Thursday, July 03, 2008

Contemplations, the morning after

  • Please read about the three Israelis who were murdered in Jerusalem yesterday, and think for a moment how many lives will be affected if not ruined by the act of this terrorist.
  • Could it be that the man did what he did in order to score DBP's ( Devout-Believer-Points )with his god and his coreligionists because in his past he had done something that he had to make up for? And I am not talking about the rape, but about the romantic involvement. In the past other terrorists have commited suicide murders for similar reasons. I remember a young mother who was forced to be a suicide terrorist because she had somehow brought shame upon her husband and/or family.
  • On television yesterday I heard a shabby looking Jewish ( he wore a yarmulke ) bystander who asked why the hell do we employ Arab workers. Several yeshiva bochers - who in the middle of the day obviously were too busy to study - nodded in agreement. When another, secular, bystander asked him what he did for a living, he said that he was unemployed. Could it be that we employ Arab workers because Jews are not willing anymore to do construction work and other hard physical labor, at least not for the ridiculously low wages that come with those jobs? Aren't the contractors and we as consumers to blame for this? There is a lot of mea culpa here. In my first year after I arrived in Israel I often did quite heavy physical labor in the kibbutz where I lived ( I worked in the chicken coops and other places). Also, two years later, after I made aliyah, I worked very hard in a fruit factory in another kibbutz. Today I am not sure whether I still would be willing or even able to do such work. Yesterday very late in the evening I saw a report on Channel 1 about Bedouin laborers who work - under the threats of rockets and snipers - in the potato fields of Eyn HaShlosha, the kibbutz right next to the one where I lived ( i.e. Kissufim ). When I heard the kibbutz member who is responsible for the potato fields talk about the children who work there in the middle of the night ( "Many of them are not children, they just look like children" ), I understood how fucked up Zionist ( work )ethics have become.
  • Of course, populist politicians used this golden opportunity to call for radical measures ( 'Send his family to Gaza', 'Destroy his family's home' ). There is a chance that this attack, which has all the features of an act by a loner who had no links to organized terrorism, will be used to set an example that will satisfy the Israeli public's taste for revenge for a few moments but will not help in any possible way to prevent future attacks.
  • Why is it that I do not believe that ISM activists and other hypocrites will use yesterday's terror attack to demonstrate against Caterpillar? After all, a Caterpillar shovel was used to murder three Jews.
  • The other week I saw a report about the terrible conditions in which Arabs often have to live in the Arab 'neighborhoods' ( often simply villages ) of Jerusalem. Many of them have no running water, no electricity. If Jews had to live like that anywhere in the world we all would rise up in arms, and rightly so. The mayor of the city said on camera that we should not take the Arabs' complaints too seriously, their emotions and perceptions are different from ours. If we so badly want Jerusalem to be united ( personally, I don't see any reason why we should want to 'control' so many obviously hostile 'citizens' who as far as I am concerned could very well become inhabitants of the future capital of Palestine ) we should invest in all parts of that city, and not only or even mainly in its Jewish parts. The contempt of Uri Lupolianski for so many of 'his' citizens says it all, basically. There is no coexistence in Jerusalem. And to those who come with 'explanations' such as "But the Arabs build without permits" or "They don't pay municipal taxes", I would say: read the articles and books of people like Meron Benvenisti.
  • Comments such as this one really make me mad. One of the Israelis who did what a responsible, well-trained and able-bodied citizen should do when a certain situation requires swift and decisive action, happened to be a religious Zionist. So what? What about the first person who jumped on the shovel to try and stop the terrorist? He happened to be an Arab police officer. The person who 'woke up' the terrorist ( who was unconscious by then, thanks to the work of the police officer and his - Jewish, female - colleague ) by throwing a rock at him, was a religious Jew. Should we say that that Jew was responsible for the death of Bat-Sheva Unterman z"l? Heaven forbid. Is there a lack of religious or secular, right- or leftwing, Jewish or non-Jewish in the history of this country? I think not. No segment of Israeli society should try to present itself as more or less Zionist or heroic. What is important is that we somehow get along and take care of each other, side by side, as Israelis. As for Orbach and his fellow populists ( left- and rightwing, religious and secular ), they should stop using personal and national tragedies for their own personal and political interests.

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