Monthly Archives: October 2015

Letter to the Editor: Buckeyes, hear our presidential candidates on foreign policy

October 30, 2015

FrumRobynAs a Jewish woman living in the United States, I hold democratic values to be the utmost of liberties. I am privileged to have the freedom to vote, to have my voice heard and to make a difference in the future of our society — all things that my grandparents could only dream of when they were refugees in displaced person camps in Germany at my age. With the 2016 presidential election emerging, it is the duty of the students at Ohio State to pay attention and to get educated on policies from all candidates, from Hillary Clinton to John Kasich. Ohio is a battleground state, and it is our responsibility to take part in this debate by listening to our candidates’ plans for not only improving our domestic policies, but also on our foreign policy.

As a moral superpower, the U.S. has large shoes to fill in the realm of global politics. With fragility in the Middle East, where dictatorial regimes rise and fall as many times as I change outfits in the morning, the U.S. relies heavily on its unwavering, ethical, stable and democratic ally in the Middle East: the state of Israel. College students need to pay close attention to what the candidates have to say about Israel, because a strong Israel hand in hand with a strong America ensures the continuation of Western values across the world.

According to Freedom House, Israel is the only country in the Middle East that values academic freedom, the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion that the American people, our candidates and all college students must treasure as well. Today in America, we are facing serious social issues for women, blacks and the LGBTQ communities, and we must look to other western countries to see how they are actively pursuing changes.

In addition, just as entrepreneurship is integral to the American dream, Israel has taken that spirit and has become a hub for start-ups and other capitalist ventures. This plays a significant role in our state’s affairs, as Ohio has strong economic ties to Israel. For example, in 2002, the Negev Foundation launched the Ohio-Israel Agricultural and Rural Development Initiative uniting government, academic and business entities, trade associations and growers to improve agricultural trade and research and development ties between Ohio and Israel. Former Undergraduate Student Government president and current treasurer of Ohio Josh Mandel has helped Ohio make significant investments in Israel bonds compared to other states in the U.S. because not only is it a good investment for Ohio’s taxpayers, but, according to a July 12 article on Breaking Israel News: “Israel bonds are viewed as increasingly solid financial investments….”

Lastly, on a global level, Israel provides the only stability and reliability in the Middle East. The Iranian regime refers to Israel as the “Little Satan” and the U.S. as the “Big Satan,” explicitly saying that once it destroys the foothold of western civilization in the Middle East (Israel) it can move on to the king of western civilization, the U.S., according to a July 14 article from the Gatestone Institute International Policy Council website. The thought of a nuclear Iran capable of inflicting harm upon Israel and the United States should be a concern for all of us, as we will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Israel and her citizens see these issues unfolding on the ground and are victims of the brunt of it from Iranian proxies in Lebanon and in Judea and Samaria, otherwise referred to as the West Bank of Jordan. By understanding what our leaders say about the Middle East, we can get a glimpse of how they will establish stability in the region, and that can happen only by strengthening our friendship with Israel.

As students at OSU, we must take it upon ourselves to understand how our candidates approach the issues that involve Israel. We must seek to understand, not by anger, or by falsification. Failing to see the whole picture is not only harmful to ourselves but to our peers and the great country that we all reside in that we wish to keep as the moral superpower of our world today and for the safety of the children of tomorrow.

This was originally published in The Lantern and was written by Ohio State University CAMERA Fellow and Vice President of OSU’s Emet for Israel supported group Buckeyes for IsraelRobyn Frum.

Israel and the UN: Hypocrisy of the Assembly

October 29, 2015

12119179_1668747726671080_1237929392269853866_nOn October 7 Brandeis’ Emet for Israel supported group, Students for Accuracy about Israeli and Palestinian Affairs  (SAIPA), along with co-sponsors, Israel Campus Coalition and StandWithUs, recently brought Anne Herzberg of NGO-Monitor to campus. SAIPA wanted to bring Herzberg as a follow up to their event “Wheel of Misconceptions,” during which the relationship between Israel and the UN was discussed in great detail. Herzberg provided a “strong and intellectual approach to the United Nations’ (UN) downfalls when approaching Israel.”

12140692_1668747806671072_6898564262393301540_nHerzberg began her presentation with a basic overview of the UN including its location, what it does and the intricacies of how the UN operates. She also went into her own role at UN conferences and described the exact mission and function of NGO-Monitor. Furthermore, she went on to explain that the work done by NGO-Monitor is used to dispel misconceptions of Israel.

