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January 12, 2015 6:03 pm

Are You Guilty of Feeling Hatred for the Paris Murderers?

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres greet French President Francois Hollande at Ben Gurion Airport, November 17th, 2013. Photo: Israel GPO.

The horrific murders in Paris, and the predictable targeting of Jews for slaughter, raises this question: why are none of the world leaders who are condemning the attack speaking of their hatred for these cowardly killers?

We’ve heard that they will be fought. We’ve heard that they will be targeted. But where is President Hollande to simply say, “I despise these terrorists with every fiber of my being. I hate them and everything they stand for. And I will fight them to the last man.”

Why do we never hear responsible, credible heads of state declaring their revulsion – their outright loathing – for odious murderers? Where is the visceral abhorrence and detestation of monsters?

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It wasn’t always thus.

Abraham Lincoln had no hesitation declaring his hatred for the abomination of slavery. In 1854 in Peoria, he said, “I cannot but hate slavery. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself.”

Churchill spoke openly of his utter hatred of Hitler. “I hate no man but Hitler.” And because Churchill hated the beast, he inspired a nation to fight him. The French, who did not hate Hitler, collaborated with him and sent Jews to the gas chambers instead.

It seems that hatred has gone out of vogue.

Let my Christian brothers speak of loving one’s enemies. Let my Catholic friends tell me to turn the other cheek. When it comes to the terrorist mass murderers of Paris, I cannot but reject both New Testament teachings and instead embrace Solomon’s proclamation in Proverbs: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.” I will welcome what King David said regarding the wicked, “I have hated them with a deep loathing. They are as enemies to me.”

The kind of men who could storm into an editorial meeting at a newspaper and spray every person present with bullets are not men at all. They are monsters, pure and simple. They may once have been created in the image of G-d. But they have since erased every last vestige of G-d’s image from their countenance. They are not our human brothers. They are quite simply beasts.

Loving victims might generate compassion for their suffering. But hating the perpetrators generates action to stop their orgy of murder. While innocence should evoke compassion, evil should evoke only contempt and the determination that it be eradicated.

I am well aware that the French Prime Minister has declared war against Islamic terror. But I have seen these declarations time and again, only to see the resolve wane as time passes by. Memory alone cannot inspire a war against terror. It must result from righteous indignation. Only a true hatred of terrorism and a moral revulsion of all the terrorists stand for will inspire a total commitment to their obliteration.

This is what has been missing in the West until now. There have been so many excuses for terrorism and a lack of moral clarity as to why terrorists do what they do, especially when it involves the murder of Jews. Suicide bombers in Israel have been excused as being inspired by Israeli checkpoints and the lack of an economic future. Hamas terror rockets, aimed at Israeli cities, are dismissed as resulting from a naval blockade.

We could easily say the same thing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. Who can blame the Islamic terrorists for feeling incensed at the constant attacks against their prophet by scoundrels with a pen? Indeed, White House spokesman Jay Carney said two years ago that while the cartoonists had every right to freedom of expression, they ought to exercise judgment as to whether this incitement was prudent.

This kind of muddled moral thinking is dangerous and is exactly why the West has not summoned the iron determination to defeat terrorism.

So let me be clear. I am not only repulsed by the vile, disgusting men who killed 12 innocent journalists, police, and four Jews in Paris. I hate them. I despise them. I hate them with every fiber of my being.

I believe those who do not hate them have a broken moral compass. And those who say they love them – especially when such love is based on misunderstood teachings in Scripture – have betrayed decency and faith.

We must purge our ourselves of any morsel of sympathy that might seek to understand their motives. When it comes to the slaughter of innocents we must brook no excuse, allow no rationalization, accept no form of justification.

Murder is always wrong. Period.

Forgetting how to hate can be just as damaging as forgetting how to love. I realize that immersed as we are in a Christian culture that exhorts us to “turn the other cheek,” this can sound quite absurd. Little do we remember, it seems, the Talmudic aphorism that those who are kind to the cruel end up being cruel to the kind.

