PA Commemorates Perpetrators Of Stabbing Attacks

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  1. Violence is celebrated in male-dominated cultures (I’m thinking specifically of law enforcement and sports). Someone should teach them how to use words instead of violence.

  2. Just another way of churning up more mutual antagonism.

    • Not sure what you’re trying to say here. Could you please explain?

      • Yes. By creating a statue of the boy the PA are only encouraging more violent attacks by similar young Palestinians. The monument with the “Map of Palestine” showing the obliteration of Israel will only make those who look for a peaceful solution more despondent and negative.

        • Thank you. Yes, this is a large part of the problem. But glorifying “martyrs” by naming streets after them, naming the girls’ soccer stadium after the woman who masterminded the Sbarro bombing that killed almost all the families and teenagers who were out eating pizza (and the woman who masterminded this just got out of prison and is back on TV saying she’s glad she did it and would do it again), glorifying acts of genocidal intent fans the flames. The organization MEMRI is dedicated to translating the Arabic media, so that we can understand the mindset of a culture very unlike ours. I guess at the very least it brings home the unfortunate truths of the world in which we struggle for survival as a people and a nation, flanked by more than 25 Muslim nations who would prefer that we disappear…But we’re not going to.

  3. There have been several instances of police brutality lately. I keep trying to tell my children and whoever else will listen, that although brutality is NEVER warranted, the times have a lot to do with some of it.
    I remember as a girl and a young woman, police officers were the people you turned to for help. They were always there. If a man was pulled over, he got out of the car and shook the officers’ hand.
    Now, it an officer pulls somebody over, he may very well get shot. It’s no wonder to me that they are “trigger-happy.”
    Understand, my son has been “roughed up” by officers just because he looked like a punk kid and I was furious.
    I found that if I was in my EMS uniform, officers were just as polite as they could be and we worked oftentimes, in tandem.
    I can also attest to .being treated like a criminal when asking an officer for directions (I was not in uniform) and he immediately put his hand on his weapon…and I’m a little old lady.
    I do believe that at any given time, a police officer would take a bullet for anybody. They are indeed here to protect and serve…but look at the world they’re trying to protect and serve.
    It’s a world of brutality and skepticism.
    Athletes have no excuse for acting like animals bur who knows what’s really going on?
    Using words would be wonderful but we all know that isn’t going to happen.

  4. If an officer pulls somebody over, he’s likely to get shot? I don’t think the statistics support that theory. In fact, a recent article on the Huffington Post said it was the safest year for law enforcement ever. And the world they are trying to “protect and serve” is also safer than it has ever been. If the police didn’t see citizens as the enemy, maybe things would be different.

    I live in Albuquerque, and this is our reality:

  5. Wow, our two countries are like night and day, huh? This is all a part of the drug war and the results of 9/11 in our country; and, of course, our love of guns. And it appears that Australia has a better mental health care system, too. Can you imagine how worse it will get if a Republican becomes president next year? Sure wish I could move to Australia… I love kangaroos. 🙂

  6. This constant glorification of and justification for the use of violence will ultimately kill us all.

    How can we possibly find our way when we turn our children and our futures over to the prerogatives of property and the ‘idea’ that we need to own lumps of metal designed to kill from a distance.

    OH yeah and Happy New Years dag nabbit! 🙂

    • It’s true…Margaret Mead wrote extensively on her fieldwork in pre-Westernized Papua New Guinea, during which she studied three tribes. One was peaceful, androgynous, treasured their children. One was violent, practiced ritualized sexual abuse of their male children and only visited their wives in order to make more children; and the third were head hunting cannibals. She theorized that nurture, not nature, was the cause of these shockingly different cultural values in tribes located within a tiny piece of the world’s geography.

      The Old Testament describes something very similar. The Holy Land, when the Twelve Tribes (well, 10 1/2 but that’s another story) entered, was absolutely packed with tribes: Amorites, Amalekites, Jebusites, Hitites, etc etc and each had its own cultural character. The Plishtim, who came from a place called Pleshet which is thought to be Phoenicia, settled in the parts of the Holy Land that are now called the West Bank and Gaza. Those people were warlike and constantly raiding, but due to a combination of war, miracles, and finally cooperation, by the time of King David’s mid-reign they had integrated into the Kingdom, while still maintaining their cultural identity. Thus Mead’s theory holds in this case.

      Although there may be remnants of the original Plishtim among the “Palestinians,” it needs to be understood that the word “Palestine” was assigned to The Land by the Romans, and has nothing to do with who lives in that piece of real estate. For thousands of years the place was full of various tribes jostling for power. When people fought with spears and such, life was dangerous, but once the Romans brought engines of war and siege, there was no turning back. Now we are stuck in this pattern. In America things look so much safer, but this is clearly not so. Just ask your **friendly** neighborhood cop…er…don’t. But Happy New Year anyway🍹🍬🌞🚀 Love you!

      • Love you too, Laura… I love the fact that you give your arguments the context of history and your understanding of Judaism is that of a scholar….It’s not too late for you to become a Rabbi ya know….:)

        • Thanks, Rob. I have thought about the rabbi thing. I love the stories, the moral integrity, and I love to provide people with a context for understanding current situations from an historical context, rather than a purely political one. My master’s degree is in symbolic anthropology, and this colors my perceptions.

          The reason I have not pursued rabbinical studies is that I find myself more and more agnostic, and less and less observant. I would feel hypocritical leading a congregation or even teaching, if I really don’t believe in the type of deity that is so central to Jewish practice. On the other hand, I do believe that miracles happen all the time, whether we perceive them or not. So at this point I’m just holding where I’m holding, getting comfortable after years of feeling like I was pounding on the doors of heaven and getting nowhere.

  7. Laura I know there’s always a pill to swallow that for some reason we can’t
    Or a reason to get on a soap box and yell
    I can see the trees in the forest
    But for all its green it still smells
    “F”in years to you
    And I hope your van as well
    The Sheldon Perspective

  8. It’s not much fun being alive at this time is it? I was very disappointed when David Cameron et al decided that we should try to bomb ISIS back to the middle ages. Firstly, it won’t work. Secondly, we’re British. We solve problems by putting the kettle on and sitting down with a nice cup of tea. I think that the nice-cup-of-tea solution will vastly improve world relations. Pity I personally am not in a position where I can ensure it can be implemented!!

    • If you can convince all the radicals in the world to put the kettle on the hob and have a nice hot cup of tea, you will take a Nobel Peace Prize.

      I once had a nice hot cup of tea with an Arab merchant, sitting in his shop on top of piles of precious rugs. We were talking about acupuncture. He wanted me to come to his home and treat his grandmother. Did I tell you that this was a few hundred metres from Yaffo Gate in the Old City in Jerusalem?

      I really wanted to treat his grandmother, but they live in a part of the Old City where I have already been attacked, and if there had not been an armed security guard right nearby I could have been killed. So I didn’t go, and I thought it a pity because here was a way to make peace one family at a time. I really think that’s what it takes to make peace: a willingness to engage with the “other” as fellow people, not just as a categorical enemy. Make sense?


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