Can One Protect Oneself Against Terrorism?

Batya Medad ,

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Batya Medad
New York-born Batya Medad made aliyah with her husband just weeks after their 1970 wedding and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Political pundit, with a unique perspective, Batya has worked in a variety of professions: teaching, fitness, sales, cooking, public relations, photography and more. She has a B.S. in Journalism, is a licensed English Teacher specializing as a remedial teacher and for a number of years has been studying Tanach (Bible) in Matan. Batya blogs on Shiloh Musings and A Jewish Grandmother. ...

Can One Protect Oneself Against Terrorism?

The scenes from France as their advanced, well-equipped security forces tried to battle the home-grown Arab Muslim terrorists showed a very frightening situation that can actually happen pretty much anyplace in the Western world.

Reuters / Friday, January 09, 2015
Smoke is seen at left as French police special forces launch their assault at a kosher supermarket near the Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris January 9, 2015. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Terrorism is related to guerrilla warfare, and masses of well-armed army and police, including all the so-called "special forces" are at a terrible disadvantage. The same goes for all the well-trained "hostage negotiators."

And as difficult as it is to rescue hostages, live ones, from terrorists, predicting attacks and protecting oneself is even more impossible. The calls for "vigilance" make me want to laugh.

London- Britain's Jewish community has been told to institute extra security measures in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
The Community Security Trust, which deals with all forms of anti-Semitism in the Jewish community, said that while there was no known link between those responsible for the Paris attacks to individuals in the UK, there would be increased policing in Jewish neighborhoods for Shabbat. (Jerusalem Post)

I remember when we lived in London, and local Jews chastised my husband when his Tallit showed on Shabbat when walking in Golders Green. They warned him that it would make him a target for antisemites, even though the neighborhood was very Jewish, and it was just as easy to recognize them as Jews in their uniform suits, hats and raincoats. This was in 1975-77.

As a terror attack survivor, injured in what was probably the first drive over a bus stop attack by an Arab Muslim terrorist almost twenty years ago, I learned one very crucial lesson. We have no real control over the terrorists. A determined terrorist can go almost any place and attack anyone.

What are you going to tell French or British or American etc Jews?

Don't shop in Jewish stores!

That won't stop the terrorists. They will find other ways and venues to attack. The Charlie Hebdo offices were guarded, but that didn't help them. The guards weren't equipped to stop all who wanted to enter, to check their bodies and bags. The terrorists had easy entry. They don't walk around with uniforms and labels saying:

"I'm a dangerous terrorist. Shoot/arrest me!"

I guess this all sounds so very depressing. We live in a world where and when we want instant cures and solutions. And there isn't one for this sort of terrorism. It's a yin/yangsituation out of balance, and the bad is looking stronger than the good.

We must reverse it and make the good stronger than the bad. First of all, the minimum and only punishment for terrorism must be the death penalty, and even better when terrorists are shot and killed by security forces. Those who preach terror and support it must be arrested, kept in solitary and executed. Terror and free speech aren't the same.

Yes, that certainly includes all those NGOs that support Hamas and other Arab terror groups that promote the destruction of the State of Israel. They are all connected to the Muslim terror groups in Europe. As long as the world continues to be in denial, terrorism will continue to grow and expand.

That is the lesson of the Muslim terrorist attacks in France. Hiding Jewish identity and closing synagogues won't protect us. It just gives the Muslim terrorists victory.