 

Then Herzberg went on to explain the history of UN’s relationship with Israel, going as far back as the years prior to Israel’s Declaration of independence and the 1947 Partition Plan and how it became so problematic. She also pointed out the significance of the coalitions that formed during the Cold War and how the resolutions during that time highlighted the UN General Assembly’s role in disrupting peace in the Middle East.

11230026_1668747790004407_823012225249872159_nDuring the Q&A session Herzberg expressed her disdain towards to United Nations and her disappointment with the organization when it comes to its treatment of Israel. She also stated that she felt that Israel was not at all benefitted by its membership in the United Nations.

The event drew a crowd of over 50 people due to its topic and the group’s offering food. The crowd’s size and diversity made for an interesting evening and the audience was able to interact with the speaker and learn more about Israel. SAIPA’s desire to reach students in the International and Global Studies, Social Policy advocates and other areas of study and interests was fulfilled by this audience.

SAIPA plans on staying engaged with these students and keeping them interested in upcoming events.

 

Palestinian Human Rights Leader Condemns Hamas, BDS at Cornell Lecture

October 28, 2015

CAMERA brought Bassem Eid on tour to over a dozen campuses in the U.S. Please read below a review by a student reporter on the impact Eid made on her campus.

Founder of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) and outspoken critic of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement Bassem Eid spoke at Cornell last week, sponsored by CAMERA on Campus and Cornellians for Israel.

“I am a human rights activist,” the speaker said as he started his speech, adding that he had never been affiliated with any Palestinian political organization. “I spent around 26 years of my life protecting the rights of the Palestinians.”

Born in the Jordanian-occupied Old City in East Jerusalem, Eid experienced firsthand the deterioration of the human rights situation under Palestinian Authority. This has prompted him to speak about major issues in Palestinian leadership and the complexities surrounding this topic.

Eid focused on the broken leadership in Palestine. He explained that Mahmoud Abbas, the President of Palestine, is anxious to appoint a successor to avoid the election of a president outside of his family. Meanwhile, Fatah, Hamas, and radical Islamists inside Israel are “competing” to increase violence in Jerusalem.

“Palestine is a very divided society,” Eid stressed, explaining that the conflict of leadership between Fatah, Hamas, and the Islamist movement in Israel creates a “competition” for the destruction of Israel. Since Hamas took over the Gaza strip in 2007, “We almost signed five different agreements between Fatah and Hamas,” Eid said. “We are so far away from any kind of union between Gaza and Palestine.”
Bassem Eid speaks to a group of about 60 Cornellians.

                                  Bassem Eid speaks to a group of about 60 Cornellians.

“There is a fight between Abbas and Fatah, and between Fatah and Hamas… and between the radical Islamists inside Israel. We are in the middle of the sandwich. Fatah is trying to increase the violence in East Jerusalem for political interests against Hamas.”

Eid said that Fatah wants to show Hamas “You can just sit in Gaza and count how many Jewish we are going to stab today. Of course, the Palestinians will never ever achieve anything from that.” The Radical Islamists are also participating in violence in Jerusalem, and Abbas cannot interfere because it is in the interest of Fatah to keep the violence thriving, Eid explained.

“This is how the Palestinian political parties… gain more political power” on the international stage. “When is the international community going to wake up? When is the international committee going to interfere?” Eid asked, adding, “I think the majority of the Palestinians are totally against what is going on.”

Eid noted that social media today is radicalized and pinned against the innocent because of government censorship. “Whomever wants to stab a Jew” can be “directly guide[ed] how to do it,” he said, noting that those who are shouting against the violence are silenced.

When talking about a one vs. two state solution, Eid said that he believes that Israel and Palestine both deserve states, but “Unfortunately, the Palestinian demand right now is [a] three-state solution for two people, because Hamas is fighting for its own Islamic emirate in the Gaza strip, Abbas is fighting for his own empire in the West Bank, and the state of Israel… This is the solution unfortunately.”

Eid went on to say that the majority of Palestinians have lost trust in their government and leadership. If Bibi Netanyahu was to meet with Abbas today, Eid said, the first questions to ask would be, “Whom you are you representing, West Bankers, Gazan people, or Palestinians?” In Eid’s opinion, “Abbas is only representing his two sons and his wife.”

