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August 9, 2015 10:34 am

One Arab Life Matters, But No Israeli Lives Do

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Adele Biton died after suffering pneumonia. Photo: Biton family album.

Adele Biton died after suffering pneumonia. Photo: Biton family album.

A terrible crime took place. Because of a deliberate arson attack by as-yet-unknown assailants, 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha, a small baby in the Arab village of Duma, was killed last week.

The immediate and vociferous world reaction,  including that of the Israeli media, was overwhelming. Many claimed that Jewish terrorism happens all the time and is ever present. Based on Western media coverage, one could get the impression that Jews murdering Arab babies is a daily occurrence.

Yet nothing is further from the truth. In fact, the opposite is the rule. Arabs attacking, maiming, and murdering Jews is an almost-daily event. The ever-present Palestinian assaults display a blatant intention to kill. We can’t tell if the arson attack on the Arab home intended to kill the baby.

We can surmise, based on circumstances and evidence, that Jews were the perpetrators. Circumstances let us further surmise that the goal was to damage property, but not necessarily to kill anyone. Hopefully, time will tell what really happened, and what result was intended. Time will also tell if it was indeed an attack by Jews. But we do not need to wait to find out who has perpetrated dozens and dozens of attacks against Jews in the last year or two: Palestinian Arabs, driven by their fanatical, anti-Semitic hatred of Jews.

With this in mind, let us look at the official reactions to the Duma arson. The U.S. State Department immediately condemned the attack. The United Nations strongly condemned it, as did Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the world press, and the European Union. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin himself issued an apology.

Incredibly, the EU called for “zero tolerance” for Jewish settler terrorism. Really? Compare this to their reaction to the deliberate murder of Adele Biton, injured in a terror attack in 2013 (she eventually died in 2015), or the murder of baby Chaya Braun last year in Jerusalem, both killed by Arabs. What about the cold-blooded slaughter of the three Fogel children – by Arabs? Complete silence. Hardly any world coverage, no condemnation from the U.S. State Department, the UN or the EU, and no international press coverage.

Why? I will tell you. There is a clear double standard at work, both in the world press and in major international political organizations. Arab deaths matter – but only if the fatal shot or blow came from a Jew. And Israeli Jewish lives do not. This is the sad truth.

No “zero tolerance” for Palestinian terrorists, who can continue to kill and maim Jews at their leisure. The EU has a big problem only with one attack by presumed-Jewish terrorists. The entire Jewish nation has been condemned as a result. When was the last time you saw this kind of outrage for the 200,000 Arabs killed in Syria? Is that because they were killed by fellow Arabs, and not Jews?

This tragedy confirms the false narrative promoted the world over: Jews are the killers, Palestinian Arabs are the victims. The world media practically welcomes this kind of news.  It rarely happens, but when it does, the media gets euphoric. Here it is – proof that Jewish settler violence is never-ending, that it is the biggest problem in the Middle East, etc. The false narrative of Jewish violence finally has some “proof.”

These extremely rare cases are peddled as the rule, as the systemic problem. It is a slanderous fallacy. Arabs keep attacking Jewish civilians – constantly, repeatedly, systematically. Besides being extremely rare, these Jewish assault cases are roundly condemned by the entire establishment of Israel. From left to right, everyone expresses outrage and condemns violence against Arab civilians. Israeli leaders vow to find and punish the perpetrators.

Contrast this with the typical reaction of Arab leadership, including the Palestinian Authority, when an Arab murders an Israeli. The PA hails Arab killers of Jewish civilians as heroes. They name city streets and squares after these killers. They provide their families with generous monthly stipends. They are presented to Palestinian Arab school children as glorious examples to admire and follow.

A new height of duplicity and hypocrisy was reached when the same Palestinian Authority  just submitted a legal complaint to the International Criminal Court about Jewish terrorism. But the U.S., UN, and EU will probably welcome the effort.


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  • Arthur

    When the Jerusalem bureau chief for a major American paper published a story on rock throwing as a consequence of the West Bank “culture of conflict” in August of 2013, she did not bother to mention any of the Israeli victims of Palestinian Arab rock throwing by name, and only referenced, indirectly, Asher Palmer and his infant son as “a man and his 1-year-old son who died when their car flipped in 2011 after being pelted with stones on Road 60.” This would seem to imply that there had been no other victims since then, which is hardly true, Adele Biton having been so badly injured barely 5 months earlier.

    It is surely understandable that a journalist might want to write about the frustration and lack of hope that brings the Arab youth to engage in such activities, but even so, one would expect that any discussion of rock throwing by the Arabs would include a realistic depiction of the consequences of that behavior. Sadly, as is noted here, the Jewish victims are invisible, and only Israel is an aggressor.

  • Daniel

    It is irresponsible to “surmise” based on anything that Jews were involved. There is evidence leading to that conclusion but there is far more evidence indicating the exact opposite. These statements about suspicions are prejudicial and only serve to tar a whole community and fuel violence. Please stop printing such speculations, at least until a viable suspect has been apprehended. (The people apprehended so far have clearly nothing to do with this event).

    • Janice

      I agree completely, Daniel.