“You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.” (Exodus 23:1)
The world leaders who have gathered on Monday for a crucial climate conference in Paris held a moment of silence in honor of people killed in recent attacks around the globe. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared the moment of silence as he launched the two weeks of talks aimed at a long-term deal to slow down global warming.
The Secretary General said: “I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all recent victims of terrorism. No cause or grievance can justify the violence we have seen in recent days and weeks, here in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, Tunis, Bamako, and elsewhere.”
Israelis watching the video now know where they are on the Secretary General’s list of priority terror victims: elsewhere.
Two weeks ago, as a service to its media subscribers following the attacks in Paris, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) released a condensed list of large scale attacks by radical Islamist groups since the attack on the twin towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC, in 2001. The readers are invited to guess which frequent target of Islamist terrorist attacks, large and small scale and all the scales in between—was not included in the AFP list?
These omissions are thought provoking. Did Ban Ki-moon and AFP ignore the area where terrorism has been running rampant for decades because the issue is too complicated in their minds, certain to raise objections from members/subscribers who believe the attacks in, say, Jerusalem, are not included in the Secretary Generals eloquent, “No cause or grievance can justify the violence” line? Is terrorism justified when it comes to the Jewish residents of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Be’er Sheva?
Something to ponder.