a word of condolence for the victims. Instead she merely said that at the time the US could not confirm that any of the injured were American citizens and called for restraint. Riots followed in East Jerusalem, with further violence directed against Jewish children.

Even if the US State Department had been quick to make a proper Statement on the death of an American baby and the injuring of other Americans in a terror attack, it would not change the fact the US has become culpable in the violence against Jewish civilians in Jerusalem. The US cannot make statements that give in to anti-Semitism and adopt policies that deny the Jews basic human rights and expect Palestinian fanatics to take such statements and policies as anything less than a go-ahead to kill Jews, since Jews have no rights anyway.

For decades now, the US has been a silent partner in Palestinian Authority incitement to deadly violence against Jews. It has let Abbas, under the pretense that he is a ‘moderate,’ make the most outrageous statements again and again, and it has silently acquiesced to official PA propaganda demonizing Jews and even inciting to genocide. Just last week, Abbas called on Palestinians to violently prevent Jews from ascending the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. Recently, the US, along with much of Europe, has joined the Arab chorus denying human rights to the Jews. They are complicit in the very incitement that leads to murderous attacks like the one that took place yesterday.

Because of its condemnation of Jews for the ‘crime’ of legally buying property and living with anti-Semitic neighbors, the United States government bears partial responsibility for the death of Chaya Zissel Braun and for future violence against Jews in Jerusalem. And as long as it continues making statements against basic rights for Jews, it will continue to be complicit in the violence and murder of Jews.

Will the fact that little Chaya and several other victims were American citizens lead to a reevaluation of US policy regarding Jewish rights? That is very unlikely, as many victims of Arab terror in Israel have been American citizens with little to no affect on US policy, and now the murderers of an innocent, disabled American citizen are even being celebrated in an opera in New York, just because the murderers happened to be Palestinian. As long as the killers are Palestinian, America does not care who their victims are, even if they are American citizens. And if the victims are Jews, they have no rights to begin with.

For shame, America. For shame.

About the Author
Gary Willig is a researcher at the Center for Near East Policy Research and a student of communications at Bar Ilan University