Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof… In Pursuit of Righteousness and Justice

The WASHINGTON POST newspaper and the Associated Press news agency carried a story on July 8 which makes a non-thinker begin to think.

An Arab lawyer, Mohammad Jubara, is petitioning our Supreme Court in Jerusalem to issue an order that the homes of the 3 Israeli Jewish terrorists who burned to death a 16-year old Arab boy be demolished.

These 3 Jewish youth abducted Mohammed Abu Khdeir in 2014, an innocent student in the Amal school in East Jerusalem’ beat him and then burned his body to its death while he was still alive. It was in retribution of the murders of three Israeli teens the previous day. It was a revenge killing. A horrible murder of a young Arab boy completely innocent from any crimes.

If, as Attorney Jubara rightfully asks, homes of Palestinian terrorists are demolished, why should the law not be applied equally to Jewish terrorists?

We have a religious principle… tzedek tzedek tirdof… the emphasis on tzedek being repeated to demonstrate the importance our rabbinic leaders gave to this teaching. Righteousness, righteousness shall you pursue. Tzedek may also refer to justice. Justice, justice shall you pursue.

We cannot have a law that punishes only one guilty party but ignores the punishment to another guilty party. If we are a nation of laws in a democratic society, our courts must uphold and enforce all of the laws on the statute books. There cannot be one law for Israeli Jews and another law for Israeli Arabs.

Those three wild Israeli “gangsters” committed a heinous crime, one which no decent human being can condone. They have been inspired by the teachings of a radical anti-Arab rabbi, the late Meier Kahane, who was ultimately assassinated for promoting and encouraging crimes against the Arab population.

Jubara has a legal ground on which to base his petition to the Supreme Court. And the Supreme Court has a great responsibility to study his petition and to act in accordance with the law… tzedek tzedek tirdof…righteousness righteousness (justice) you shall pursue.

The Kahanist gang has been responsible for the desecration of Christian holy places. Bibles and religious material have been set on fire. Churches which have existed for many centuries have been burned. Muslim families have been beaten and abused by young Jewish religious extremists (terrorists is a more correct word) for no reason other than their non-Jewish faith.

Ancient olive trees planted by Arab farmers more than 100 years ago have been uprooted and destroyed by Jewish settlers adjacent to the Arab olive groves as hateful spite.

We talk of living in peace with our Arab citizens and permanent residents and yet we, our government and courts, close a blind eye to the crimes of Jewish gangs whose mission is to drive non-Jews out of our country.

This is fascism, not democracy. It is not and has never been the Jewish way. Our Torah constantly reminds us to remember the “ger”, the stranger who lives among us because we were once strangers in the land of Egypt.

My hope is that our Supreme Court will grant Mohammed Jubara’s petition and will allow for the demolition of the homes of the three Jewish young terrorists who brutally murdered an innocent young Arab boy.

Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof. Let us act with righteousness and justice for all.

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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