As the world digests the latest outrage in Toulouse, France, where a rabbi and three children were senselessly murdered simply for being Jewish, it is too easy to obfuscate how and why this happens.
It is the reawakening of anti-Semitism (I prefer Judeophobia), hidden in the guise of anti-Zionism, and the denigration, delegitimization and demonization of the nation state of the Jewish people that has laid the groundwork for such horrific acts. It takes a certain animalistic nature to be able to stand over the crib of a three-month-old baby and slash its throat. It takes a subhuman mind to grab an 8-year-old girl and stare into her terrified eyes as a bullet is pumped into her brain.
It takes a certain permissiveness by world leaders, government and media, to allow justification and rationalization of such brutality. It takes Kahlood Badawi, a U.N. media official to incite by posting a false picture of a Palestinian child killed in a traffic accident in 2006 as a victim of Israeli bombs last week. It takes E.U. foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton to set a moral equivalence between children targeted and murdered in France and children who are killed as they are used as human shields by their government, as rockets are launched at Israeli children daily. It takes Ban Ki Moon to lament "the cycle of violence."
The New York Times, The Guardian and The Independent are all complicit. Shame on the world for its crocodile tears.
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