Day #27 – August 2, 2014 – Thoughts

A child burns – a Palestinian child.

A rock throwing teenage boy is shot and killed – a Palestinian teenager.

An old woman in a wheelchair sits helplessly as soldiers invade her home and is shot point blank in the head – a Palestinian old woman.

A young man searches in the rubble for his family and is target practice for a sharp shooter – a Palestinian young man.

The images go on and on and on.  I can’t get them out of my head.  I don’t want to get them out of my head.

We know the victims — all Palestinians. Who are the killers?

Jewish/Zionist/settlers/terrorists in the first case.  Well-trained, well-supplied Israeli soldiers in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th cases.

Netanyahu condemns the first and praises the 2nd, 3rd and 4th. He has the power to label the terrorists.  He knows who is terrorizing whom.

Israeli citizens feel remorse in the first case, but national pride in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th cases.

Religious leaders in Israel are split on whether to condemn or praise the murder in the first case, but none speak up against the killings in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th cases.

What hope for a future is there when terrorists act with impunity?  When the State of Israel is not held accountable?  When Palestinian lives are cheaper than the olive trees that the Jewish/Zionist/settlers/terrorists destroy?

There was a time when I could distinguish between Jewish/Zionist/settlers/terrorists.  Today, now, in this moment, I can’t.

And that worries me more than words can say.




Young Palestinian men enjoying a BBQ at the beach in Gaza.

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أنا سعيد

أنا سعيد

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Palestinian children playing at the park.


Friends in Gaza

Friends in Gaza


Gaza 2014 - credit D. Cormier

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Filed under IDF, Israel, Israel Defense Forces

6 responses to “Day #27 – August 2, 2014 – Thoughts

  1. Lora — I’m very sorry to read about your “heart”‘s feeling about Jews. If nothing else, it shows how effective Netanyahu’s propaganda machine is. He has no more right to speak for Jews than, say, Abbas. But by repeatedly linking Jews to his racist policies, he’s firing up the anti-Semitic sentiments that still simmer in Europe and the US.

    • Jeff—I really fear for Jews worldwide because if my heart can feel this way, imagine how Bibi’s messaging is hitting others more prone to receive and act upon anti-Semitic feelings?

      We’ve heard the messages to Muslim clerics that they should denounce ISIS and other terrorist actions done in the name of Islam.

      I think American Jews might heed that same advice and denounce the terrorism perpetrated in their name.

  2. Deb – I think what’s happened for me is the blurring of the lines between Jewish – Zionist – Settlers – Terrorists because the IDF is state-sponsored, not extremists. Netanyahu says he speaks for Jews worldwide. The atrocities I see are not limited to a clearly defined group or class of people.

  3. Lora… Fundamentalist Jews do not equal all Jews, not in Israel, not elsewhere…. Fanatic rabbis do not equal all rabbis…. The sane Jewish voices are too few, but they are indisputably there, as you know. Dov Khenin (Hadash). Nurit Peled (author/activist/professor). Uri Avnery (Gush Shalom). Ilana Hammerman (We do not obey). Arik Asherman (Rabbis for Human Righs). Dozens more. Most importantly, all those well-known figures have followers, too. Fear reigns in many high places now. Please don’t add to it by telling us you can no longer distinguish between “Jewish” and the sins of Israeli governance. God forbid!

    • Deb — my head knows there is certainly a difference. I have family members who are Jews. I have friends and professional colleagues who are Jews. However, for the most part, they remain silent about these atrocities committed in their name. (Netanyahu says again and again he speaks for all Jews everywhere. Do his Military campaigns against the Palestinians represent all Jews?)

      The feelings I shared in this blog post are from the heart, not the head. And they’re honest.

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