After the raid in Jenin, there was a reaction from Gaza. Immediately, Israel sent in the airforce with its normal venom and brute force. More Palestinians were killed, more destruction of property, and more disruption of life.
That was followed yesterday by an attack on a synagogue outside Jerusalem which resulted in eight Israelis killed. Netanyahu said that he will react to this act of terrorism after the Sabbath is over. From past records, we can all guess what his reaction will be.
I am against this kind of retaliation, no matter what the provocation was. Civilian lives, especially in a place of worship, should be spared and protected. We should not stoop to the level of the IDF and Zionists politicians who vie for our blood and celebrate with glee when it’s spilled. This is but one example of what I am saying.
Almog Cohen, a member of the Israeli parliament and “Jewish Power” party, celebrated the massacre yesterday, tweeting: “Nice and professional work by the fighters in Jenin. Keep killing them.” This kind of open call for genocide against the Palestinians is not new. Israeli citizens often demand it.
I am very angry and disgusted by what I see, hear, and read from pro-Israeli activists and politicians. But, I’ll never allow them to drag me down to their level of inhumanity and depravity. After all, I am a Palestinian looking for justice, not revenge.
Jafar M Ramini is a Palestinian writer and political analyst. He was born in Jenin in 1943 and was five years old when he and his family had to flee the terror of the Urgun and Stern gangs. Justice for the people of Palestine is a life-long commitment.