Arnon Grunberg



On blood – Nir Hasson in Haaretz:

‘The cycle of bloodshed has never been more tangible than over the weekend. One can pick up the thread and follow how one killing leads to another, how blood follows blood. The moves the government is planning are a foolproof recipe for a continuation of the violence.
The latest cycle began 25 years ago. On May 13, 1998, Khairi Alkam, a 51-year-old construction worker, left the prayer service at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and headed to work in West Jerusalem. He was attacked with a knife and killed on Shmuel Hanavi Street.
This was part of a series of attacks on Palestinians in the Jerusalem of those days. The murderers etched a Star of David on the body of one of the victims. President Ezer Weizman visited the victim’s home and condemned the attack.’


‘Twelve years after the murder, the Shin Bet made an arrest, widely covered by the media, of a Kahanist activist who was an associate of Itamar Ben-Gvir. He was suspected of carrying out a string of murders, but was eventually released without being charged.’


‘Demolishing a dead terrorist’s house is an outrageous action, both morally and legally, as it is clearly a case of punishing the innocent. The Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet believe this deters the next attack (even though some members of the defense establishment believe otherwise). The High Court of Justice, now the focus of the judicial coup that is being attempted, has held deliberations on each of dozens of cases of such demolitions, approving 99 percent of them.’ (…)

‘Ali's and Alkam's families are related by blood. One of Alkam's relatives told Haaretz on Saturday that Ali’s death was what drove Khairi Alkam, 21, the grandson of the man murdered 25 years ago, to carry out his shooting attack in Jerusalem that day. According to Al Jazeera, Alkam’s last post on his Facebook page before he headed out on his attack was a eulogy for Ali. He then took a gun and murdered seven Jews who were coming from their Shabbat dinner or on their way to a Torah lesson.
At the scene of Friday’s attack, as the emergency response team was cleaning the bloodstains, we learned of the death of another youth, Wadi Abu Ramouz, 16 and a half, from Silwan. Abu Ramouz was shot on Thursday night by police officers during clashes with Palestinian youth in Silwan.
The clashes erupted in response to the death of nine Palestinians in a military operation in the Jenin refugee camp. Abu Ramouz’ body has still not been released to his family. Meanwhile, on Saturday morning, 13-year-old Mahmoud Aliwat left his house armed with a handgun, in search of Jews. Two Jews, a father and son who were returning from prayer, were shot and seriously wounded. The cycle continues.
Recognizing this cycle of bloodshed and understanding its dynamics does not mean sympathizing with or justifying the violence. But if we’ve learned anything from countless similar cycles in the past, it's that there is no better fuel for this conflagration than blood.’

Read the article here.

House demolition is not a deterrent and even if was one, it’s immoral.
Sippenhaft doesn’t belong state in a state under the rule of law, more or less.

As Hasson writes, the cycle continues, with apparent less hesitancy than before.

One of the great inventions of Christianity was that the cycle of bloodshed could be interrupted. In reality for many Christians this was only theory.

But in the Middle East the endless cycle of bloodshed is being worshipped as a panacea by far too many.

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