Today, we’re going to try to find out the answer to that question.
On the 12th of this month, three Israeli teens hitchhiking back home disappearing, touching off a massive manhunt by the Israeli government that has to date resulted in the arrest of nearly 350 Palestinians and the fatal shooting of three.
Now you might be thinking “Gordon, you clarion bugle of the downtrodden, isn’t that ****ed up beyond all reason? That sounds like a math problem from a demonic algebra class.”
Yes, readers- yes it is. Nearly 350 people have been arrested on “suspicion” of involvement in the disappearance of these three boys.
Not counting the dead.
Just to drive home how psychotic this is, let’s mix things up a bit and show the same scenario with the roles mixed around:
On the 12th of this month, three teens hitchhiking back home disappeared, touching off a massive manhunt by this government which has resulted in the arrest of nearly 350 Jews and the fatal shooting of three.
Now you’d probably be reeling if you saw that in the news- staggered trying to comprehend how on earth any government could be so transparently and wantonly racist. Chances are you’d think you’d have time-traveled to Nazi Germany, but nope- just modern day Israel.
Again, just sit back and really try to take in how horrific it is. Three teens go missing and the immediate assumption is not that there’s some horrible mix up, or some random crazy guy out there- no, it must be folks from a certain ethnic group. Obviously it must be them.
I mean, this’d make To Kill A Mockingbird look calm and measured by comparison.
What kind of Klu-Klux-Klansy, ethnocentric monsters would respond like this? Heck, when Michael Dunn shot and killed Jordan Davis at a gas station for playing music “too loud”, the government didn’t start shooting and arresting hundreds of random white people. Even if these kids had been kidnapped by a Palestinian or Palestinians, how on earth is this en-masse imprisonment and murder of innocent bystanders even remotely justified? Make no mistake, readers, you’ve got a front-row seat to the collective punishment of thousands for having been born the wrong race.
Or at least, you would if any major news outlet in this country would actually cover the story. CNN, FOX, NBC- not a peep about it. Oh, they’ll be able to speculate about Alec Baldwin’s wife’s yoga clothing, but a massive human rights violation? Nah- that’s not news.
But readers, I set forth a math problem up above and I intend to answer it. In the eyes of Israel, how many Palestinians are worth one Israeli? Well, it’s a simply matter of division, and it comes down to 113 in prison and 1 dead per missing Israeli. Which is a step up from 2006, in which the number of Israeli to Lebanese civilian casualties stood at a rate of 1 to 27.
“But Gordon, you incandescent herald of a new and better age, isn’t that absurd? Hath not a Palestinian eyes? Hath not a Palestinian hands? Organs? Dimensions? Senses? Affections? Passions?
Fed with the same food? Hurt with the same weapons? Subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as an Israeli is? How is the life of one person more valuable than the lives of a hundred upon the basis of his religion or race?”
It beats the **** out of me.