Child Murders and Rabbi Lerner
By Israel Shamir
Rabbi Michael Lerner published a letter (see below)
containing an attempt to attach collective guilt for a single crime
to the whole Palestinian people, and to shift the blame for the
bloodshed to the victims. The Metzer murder, a revolting crime
committed by a deranged individual, is (mis)presented by Michael
Lerner as an act of Arafat’s (and Palestinian national) policy.
Moreover, it is described as a “Palestinian act of terror”. It is an
unacceptable lie. Would we refer to yesterday’s murder of two
Palestinian toddlers in Khan Yunes as to “Jewish child-murders”, or
even to Mark Rich’s deeds as to “Jewish fraud”, Rabbi Lerner would
certainly call it “anti-Semitism”. That is why his letter should be
condemned as an incitement to hate.
The deranged criminal
from Metzer acted alone, and his action was met with horror by
Palestinians and Jews alike. If and when he will be apprehended he
will certainly be punished. On the other hand, the murderers of the
Palestinian children in Khan Yunes remain at large; they are
protected and their crimes condoned by the Jewish state. When a
Palestinian girl child was murdered by a Jewish fanatic near
Nablous, the witness for defence, Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg, claimed a
Jew may kill a Goy with impunity. It appears his opinion won the
day: practically none of the Jews who murdered three hundred
innocent children in Palestine was brought to justice. Hilmi Shusha,
a Palestinian child from Husan, was murdered by a settler Naum
Korman in the eyesight of the entire village, but the Jewish judge
Ruth Orr has sent Nahum Korman, the child murderer, for six months
of public service in the old folks house.
Palestine won’t stoop as low as the late PM Golda Meir, who
proclaimed “I can’t forgive the Palestinians that they force us to
kill their children”. We won’t lie as the late PM David Ben Gurion
who tried to attach blame for the Deir Yassin Massacre to ‘Arab
irregulars’, and for Sharon’s massacre in Kibie to the relatives of
‘Arab terror victims’. We won’t try the line of Madeline Albright
who thought the murder of Iraqi children was worth its while.
Instead, we call to bring to the International Criminal Court every
Jewish murderer of Palestinian children.
Rabbi Lerner should
pay heed to a recent letter to Haaretz newspaper by Dr Miriam Reik,
“Killing kids gets to be routine.
Israel is, in
many ways, unique. It is the only country in the world in which a
child, throwing a stone, is considered to have committed a capital
crime, and a soldier can kill him with a bullet with impunity--no
Haaretz reported the death in this fashion
yesterday of Mohammed ali Zeiz, a 15 year old, without comment. It
is the only country in the world in which the occupying army does
not hold its fire when an innocent child is on the scene, much less
rush to protect him.
Ibrahim al-Madani, 12 years old, died in
this way yesterday, as reported by Haaretz, without comment. We all
know of dozens of such incidents, which led Amnesty International to
characterize the current conflict as one in which the lives of
children are treated with "utter disregard," a charge met with
cynical protestations of innocence by the IDF.
However, it is
also a sad comment on the general deterioration of standards in
Israel, that Haaretz can report such incidents, time and again,
without editorial comment. Anything, I suppose, can become
Miriam M. Reik, PhD”
Rabbi Lerner writes: “There
is never any moral equivalence between one act of murder and
another”. He is absolutely right. That is why, while mourning the
dead of Khan Yunes and Metzer, we observe the vast difference
between a one-man-crime and an act of the Jewish state-condoned and
sponsored child murder.