In the wake of the horrifying murder of 16-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir, apparently by Jewish extremists out to avenge the murders of the three Israeli teenagers, I have seen comments by Israelis who, while having at least the grace to condemn the murder itself, are quick to point out that in this latter case, there was “only” one victim, so that the “Palestinians” still lead 3 to 1, and, in any case, they add, what about Shelly Dadon (a 19-year-old Jewish Israeli woman murdered earlier this year by an Arab taxi driver, for “nationalistic” reasons), or the Fogel family (father, mother and three children – the youngest only 3 months old – butchered in their own home by “Palestinian” terrorists from a nearby village), or the 21 people killed and 120 injured in the suicide bombing by a Hamas-linked terrorist at the Dolphinarium Discotheque in Tel Aviv, or the 15 dead and 130 injured as a result of the suicide bombing at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, including 15-year-old Malki Roth, 16-year-old Michal Raziel, 8-year-old Tamara Shimashvili, 10-year-old Yocheved Shoshan, 18-year-old Tehila Maoz, and three children of the Schijveschuurder family – 14-year-old Raaya, 4-year-old Avraham Yitzhak and 2-year-old Hemda, who were murdered along with their parents. Everybody is talking about the murder of Muhammed Abu-Khdeir, they say, and it seems to have knocked the murder of our own three boys out of the public consciousness.
I was actually sent a WhatsApp message to that effect with a request to share it with as many people as possible. I did not do so.
The many, brutal murders carried out by Arab terrorists against Israelis do not justify the bestial murder of Muhammed Abu-Khdeir.
Nor does the bestial murder of Muhammed Abu-Khdeir justify consigning to oblivion the hundreds of Israeli victims of Arab terrorism.
So perhaps we should stop keeping score.