2016-07-06 / Editorial

World leaders must unite against all acts of terrorism


The latest wave of high-profile terrorist attacks tragically hit in Istanbul, where 42 were killed and 230 hurt, and then in Israel, where a teenage girl was fatally stabbed in her sleep by a Palestinian attacker in the West Bank.

Like in Orlando and Brussels, these were the acts of callous extremists who will kill anyone – man, woman or child. No matter where such attacks occur, the global community must react with a united front, recognizing and condemning such brutal acts for what they are.

And yet established leaders continue to make distinctions between terrorism that occurs in Israel and the rest of the world. Jeremy Corbyn, Great Britain’s Labour leader, perpetuated the downgrading of terrorism against Jews last week by comparing the government of Benjamin Netanyahu to Islamic State extremists.

Corbyn said: “Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organizations.”

In Israel, the murder of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13- year-old dual Israeli-American citizen, occurred just days after an aide to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for violent acts against Israelis. One would think world leaders interested in brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority would have reacted after Sultan Abu al-Einein, an adviser to Abbas on civil society organizations and a Fatah Central Committee member, said during an interview with the Palestinian news site: “Wherever you find an Israeli, slit his throat.” We’re still waiting.

As of the time the Voice went to press, Abbas has not commented on Hallel’s cold-blooded murder nor has he countered his advisor’s incendiary words.

The absence of moral outrage over the brutal killing of a sleeping child should be shocking. Yet few global leaders have issued a condemnation of the heinous act. This is no way to combat a global scourge. All innocent lives must be counted. s

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