Hello…media…is anyone listening???
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.
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.
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.