Let’s NOT Compare Tragedies

My previous blog post was about 9/11. I discussed how it is a day for reflection and not a day for pushing our own agenda. It was a day to reflect the horror that happened to the American people. Today, on the 14th of November when I thought about the horrible incidents in Paris last night, my mind went back to that article. However, I had a different conclusion. We must not compare tragedies.

When I logged onto my Facebook this morning (yes, most of my blog posts are about Facebook, I am 20 after all and pursuing a career in social media) and saw posts regarding how attacks happen everyday in Israel, quite frankly I was shocked.

Yes, I understand that the world rarely listens when we are attacked, but listened when France was attacked. Yes, I understand how frustrating this is. But this is not an excuse to belittle what happened in Paris.

There is never an excuse to say that one atrocity does not matter because another group has suffered even more. The attacks in Paris are despicable. Just because attacks of this nature happens more often in Israel, does not make it okay to trivialise what happened in Paris.

There are people mourning and grieving the deaths of their loved ones, there are people who are fearing for their lives, people who’s lives will never be the same. We cannot belittle their emotions, we must be empathetic.

We cannot say that 9/11, or now 11/13, is less severe than what happens daily in Israel. For hardships are not meant to compare. The sadness and misery that was brought upon Paris today cannot be compared to what those felt during and after 9/11 or those who live daily in Israel.

We must empathise and not compare tragedies.


About the Author
Originally from Washington, D.C., Penina Graubart is the New Media Associate for Times of Israel. She also attends IDC Herzliya, studying at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications
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