Indeed, exhortations to hate all manner of evil abound in the Bible. Hatred is a valid emotion – an appropriate response – when directed at the truly evil: those who have gone beyond the pale of human decency by committing acts that unweave the basic fabric of civilized living. Contrary to Christianity, which advocates turning the other cheek to belligerence and loving the wicked, Judaism obligates us to despise and resist evil at all costs.

Amid my deep and abiding respect for the Christian faith, I state unequivocally that to love the terrorist who flies a civilian plane into a civilian building or a white supremacist who drags a black man three miles while tied to the back of a car is not just inane but sinful, not just misguided but immoral. To love evil is itself evil, and constitutes a passive form of complicity. Indeed, to show kindness to murderers is to violate the victims again.

The purpose of our hatred is not revenge but the preservation of justice. I wholeheartedly embrace the example of Simon Wiesenthal, one of the most inspirational men of the twentieth century, who devoted his life to the pursuit of justice by not allowing Nazi murderers go to their graves in peace. Only if we hate evil passionately will we summon the determination to fight it fervently. Odd and uncomfortable as it may seem, hatred has its’ place.

Although they referred to a different era in history, the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., still ring true today. “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

One of the most frequent themes of my writings is how we – a generation with a fifty percent divorce rate and a professional singles scene – have forgotten how to love. But when it comes to the war on terror, our biggest impediment might just be that we have forgotten how to hate.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbis,” whom Newsweek and The Washington Post call “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is the Founder of This World: The Values Network, the world’s leading organization defending Israel in world media. He is the author of “Judaism for Everyone” and 30 other books, including his most recent, “Kosher Lust.” Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

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  • victoria brandeis

    I WILL NOT SMILE FOR THOSE WHO DIED AT A PLACE THAT PRODUCED HATRED IN COMIC…..NOR WILL I AVOID THE TRUTH THAT IF THE TABLES CHANGED THEN JEWS WOULD BE THE CARTOON AGAIN AND THOSE WHO USED HANDS TO CREATE WOULD TOO BECOME THE PERIL.

    I WOULD AGREE WITH THE POPE……..IF YOU DO WHAT CHARLIE DID YOU WILL GET A PUNCH……SO WHEN DO WE PUNCH THE POPE
    WHEN DO WILL DEAL WITH THOSE WHO TURN COATS AND COLOR.

    FOR ME……THIS ARTICLE WAS GREAT….AS FOR FRANCE IT IS HASHEM’S PUNISHMENT AND THERE IS NO OTHER QUESTION….OR ANSWER.

    HASHEM DEALS WITH THE WORLD NOT FOR TODAY BUT PERHAPS FOR THE YESTERDAYS WE ALL HAVE FORGOTTEN.

    I AM NO CHARLIE J’UIS…..NEVER WOULD BE AND AS FOR HOLLYWOOD OR BOLLYWOOD OR COOCOOWOOD……THIS IS PERHAPS WHERE HATRED IS WRITTEN, HATRED IS PERFORMED AND WHERE HATRED HAS TIES TO ANOTHER LEVEL OF INTRIGUE WHERE
    DEATH IS DELIBERATE AND LIFE ON A THREAD

    I READ THIS PAPER TO WATCH THE FOOLS…..WATCH AND HEAR THOSE DISPEL THE NEWS….GUESS WHAT…..ITS NOT GERMAN OR EUROPE……THE WAR AGAINST THE JEWS IS WORLD WIDE AND YOUR FOOLISH SOULS DESIGNS THE NEW……

    THE NEW ISRAEL, THE NEW TORAH, THE MODERN WAY AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH MODERN MEANS UNSYMPATHETIC CHILDREN OF WEALTH BELIEVING THEY CAN DO BETTER THAN THE WORLDK BEFORE THEM.

    GOOD SHABBOS…..YOUR ALL FOOLS,,,,,,AMERICA….AND, YOUR CONVENIENCE IS DESTORYING ALL.

