As Jews Are Murdered, the Left Stands Idly By—and Worse

October 21, 2015 | Brendan O’Neill
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When not simply ignoring murderous attacks on Israeli civilians, the Western Left rushes to justify them, as Brendan O’Neill writes:

[T]he response in the West to the spate of foul murders by car, knife, and meat cleaver in Israel has been almost as shocking as the killings themselves. Many have stayed silent. . . . Others have asked, “Well, what do Israelis expect?” The crashing of cars into rabbis waiting for a bus and the hacking at Israeli citizens doing their weekly shopping is treated as a normal response by Palestinians to their woes.

When the Guardian glorifies these killings as a “knife intifada,” and radical writers describe them as a natural kickback against Palestinians’ “ongoing humiliation,” they’re really saying Israeli citizens deserve to be murdered. . . .

And with their handwringing over “Palestinian despair,” with one writer claiming Palestinians are lashing out with knives because it’s “the only option left to them,” they infantilize Palestinians, reducing them to robotic knife-wielders who aren’t responsible for what they do. They heap contempt on both sides, demonizing Israeli citizens and pitying Palestinians so much that they end up seeing [the latter] as mentally deficient, with no choice but to hack at the nearest Jew.

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