Now, there is an emphasis on how to deal with the widespread terror and unfortunately a de-emphasis on the human rights issue, Eid said. “The Oslo Agreement is going to bring another dictatorship regime to the Middle East,” with “huge violations of human rights” being committed by the Palestinians.

The speaker later discussed Palestine’s dependence on Israel for economic stability. There is “no interest in the boycott,” Eid said, referring to the BDS movement against Israel. He said that only with a better economy would the Palestinians do well, and that a boycott would “only harass Palestinians themselves.”

“Gaza is starving,” Eid went on, “And the main reason for that… is Hamas.”

“It’s very clear that any normal country around the world is using its missiles and rockets to protect its own people. Unfortunately, Hamas used its own people to protect its own missiles and rockets, and this is why we lost over 92,000 people within 5 days of war.”

Eid said that there is no clear solution, but that what is needed now is a “charismatic and courageous leader” to be interested in the people, which Palestine hasn’t yet seen. Meanwhile, Eid said, help is desperately needed from the international community to provide more help to Israelis and Palestinians to put an end to the violence that plagues the region.

A contrast to the more common anti-Israel speaking event at Cornell, it is refreshing to see groups like CFI and CAMERA bring speakers like Eid to campus, who are not afraid to speak the truth about Israel or the conflict in the Middle East.

 

This was originally published in The Cornell Review and was written by Cornell University student Laura Gundersen.

University of Windsor Jewish Students Association’s Meet and Greet

October 27, 2015

WindsorMeet&GreetOn October 7th, the University of Windsor Jewish Students Association (JSA), an Emet for Israel supported organization, hosted a “Meet & Greet” event for students on campus. The event was open to everyone, and was designed to give new and existing Jewish students a chance to meet. Additionally, the event gave non-Jewish students an opportunity to meet the JSA members and Jewish students on campus.

 

 

 

The atmosphere of the event was very relaxed. People were able to mingle have some free drinks and snacks. To emphasize the casual nature of the event, the Toronto Maple Leafs game was played in the background.

The Meet & Greet was largely successful. The University of Windsor has a very small Jewish population, but there was a good turnout.

The University of Windsor’s JSA was able to connect some of the students from the event with the local Chabad group that hosts Shabbat dinners every Friday night for students, with the hopes of helping them integrate with the university’s Jewish community.

The Meet & Greet was also created successful networking opportunities. There were over 30 students attend in total, and many of these students were from diverse backgrounds. Jewish and non-Jewish students expressed interest in the club and were eager to learn about upcoming events.

The Iranian Threat to Israel and the World

October 26, 2015

MeyerAndrewOver the summer, a lot of you probably heard about Iran and Israel. Tensions were rising between the two nations over Iran’s goal to gain nuclear weapons. Iran is an existential threat to Israel, the Middle East, the United States and many other countries for so many reasons. If Iran ever gains nuclear weapons, you all know who will be affected.

 

Here is some insight into the government of Iran. Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Iran has been controlled by supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. Before 1979, Iran was a flourishing country. It had material wealth, a good economy, and western and secular values. The revolution lacked many customary causes of a revolution. Iran was controlled by the Shah’s at the time, however, there were many political dissidents with the country westernizing. The uprising led by Khamenei wanted to restore the Islamic character to the nation which unfortunately led it to be the state it is today.

Iran is a destructive society with its Islamic extremism and by causing harm to its citizens. Every year, Iran carries out hundreds of executions against its citizens. They are executed for stone throwing, talking against its government, drug related crimes, and so on. They also commit executions against minors even though they signed the Convention on the Rights of a Child. Iran ignores human rights and holds no regards for anyone.

If Iran had a hold of nuclear weapons, Israel would be its first target. Khamenei has called for the death to Israel many times under his supreme rule. Khamenei tweeted, “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of #Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated. 7/23/14.” Along with his call for destruction to Israel, Iran wants to destroy America. Iran has a famous chant called “Death to America.” Khamenei was the one to tokenize the chant. If Iran had the opportunity, they would destroy both Israel and the United States.

In addition to calling death to Israel and United States, Iran is a designated state sponsor of terrorism within the Middle East. The Iranian government sponsors recognized terrorist organizations including Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Jihadism. Some of the most notorious attacks Iran is responsible for includes bombing of a Jewish community center which killed people and the 1984 United States Embassy bombing.

