Saturday, October 31, 2009

The shape of things to come?

Monkey in the Middle asks that question, and relates an incident which demonstrates what most of us have been aware of for a while:

The Shape Of Things To Come?

I shouldn't be surprised or even outraged when I hear a report like this one:
Los Angeles police say two Jewish men in their 30s were shot in the legs as they were about to enter a synagogue in the North Hollywood section of Los Angeles Thursday morning. A man described as an African-American with a handgun entered the Adat Yeshurun Valley Sephardic synagogue at about 6:20 a.m. Thursday and opened fire. The victims were taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Police are investigating the shooting as a hate crime. The Los Angeles Times says police arrested a man near the synagogue, but the sources say they don't believe he was the gunman.

The newspaper adds that police officials have alerted other synagogues around Los Angeles about the shooting, and police have stepped up patrols at Jewish religious institutions. Detectives are trying to determine if the gunman acted alone or as part of a larger group.

According to the Associated Press, the wounded people had just pulled into the synagogue parking structure for morning services. Investigators said no words were exchanged between the shooter and his victims.

Minister of Information and Diaspora Yuli Edelstein called the event “grave and shocking.”

The attack “reminds us that anti-Semitism is alive and kicking and has no hesitation in terrorizing the Jewish people's holy of holies...."
Monkey in the Middle ends with this statement:

After all, it is acceptable now to kill the Jews. [emphasis mine]

There is more on this cowardly attack, and you can read it here. I emphasised the word 'now' because it seems to me it has always been acceptable to kill Jews. The daily evidence tells us that this will not change any time soon until - and unless - we all stand up and say "No more."

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