As the US and Europe struggle with the growing phenomena of fundamentalist Islamic terror, most are failing to maintain both parts of a duel responsibility: protect citizens from terror — and from racism. Israel is keenly aware of these obligations and the tension between them. Its struggle to honor that tension, without denying or rejecting either part, is ongoing. From that conscious struggle, Europe and the US have a lot to learn.
In the name of Allah, terror attacks are striking targets in Arab countries with whom Israel has relationships. They are also erupting in Western nations that do business with the Jewish state. Is Israel an intentional connection or an accidental one?
While millions of children got out of bed on the morning of June 30, 2016, excited for summer vacation, one child did not. A young Israeli girl, 13-year-old Hallel Yaffe Ariel, was brutally murdered in her own bed by a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist. He broke into her house and stabbed her to death. Another life lost to senseless violence. Another poor soul taken too early from this world. But few Muslims in this world will be mourning her death, because Hallel was an Israeli Jew.
"We kill Turks and Jews and Hindus and Christians and Sunnis and Shi'ites and gays and Israelis and Americans and tourists and Africans and cartoonists and people in Airline terminals.
"Oh, and 13 year old girls sleeping in their beds.
"And all in the name of Allah, #NotYourGod.
"We are the religious 'holy men' of the 21st century."
Copyright Yaakov Kirschen, originally published at http://drybonesblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/the-attack-at-turkish-airport.html
Moner Mohammad Abusalha, the suicide bomber who was the Orlando killer's buddy Omar Mateen, a US Muslim citizen aged 29, son of Afghan migrants, perpetrated the deadliest shooting attack in American history on June 12, when he massacred 50 people and injured 53 at the Pulse gay club in Orlando, Florida, with an AR 15 assault rifle and a Glock 17 handgun.
The guns were purchased legally a few days earlier at a local shop. This alone ought to have alerted the various US intelligence and surveillance agencies responsible for countering terrorism – except that, for lack of coordination, they missed the fact that a man twice questioned by the FBI was suddenly loading up on deadly weapons.