The majority of the international community supports Iran’s development of nuclear weapons to help prevent war in the Middle East. However, there will likely be a war if Iran gains nuclear weapons. Iran does not have any positive intentions when they attain nuclear weapons. They are a threat to Israel, the United States, and other western countries. The international community is mistaken on what Iran will do once it gains these weapons. Democracy, western values and individual freedoms are a further threat to citizens of the Middle East and the rest of the world.

 

This was contributed by CAMERA Fellow and President of UB for Israel, an Emet for Israel supported organization, Andrew Meyer

The Greatest Threat to Israel

October 23, 2015

IMG_0362One of the greatest threats to Israel today doesn’t come in the form of rockets, bombs, or bullets. Though Israel is attacked frequently in horrific terror attacks, so too she is attacked in the worldwide media. In the modern age of easily disseminated news, Israel is vilified in all different forms of the media: print, online, television, and more. As the Education Coordinator and a member of the executive board of PIPAC, the Penn Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest pro-Israel group on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus, I knew I wanted our members to get a grasp of the scale of the media bias that Israel faces.
I turned to CAMERA’s Sarit Catz, (a Penn alumna), to help lead a seminar about the media bias that Israel faces. Speaking to over 65 PIPAC members, she spoke about how to recognize media bias through methods such as analyzing headlines and photographs, identifying factual inaccuracies and omissions, and comparing and contrasting different accounts of the same event. Through incorporating case studies and examples, Sarit demonstrated to the PIPAC members how to quickly identify media bias and how to go about rectifying the issue through emailing editors and creating a reasoned argument to counter the bias. Finally, Sarit concluded with a question and answer session where students were afforded the opportunity to get answers to their specific questions and concerns.
This was contributed by Education Coordinator of PIPAC, Alexander Cohn.
 

Letter to the Editor: Using Salatia to foster conversation

October 22, 2015

Hayley Nagelberg pictureMore than one year ago, the University’s then-Chancellor Wise notified Steven Salaita that his offer of employment was not being forwarded to the Board of Trustees.

Debates regarding this matter include the line between free speech and hate speech, the limits of academic freedom, flaws in the university’s hiring process, Salaita’s scholastic record and the misuse of a personal email address.

There have since been petitions against the University, boycotts, cancelled speakers, withdrawn donations and lawsuits. Several dozen faculty have defended Salaita on grounds of academic freedom, supported by thousands of others claiming that Salaita is “brilliant, ethical and prolific.”

The legal controversies are for the courts to decide, and the University’s procedures are for the University’s consideration. While I offer no judgment about these matters, I wholeheartedly support an open discussion about the ideas at the heart of Salaita’s controversial tweets about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Zionism and human rights.

Holding Israel to a standard required of no other nation is prejudice. Comparing Israelis to villains, without context, is bias. Omitting relevant facts about the Palestinian leadership’s treatment of their people is erroneous. Neglecting to mention that there are Israelis and Palestinians living together successfully is a grave failing.

While this matter is resolved, we students have an opportunity to start a meaningful conversation; not an angry conversation about fights among professors, or how to define academic freedom, but about peace and coexistence, and about struggles faced by people on all sides of these issues in the Middle East.

This “Salaita scandal” does not have to bring shame to our campus as many have suggested. We should take this occasion to have a true dialogue that can be replicated on other campuses.

 

This was originally published in The Daily Illini and was written by University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign CAMERA Fellow Hayley Nagelberg.

CAMERA counters mistruth

October 21, 2015

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Sidney Shapiro, President of Emet for Israel supported organization, Jewish Student Association at Laurentian University, speaking to students at CAMERA’s Student Leadership and Advocacy Training Conference

Sidney Shapiro had finished his Israel Defense Forces service just weeks before he arrived on campus at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont.

“I walked into the door of the school and there is a huge poster of a kid, a Palestinian kid, in the shadow of a field box and some Israel apartheid whatever,” he said, referring to a familiar cartoon employed by Canada’s anti-Israel movement. “So I wrote an email to the professor who put up the poster, saying I just served in Gaza for two years, I know a lot about it, I’ve seen from my firsthand experience. I’d like to talk to you about it. Not debate or try to convince you, just tell you what my experiences were. And he [replied], ‘I don’t talk to baby killers.’ That basically set the tone for the rest of my university experience.”

Shapiro, whose family made aliya from Canada when he was 10 years old, joined the Jewish Students Association at Laurentian and now, while working on his PhD, is president of the club. Over the years, he told the Independent, his club has had tremendous support from the Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). In August, Shapiro was a guest speaker at the organization’s largest-ever campus advocacy conference.

