Wednesday, February 05, 2014

5-Feb-14: Behind careless throw-away statements of politicians, the overlooked humans and their actual lives

The Borowski family before Evyatar's murder
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Over at The Washington Free Beacon, Senior Writer Adam Kredo has a fine article today that takes up where we left off a few days ago [see our earlier piece: "2-Feb-14: Reflecting on a momentary slip by the Secretary of State"]. It's entitled "Israeli Widow Blasts ‘Insensitive’ Kerry Claim | Kerry claim that no Israelis killed by terror shocks widow". 

We wish the moving words of Tsofia Borovsky, the young Israeli widow whom he interviews, would get the widest coverage. Some extracts:
During a controversial speech over the weekend in Germany, [Secretary of State John] Kerry threatened Israel with economic boycotts and claimed that the Jewish state is enjoying a respite from Palestinian terrorism. “There’s a momentary prosperity, there’s a momentary peace,” Kerry said. “Last year, not one Israeli was killed by a Palestinian from the West Bank.” However, this is untrue. At least five Israelis were murdered by West Bank Palestinians in 2013. Evyatar Borovsky is one of those victims. He was stabbed to death 10 months ago while hitchhiking in the West Bank. He left behind his wife, Tsofia, and five children. It’s a feeling of carelessness and neglecting actual Israeli needs,” Tsofia Borovsky told the Free Beacon on Tuesday when asked about Kerry’s remarks. Borovsky said that Kerry’s comments reveal an inherent insensitivity and apathy to Israel’s security needs, particularly since the murders of Evyatar and others were so greatly publicized... Kerry is “living on a planet of his own,” she said...Other Israeli victims of terrorism also lashed out at Kerry following his remarks. “It’s an important statement that sums up the scale of human loss in numeric form and baldly asserts it didn’t occur,” wrote Arnold Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malki was killed when a Palestinian terrorist bombed a Jerusalem pizza shop.“He may not realize even now he did that, and he surely won’t lose sleep over it,” Roth stated on his blog, This OngoingWar. “But it’s distressing that a Secretary of State, with the resources that come with the job, doesn’t check. What does that tell us about the humanity that he invests in such matters?Borovsky said that Israelis living in the West Bank just “want to live peacefully with whoever wants to accept us. We hope for good and better days.”
Please read and pass around the whole Adam Kredo article. It's a meaningful reminder that behind the hideous headlines and self-serving speeches of politicians... there are real people and their real lives.

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