Sunday, October 09, 2016

We Do Not Speak Their Name! Why Can't The Media Identify Terrorists As Palestinians?

In the media coverage of Sunday's Palestinian terrorist attack, we are reminded yet again that the Palestinians are They Who Must Not Be Named:

But its not only the media that cannot bring themselves to identify who murdered a 60 year old woman and a police officer who was recently married.

The EU condemned what happened, but other than identifying that it happened in Jerusalem, they could not bring themselves to say that it was not just a terrorist attack, but a Palestinian terrorist attack.

Even Dan Shapiro, the US Ambassador to Israel, could not tell you who the terrorist was -- in fact, unlike in the other tweets above, Shapiro did not even make it clear that the attack happened in Jerusalem.

Also, like The Independent, Shapiro refers to the victims of the terrorist as being "killed" instead of being "murdered". The word "kill" is generic and just refers to causing a death. On the other hand, Wikipedia defines "murder" as "the unlawful killing of another human being without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought." But to be fair, the media doesn't refer to terrorism in general as murder either. Is it because of the value judgement implicit in the word?

What are they afraid of?

Now, we know that back during the 1970's Switzerland 'made secret deal with PLO' after bomb attacks, but surely these days the general whitewashing of Palestinian terrorist attacks by the media, Europe and even the United States is not because of fear.

And the same ones who are so squeamish about mentioning Palestinians when they carry out acts of terrorism, have no trouble mentioning Palestinians in their equally strong condemnation of Israel for the act of building houses.

Maybe the problem is not so much an issue of how they feel about the Palestinian Arabs than of how they feel about Israel, whom many seem to think should just roll over and give the Arabs whatever they want -- as if that will solve most (if not all) of the world's problems.

In Harry Potter and The Sorceror's Stone, Dumbledore advises: “Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.”

Even assuming that it is not fear preventing the identification of the terrorists as Palestinians, the failure to use the proper name for Palestinian terrorism only increases the acceptance of Palestinian -- and by extension -- other forms of Islamist terrorism as well.

Dumbledore - A word to the wise

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