While primarily an American organization, CAMERA has been a powerful resource whenever the Zionist students at Laurentian have called on them, Shapiro said.

“We started working with them four years ago,” he said. “We went to various U.S.-based organizations, as well as Canadian ones, and the most responsive one was CAMERA.”

CAMERA differs from other advocacy groups in that it focuses attention specifically on promoting more accurate, balanced and complete media coverage of Israel and the Middle East…

Click here to read Pat Johson’s full article in the Jewish Independent.

The Discussion of the Nuclear Deal (or Lack Thereof)

October 19, 2015

When New York University’s campus paper, the Washington Square News, published an article on a “discussion” that was clearly one-sided on the Iran nuclear dear, CAMERA Fellow Raizy Cohen, immediately rushed to publish a counter-argument to ensure her students were receiving both sides to this discussion as originally promised. Not only did the WSN not publish Cohen’s piece, but they didn’t even respond to her correspondence, clearly not interesting in showing an unbiased perspective in their paper on the Iran nuclear deal with the NYU students.

Below is Raizy Cohen’s article for those who do want to read another perspective.

There are seven countries in the world that deem homosexuality a crime that is punishable by death. One out of those seven countries is also the largest state sponsor of terrorism the world over. That country is the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is for these reasons and several others, that I was deeply disappointed by the article “Politics Society discusses Iran nuclear deal” which ran recently in Washington Square News. If this event with Professor de Mesquita was in fact a discussion, the article certainly did not make it out to be one. The aforementioned article insinuated that the Iran deal was in America’s best interest and even went so far as to call “a remarkable diplomatic achievement.”

Photo by Ashley Arnold, Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita discusses the Iran Nuclear deal with the NYU Politics Society

In a live interview with CNN, Secretary of State John Kerry stated “No deal is better than a bad deal, because a bad deal could actually make things less secure.” He repeated this sentiment on CSpan, and FoxNews, and ABC News, and 60 Minutes, to name a few. This was echoed by President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and many other members of the Obama administration up until several months ago, when this “deal” was brokered against the will of congress and, ultimately, the American people. Contrary to these beliefs in the article, the events director was quoted, saying that “compromise was necessary to find stable ground between the U.S. and Iran.”  It has been one of America’s greatest convictions that she was not to negotiate with terrorists, but it would seem that this conviction has fallen to the way-side even as the streets of Iran teem with the smoke of American flags aflame.

The article calls this negotiation “what can be done to reconcile between the two countries’ positions,” despite the fact that “it might not be what everyone wants,” but what is it exactly that Iran is compromising? From America’s perspective, there certainly is no lack of concessions. The Obama administration has offered Iran one hundred and fifty billion dollars and the lifting of preventative arms embargoes, and has not even dared demand back the four American hostages currently being held captive in Iran, among them a journalist, a pastor, an ex-Marine, and an ex-FBI agent. These four prisoners and their life’s work of choice embody what distinguish America from her new “partners in peace”- the right to free speech and free religion, and the protection of democracy and the free world.  While Obama says that he is “deeply concerned” about these four America citizens detained on Iranian soil, I would venture to say that “pushing hard” doesn’t quite cut it.

Perhaps the most alarming part of this piece is when Professor de Mesquita is quoted saying that, despite the fact that the US has basically waived its rights to inspect Iranian nuclear facilities, “it will be very hard for Iran to cheat” given the seismic impact of nuclear testing. If the over-simplifying turn of phrase was not disturbing enough, perhaps the statement was disturbing because it is a product of blatant bias bordering on falsehood. In the current Iran deal, after eight years the only thing stopping Iran from working on ballistic missiles is a non-binding recommendation. If, before eight years, Iran is deemed to be enriching for peaceful purposes, all restrictions will be lifted. (AIPCA Memo, 9/24/2015).  That’s ignoring the fact that, after fifteen years, Iran is completely free to acquire nuclear weapons. That means that the world is not and will not be protected from Iran, be it with short range missiles or ICBMs.

