People who like to bait Jews enjoy accusing them of taking “an eye for an eye” in their fight with the Palestinians, despite its profound misunderstanding of the original source. (I argue that it’s also a indicator of equality before the law: unlike other law codes, Israelite law does not recognize aristocratic privilege in its “wergeld/manprice.”)
It’s also a favorite theme of pacifists arguing against retaliation, as, e.g., in the case of 9-11. Gandhi, in what I’m beginning to suspect was not an innocent misreading of the principle, is quoted for saying, “an eye for an eye and pretty soon the whole world is blind.”
Here’s a good illustration of what the phrase means in reality. Nothing quite like an incident like this for clarity about the huge moral chasm that separates Israeli culture from Palestinian.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Israel Treats Palestinian Cancer Patient, Father Goes on Terror Rampage
Posted by Jameel @ The Muqata at 7/19/2010 01:09:00 PM
On the Monday morning of June 14, 2010, an Israeli policeman was killed and three others were injured when Palestinian terrorists opened fire at a police car near the Yehuda/West Bank settlement of Beit Hagai. The officers were making their way to Hebron from the southern city of Beersheba.
The killed officer was identified as Command Sergeant Major Yehoshua (Shuki) Sofer, 39, who had served in the Hebron region for 14 years. (YNET).
This morning, the Shin Bet cleared for publication, that the Shin Bet has arrested a Hamas cell believed to be behind the shooting attack.
One of the cell’s heads said in his interrogation that just two weeks before he embarked on the attack, his six-year-old daughter was hospitalized in Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, where she had a tumor removed from her eye. The operation was funded by an Israeli organization. (YNET)
I’d love some more information here. How did this man talk about the two deeds – his and the Israeli hospital’s?
Walla reports that some of the terrorists in the cell were released from Israeli prisons just weeks before the terror attack.
We provide free medical treatment for the enemy’s family, who then 2 weeks later commit terror attacks against us.
We released terrorists from prison as a measure of “good faith” and then they attack us weeks later.
Do we need to vet every Palestinian child with cancer prior to treatment, to see if their parents are planning to kill us?
Obviously, Israel’s surgical treatment (and the free funding from an Israeli organization) for a six year old girl with a tumor near her eye, made zero impact on this Palestinian family’s commitment to terror against the Jewish State.
There is a notion in Judaism known as “hakarat hatov” – acknowledging the good (others have done to you). The resolution to the Arab-Israeli conflict will come when the Arabs (especially the Muslims among them) can develop some hakarat hatov for all that Judaism has provided them with (from the outset) – i.e., without Judaism there would be no Islam.
Just imagine if, struck with a sense of appreciation and gratitude, the Arab world were to say, “Hey you Jews, thank you for your contribution to our faith. In recognition, why don’t you take the tiny sliver of land that you first began your spiritual adventure on and settle it they way you want. Given the enormous territories we’ve conquered and taken over in the course of our imperialist career, it’s the least we can do.
And the Western left could also engage in a bit of the sentiment when it comes to their own, rights and freedom-granting culture.
But that’s another rant for another day.