Retaliation/Revenge and Terrorism are Not Equivalents

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. ...

Retaliation/Revenge and Terrorism are Not Equivalents

I certainly oppose the attacks on Arabs, such as the recent firebombing of a couple of Arab houses resulting in injuries and death, but it is not the same as Arab terrorism.

First of all look at the numbers. Jewish attacks on Arabs are extremely rare. Take into account all of them, weekly, monthly, by the year, decade, century... YES CENTURY! The Jewish community here in the Land of Israel has suffered from Arab terrorism not only long before the 1967 Six Days War, but before the establishment of the State of Israel. 

The amount of Jewish attacks on Arabs has been infinitesimal in comparison to Arab terrorist attacks on Jews!!

Every once in a while an individual Jew or a small group get together and say they have had enough and want to give the Arabs a taste of their own medicine. The results are always the same. From the reactions of the press here and abroad and the reactions of public figures near, far, Right and Left, you'd think that Jews have launched a nuclear bomb on an Arab village or perpetrated a holocaust. 

There is a lot of justified frustration and anger among Jews here in Israel and all over the world. Our judicial and diplomatic systems are skewed against Jews and favor Arabs.

  • Acts of Arab terror against Jews are judged as criminal acts and not as ideology or modern nazism. 
  • Convicted Arab terrorists, even those who murdered Jews, are released in all sorts of "deals." 
  • Capital Punishment aka the Death Penalty is not used on Arab terrorists who have murdered Jews.
These three facts have caused a total lack of faith in the Israeli Judicial System.
Another major difference is the ideology behind the two types of acts. The Arab terrorists have always aimed to destroy the Jewish presence and life here in the Land of Israel. In addition they glorify the terrorist especially if the terrorist dies in the process. Their families and communities show pride in their murderous acts and celebrate the deaths of Jews.
In contrast, Jews who attack Arabs are fully prosecuted by the law here in Israel and marginalized by society. Prominent Israelis, Left, Right and Center rush to condemn them and show support and sympathy for the Arab victims and their families.
The only way to eliminate Jewish violence/retaliation/revenge against Arabs would be for the State of Israel to punish Arab terrorists as Nazis, not as ordinary criminals, and use the death penalty as judicial punishment for all attempts of murder of Jews. Not only will this reassure the Jewish population that the punishment fits the crime, it will also reduce Arab terrorism, because the terrorists will know that not only will they enjoy the relatively good conditions in Israeli jails, but they won't be released alive.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the funeral services for the 8 students who were killed in a shooting attack in the Yeshivat Merkaz Harav in Jerusalem, March 07, 2008. (Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash 90)