In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
On August 4, a Jewish Israeli opened fire on a bus of Israeli Arabs, killing four and wounding several others. The man, 19-year-old Eden Natan Zada, was apparently in the Israeli Army, but he deserted after refusing to take part in the evacuation of the Gaza strip. After deserting the Army, according to his family, Mr. Zada went to live in Tapuah, which is “one of the most militant Jewish settlements in the West Bank,” according to the New York Times.
Now, right away, Muslim groups such as CAIR condemned the attack, calling Mr. Zada a “terrorist.” That’s no surprise, I thought to myself. Yet, I was surprised to learn that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called the shooting “a reprehensible act by a bloodthirsty Jewish terrorist who sought to attack innocent Israeli citizens.” I thought he would call Mr. Zada a “crazed man,” or a “disturbed individual,” or a “brutal criminal.” I did not think he would call him a “terrorist.”
Why? Because, lately, it seems that the only terrorists worth mentioning are of the Muslim flavor. Yet, as this latest tragedy in Israel points out, terrorists come in all stripes, colors, flavors, and varieties. There do exist Jewish terrorists (Eden Zada), Christian terrorists (Eric Rudolf and Timothy McVeigh), and Muslim terrorists (Osama bin Laden).
THERE IS NO SUCH THING, however, as Jewish terrorism, or Christian terrorism, or Islamic terrorism, no matter how popular this last term is in the media today. Terrorism has no religion, no ethnicity, no nationality. Period.