    AS THEY SAY. ‘LETS HAVE A TEA PARTY……’

    TO ME THERE ARE ONLY JEWS…..ONLY MEANS THAT IS ALL I CARE ABOUT NOW , YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW……

    THE REST OF YOU ARE COMMONPLACE FOOLS

  • Theresa Plange

    I hate them with perfect hatred as David says in psalm 139. I strongly believe that God will one day destroy this satanic religion and its followers for good.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Hatred breeds hatred! This very same article is also published in this week’s The Jerusalem Post. Have the editors of two of the foremost Jewish newspapers taken leave of their senses in selecting hate mongering as a worthy topic for publication and dissemination at the very time when hatred in capital “h” is prominently featured in most every newspaper and magazine and journal globally? Where is the sensibility, decency, and Yiddishkeit of our Jewish leaders in not holding the author of this article to contempt for endeavouring to take his reader down the satanic path of matching an evil intention with its parallel evil action. Personally, I find Rabbi Boteach’s premise against basic Jewish tenets, reprehensible, and offensive to our Jewish collective conscience.

    • Dan Stolin

      Yoel, YOU are the one who has either taken leave of his senses or — more likely — of his moral compass! YOU are the one who is completely bankrupt of “sensibility, decency, and Yiddishkeit”! What is there to do but HATE these modern-day Nazis for massacring 12 innocent victims!? Read your Talmud — “kindness to the cruel is cruelty to the kind”! It is YOUR attitude that is “reprehensible, and offensive to our Jewish collective conscience”! By failing to feel hatred for the subhuman scum who perpetrated this massacre, you are giving aid and comfort to the mortal enemy of the Jews, to the Hitlers of our time, and you are APPLAUDING their barbarism! Go to your closet, retrieve your Nazi uniform and see if it still fits! In fact, wear some swastika armbands, to match the swastika on your diabolical soul! May you get terminal cancer, go to hell — and give my greetings to other self-hating Jews!

  • Fabrice

    I hate them too, with passion. But this is absolutely not the issue!!!
    Hating them comes pretty much automatically as soon as you realize what they represent.
    The problem is much more about most of the world not realizing it or refusing to do so.
    So I can understanding venting out your anger, this is often necessary, but I think that putting the problem as a lack of hate is totally misguided

  • BH in Iowa

    “One who is merciful to those who are heartless will end up being heartless to those who are merciful.”

  • T.C.

    Hi Shmuley, I wish I could hate freely. But I can’t. I’ve tried. When I heard that those two brothers were orphans and brought up in care homes abandoned by their parents I kept imagining them as little boys just like my two sets of grand twins and my little grandson that I have. I imagined their little chubby fingers holding hands and clinging to each other when they were alone and sad and their little hearts pounding with fear when they were scared, and that must have happened from time to time. I actually prayed for them when they were holed up in the print warehouse, that they would meet God and make their peace before they died. I know this won’t be popular with your readers but I have to go back to my New Testament. For me there is nowhere else to go. That Jewish rabbi who has caused all this trouble for the last two thousand years has saved this gentile sinners life and I love Him with all my heart.Grandma.

    • charlie johnson

      Just because a person is born poor and had a difficult life is not a reason to become a killer of unarmed people who had nothing to do with his misfortunes. While you read that New Testament look around there for the Devil.You need to understand more on that issue.

    • Craig

      My mother’s cousin was born in France in the 1933 to a loving Jewish home. But a few years later, when the Nazis invaded, most of his family was taken away. He was hidden in a home in the countryside, fought with the French Resistance, but lived in an orphanage after the war. He later moved to America where he married and became a successful man. He lives in Sacramento today. One of his “brothers” from the orphanage went on to become President of one of the most successful banks in France.

      So don’t cry to me about “hardships”.

    • rulierose

      you have a picture in your mind of the future terrorists’ “chubby little fingers” and “little pounding hearts”?

      I have a picture in my mind too: of the pounding hearts of the doomed hostages inside the kosher deli, who were about to be murdered simply because they were Jews.

      your attitude may strike some as saintly, but in my opinion it’s just cheap moral equivalence.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Hating terrorists is good if it leads to level-headed planning and execution of methods to rid humanity of this swine offal. World governments need to make any act of terrorism a capital crime, with the appropriate sentencing. Terrorists cannot be ‘rehabilitated’, and as long as they are alive they pose an extreme threat to actual humans. As with cancer cells, they must be eliminated to the very last one.