What the professor, apparently, glossed over, was Iran’s propensity toward human rights violations. I suppose, however, that if the US citizens are to turn a blind eye to the shouting of “Death to America” in the streets of Tehran, surely they can ignore the fact that, in Iran, women’s lives are literally worth half of their male counterparts. In essence, America has issued a carte blanche to one of the most dangerous countries in the most volatile region in the world.    I am wondering what about this, exactly, is a “remarkable diplomatic achievement?” To paraphrase Voltaire, this seems to be neither remarkable, nor diplomatic, nor an achievement.

This was contributed by NYU PolyTechnic CAMERA Fellow Raizy Cohen.

When terror hits close to home

October 16, 2015

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been glued to my phone. I check it first thing when I wake up in the morning, while I’m eating, while I’m walking down the Infinite, in class, while I’m working on problem sets, and before I go to sleep. But I’m not checking fantasy football stats. I’m checking for reports of another terror attack and word that my little brother is safe.

My brother is currently studying abroad in Israel, and his school is located near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. Every single day without fail he texts me about another Palestinian terror attack – usually stabbings – directed against civilians. Last week, his teacher was one of the victims, stabbed in the neck for no reason other than being Jewish.

Since Oct. 1, there have been over 30 terror attacks carried out by Palestinian terrorists against Israelis, not including rocket attacks. Here is an abbreviated timeline:

—Oct. 1: Two parents were shot dead in front of their four young children. Fatah, the political party of Palestinian Authority’s president Mahmoud Abbas, claimed responsibility for the murders. (This same “moderate” group is responsible for negotiating peace with Israel.)

—Oct. 7: A terrorist stole a gun, broke into a woman’s home in Kiryat Gat, and tried to murder the family who lived there. (This happened right near my best friend’s school. I frantically messaged her to make sure she was OK, and the hours before she answered were terrifying.)

—Oct. 7: A 25-year-old man was stabbed and badly wounded by a Palestinian terrorist in Petach Tikva, where my cousins live. Thankfully, a bystander tackled the terrorist and held him down until the police could reach the scene.

—Oct. 9: In Jerusalem, two American teenagers were beaten and stabbed after taking a wrong turn into an Arab neighborhood.

—Oct. 11: A suicide bomber, with her child in her car, detonated a bomb that wounded her daughter and a police officer.

When someone gets stabbed, you would think that it is clear who the victim is and who the perpetrator is, right? Wrong. To my astonishment, the headlines reporting the recent terror attacks in Israel blur the victims with the attackers, the murdered with the murderers. On Oct. 3, an article published by the BBC was titled “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two.” The headline obscured who was being attacked and who was the attacker, and it completely failed to mention that the Palestinian died while stabbing members of a family, murdering the father and another man.

Here is an even more outrageous example. The Independent published an article titled “Israeli security forces kill boy, 16.” When I first read that headline, I thought that a poor boy was killed without reasonable cause, and images of excessive force and police brutality came to mind. But in reality, that “boy” mentioned in the headline stabbed two elderly Jews on their way home, and the 16-year-old terrorist was killed to stop his stabbing rampage.

Can you imagine the mainstream media reporting on the Sandy Hook school shooting with headlines like “20-year-old shot dead in attack at elementary school”?

The problem isn’t restricted to the media. When UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned Israel for the “killings [of four Palestinians]” and demanded that the government of Israel conduct an investigation, he failed to mention the fact that those Palestinians died in attacks that killed four Israelis. He condemned Israel but failed to condemn the attacks on Israeli citizens that made these defensive acts necessary.

One might expect that Israel’s supposed peace partner, Mahmoud Abbas, would demand that his people stop these vicious crimes against innocents. But this is not so. Not only did Abbas’s party proudly commit two of the murders, as mentioned above, but Abbas claimed that “we [Palestinians] are working to spread the culture of peace and coexistence between the people in our region.” Then he turned around and justified the murders of unarmed civilians by saying, “every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem is pure, every shahid [martyr] will reach paradise, and every injured person will be rewarded by God.”

Surely, though, the terrorists are just fringe members of Palestinian society, and as a whole, such violence is rejected? Not necessarily. Many Palestinian civilians celebrated the attacks in various ways, by passing out candies in the street, by a mother naming her newborn after a killed terrorist, and by firing firecrackers in celebration of the murders.

It is time for all civilians to be able to walk in Jerusalem without the fear of being stabbed to death. And it is time for the Palestinian leadership, the international media, and the U.S. government to take a moral stand and unequivocally call terror what it is: terror.

This was originally published in “The Tech” and was written by Massachusetts Institute of Technology CAMERA Fellow Suri Bandler.