Saturday, April 29, 2006

I can't believe this. I struggle to understand what would motivate such hatred and bigotry, to attack a car full of children returning home from school. There is so much important, healing work to be done in the world, especially in the West Bank, how do people even arrive at the point of throwing eggs and stones at children? Is it the idolatry of land, of property, which precipitates such degeneration? I don't know, but I am glad that in the end the children had the protection they needed to arrive home safely.

The Save Darfur Rally is tomorrow, and oh I wish I could be there. I wish I could go and cry there and pray there. While some might argue that our outcry could have little effect, I counter that our silence itself is a violence that must be ended with our outcry. We, Yisrael, did not begin to leave Egypt until we cried out (Shmot 2:23-2:24). Thus, the first step toward our liberation was--is--in our voices. May our voices be strong tomorrow, wherever we are, and may the words of our mouths inspire the work of our hands and feet.


At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Jerry Ison said...

Kinda put a little spin on this one did ya?
The children were never attcked. The demonstrators threw items at the ARMORED CAR escorting the bus.
If you are going to be outraged at something, I sugesst you first find out what is really the object of your outrage. It's called getting the facts. So many of you amateur "journalists" are ready to jump on any cause d'jour and rarely delve into reality if it clouds your agenda.

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Ari said...

Dear Mr. Ison,
Thank you for reading and for your comment. The headline at haaretz reads, "Settlers attack IDF jeep driving Palestinian children from school." Regardless of what part of the convoy was the direct object of the eggs and stones, I think the point stands. Also, I do not claim for my blog to be journalism--it consists mainly of my informal reactions to what I experience and read.
If you can explain to me what would motivate anyone to throw stones and eggs at this convoy, I would love to understand better the situation, the motivations and perspectives of all parties involved and I welcome your comments. I think it is only when we strive to understand and love each other--especially when we disagree--that we can heal such situations.
many blessings from Mali,
Ari Johnson

At 5:45 PM, Blogger Ari said...

Dear Mr. Ison,
This is the part of the Haaretz article that called my attention and concern. Perhaps you can shed some light on the context, so I can bettere understand.
"On Saturday afternoon, IDF soldiers drove five children home for fear of their being attacked. Next to Maon's chicken coops, dozens of settler adults and youth ambushed the armored vehicle, surrounding it and pounding it with stones and eggs."


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