    The world has been watching this present reality to grow for years and has been so politically correct that nothing has been done and no plans for ridding the world of the disease of terrorism have been developed. At the same time, the world governments have been watching the cancer grow with an almost suicidal fascination. It may be too late for a large part, if not the entirety, of Europe. However, if America going to get serious about protecting itself, now would be the time to do so.

  • Frank Adam

    Don’t get angry get even – and revenge is best savoured cold. The point about extreme and not so extreme Islam is that it does NOT accord universal equality of rights and opportunities with jobs on merit and not sectarianly appointed ,nor respect to non-Moslems. This was also “Petain’s Crime” in betraying the Republic more than necessary to feed the population.
    On the other hand I find some of the US condemnations of wartime France a bit rich for the US not having been put to the test on several counts the most obviously resented by the contemporaries, being, “half time Johnnies,” in both 1917 and 1942.
    The US having imposed Wilsonian ideology on European politics in 1919 then opted out of substantiating it; FDR sent Neville chamberlain a telegram the evening of the Munich agreement, “Good Boy” – evidently US patronising European politicians did not start with Bush Jnr and Tony Blair and equally failure to understand that the World is a bit different beyond the oceans was and is still a problem. Finally whatever one has to note about French failings in 1940 – 44, 2/3rds of France’s pre-war Jews did survive and could not have done so without the tip offs and aid of neighbours as my late Uncle whose concierge would phone him at work if the Gestapo were about with the pre-arranged code, “Do not collect the bread.”

  • Ron

    I am afraid that Western leaders, and certainly most politicians in the UK, do not have the moral principles and courage of Churchill. They want to all things to all men. They are afraid to offend just about anybody, but in particular the Muslim population. They know they should express their condemnation of barbaric acts, but are running scared of the community from which these barbaric acts are coming, acts sanctioned and even mandated by that community’s “holy book”.
    Whenever a murderous atrocity committed by Muslims occurs, the most commonly used passage quoted by other Muslims from the Qur’an to defend Islam, is that “whoever killed a human being, shall be deemed as having killed all mankind”. They conveniently, however, leave out the rest of the verse.

    Q. 5.32 “That was why We laid it down for the Israelites that whoever killed a human being, EXCEPT as punishment for murder OR OTHER VILLAINY IN THE LAND [such as criticising Muhammad, for example]shall be deemed as having killed all mankind, and that whoever saved a human life shall be deemed as having saved all mankind.”

    Q 5.35 “Those that make war against Allah and His Messenger and spread disorder in the land [like criticising Muhammad] shall be slain or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides [this teaching was actually given, with pictures, in Saudi school books a year or so ago and may well still be being used] or be banished from the land. They shall be held up to shame in this world [a task for Muslims to carry out] and sternly punished in the hereafter” [Allah’s job]

    Know your enemy.

  • Ilene Bloch-Levy

    What I find frustrating, exasperating and purely demonic is the fact that had the attack on the Kosher supermarket not taken place on the heels of the horrendous attack on Charlie Hebdo (a relatively small magazine, with circulation of only 60,000) then no one would be marching with any signs. We saw this 3 years ago in Toulouse, recent attacks on synagogues and the attack last year on the Jewish Museum in Belgium. This attack on the supermarket was completely predictable… so where is the outrage, where are the signs among millions of French people claiming their support of freedom of religion as much as they support freedom of the press. Now that I’ve written this… I realize I am very sad about the entire world situation.

    • Ilene,
      Thank you for raising such a good point and for stating it so well. May our world heal!

    • rulierose

      oh you’re absolutely right. but we shouldn’t be surprised. if history has taught us anything, it’s that Jewish lives are cheap. and Europe has been living with a level of anti-Semitism that–if it was happening to anybody but the Jews–would be a cause for global outrage.

      as inspiring as the march in Paris was, it was spoiled, for me anyway, by the knowledge that the French had tried to stop Bibi Netanyahu from attending, and were so furious that he decided to come anyway they invited Abbas. that does not give me a lot of hope for France’s commitment to its Jewish citizens.

