Friday, August 05, 2005

Israel Shows How To Condemn Terrorism

From the Jerusalem Post, via LGF:

In what police are calling an incident of Jewish terrorism, a Jewish man dressed in IDF uniform opened fire on a bus in the northern town of Shfaram Thursday evening, killing at least 4 people and wounding nearly a dozen more.

The shooter, Eden Tzuberi, 19, was also killed when he was assaulted by a mob of furious bystanders and witnesses. A crowd of thousands gathered around the site of the attack and surrounded the bus, where the attacker’s body still lay until police removed it nearly five hours after the incident.

During the rescue of the body, several policemen were wounded moderately to lightly from objects thrown at them by Shfaram residents.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon issued a statement calling the attack “a criminal act of a bloodthirsty terrorist targeting innocent Israeli civilians.” He said that he instructed security officials to make the investigation of the incident a top priority.

“This terrorist incident is a purposeful attempt to harm relations between Israeli citizens,” Sharon said. “Terror of one citizen against others is the greatest danger to the future of Israel as a democracy. All of Israel, without regard to religion, race, or gender condemns this attack. The Israeli government is determined to defend its citizens of every sector.”

It turns out this Israeli terrorist was an AWOL member of the Israeli military. However, the Israeli government has made it clear that he will receive no honored military burial:

Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz decided to prevent Eden Natan Zada (also known as Eden Tzuberi) from being buried in any military cemetery, saying he is "not worthy of being buried next to fallen soldiers."

The security establishment was debating where to bury Zada on Friday afternoon.

The shooter in Thursday's deadly attack in Shfaram, Cpl. Zada, had been listed as AWOL since mid-June. He was to be buried in the military section of Rishon Lezion's cemetery on Friday.
Zada's family was given the option of holding such a funeral, or a regular civilian one, and opted for the low-key military burial.

Bereaved families of soldiers buried in the military section of the Rishon Lezion cemetery expressed vehement opposition to the planned burial.

However, the mayor of Rishon Lezion on Friday afternoon announced that the city would not permit Zada to be buried in its cemetery, even in a civilian ceremony.

A statement issued by the Tapuah settlement, where Zada had spent much of his time recently, said "there is no reason to bury someone who is not a resident" in the settlement, thereby preempting any attempts to bury Zada there.

After consultations with Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh, the settler leadership decided not to allow Zada to be buried in Tapuah.

Unconfirmed reports stated that Zada would be buried in the Kirya Arba cemetery.
Zada's father, Yitzchak Natan Zada, responded angrily to the security establishment. He said that in any case, his son would be buried on Friday.

You've got to feel for the father, because it is hard to lose a child no matter what, but this is how a terrorist should be treated.

Compare and contrast the treatment this Jewish terrorist is receiving from Israelis, with the treatment Palestinian terrorist receive. Palestinian terrorists are honored as Shaheed (Martyrs for God), there are schools named after them, martyr trading cards for children, posters hung around the city, and their families are rewarded with huge payouts.

Which society would you rather live in? Which society would you rather have continue on into the future?