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Thursday, 24 March 2011

Today’s Final Jeopardy question:

An explosion in Jerusalem


What is…what does it take for the international media to pay attention?

Nearly one hundred rockets being fired upon the citizens of Sderot just in the past week didn’t do it.

The cold-blooded murder of a young family while they slept didn’t really do it.

It wasn’t until yesterday’s terrorist attack near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem that the rest of the world seemed to take notice that Israel is under attack.


Not everyone seems to agree that this was an act of terrorism.

According to Reuters, “a ‘terrorist attack’ (is) Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike.”

Really? Because my dictionary has a very different definition.

terrorism (ˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm)
1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

Jeffrey Goldberg, of The Atlantic, had this to say:

Those Israelis and their crazy terms! I mean, referring to a fatal bombing of civilians as a “terrorist attack”? Who are they kidding? Everyone knows that a fatal bombing of Israeli civilians should be referred to as a “teachable moment.” Or as a “venting of certain frustrations.” Or as “an understandable reaction to Jewish perfidy.” Or perhaps as “a very special episode of ‘Cheers.'” Anything but “a terrorist attack.” I suppose Reuters will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by referring to the attacks as “an exercise in urban renewal.”

The mind reels.

Sorry, Reuters. Nails and shrapnel are only placed into a bomb when the intent is to maim and/or kill as many people as possible. Detonating it at a busy bus station is not merely “a Palestinian strike.” This act was meant to inflict pain and terror on the Israeli civillian population.

As was the lethal attack on the Fogel family in Itamar.

As are the missiles that continue to rain upon the southern part of Israel.

Once the sirens are sounded, the countdown begins.

Fifteen Seconds.


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
they that love you shall prosper.
Peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.
For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will say now,
peace be within you.

~Psalm 122

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Thursday, 24 March 2011 9:52 am

    You should come out to Denver next month for our young leadership event with Laura Bialis….

  2. Thursday, 24 March 2011 10:09 am

    Reuters wants to not take sides. However by not calling a terrorist attack for what it is, they have taken a side. I pray for all of the victims of this terrible murderous act. There are many still in the hospital and many more that are still reliving this horror. Meanwhile the rockets are landing in the south of Israel

  3. Thursday, 24 March 2011 10:45 am

    Reuters goofed it on this one. Usually I go them and the BBC for my news, ahead of our American media. Usually, they report on the stuff that is actually news while we’re busy with wall-to-wall coverage of some celebrity mishegas. But, they aren’t perfect either. I really hope they will see that they goofed it, and make it right.

  4. Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:06 am

    The Parsha Shemini is about the completion of the inauguration of the Tabernacle. The number seven represents all things occurring within the natural construct of this finite world, while the number eight represents all things beyond nature, or infinity. According to Rashi, the eighth day was the day of re-establishing the eternal connection with the Almighty that we had lost when we stumbled and fumbled with the golden calf. Here at the beginning of this portion, we are witness to the momentous occasion of our reconciliation with our Creator, who is beyond all things natural and supernatural. Once Aaron had achieved atonement with the final offerings of the eighth day, the Shechina descended into full view and all of the people fell on their faces. G-d resumed His place among His people. Thus the Torah reminds us that we are a Holy people whose very existence as a nation is beyond nature. Therefore, the prime minister would do well to remember that G-d is the Guardian of Israel and that destroying Jewish homes gives the impression to our enemies that the Israeli government has abandoned the Jewish people who remain in Samaria leaving them at the mercy of the Arab cutthroats. The only way to prevent more killing is for the Israeli politicians to back up the Jewish heroes who are establishing their homes on Jewish land in the face of Arab hatred and, worse yet, Israeli government apathy. More at

  5. Mimi Rosen permalink
    Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:48 am

    What is…what does it take for the international media to pay attention?
    Ah, what does it take to be the bit of news that makes it to Americans’ attention? There is only so much time in the TV broadcast. Does the Tsunami, Libyan killing of civilians, Yemini uprising use up all the space? Do new events in new places take precedence over same old/same old stuff in Isreal?
    I don’t agree with it, just trying to figure out why Israel is ignored, again.

  6. Thursday, 24 March 2011 1:48 pm

    I’m saddened by these violent attacks, by the coverage provided by Reuters, and by the fact that QassamCount has a need to return to Facebook.

  7. aaron freeman permalink
    Sunday, 27 March 2011 8:45 am

    would doing everything to stop the rockets and mortars include negotiating with Hamas?

  8. Thursday, 31 March 2011 8:03 pm

    That video is so moving!! I can’t imagine the terror in those 15 seconds. Truly I can’t!!

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