Written just after the announcement of the discovery, in the forests of Jerusalem, of the body of murdered 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir from Shuafat,
At this time, we do not know the perpetrators or reasons for the killing of a 16 year old Arab boy, discovered in the early hours of this morning in the Jerusalem Forest.
And you know what?
It doesn't matter.
The pain we feel here for the murder of the three kidnapped teens, for Eyyal, Gilaad and Naftali, CANNOT be channeled into acts of "Nekama" or vengeance.
Last night, I wandered through downtown. I saw a procession of far right extremists chanting "Death to Arabs," looking for Arabs to harass and harm.
This is not the Jewish way.
We cannot stand idly by.
We must demand quick action from our Government to protect all citizens.
It does NOT matter if, in the end, the Arab teen was murdered by other arabs due to internal family tensions or by Jews.
If this was a family problem, we are still left with "ours" walking through downtown Jerusalem, chanting hatred and looking for innocents to harm.
If this was done by "ours," we have serious cheshbon nefesh, soul searching, to do. When we are done with out accounting, we must then act as a nation to uproot this hatred. Punishment for "our" perpetrators, when found and tried, must be ma'asar olam - life sentences - and sealing of homes. Homes here can't be destroyed because almost all live in multi-family apartments. But families can be locked out permanently
Those who know me know I am a pragmatist, a realist, and center just slightly right on security issues. They also know that I am center, slightly left, when it comes to questions of civil rights.
But this is not an issue of left or right, religious or secular.
This is a matter of the soul of our country.
Praying this is a quiet Shabbat, one of comfort for the families of Eyyal, Gilaad and Naftali and for the family of Muhammad.
Praying there is quiet in Sderot and the communities in range of the Hamas missiles.
Praying we witness Peace, Shalom, soon and in our day.
העשה שלום במרומיו הוא יעשה שלום עלינו ועל כל עם ישראל
May the One who makes Peace in the Heavens make Peace for all Israel...
ועל כל יושבי תבל
And for all humanity.