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The True Difference Between Israelis and Palestinians

July 9, 2014 5:51 pm 16 comments

Most media outlets have been equating the murder of three Israeli teens by Palestinian terrorists with the killing of a Palestinian teen at the hands of Jewish extremists.

But the different responses to the killings from the Israelis and Palestinians are extremely revealing of each group – and demonstrate why there will not be peace anytime soon.

In the Palestinian territories, many people praised, laughed at, or celebrated the kidnapping (and murder) of the three Israeli teens. Tens of thousands of Palestinians posted smiling photos on Facebook holding up three fingers – a sign that Palestinians invented specifically to celebrate the kidnapping. Palestinians even created a Twitter hashtag to praise the abduction. There was no Palestinian social media effort to condemn the act.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a carefully worded statement in English, saying he was opposed to the kidnapping because the abducted Jews were “human beings.” But Abbas’ political party posted frequent celebratory statements on the Internet, and his aides praised the kidnapping in the Arabic media. Finally, Abbas’ new political partner, Hamas, is widely believed to be responsible for the kidnapping.

In summation, three Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered, and a vast number of Palestinians celebrated. In fact, the mother of one of the kidnapping suspects said her son was a hero for killing Jews.

Now consider the Israeli response when a Palestinian boy was murdered at the hands of Jewish terrorists. Israeli leaders of all stripes condemned the killings swiftly and forcefully (in English and in Hebrew). They said that murder was unacceptable – no matter what the provocation.

Most importantly, they vowed to find the murderers and bring them to justice quickly and severely – a vow they made good on within days. (It has been weeks, and yet the Palestinian murderers are still at large.)

There were no Internet memes celebrating the murders – and any right-wing Israelis who did so were condemned as extremists, and rightly shunned by the Israeli media and population. The Jewish killers will be treated as what they are: killers.

Contrast this to the Palestinians, who celebrate the kidnappers and murderers as heroes. (When Israel recently freed 78 Palestinian prisoners who had admitted to killing innocent Israeli civilians, they were welcomed back with parades and mass celebrations).

This is the difference between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. A society that values life and is ready for peace would not celebrate the murders of innocent civilians – no matter what political grievances it has with Israel.

What would our reaction be if U.S. soldiers killed innocent relatives or teenage children of our “enemies”? We would put them in jail and shun them as murderers – just as Israel has done with Jewish extremists. But for Palestinians, anyone who murders or kidnaps an Israeli civilian is a hero worthy of celebration.

That is why there is no peace in the Middle East. And that is what no mainstream media outlet has the courage, honesty, or insight to tell you.


  • No ethnic group is better than any other ethnic group.What constitutes being better after all?
    If i were born from a slave am i better? What if you own slaves, are you better? because your grand father did own a craal of slaves.

  • Of course, Israel is a Jewish land and Palestine is an Arab land.
    But Israel and its border, Palestine should stop fighting and live in peace.They should learn to be friends with each other regardless of race, language and religion.

    Israel is like USA
    Blacks:Ethiopian Jews
    Whites:European Jews

    Palestine is like Saudi Arabia
    Browns:Arab Muslims
    Blacks:Afro Arab Muslims

  • Buck Forbes

    You should read this article by a person of Jewish background ( see below )

    As an Australian and someone who has lived around the world, It is great to see that different media sources are telling us the real story in the Middle east. The tides are turning as the world population ( and even some Israelis ) are getting tired of listening to how innocent Israel is compared to the nasty evil others.

  • Unfortunately, much of the media in the US and abroad do not appreciate the essential differences between those who love life and peace and those who worship death and war. These fundamental distinctons will drive any “peace process” to bewilderment and frustration. The only way peace will be achieved between the thugs of Gaza and the Jewish State would be an Israeli victory which cripples Hamas’ ability to wage war.

    • Yaakov Shmuel

      It’s not that US and Western media didn’t get the difference between the two societies. They don’t care and even hide the difference. Anti-Semitism is increasing throughout the US and Europe. Obama is the most blatant Jew hating president since Israel was formed. He continues to say that Abbas is a good partner for peace for Israel. While treating Bibi like an enemy, Obama treats Abbas and leaders of sadistic Middle East dictators like his friends.

  • Julian Clovelley

    The article asks “What would our reaction be if U.S. soldiers killed innocent relatives or teenage children of our “enemies?”

    The answer is already there – following the My Lai massacre the main officer concerned served three and a half years under house arrest on a military base. The officer who gave the crucial orders was acquitted of all charges

    The enlisted men involved largely left the services and therefore were not court martialled, nor did they face civilian courts

    Of 26 men originally charged only the one mentioned was convicted. The death toll is uncertain but could be as high as over 500. In addition there were reports of sexual assaults and rapes

    War is always ugly, but nationalism makes us believe our own nations never commit war crimes. I would remind the writer of the American “renditions” programs where prisoners were (are?) flown out to be tortured in countries where local law could not protect them. There are believed to be hundreds of such cases

    No judgement is intended by me here. That is a matter for everyone’s own conscience. But I do not believe peace will eventuate until all sides recognise their own faults, and their own ugliness, rectifying that which they can, and seeking to have conflict treated as matters of law, rather than as provocations and excuses for violence

    I’ll throw one suggestion on the table – How about a recognition that when one cuts through the religious bullshit, this mess is mostly about who owns the land? It is about mythical dispossession and actual dispossession, competing claims which negate each other, and an unwillingness to accept the role of the United Nations, Geneva Conventions and International Law as regulators and adjudicators.

    But mostly it is about people going to great effort to bring out the worst in each other. Very sad, a horrid and lasting inheritance from a disgusting past of massacre, political and ideological extremism, and oppression. Sad especially because this is a long term situation in which everyone is a victim and in which children who should be taught to play with each other are taught to hate and kill each other instead.

  • Mickey Oberman

    And that is why there can never, ever be peace with the cult of the Koran.

  • Bart A, Charta

    The difference between Israelis and Arabs is all in the candy.

    The Arab terrorists who murdered 3 yeshiva students were counterbalanced, as it were, by juvenile Jewish terrorists who obscenely shed innocent blood of a young Arab boy.

    When news broke of the 3 boys having been kidnapped and killed, Arabs passed out candy as a symbol of joy and happiness at the news.

    When news of the Arab kid’s murder by Jewish boys broke out, nobody passed out candy.

  • Three out of 6 teens accused of murdering Palestinian boy will be released tomorrow. The other 3 will be finally given an access to a lawyer for the first time.
    Accused does not mean guilty!

  • Tone Lechtzier

    Shalom, in the US, our police are killing innocent people. They get a leave of absence, really a paid vacation, and we foot the tab for the law suits. If the law suits were against the individual police, this may stop. The courts never find them guilty of murder. The last incident to come my way was the murder of a 35 year old man. Neighbors called the police thinking he was holding a gun. The police ambushed him, shooting him 16 times. It was a garden hose nozzle. This cost us 6.5 million. [ Survival Joe @ ]
    With Blessings ~ hermit Tone B”H

    • Yaakov Shmuel

      Yet, Obama made sure to scream about a kid getting roughed up a bit in a riot in Israel. Just what, pray tell, was the US citizen really doing during a riot with a sling?

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