– By Batsheva Haber
“We are concerned about mounting tensions in the West Bank and Jerusalem… and call on all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and avoid escalating the situation.”
“The continued suffering of Israelis and Palestinians is a constant reminder that a just and lasting solution to the conflict can be achieved only through pursuing a negotiated two-state solution.”
Although I appreciate the condemnation of the attack and the message of solidarity, these statements leave a bitter taste in my mouth. The reason for this bitterness is the underlying message in these statements: ‘although the attacks were carried out by Palestinians, both sides are to blame.’
The liberal assumption is that, in a way, Israel is bringing these attacks on itself. That Israel and the Israelis are not doing enough to bring peace, and that they are deliberately provoking the Palestinians who respond by carrying out these attacks.
And here is where the double standard comes in. Because these very same liberals are the ones who argue (and rightfully so, in my opinion) that rape is never the victims fault and that no provocation justifies rape. So rape is not the victims fault, but murder is? Or is that just when the victim is Israeli?
And what about the liberal claim that no matter what, violence is never justified? Are the Palestinians exempt from this ideal? When the violence is carried out by so called “freedom fighters” against the supposed “occupation” it is suddenly ok?
I think it’s time for the liberal movement to do some reevaluation of their morals. Yes, I know that you are not supposed to support Israel and shouldn’t stand against the Palestinians, no matter what. Yes, I know that you think that this is a David and Goliath situation, and that as a liberal and an advanced, classy human you need to support the Palestinian plight. However, in a case where there is a very clear “bad guy”, I do not understand how anyone with a moral conscious can try and “spilt the blame”.
Isiah calls out on such people: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.” (Isiah 5, 20). When one cannot call evil out on what it is, it is only a matter of time before they can no longer see the difference between good and evil, and then there is a real danger of them turning evil. In the words of Harlan Coben: “I like to see the difference between good and evil as kind of like the foul line at a baseball game. It’s very thin, it’s made of something very flimsy like lime, and if you cross it, it really starts to blur where fair becomes foul and foul becomes fair.”