The hypocrisy of responses to the Jewish and Arab teen murders

Two editorials in Israel Hayom argue there is a distinct difference in reactions to the murder of Palestinian youth Mohammad Abu Khudair by Jewish suspects as opposed to the murder of Jewish teens Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach by Arabs.

 "Whoever is found guilty for the horrible, loathsome murder of the Arab teen from Shuafat should face an even harsher punishment than the law calls for. Anyone who supported them or helped them should also be punished, denounced, and thrown out of society. Let's hope that finding the group will allow us to take care of this cursed gangrene that threatens us all," writes Dror Eydar.

But the murder of the Jewish teens "didn't raise a fraction" of the same international outrage, writes Eydar. 

"The world only cares about Jewish murderers; Arab murderers aren't news... Here's the litmus test—try to find the same measure of fear and horror about the young Jewish woman Shelly Dadon, who turned out to have been murdered by an Israeli Arab. ... When the kidnapping of the Jewish teens was announced, sweets were handed out in Ramallah in celebration. Israeli culture, in contrast, does not sanctify death. Israeli public opinion is uniformly appalled at the murder. And one last observation: Every rocket that lands in the Negev is also a murder attempt, and should meet an appropriate response," he writes.

According to David M. Weinberg, "comparisons that place Israeli and Palestinian societies on the same moral plane are evilly intended and utterly untruthful... This is an asymmetrical conflict in every way: moral, political and ideological.

"Israeli terrorists are few and far between. Over 100 years of conflict, they comprise a mere handful: Ami Popper, Jack Teitel, Yehuda Etzion, Baruch Goldstein, Yona Avrushmi and several others. This list of Palestinian terrorists fills fat ledger books across the globe, and the list of their victims fills even more."

Among Palestinians, Weinberg continues, "rioting, destruction and mayhem is considered a 'legitimate' and 'understandable' form of protest and political expression. Cars can be stoned. Israelis can be dragged out of their cars and nearly lynched. Molotov cocktails can be thrown at will. Everything in sight can be destroyed, including the rail lines and bus shelters placed in Arab neighborhoods by local municipalities to serve the local Arab population. That's natural and acceptable."

"Imagine the world reaction if masses of Israelis were to regularly act this way after each frequent Arab terrorist attack," he writes.

Posted on July 7, 2014 .