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Watching Malala Yousafzai at the UN I Kept Wondering…


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On Friday, before the Jewish Sabbath began we had the news on, the international TV channels, and they showed Malala Yousafzai speaking at the United Nations.

Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban, Makes Appeal at U.N. In a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting education for girls in Pakistan, called on world leaders to provide “free, compulsory education” for every child. “Let us pick up our books and our pens,” Ms. Yousafzai told young leaders from 100 countries at the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York. “They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.” Ms. Yousafzai, noting that she was proud to be wearing a shawl that had once belonged to Benazir Bhutto, spoke in a calm, self-assured voice as she delivered her first major speech since she was shot on the left side of her head Oct. 9 on her way home from school in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.



All I kept thinking was that there are many survivors of Arab terror who should also be heard by the world.  What I’m writing, thinking, saying is not anything against Malala Yousafzai. I have nothing against her or what I heard her say.  I just wish that we could be as successful in promoting our suffering, so the world would show sympathy to us and not sympathize with the Arab terrorists who attack, kill and maim us Jews in Israel. Is this too much to ask?

I thought of Tamar Fogel:

Tamar Fogel, the 12-year-old girl from the Jewish settlement of Itamar who discovered the murders of her parents and three siblings when she came home last Friday night from her youth movement, speaks with Israel’s Channel 2 during her shiva for her family.

Watch this incredibly inspiring and heart-wrenching interview.



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