Tuvia Book
Tuvia Book
Author, educator, Tour-Guide, artist

Money for Murder!

Sometimes the sheer wave of extreme Islamic terror that is sweeping over the world including Israel is just overwhelming. In the midst of the horror and darkness there are some standout moments that are just so shocking they almost beggar belief. One such, under-reported in the world media, incident happened last week when three Jewish students were brutally gunned down by a terrorist while waiting at a bus stop. One of them, Benaya Peretz, 19, who was shot in the back, is still struggling for his life in intensive care.  Their friend, Amichai Hala, also 19, has been released to recover at home.  The third, Yehudah Guetta z”l, tragically died of his injuries yesterday after being shot in the head. He was just 19 years old. And the world was silent.

Yehudah Guetta’s mother, Milka, told Army Radio, “He was a very talented and smart kid. He did everything quickly, seriously and determinedly with lots of love,” adding that he had wanted to join elite IDF commando unit Shayetet 13.

Yehudah Guetta z”l,19, murdered by a terrorist last week. (Photo, courtesy)

It wasn’t just the brazen murder of an innocent student who happened to be standing by a bus stop in broad day light and who was killed for being a Jew, or the now predictable silence of the world when we Jews are killed in our homeland, that was just as predictably followed by Hamas press releases praising “the magnificent operation” followed by the now ritual distribution of sweets to celebrate murder.  What followed is truly indicative of the poisonous hatred that has seeped through every level of Palestinian society. That an individual can murder an innocent student, be praised by their people, and be encouraged by the silence of the world is so shocking, it almost defies comprehension.

The terrorist, who has already been arrested by the Shin Bet (Israel’s incredible internal security agency) and the IDF in a joint operation, is a 44-year-old who, according to the press, had incurred serious financial debts from gambling. So, the “obvious” solution is to go and murder a few Jews and get paid for life by the PA.

Something is seriously broken in a society where political leaders, religious leaders, and even mothers praise their children for being murderers. Where children are incited to hatred and violence in school, by the media and in mosques to go out and murder. Where schools and public squares are named after murderers.  Where murderers are extolled as the epitome of heroism (and rewarded with American and EU supplied tax-payers Dollars/Euros) by the PA. The same PA who was just recently granted millions of dollars by the new American administration (some of which are used in the so called “Martyrs’ Fund,” also known as the, “Pay-for Slay” program of the PA).

The world community, who funds and ignores this poisoning of an entire society, needs to fix its moral compass and help the Palestinians press the moral “reset” button. Palestinians need to understand that one can’t murder oneself towards a state. The PA is responsible for the current violence, and to overlook this is to ignore the situation. The world is not doing the PA a favour by not holding them to account. Indeed, this is reinforcing the current deeply flawed mindset. Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Dr. Michael Oren observed, “Being Palestinian means never having to say that you’re sorry.” Unless the PA educate for peace there will never be peace.

The only time the world is not silent, it seems, is when the Jews dare to defend their hearth and home.  Then the baying pack, declares; “how dare those Jews defend themselves?” We Jews heard the silence of world just over seventy years ago, when one third of the Jewish people was murdered for the “crime” of being Jewish.  The big difference is that today we can and will defend ourselves and we no longer need to rely on the pity of our host nations but are able to be in charge of our own destiny.

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 is a Senior Editor and Teaching Fellow at the Tikvah Fund. 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," will be published by Koren this year.
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