Remembering Dvir Sorek, the Nineteen-Year-Old Victim of a Terror Attack in Israel

Yesterday a nineteen-year-old Israeli yeshiva student named Dvir Sorek was murdered in what authorities are treating as an attack by Palestinian terrorists. He was on his way back to his yeshiva from a trip to Jerusalem where he had bought a book as a gift for one of his teachers when he was apparently taken and stabbed to death, his body left on a road leading to his home.

His father, Yoav Sorek, the editor of Hashiloach, an Israeli journal of ideas, and a friend and contributor to Mosaic, remembered his son as a boy with “light in his eyes,” reports the Times of Israel.

“Whoever didn’t know him missed out; he used to help the weak around him who were in need of a friend,” a tearful Yoav Sorek told reporters outside his home.

“Our Dvir was sweet,” Sorek . . . said of his nineteen-year-old son. “Two months ago he had a karate exam and he didn’t get a high grade because his teacher said he performs the movements well, but lacks ‘murder’ in his eyes. That’s right. He had light in his eyes. Now someone with murder in his eyes has taken him.

“We received a gift for almost nineteen years—for that gift we are grateful, we will carry the pain from now on,” he said.

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The Evidence of BDS Anti-Semitism Speaks for Itself

Oct. 18 2019

Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs recently released a lengthy report titled Behind the Mask, documenting the varieties of naked anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery employed by the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the Jewish state (BDS). Drawn largely but not exclusively from Internet sources, its examples range from a tweet by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine (the “world would be soooo much better without jews man”), to an enormous inflated pig bearing a star of David and floating behind the stage as the rock musician Roger Waters performs, to accusations by an influential anti-Israel blogger that Israel is poisoning Palestinian wells. Cary Nelson sums up the report’s conclusions and their implications, all of which give the lie to the disingenuous claim that critics of BDS are trying to brand “legitimate criticism of Israel” as anti-Semitic.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, BDS, Roger Waters, Social media