Tracy S. Feldman: Israel’s atrocity

July 3, 2014 

Regarding Israel’s response to the kidnappings and killings of three teenagers: Imagine that one country’s police force invades another nation, arresting hundreds (many without charge, including college professors and religious leaders), killing at least eight and injuring dozens, all in response to the kidnapping and killing of three people. Certainly, the triple murder was a horrible tragedy. Still, the response might seem shockingly brutal and unjust to most in the U.S. until they learn that Palestinians might have killed the three people.

Somehow, atrocities are OK if leveled against Palestinians. Why? Why is it different from an ethical standpoint? The Israeli government is making wrongs out of wrongs, using a violent act by a few individuals as a pretext for inflicting severe collective punishment. Collective punishment violates international law and is ethically wrong.

Perhaps it is related to the unimaginable horrors visited upon Jews, including those in my family. Millions of Jews were tortured and killed for nothing. It cannot be allowed to happen again – to anyone.

Sometimes an atrocity is just an atrocity. Let’s take a stand and condemn what the Israeli government is doing. As an American Jew, I do not want these things done in my name.

Tracy S. Feldman, Durham

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