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Wednesday, October 25, 2023 

Those who tear down posters of innocent victims of sadism should be ostracized

Seth Mandel discusses the sad case of people in the USA and the UK who've been tearing down posters of Israeli victims of the Hamas terror attack on October 7:
There are two kinds of videos going around that show the extent of the worldwide attempt to dehumanize the Jewish people. The first is the tranche of sadistic Hamas recordings from the terrorists’ October 7 rampage, some of which were released by the group itself, streamed to victims’ own social-media accounts, and now being shown to horrified journalists by the Israeli government. The second is obviously tame by comparison—but only by comparison. These videos show Americans and Brits tearing down posters featuring the names and faces of the missing Israelis held by Hamas in Gaza.

You can learn a lot about the poster vandals’ motivations by simply asking them why their first instinct upon encountering the picture of a missing Jewish child is to destroy it. The fact that they keep responding, on video when they are confronted, fills in part of the picture: They were given no reason by their respective societies to believe there would be consequences for their actions.

Yet in at least one case, there were consequences. Miami dentist Ahmed ElKoussa was fired after he was filmed destroying the fliers. In the grand tradition of playing the victim, ElKoussa and his attorney, Hassan Shibly, have asserted that these consequences vindicated ElKoussa’s vandalism. “For his employer to rush to unquestioning judgment based merely on a random website’s uninformed and wildly speculative word on what is in Dr. ElKoussa’s heart over his is both outrageous and demeaning. It is indicative of the atmosphere of hysteria we are in,” Shibly said.
The excuses made are truly repulsive. The real reason this monster, and more discussed further in the article, chose to do that was because they don't anybody sensible to know what sadism truly is.

While the above is definitely more repulsive, it reminded me of a most angering example set by ultra-Orthodox who tore down harmless advertisements featuring women in years gone by, all because photographs of women are supposedly corrupting (or as they absurdly claim, "immodest"). And there was a case of 3 IDF soldiers murdered a number of months ago by an Egyptian infiltrator, including a lady soldier named Lia ben-Nun, and the Haredi press refused to publish her photo, if they even mentioned her at all. That too was most despicable, and should be condemned foremost by Orthodox Judaist adherents.

The reason I decided to bring that up is because, while I haven't noticed any news of this sort so far, if deranged ultra-Orthodox residents came within even miles of ripping down posters featuring the faces of female victims of the Hamas bloodbath on October 7, any Haredis who do dare to desecrate the memory of God's creations have done something just as evil as the non-Jewish antisemites who tore down posters in the USA and Britain. Presumably, most Haredi extremists at the moment are wisely avoiding any such rancid behavior. But if any dare to stoop that low, there is no excusing such acts, which are equally dehumanizing to the biggest victims of the evil the Hamas visited on October 7. It could also make it difficult to combat antisemitism, if anti-Israeli bigots notice what ultra-Orthodox socialists are doing and use that as justification for their own abominable behavior. That's why all concerned will have to make it clear Haredis cannot continue with this embarrassing form of censorship anymore.

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