The Proportionality of Arabs Being Killed

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.

Are you upset at Arabs again, being killed by the Israel Defense Forces?

Are you at unease that civilians are caught up in hostilities?

Does it bother you that Israel is using what the world calls 'disproportionate' power?

I am.

I am not happy when misfortunates meet a fate they themselves could have mostly avoided.

But, then again, this is the Middle East.

Besides Gaza, there are a few other bloody items this past week:


At least 14 Tunisian soldiers have been reported killed and 20 wounded after gunmen attacked military checkpoints near the Algerian border, the ministry of defence told Al Jazeera.  The fighters, one of whom was reported killed, staged two simultaneous attacks on army posts in the Mount Chaambi area as soldiers were holding their sundown meal, or Iftar, as part of the Ramadan Muslim fasting month.  They were armed with rocket-propelled grenades and rifles.

and Syria

It has been described as one of the most deadly weeks in Syria since fighting began three years ago. More than 1,700 people have been killed in seven days as fighting intensified after Presdent Assad was sworn in for a third term.

and Iraq

At least 60 people have died in clashes after suicide bombers and fighters attacked a bus transferring convicts from a prison north of Baghdad, according to Iraqi police.  Security and medical officials said on Thursday that about 50 prisoners were among the dead, many of them burnt beyond recognition. A number of policemen also died.  "At least 60 people, prisoners and policemen, were killed in a suicide attack followed by several IEDs (improvised explosive devices) and shooting," an Interior Ministry official told the AFP news agency.  It was not immediately clear who launched the assault...

and Libya

At least nine people were killed and 19 wounded, mostly civilians, in heavy clashes overnight in Benghazi as government forces tried to oust Islamist militants holed up in Libya's eastern port city, medical sources said on Thursday.  The fighting late on Wednesday involved aircraft and ground troops and followed more than a week of the fiercest clashes between militants, former rebel fighters and government forces in Benghazi and the capital Tripoli since the 2011 war against Muammar Gaddafi.

and Yemen people were killed in brief clashes between solders and tribesmen.  Tribesmen on July 12 blew up the pipeline in the Serwah area of the central Maarib province, halting crude flows and disrupting a main source of revenue for the impoverished state.  The Defence Ministry's September 26 website reported on Wednesday that five government soldiers and two tribesmen were killed in clashes, which erupted when troops fought off armed tribesmen blocking a road leading to the site.

and Iraq

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an overnight suicide bombing in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad which killed 33 people, one of the deadliest recent attacks in the Iraqi capital.  The hardline Sunni Islamist group which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq said the explosion in Kadhimiya, site of a major Sh'ite shrine, was carried out by a fighter it named as Abu Abdul-Rahman al-Tunisi (the Tunisian).

And there's also this:

The last remaining Christians now have fled Mosul after Islamic State militants issued an ultimatum giving them until noon on July 19, the option to convert to Islam, pay a tax, leave, or be killed if they stayed...On Monday, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, condemned the act against innocent Christian Iraqi citizens in Mosul and Nineveh including forced deportation under the threat of execution.  "This forced displacement is a crime that cannot be tolerated; and the practices of the Islamic State have nothing to do with Islam and its principles that call for justice, fairness, freedom of faith and coexistence," he said in a statement.

This is the real disproportionality, the under-reporting of negative news about Islam and Arabs.

As for that UN shout-out about FGM, the possibility exists that the fatwa was faked.  And that, as we know, never ahppens about accusations regarding Israel.

Not to mention the fears in Norway and the Finns killed in Afghanistan.

Which Muslim Arab in the Middle East needs "Zionist occupation" as an excuse to kill?