Enough Already

A few weeks ago, Americans woke up to the heartbreaking news of the shooting at a Latino nightclub in Orlando. 49 innocent people were murdered.

This year is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Sadly, the news of terrorist attacks have become an everyday part of our lives since then. We are too used to turning on the evening news or opening the newspaper and reading about the murder of innocent people simply because of who they are.

Earlier this week, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13-year-old American girl living in Kiryat Arba was murdered in her bed as she slept. The boy who took her life was a 17-year-old Palestinian boy, Mohammed Tarayreh from Bani Naim, a nearby village. This child did nothing to this boy, her only crime was being a Jew in Israel.

Adding to the death toll was the attack at the airport in Istanbul. 36 people were killed and 147 were injured.

Why do we do this? Is it possible to simply accept that some of us are different and that’s ok? Last time I checked, hate never solved any problems. It just creates more problems.

Enough already.

These are the people we are supposed to make peace with?

There was another bloodbath in Jerusalem today. Four rabbis, three of whom have dual American-Israeli citizenship and one who has dual British-Israeli citizenship was murdered as they prayed in a synagogue.

While Israel was again mourning for their dead,  it was  party in Gaza.

These are the same people who celebrated 9/11.

President Obama and Secretary Of State John Kerry publicly announced the usual condolences and warning. It was again, sound and fury signaling nothing.

The condemnation, forced upon President Abbas by international pressure was as it always is: false and inflammatory.

These people don’t want peace. They never have and never will. They have a specific goal in mind and will do anything, including murder, lies, incitement and destruction to reach their goals.

Golda Meir once said that “peace will come to the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us”.

Prophetic and sad and very true.

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