by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
By now everyone has heard of the Jewish family, a rabbi and rebbitzen and their 3 young children – the youngest only 3 months old, that were brutally murdered in their sleep in a West Bank Jewish town in Israel.
I am stunned, horrified, and upset, as is almost everyone in Israel. The nation as a whole is horrified and angry. Normal human emotions.
In Judaism, for someone who died as a martyr – who died simply for being Jewish, we write hk”m, meaning (in Hebrew) “Hashem should avenge his (or her or their) blood.” Revenge, vengeance, is a powerful emotion but also a dangerous emotion. Those who are ruled by it, particularly “honor cultures” where honor and revenge are more important than life itself, frequently get into true “cycles of violence”. Life is given over to the pursuit of death.
That is not the Jewish way. We leave it to Hashem and the heavenly court to take revenge and deal out perfect justice. We will live, we will build, we will grow, we will use the names of those brutally murdered not in the name of death but in the name of life. We will enhance their names and memory with charity, with buildings and parks and Jewish homes and good deeds.
BUT we will not forget! We will not forgive those who did this, nor those who incited this, nor those who financed this. We point fingers at UNWRA for enabling this, at the EU and the US for funding the organs of incitement, and the international press for dehumanizing JEWS.
Yes, when a Jewish family is lying with their throats slit and tracks back to an Arab town, for CNN to write…
Five members of an Israeli family were killed in the West Bank early Saturday morning in what the Israeli military is calling a ‘terror attack.’
According to a military spokeswoman, an intruder entered the Israeli settlement of Itamar near the northern West Bank city of Nablus around 1 am, made his way into a family home and killed two parents and their three children.
is a straightforward act of dehumanization. Murderers who brutally slaughter children are just “intruders” (not even Arabs or Palestinians, just intruders). And dead babies on the floor are just dead meat.
CNN wasn’t alone, the BBC wrote the same thing. Interestingly, Al Jazeera wrote it (more or less) straight out, “Israeli media says a Palestinian infiltrator stabbed to death a couple and three children in the settlement of Itamar.”
My friends, the press is a powerful tool. And today in the Western press dead Jews are just dead meat. As far as they are concerned, wherever they are, they shouldn’t be there anyway.
Here’s peace, here’s the results of “an intruder”, here’s what doesn’t quite qualify as terror. …I was going to post the pictures or video, but I can’t do it. The link is here.