I have been taking a social media break due to my surgery last week, but I have of course been following the news and have also seen a lot of the negative and anti-Israel comments on my page over the last weeks. I have decided to use my voice dictation program to dictate a brief post regarding the goings on in Israel.
In light of the discovery of the bodies of the three teenagers kidnapped on June 12, I posted here on Kveller about the unimaginable reality that the mothers of these teenagers must be experiencing. I expressed a desire for peace and I expressed sympathy for the plight of the Palestinian people. I do not believe that there is any excuse for kidnapping and murdering innocent teenagers under the guise of a political movement or any recognized government organization.
The news over the weekend that Jewish extremists burned a Palestinian teenager alive in retribution for the Israeli teens deaths makes me sick to my stomach. There is no excuse.
That the Israeli government denounced these acts and operates as the only democratically-based government in the Middle East gives me some comfort, but just a little.
There are always circumstances that the public does not know about. There are always things that the Israeli government and the Israeli army are forced into silence about because of historical lack of support by the global community. I am not a politician. I am just one person living in America, trying to make sense of the goings on in the historical and spiritual homeland of the Jewish people.
As for the snarky posts asking if I am grieving for the Palestinian teenager burned alive: yes. I am grieving for that teenager and for his family. I am also grieving for the families of the perpetrators. And I am grieving for the loss of humanity, social justice, and common sense that only a sense of helplessness, futility, and lack of faith in government can produce.