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One Arab Life Matters, But No Israeli Lives Do


A terrible crime took place. Because of a deliberate arson attack by as-yet-unknown assailants, 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha, a small baby in the Arab village of Duma, was killed last week.

The immediate and vociferous world reaction,  including that of the Israeli media, was overwhelming. Many claimed that Jewish terrorism happens all the time and is ever present. Based on Western media coverage, one could get the impression that Jews murdering Arab babies is a daily occurrence.

Yet nothing is further from the truth. In fact, the opposite is the rule. Arabs attacking, maiming, and murdering Jews is an almost-daily event. The ever-present Palestinian assaults display a blatant intention to kill. We can’t tell if the arson attack on the Arab home intended to kill the baby.

We can surmise, based on circumstances and evidence, that Jews were the perpetrators. Circumstances let us further surmise that the goal was to damage property, but not necessarily to kill anyone. Hopefully, time will tell what really happened, and what result was intended. Time will also tell if it was indeed an attack by Jews. But we do not need to wait to find out who has perpetrated dozens and dozens of attacks against Jews in the last year or two: Palestinian Arabs, driven by their fanatical, anti-Semitic hatred of Jews.

With this in mind, let us look at the official reactions to the Duma arson. The U.S. State Department immediately condemned the attack. The United Nations strongly condemned it, as did Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the world press, and the European Union. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin himself issued an apology.

Incredibly, the EU called for “zero tolerance” for Jewish settler terrorism. Really? Compare this to their reaction to the deliberate murder of Adele Biton, injured in a terror attack in 2013 (she eventually died in 2015), or the murder of baby Chaya Braun last year in Jerusalem, both killed by Arabs. What about the cold-blooded slaughter of the three Fogel children – by Arabs? Complete silence. Hardly any world coverage, no condemnation from the U.S. State Department, the UN or the EU, and no international press coverage.

Why? I will tell you. There is a clear double standard at work, both in the world press and in major international political organizations. Arab deaths matter – but only if the fatal shot or blow came from a Jew. And Israeli Jewish lives do not. This is the sad truth.


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