Silence is killing

In his trademark style, Elder of Ziyon cuts through the crap and gets straight to the point in his post Palestinian society is truly sick. After noting that, earlier today in Jerusalem, two Palestinian kids (aged 12 and 13) attempted to stab and kill a security guard, he asks the question:

“What causes a 12-year old to want to risk being killed just to have a chance at wounding a Jew?”

He then answers his own question as follows:

“Incitement is part of the problem, but it is not the main issue.

True, Palestinian news outlets and social media are filled with photos, videos, songs and cartoons that all advocate murder and terror, images that make heroes of the attackers and that dehumanize the victims.

But to truly understand the sickness that is Palestinian society, you need to look beyond the words and images and music. You need to look at what is not being said.”

Let us pause for a moment for reflection. Think on that last point. What is not being said?

The Elder continues:

“You will not find any examples of people telling children not to attack Jews. You won’t find any stories of parents who try to raise their kids to respect all human beings. You will not find any stories about Israeli victims. You will not see anything about teachers telling their students that their lives are too valuable to waste on randomly stabbing people. You won’t find anyone saying that murder is bad no matter who does it.

You won’t find a single voice opposed to the current wave of children sacrificing themselves for a chance to stab Jews.”

As the next part clarifies, he is not talking about about Israeli media – within which there have been several sensible pleas to stop the stabbings and other terrorist attacks. He is talking about the Palestinian Arab media. For example:

“If there has been any opposition to children stabbing Jews in Palestinian Arab media, I have yet to see a single example. On the contrary, the stories are neutral at best and often cheerleading – and then using Israeli efforts to protect themselves as reason to encourage more attacks.”

I don’t have the resources to check that claim, but I dare say we would have seen evidence on social media, were there such opposition.

Crucially, he notes:

“I am not saying that Palestinian Arabs are all united in their support for sending their children out on suicide missions. I have no doubt that most parents are aghast at the idea that their kids might join the fad.

But because of the sick nature of Palestinian society, publicly coming out against terror is simply not possible. There is far more fear of saying anything against the politically-correct message of supporting terror than there is of the “oppressive occupation” itself.”

In other words, instead of opposition from – presumably – the majority, there is silence. As it is suggested, however, the fear is that the price of speaking out would seem to be too high. I’m not sure if the Elder or I were in the shoes of a Palestinian family member with kids, we would be able to risk the consequences of speaking out in public. We might (as many do) make sure our kids knew not to get involved, but that might be as far as we could go. So, although the Elder’s identification of a key part of the problem is accurate, there is no readily available solution, other than building bridges, hoping, and trying to keep on doing the right thing. No matter what the terrorists may get up to.

Until there’a breakthrough or radical change, the silence will continue to kill.

You can read the complete post by the Elder of Ziyon, here.