The guest opinion piece in Sunday’s Enterprise by Susan Abulhawa is a wonderful example of the use of journalistic free speech regardless of the accuracy in the publication.
My wife and I just returned from Israel. We were there when the Israeli teens were kidnapped and when their bodies were found. The Palestinians cheered the deaths of the three teens while the Israeli public mourned their deaths. When the Palestinian youth was killed, most Israelis were sickened and shocked by the death.
Those who killed the Israeli youth are still at large. Within days of the Arab boys’ death, the Israeli authorities caught the perpetrators. They will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
While the Palestinians immediately rioted, most Israelis asked how such a brutal crime could be committed and how could such crimes be eliminated from their culture.
Hamas continues to aim missiles at Israeli civilians; the Israeli military does everything in its power to protect Israeli citizens while doing minimum harm to Gazans. Israel continues to provide power, water, food, and medical supplies to the people of Gaza while Hamas continues to use the civilian population as human shields. There is no hypocrisy here.
Most of us Westerners support Israel because it is a democracy that supports and protects its citizens despite the lies, half-truths and distortions that are regularly published by its detractors.