Jewish Terrorism… Then and Now

The tragic event of July 31 of this year in the village of Duma, led to the massacre of the Dawabshe family, killing an 18 month old baby, the parents who died from their wounds, and the serious wounding of the sole survivor, 5 year old Ahmed who lies in a hospital bed from that day until now. The terrorists were Jewish youth, Orthodox extremists and fanatics, who threw a Molotov cocktail into a window of the home. They scribbled on the wall of the house, “Death to the Arabs. Long live our king the messiah”.

This massacre sickened every decent Israeli. Very little effort was put by our police and Shin Bet (Security Services) in tracking down the Jewish perpetrators. From July until December, five months have passed and only in the last few days have arrests of suspected terrorists taken place. This move is largely due to a world outcry and a correct condemnation of us by the United Nations. No one really believes that Israel punishes Jewish terrorists to the same degree as we punish accused Arab terrorists.

47 percent of the citizens of Israel responded that more can be done by our government to fight Jewish terrorism. Additionally, 40% of our Jewish citizens have made the claim that political consideration plays a part in the way Jewish terrorism is handled in Israel.

There are members of the Knesset and individual members in our various political parties who are sympathetic to young Jewish terrorists. Even when they are apprehended and put into detention, Jewish terrorists are treated more leniently than Arab terrorists. No decent God-fearing Israeli Jew can deny this fact.

Had an Arab terrorist blown up a Jewish home and killed its inhabitants, he would have been tracked down vehemently and with all the force of our police and Security Service personnel, arrested and probably sentenced to life imprisonment. Our Jewish terrorists have so far remained free.

It is written in today’s press that arrests have been made and names and identities not revealed under a gag order. But all of us know the roots of their anti-non-Jewish hatred in which they set fire to Catholic and Greek Orthodox historic churches and monasteries, destroy religious books and holy icons, and vandalize Arab cars, homes and property with their Tag M’chir signature.

Not many of these Jewish terrorists have been apprehended. And very sadly, not very many Israeli Jews have vented their anger and demanded justice for the non-Jewish victims.

How times have changed since we were the victims of European anti-Jewish persecutions!

Jewish terrorism is not new. In the days prior to our independence when Arabs had already declared war against us, our Irgun and Lechi committed atrocious acts of terror against Arabs, many of them decent and innocent people.

How many of us want to remember the April 9, 1948 massacre of the Arab Village of Deir Yassin? It happened one month before we declared our independence on May 14. Many of us still live in shame.

There were 600 residents in the village of Deir Yassin. They were peaceful villagers who had declared their neutrality during the 1947-1948 riots. They had signed an agreement with the Haganah that they would not take part in any attacks upon the Jews. Nevertheless, on that tragic day in April, 120 fighters of the Irgun and Lechi came into the village of Deir Yassin and slaughtered 107 villagers, men, women and children.

It is believed that the massacre of Deir Yassin was the catalyst which caused 700,000 Arabs to flee from Palestine. Some Jews may have been horrified at the wanton killings of innocent civilians. Most were happy in the flight of a majority.

The members of the Irgun and Lechi responsible for this dastardly betrayal of an agreement for neutrality were never punished.

Terrorism in an act of a declared war, while hateful, can be understood. Terrorism against innocent civilians, Jews or Arabs, cannot and must not go unpunished.

The alleged youthful terrorists responsible for the Dawabshe family deaths must be rounded up, placed under administrative detention, put on trial, found guilty and given long prison sentences. Their heinous crime is a disgrace upon our Jewish religious laws and traditions and brings the wrath and condemnation of the world against us.
And rightly so,

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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