Right now, to which side of the conflict would these Quranic words apply:
“…..your hearts were hardened and became as rocks, or worse than rocks, for hardness. For indeed there are rocks from out of which rivers gush, and indeed there are rocks which split asunder so that water floweth from them. And indeed there are rocks which fall down for the fear of Allah. Allah is not unaware of what ye do.”(Quran 2.74 )
Day 23 – three Israeli soldiers killed, twenty-seven wounded. “At least 92 Palestinians were killed today, including 20 at a UN-run school, in fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and the death toll sharply rose to 1,323 despite the Jewish nation agreeing to observe a four-hour humanitarian pause.”
Dayan ha emet.
Day 24 has begun. Same procedure as yesterday, but hopefully, prayerfully, today, no civilian casualties, no UN safe havens will take a direct hit, no UNRWA hideout will be levelled to the ground today, no tearful, fearful screaming mothers, innocent dead children, toothless old men being lowered into their graves within the next twenty four hours.
The title of yesterday’s DN editorial was “War is not the answer” (by an independent liberal). It could have been lifted from Marvin Gaye’s
We don’t need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today “
The following sentence occurred in that independent liberal’s editorial:
“That the Gaza Strip is controlled by a terrorist organization does not mean that thousands of civilians should have to pay the price for it.”
Some strong voices equate civilian with innocent
And that’s what everybody (I mean every body that can still talk) is talking about.
Even if Reinfeldt, Bildt & Löfven are not experts on international law and the laws of war – they are also talking and are pretty definitive when it comes to informing the IDF that whether Gaza is the most densely populated strip in the world or not, whether the terrorists hide and fire their missiles and rockets from schools, synagogues, mosques, hospitals, UN safe havens or not, Israel has to abide by international law.
Of course they were less vociferous in making the same demands of Saddam or the Al-Assads, Islamic State, terrorist Hamas or Islamic Jihad and even Uncle Sam himself, when he is at war with Napalm, My Lai, and of late, their innumerable drone attacks that have consistently murdered innocent civilians, the unfortunate human “collateral damage” who happened to be unintended parts of their main targets, at the wrong place at the wrong time, through no fault of their own. Almost without exception before or after the fact, I’ve never heard our Higher Morality spelling it out to the war-mongers – it’s only Israel they say, that has to abide by International Law.
As I observed ruefully to Menachem yesterday evening, they always hold Israel to a much higher standard, because of Torah – “a light unto the nations” etc “the teachers of mankind “– as the Quran puts it.
They had all better take a good look at this challenge, a piece of writ which will make some of them see purple:
Very creative terror tunnel engineering leading all the way up to your front door! (Just imagine one under you kitchen or leading to the cellar door : knock knock knock (Like the Porter’s scene in Macbeth) – Fred go and see who’s at the door! Surprise surprise: time to jump out of your skin….
It’s not a joking matter