Following a terror attack there are usually rhetoric and opinions galore. This week’s assault on a Har Nof synagogue leaving four worshipers and a policeman murdered was no exception. People can make the most extreme statements when they’re dealing with such horror and shock. To me, some of those statements made perfect sense, like the suggestion to ban all Muslims from the Temple Mount until the terror ceases. I also agree with the calls for CNN to dismiss the reporter who broke the story of the synagogue massacre with the headline, Police Shot, Killed Two Palestinians. And I fully support Rabbi Ronsky, former head rabbi of the IDF, when he states that when Jews are murdered while praying, it is important to unite and not divide.
There are other comments, though, that leave me troubled. Right after the butchery a witness on the street spoke to a reporter. He was quoted as saying, "This is a yeshiva community. Ninety percent don't serve in the army. We're not violent," I have no idea if he was misquoted or if his words were taken out of context. However, the implications of his words are an anathema to me.