On July 2, 2008 an Arab terrorist
seized a bulldozer in Jerusalem, rammed it into people and vehicles, and ended
up murdering three people (including the mother of an infant) and injuring
dozens. The home of the murderer was
not demolished. Because the murderer held Israeli citizenship, as an East
Jerusalem resident, his family members collected "survivor benefits"
from Israel's National Insurance Institute (like social security).
They probably also collected
payoffs from the Palestinian terrorist groups or their bankrollers in Arab
countries who reward families of murderers. Terrorist family members were
not expelled or deported. All in all, engaging in murder paid off
handsomely. No subprime financial distress for them!
The failure to penalize the family
of the mass murderer had its effect this past week. Taking his cue, yet
another terrorist seized a bulldozer in Jerusalem and rammed it into vehicles
and people, injuring dozens.
Both attacks could likely have been
prevented if Israel were to get serious about fighting terrorism and defeating
it, as opposed to its existing policy of seeking to end terrorism through
appeasement. Israel treats terrorists
as ordinary criminals, entitled to Miranda warnings,
due process, legal representation, and longwinded trials. But terrorists
are neither combatants nor common criminals and should be treated as
are not summarily executed in Israel when caught, nor given the death penalty
afterwards. Once captured, they are held under resort conditions, with
DVDs and air conditioning. The baby murderer Samir Kuntar, released
recently by Israel as a payoff to the Hezbollah for recovering the corpses of two
IDF soldiers murdered by terrorists, was allowed to do a BA while in prison at
an Israeli university and to marry.
Israel is at war, but its leaders are too pusillanimous to declare so. Israel
refuses to take any action at all against the families of suicide bombers,
regarding them as "innocents" entitled to "rights," rather
than as de facto accomplices in murder. Israel's only way for dealing
with terror is to ask the terrorist squad leaders who send out the mass
murderers in the first place kindly to take action and arrest the terrorist
While treating terrorists as enemy combatants is better than allowing them to
enjoy civilian due process, rules, and protections, it is also an erroneous way
of dealing with them. Terrorists must NOT be granted Geneva Convention
privileges and POW rights. They must
NOT be held under humane conditions, with Red Cross visits.
must be treated under a third unique paradigm, neither as POWs nor as
criminals. Terrorists must be treated inhumanely. They
should be denied human dignities, for behaving without human dignity is the
very basis for their behavior and agenda. People who murder groups of
children are not entitled to any privileges or exhibitions of compassion.
They are beyond the pale. They are garbage. Treating them as such makes a
huge powerful statement to the world. We honor those whose values we
cherish in myriad ways; let us also exhibit our contempt for those deserving of
the latest attempts to mollify the Hezbollah terrorists by releasing the baby
murderer Kuntar contain even worse unprecedented dangers. One of the
unique features of Nazism was the insistence that Jews were
"Untermenschen" or an inferior species, and so killing Jewish
civilians was not only a legitimate instrument for social policy but downright
just. Since Jews were inferior to other humans, there could be nothing
wrong with exterminating them like vermin. Jewish lives did not count.
decades the position of the Arab world has been largely the same. Arabs
not only tried to make the point that killing Jewish children and civilians is
legitimate, but attempted to coerce Israel into publicly and officially
acquiescing in accepting this definition of Jewish inferiority. They did
so by equating murderers of Jewish children with soldiers, and demanding that
Israel do the same. The vast majority of media organizations largely acquiesced,
as manifested in their insistence on referring to suicide bombers as
"activists" and "militants," and counting the suicide
bombers among the "victims" of any terror atrocity.
leaders, even the most cowardly, refused to accept this equation. Until
When the Israeli cabinet under Ehud Olmert
approved a "hostage deal" that traded a baby murderer for the corpses
of two murdered IDF soldiers, it for all intents and purposes acquiesced in
accepting the axiom of Jewish inferiority and the legitimacy of murdering
Ehud Olmert has made me ashamed to be an Israeli.