B’nai B’rith International is outraged by the continued terror attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers, and condemns the deafening silence from the international community on these violent acts.
On Nov. 10 Israel Defense Forces soldier Almog Shilony was stabbed multiple times in Tel Aviv while returning to his military base. Shilony eventually died of his wounds.
Hours before, a woman was fatally stabbed and two more were injured in Alon Shvut. The attack was allegedly carried out by Maher Hamdi A-Shalmon, who was jailed from 2000 to 2005 for throwing fire bombs at Israeli troops.
These attacks come on the heels of two car-based terror attacks at Jerusalem light-rail stations.
Despite the rash of terror attacks, the international community—and the United Nations in particular—has said nothing.
“Every day Israelis are coming under attack. Every day the crowds of violent Palestinian rioters grow larger,” Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosor told reporters at the United Nations on Nov. 10. “And yet, this institution has not uttered a word to denounce attacks against Israelis. Ignoring incitement and terrorism is similar to supporting terrorism.”
Prosor is absolutely correct in his assessment. The United Nations’ silence is a continuation of the double-standard with which it treats Israel. If attacks such as these occurred in any other country with the regularity that they have occurred in Israel, the United Nations and countries around the globe would issue condemnations and offer support. With the increased focus on terrorism by the international community—especially in the Middle East—the lack of any reaction from the world body or its member states is conspicuous and wrong.
B’nai B’rith International will continue to draw attention to terrorist attacks such as the ones seen yesterday. The constant threats faced by Israel and Israelis from terrorist organizations and their followers must not be ignored.