What’s amazing about today’s attack in Jerusalem on IDF soldiers is that the entire world is talking about as if it’s an “out-of-the-blue terror attack” against “innocent and poor soldiers.” Yet these soldiers, no matter what their role is in the IDF, are all participating in, enforcing, and maintaining an illegal occupation which dehumanizes Palestinians everyday; they are culpable in these crimes and are not innocent in any way at all. Yet no one draw these connections.
But when a Palestinian is shot dead, whether they were someone who carried out an attack or was someone simply walking down the street, no one even notices it, no matter how innocent they truly were. Even if the media talks about it, which it rarely does, they will talk about their killer – the IDF soldier – and not the victim.
This contradiction is so apparent right now with how the media is handling, for example, everyone knows about Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier who executed a wounded Palestinian laying on the floor. Meanwhile, no one knows, cares, or thinks about Abed, the Palestinian Azaria executed in cold blood. Even in our death, we’re never the focus of our own story.