  • steven L

    It is about opportunism, lack of ethics, liberalism with no limits and cowardice. It is about the self.

  • As a Christian and follower of Christ and a supporter of the Jewish people ( the apple of God”s eye ) I thank you Rabbi Boteach for this lucid and powerful exhortation concerning our attitude to these barbarians; they have forfeited their humanity by their unforgiveable cruelty and deserve our hatred and revulsion.

    Thank you for your bold and unequivocal statement

  • west129

    “Why do we never hear responsible, credible heads of state declaring their revulsion…?”

    Might be because there are no responsible heads of states but only a cast of clowns parading on the word stage. Looks like Hollywood has gone global.

  • Roz C.

    From a practical point of view it’s hard to “hate” terrorists because the jihadis who are committing murder usually end up dead in short order. The media has been doing an excellent job of making all these terrorist attacks seem disconnected and inexplicable. We are constantly reminded that this has nothing to do with Islam and ordinary Muslims. Since it’s impossible to know who is going to suddenly become a jihadi, we are basically disarmed. Jihad attacks are like car accidents, are you going to hate cars?
    People who understand the jihad threat and the jihad doctrine underlying these attacks are inevitably labeled as a bigots and Islamophobes/haters.

  • charlie johnson

    It is not hate to desire to send a killer a present in the form of a .277 caliber boat tail ballistic tip bullet at the velocity of 3200 feet per second as a sort of a love tap for his generous contributions to our society.

  • At least two of the people who worked at Charlie Hebdot were Jewish in addition to the four people at Hyper Cacher. Yet, Mr. Hollande invited Mahmoud Abbas and representatives of countries (including Turkey) who feel the only good Jew is a dead one to Sunday’s march. We have every right not only to hate the murderers, but those who think they can continue to say nice things and do nothing.
    Unfortunately for us, neither Lincoln nor Churchill are in office. Pity.

  • gunther bauer

    You should feel guilty if you are not feeling hatred. Hit those bastards every which way you can. Is it the old testament: eye for and eye (?) than Jesus was trying to modify it by preaching Love they Neighbour. It is apperently in Mathews, I don’t know eversince going through the Holocause, I could care less about the Torah, or New Testament, Moses, or the Jesus, they are impotent as is God if there is one. For now have weapons ready because if these bastards are in your neighbourhood, you will need it.

  • Dante

    YES

  • NCS

    With respect to Rabbi Boteach, I don’t think conjuring up hatred for Islamist Terrorists is effective wisdom for solving the problem. Make no mistake, we need collective wisdom and action. We are a civilization of laws and consequences when laws are broken. Even if all countries of law and order come together to stop these hideous attacks, it may not be enough.If France lets down her guard, more people will die including Jews. All Europe has collectively opened the doors to Islamic Terrorists due to liberal views of inclusiveness. There has been apathy on the part of Europe’s leaders and the people who elect them. Perhaps this will change. As hard as it must be to live with the constant threat of terror in Israel from her enemies, it’s still the safest place on earth for Jews.

  • art

    Failure to hate evil empowers evil. A willingness to turn the other check empowers evil. A refusal to recognize evil empowers evil. It is a selfish and suicidal approach to refuse to fight evil and to value ones own “purity” of mind over the lives of others. Like it or not the pacifists exist only because someone else is willing to defend them. Our “freedoms” exist only because people have been willing to die to defend them.

  • This is the same French prime minister that barely a week ago voted for a terrorist Muslim state on Israel’ eastern border.

  • EthanP

    Yup. I hate them. I confess.

  • No, I am not feeling Gulity. I knew it was going to happen and there will be more. The Muslims in France are at the stage where they are begining to enforce sharia law over France. Lets see if the French are going to do anything that matters. Like force all their Muslims to leave France. Otherwise France will become an Islamic country.

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