Jewish Terrorism… Once Again

While the suspects in the Duma murders are still in detention, Jewish terrorists have once again struck.

A Palestinian home was attacked by a group signing its name smeared on the walls as “Defenders of the Prisoners of Zion”. In this recent attack, thankfully the parents and an infant son were not physically harmed. And while our Prime Minister repeats that “we will not tolerate this behavior”, our authorities are very slow in locating and apprehending the perpetrators.

Families of the alleged Duma murderers have organized protest marches outside the home of Yoram Cohen, Chief of the Shin Bet Security Services, condemning him and his agency of physical torture to the three main suspects. Meanwhile, there is no valid evidence to support the charge of torture, a procedure which is not usually done by the Security Services which has other means of obtaining vital information.

Adding to the case of Jewish terrorists, the Magistrate of the Petach Tikvah court, Judge Erez Nurieli, has been threatened and harassed by the supporters of the Jewish terrorists.

The ultra-Orthodox groups and friends of the families of the accused are very vocal in their protests against the charges of an alleged Jewish Terrorist Section within the Security Services.

Most rational Israelis wonder why special treatment needs to be accorded to Jewish terrorists whereas Arab terrorists receive various other treatments. Netanyahu re-iterated that we have “one law for Jews, Christians, Muslims and Circassians….” And yet it seems obvious to most of us that there are two sets of laws in effect.

Decent Jewish citizens of Israel must condemn acts of Jewish terrorism. It is a violation of the laws which we hold sacred and under which we are proud to live. We have the right and the obligation to protect ourselves from physical harm and threat of danger but we have no right to seek out homes and families of innocent Palestinians solely with the intention of harming them or causing their deaths.

This is not the Jewish way under which I was taught to live. There is the ideal of “derech eretz”, of showing respect to others. If you will not harm me, I will not harm you. If you treat me with kindness, I will treat you with kindness in return. Where and when did this Jewish ideal get lost along the way?

Changes are in the air. We may not like some of them but we will need to adapt to them. The Palestine Authority will soon be “dead” and new passports bearing “State of Palestine” will soon be issued in Ramallah. How many nations will recognize the new passports is not known. But one may assume it will be many. That is a change over which we have no control.

Negotiations between Israel and Turkey are still taking place. On one hand, it would be beneficial to re-establish diplomatic relations with a former friend. On another hand, it will be impossible for us to yield to Turkish demands for a “foothold in Gaza”. But this change is one in which we do have control. And we must hold firm to deny Turkey a “foothold”.

More important for me than a new name for Palestine and for improved relations with Turkey is to find the solution to the Jewish terrorist activists and to put them out of business permanently.

I believed in Jewish terrorist activity in pre-State days. Then we were fighting for our lives, for our existence, for our right to be a sovereign Jewish state. Now we have a brave and a strong army that guarantees those rights for us. We need not support terrorist activity by Jews anymore. We must denounce it and condemn those who participate in it. It brings shame upon us as a nation, as a Jewish nation. We are a people who live by law and by hope.

There is, after all, some hope. 2016 is just around the corner. And with it, please God, may we be privileged to be one nation, living in harmony and respect for one another. Only then can we truly have a real shalom.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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