Sunday, December 12, 2010

Salim Mansur on Israel and terrorism

Salim Mansur reviews a book on the victims of palestinian homicide bombers.

Giulio Meotti’s new book, A New Shoah, The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism, is painfully compelling and should be read widely, especially by non-Jews.

It is one of those rare books that might move even a few anti-Semites with hearts of stone, and others, to contemplate yet again how evil stalks the land so many believe to be holy.

Meotti is an Italian journalist and author who took upon himself the task of recording stories of Jewish lives lost or maimed because of the relentless terror by Arabs and Muslims since the Second World War. His book is a noble effort to save the names of Jewish victims of terror for posterity, in the same spirit as those who work at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to preserve the names of Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

More than 1,500 Israelis have died from indiscriminate violence by Palestinian suicide bombings since 2000. Israel is a small country, as Meotti reminds his readers, and the number of Israeli victims would proportionally be equal to more than 60,000 victims in the United States.

The majority of Israeli victims were not men and women in uniform. They were civilians, mostly belonging to the working class, caught unaware as they went about their daily chores.

Their lives were cut short and their families bereaved just because they were Jews.

Meotti’s recounting of Israeli lives lost to recent waves of terrorism sheds new light on the oldest bigotry that still animates the Arab-Muslim world.

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