Charleston & Har Nof: A Lesson in Contrasting Societies

While Americans grieve the murder of nine in a church, Palestinians cheer the slaughter of five in a synagogue.

Most Americans, at least the sane ones, recoiled in horror upon hearing the news of the Emanuel AME church shooting in Charleston that claimed the lives of nine including six women. Some prayed while others were glued to their screens in an effort to glean whatever information they could about the innocent victims and the deranged gunman.

The victims were simply attending bible study and sitting among them, for at least 45 minutes, was the gunman who gave his victims no hint of his pernicious agenda. No one knows precisely why he sat there so patiently among those he would soon be murdering, and quite frankly, it makes no difference.

Dylann Roof was a racist. He cold-bloodedly murdered nine people whose sole “crime” was the color of their skin. It made no difference that they were God-fearing people with families. To Roof, they were people who possessed a different skin color than his and that constituted sufficient justification.

Roof’s manifesto, a long-winded, online screed riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, bizarrely blames blacks for an assortment of ills and Jews for “agitat[ing]…the black race.” It is as of yet unknown how or when Roof developed these odious views.

For me, the shooting was eerily similar to another horrific massacre that occurred last year in another part of the globe. On November 18, 2014 two Palestinian terrorists armed with pistols, hatchets and knives stormed a synagogue in a quiet Jerusalem neighborhood known as Har Nof, and began killing and knifing every Jew they caught sight of, all while shrieking “Allahuakbar.” When the carnage was over, four worshipers (including 3 Americans) were dead as well as a policeman who was killed while exchanging fire with one of the gunmen. The two terrorists were killed as well.

Like Roof, the Arabs who committed the heinous carnage were deranged racists and like Roof, they were cowards, preferring to strike at unsuspecting soft targets that would likely offer little resistance. It wasn’t by accident that Roof chose a church and the Arab terrorists, a synagogue. In both cases, the victims were immersed in bible study and worship, thus further bolstering the element of surprise.

The Emanuel AME church shooting and the Har Nof massacre naturally provoked similar emotional responses from decent, law-abiding citizens, primarily anger, shock, horror and grief. White supremacist groups and Palestinian Arabs on the other hand celebrated the carnage.

Matt Heimbach, a perverse leader of a white supremacist group, absurdly told ABC’s Nightline that, “Roof is a victim in regards to he was a white man born to a society that actively hates him and hates his people, hates his culture and his identity.” And in Mabank, Texas, a volunteer firefighter posted a comment supportive of Roof. He was promptly fired from his position barely an hour later.

In the United States however, such racist views represent the marginal fringes and are soundly repudiated as evidenced by the prompt and correct actions of the Mabank Fire Department. In Palestinian society, however, racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia are part and parcel of Palestinian culture and ideology. They represent the official views of the government, which routinely compares Jews to pigs, apes and monkeys, names squares, streets and other public places after those who slaughter Jews, perpetuates ancient blood libels and openly calls for the murder of Jews.

The Palestinian terrorist groups of Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised the attackers and their actions and Palestinian radio described the murderers as “martyrs.” Palestinian “president” Mahmoud Abbas, whose term of office expired more than 6 years ago, issued a half-hearted, equivocal condemnation and did so only after substantial US prodding.

In the United States as in most civilized societies, violent, hate-based terrorist actions and the ideologies that inspire them represent aberrations to be universally condemned and deplored in the strongest terms. But in Palestinian society hate is the norm and is more often than not inspired and provoked by the very malevolent government that deceitfully claims it wants peace and pays mere lip service to the notion of living side-by-side with the Jewish State. The conflicting contrasts could not be starker.

It is likely that this summer, France will introduce a pro-Palestinian resolution to the United Nations Security Council aimed at imposing dictates on Israel and giving the Palestinians everything they desire on a silver platter. Those who wish to advance this nefarious agenda are deliberately blinding themselves to the true nature of the Palestinian Authority, which habitually engages in incitement to violence and anti-Semitism. The sooner the West comes to terms with this fact, the closer we’ll be to finding a solution to this pressing conflict, but not before then.

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