When the murder of the innocents becomes too common

In my new position at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jewish I am now seeing daily what in the past I’ve only glanced at from time to time–the difficulties, dangers, and continuing hardships of the Jewish people around the world, and in the state of Israel.

This weekend a particularly horrific story became known–the nighttime murder of a Jewish family in their beds in the West Bank, including a newborn and a 2-year old.

The condemenation has been widespread, with a few alarming exceptions.

Perhaps the most perceptive and indicting piece that I read this week was by Jeff Jacoby in the Boston Globe titled: Murder of the Innocents. One passage:

There are those who believe passionately that all human beings are inherently good and rational creatures, essentially the same once you get beyond surface disagreements. Such people cannot accept the reality of a culture that extols death over life, that inculcates a vitriolic hatred of Jews, that induces children to idolize terrorists. Since they would never murder a family in its sleep without being driven to it by some overpowering horror, they imagine that nobody would. This is the mindset that sees a massacre of Jews and concludes that Jews must in some way have provoked it. It is the mindset behind the narrative that continually blames Israel for the enmity of its neighbors, and makes it Israel’s responsibility to end their violence

And this sober monolouge from Glenn Beck, closing his program on March 15.

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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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