Sent: 09 August 2006 12:16
Subject: Double Standards - Five Years After Sbarro
Today, 9th August, is the fifth anniversary of the attack by Hamas terrorists on the Sbarro restaurant in the heart of
They also write daily on their blog, This Ongoing War. We know many of you already read it, but you want to consider sending your friends to the site.
Here, below, is a short essay they wrote in the aftermath of the Lebanese deaths in Qana. It was published ten days ago and is online at http://thisongoingwar.blogspot.com/2006/07/30-jul-06-double-standard.html
We ask all Friends of the Malki Foundation to consider three small but constructive actions:
1. A donation to Keren Malki. If you have a charge card, this can be done online here, now. Our work expands daily, and provides support to a growing number of Israeli families who have little power, great need and nowhere else to turn. Modest charity is the highest form of memorial.
2. Contact the media (radio and newspapers in particular) in your area and ask them to publicize the existence and the work of the Malki Foundation. Today, the fifth anniversary, is an excellent time to do this.
3. Pass this email along to your friends, particularly those who are unable to see the difference between the hatred harboured by Hizbollah and Hamas, and the Israeli respect and concern for life.
The Team at Keren Malki
We are saddened by the news of the innocent women and children killed killed today in Qana.
We know first hand the pain that the death of a child inflicts on the entire family. Five years after our precious daughter was murdered, the grief is raw.
We are certain that some of those who have expressed their sorrow today over the Lebanese deaths did so out of genuine compassion for the victims.
However, let's be brutally honest. Many of those who claim to be outraged and distressed today over the unnecessary loss of life are thrilled at the opportunity to join in the bash-Israel free-for-all.
When the innocent women and children are Israelis, the reactions heard 'round the world are few, tempered and carefully "balanced" so that they include rebuke of the victim,
A case in point is the suicide bombing of August 9, 2001, where our Malki died.
On that day, fifteen innocent people - most of them children - were murdered. A sixteenth person, a young mother, remains unconscious until today. More than 130 people, most of them women and children, were mutilated and maimed but survived.
On that day, Kofi Anan could not even trouble himself to face any journalists. His spokesman was sent to read his statement that he deplores not only the act in question but "all acts of terror" - code words, as we know, for acts by Israel against terror organizations.
On that day, the Belgian EU Presidency unreservedly condemned the bombing and abhorred the cowardly act which" mainly claimed the lives of innocent civilians." Of course, every last one of the Israeli victims was innocent. But apparently the EU head found that a bit hard to digest. Presumably he was bemoaning the loss of the life of the murderer himself.
On that day, Marwan Barghouti, the Palestinian "hero", and now
"Attacks like today's are "the only way to end the occupation of Palestinian territories. This is a decision that the whole Palestinian people agree upon."
On that day, the Pope said nothing.
On that day, the Security Council of the United Nations did not convene.
The massacre at the Sbarro restaurant did not take place in a building adjacent to rocket launchers or in the vicinity of any other weapons of war. There were no militants and no soldiers in the targeted building.
And there was certainly no warning issued to the customers to vacate the building in advance of the attack.
In that massacre, one entire family was decimated. Mother, father and three of seven children perished.
In that attack, an American couple's only child, pregnant with their first grandchild-to-be, perished.
Does anyone still believe there is one standard for both sides of this conflict?
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