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May 28, 2016 / 20 Iyar, 5776

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Wisdom that Comes from the Young…

Three years ago, young Tamar Fogel discovered that Palestinian terrorists had murdered her mother, father, and two brothers.

Three years ago, young Tamar Fogel discovered that Palestinian terrorists had murdered her mother, father, and two brothers.
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Elie said something to me the other day and the meaning of his words are only hitting me now. As a woman, I am very sensitive to comparing rape to…well, virtually anything. I know some women who have been raped and I have seen the long term effects it has had on their lives.

Rape is something I can’t imagine – the feel of it, the terror involved, the lasting need to understand how one human could violate the essence of a person with complete disregard.

I am also very hesitant to sanction anyone using the Holocaust as a comparison to…well, virtually anything. It cheapens, lessens, damages.

And yet, Elie said something the other day that continues to reverberate in my head. He, like most of us here in Israel, are trying to understand the logic of Israel agreeing to release murderers and terrorists in exchange for…well…best we can figure it…the honor of having the Palestinians walk into the same room as us.

The idea that releasing terrorists to promote peace is absurd…but perhaps Elie said it best of all with this comparison, “releasing terrorists convicted of murder in order to bring peace is equivalent to releasing rapists to promote gender equality.”

No, he wasn’t denigrating the damage that rape does; he wasn’t cheapening it. The idea of releasing rapists to promote gender equality would have men and women around the world screaming at the stupidity, the absurdity. A rapist who uses and abuses a woman in this way has nothing to do with gender equality; the idea of releasing the epitome of death and war has nothing to do with promoting peace.

Three years ago, young Tamar Fogel went out on a Friday night to meet with her friends. She was a typical 12 year old…until that night. When she returned home, she found that Palestinian terrorists had murdered her mother and father, stabbed her 3 year old brother in the heart, killed her 10 year old brother as well. And, in a crime that defies every ounce of humanity, they had slit the throat of her three month old baby sister.

All this Tamar saw; all this she has lived with. Three years ago, trying to be brave, she explained to people that now she had to be a mother to her two surviving younger brothers.

This week, she stood outside the Prime Minister’s house and protested the latest release of terrorists and killers. It is a strange world indeed, when stupidity comes from our leaders and wisdom comes from our children.

Releasing terrorists in the name of peace is as horrific, as incomprehensible, as absolutely moronic…as releasing rapists to promote gender equality.

How sad; how true…

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Paula Stern

About the Author: Paula R. Stern is CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company in Israel. Her personal blog, A Soldier's Mother, has been running for more than 5 years. She lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and children, a dog, too many birds, and a desire to write.


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10 Responses to “Wisdom that Comes from the Young…”

  1. It's madness. What Bib is allowing is total madness. Unfortunately, these blogs seem to be appearing in print more and more. It's sad when such simple truths need to be written. Where has the world gone.

  2. La vara de iherro del Señor Dios va a tomar venganza.

  3. tamar's murdered family members were: mother, father, 2 brothers and 1 sister. don't forget the sister, it would be fitting to fix this detail

  4. Mark L. Shane says:

    how can this sick nation continue it's psychosis much longer? Have men no souls?Hearts? Letting rabid dogs loose from their kennels is safer than what this nation does to it's citizens who must mean nothing to them. End this talk of aliyah when the government refuses to support it's JEWISH population. A disgrace. Who are these Jewish leaders (exec,judic,and legis) from hell to spill our blood? To hell with them

  5. Jody Werner Parente says:

    The sentence that follows the murder of her brother mentions the horror of the murder of her sister.

  6. Hadara Sacher-Zemel says:

    Read again. Hadas is in the count.

  7. Well said. Sometimes our children really are smarter…

  8. Chana Leviov says:

    very sad

  9. Our leaders are sick people. There is no justification, no justice – something we cry for and there is no one to give it. Only HKBH. Only G-d can bring justice to this world that has turned justice on its head.

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