Tuvia Book
Author, educator, Tour-Guide, artist

Liverpool’s Salah is offside about Gaza

Mohamed Salah. (Fars Media Corporation, 2023, via Wikimedia Commons)

As a lifelong Liverpool fan, I was extremely disappointed with the response by our star player, Mohamed Salah, to the terror war we are currently undergoing here in Israel. Salah has a massive worldwide following on social media. His words are very important. Like the FA and FIFA, he seems to have lost his moral compass. The King of England, the prime minister of the UK, the US president, and other world leaders can call out the barbaric evil unleashed on innocent Israeli citizens, but not Mohamed Salah.

When the war started on October 7th with a sickening terrorist massacre of innocents on a vast scale, Salah was silent, as were many other high-profile celebs. There is no excuse for silence in the face of evil.

As Yizhak Fisher notes, we have a vast global network of information.  Everybody knows about the barbaric attack perpetrated on the people of Israel. Indeed, the terrorists have themselves posted sickening documentaries of their actions; beheading babies, rape, mutilating corpses, killing children in front of their parents and then killing the parents, burning people alive, and kidnapping the elderly and sick, women and children. We still haven’t identified hundreds of bodies because of their state. Seasoned reporters from around the civilized world have been seen openly weeping on camera, unable to speak when confronted face-to-face with these atrocities. Yet, like so many others, Salah was silent.

Salah’s statements and my response

It’s not always easy to speak in times like this. There has been too much violence and too much heartbreak and brutality.

Correct. Where was Salah’s moral compass, where were his words, during the first days of the war when innocents were being slaughtered?  Why did he only wake up when Israel, like any other civilized nation would, rose to defend itself against a sheer brutal animalistic terror onslaught?

The escalation in recent weeks is unbearable to witness. All lives are sacred and must be protected.

All lives are indeed sacred.  Unless you are the terrorist Hamas entity, then both Israeli and Palestinian lives are expandable in the name of global Jihad.  Let’s get things in perspective for Mr. Salah, and the others who remain silent. Not only are the acts themselves heinous, but the scope is also incomprehensible. It as if the 9/11 attack on the US which killed nearly 3,000 people, had killed 46,000, had injured over 100,000, and had 7,000 people kidnapped by terrorists.

The massacres need to stop. Families are being turned apart.

“Massacres” is what happened to the innocent Israeli families, children and elderly citizens. Israel is not “massacring” Palestinians. In fact, according to Colonel Richard Kemp, the IDF is the most humane army in the history of warfare. He stated: “I was taught when I was a child to know right from wrong, and when I hear some of the lies, the propaganda and the malice that’s churned out in the international media, in universities, in high schools and so-called “human rights” groups, I know it’s wrong. I know it’s wrong what’s being said in relation to the IDF.”

What’s clear now is that humanitarian aid to Gaza must be allowed immediately. The people there are in terrible conditions.

Hello? What about the innocent and terrified hostages? Remember them?  Salah, like many in the mains stream media, once again seem to be reversing cause and effect.   As Alex Israel observed,  Hamas are holding women, children, wounded, elderly, citizens and dead bodies. There is nothing “humanitarian” about Hamas. Why are Salah, the celebs, journalists and every single interviewer not pushing any Hamas Gazan representative or Palestinian supporter with the question: “You want humanitarian aid? Why is Hamas not freeing the people they illegally abducted?” Why does one side get a pass at being humanitarian?

The scenes at the hospital last night were horrifying. The people of Gaza need food, water and medical supplies urgently.

I guess it doesn’t really matter to Salah (or vast swathes of the mainstream media) that it was the Islamic Jihad who bombed the Gaza hospital (parking lot) after a non-guided missile aimed at Israeli civilians misfired, or that the number of casualties they caused was far less than they falsely claimed. Apparently, there is no need for journalistic accountability when it comes to the Jews or Israel.

Until the brutal kidnapping of its citizens, all water and electricity was supplied by Israel, as the Hamas leadership squandered foreign aid money on enriching their families and building a terror network.

I am calling on the world leaders to come together to prevent a further slaughter of innocent souls. Humanity must prevail.

Why didn’t you call on world leaders when innocent Israeli and Jewish souls were being slaughtered? Where was your humanity then? Why don’t you even mention Israel or specify Jews in your post? Why is the call only being put out when the Jewish state defends itself?  Let’s get this straight, the war against terror, and the unfortunate attendant Palestinian suffering, is directly due to the murderous terrorist entity Hamas. Both Israeli and Palestinian lives are expendable to them.

The first and most important step in vanquishing evil is to recognize it and call it out and not back down. So, wherever you are, recognize this evil, call it out, and stand against it in any and every way you can.

By contrast to Salah, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is a moral giant. He clearly stated there are not two sides to these events. “There is no question of balance. I stand with Israel.” This is a war against terrorist evil.  Sunak added, “The people who support Hamas are fully responsible for this abhorrent attack, they are not militants, they are not freedom fighters, they are terrorists.” Thank you PM Sunak for your clear and unequivocal support of good against evil. It is good to know that our true friends are not letting us “walk alone.”

Salah and company, your silence on the suffering of Israeli innocents, and on the right of Israel to defend itself, is as deafening as many others. As Martin Luther King stated; “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

About the Author
Dr. Tuvia Book was born in London and raised in both the UK and South Africa. After making Aliya at the age of 17 and studying in Yeshiva he volunteered for the IDF, where he served in an elite combat unit. Upon his discharge he completed his BA at Bar-Ilan University, as well as certification in graphic design. He then served as the Information Officer at the Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia, while earning a graduate degree in Jewish Studies. Upon his return to Israel, Dr. Book graduated from a course of study with the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, and is a licensed tour guide. Tuvia has been working in the field of Jewish Education, both formal and informal, for many years. He has guided and taught Jewish students and educators from around the English-speaking world for some of Israel’s premier educational institutions and programs. Tuvia has been guiding groups for Birthright Israel since its inception and, in addition, has lectured throughout North America, Australia, Europe and South Africa. Tuvia served as a Shaliach (emissary) for the Jewish Agency for Israel as the Director of Israel and Zionist Education at the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York (Jewish Education Project). He was a lecturer/educational guide at the Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education (AMIIE) in Israel for a decade. Tuvia has lectured at both Bar Ilan University and Hebrew University. He was a Senior Editor and Teaching Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. He is a research associate at the Hudson Institute. Tuvia is the author and illustrator the internationally acclaimed Israel education curriculum; "For the Sake of Zion; A Curriculum of Israel Studies" (Fifth edition, Koren 2017), and "Moral Dilemmas of the Modern Israeli Soldier" (Rama, 2011) and has a doctorate in Israel Education. His latest book, "Jewish Journeys, The Second Temple Period to the Bar Kokhba Revolt – 536 BCE-136 CE," was published by Koren this year. To order:
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