Week in Review
It is important to repeat a few facts related to the irrefutable crimes of the Bosnian genocide, especially in light of the increasing denial, historical revisionism and genocide triumphalism. Remembering what happened is crucial, not because I want to sound like a broken record, but because genocide can happen anywhere. It matters to remember that the newborn baby Fatima Muhic — the youngest victim of the Srebrenica genocide — was just two days old when she was killed. It matters to honor the memory of thousands of other mercilessly slaughtered and innocent people, some of whose few bones were uncovered in several mass graves.
Why do we yearn to go back always, even when we’ve had perfectly good reasons to leave? Why is wandering so difficult even when you’ve been welcomed with open arms?
In our story, the shooter we focus on has no gun permit and no mandatory training in how to handle a firearm or appropriately assess a threat. He fatally shot his victim, then called 911 and claimed self-defense, citing a gun that did not exist.
While the crime is horrific, it is not senseless. It is a perfectly logical outcome when society sees women as mere accessories who serve at the pleasure of the male master race.
The links between violent extremism and domestic violence, and how masculinity and the place of men in general in modern society interacts with these phenomena, is one that is not adequately explored in the mainstream.
“I was there, spiritually present, physically exhausted, compliant in full mosque gear. And there he was, wrong and rude, the guardian of a woman’s modesty and his self-righteous permission to protect my access to a sacred place.”
This feeling of disillusionment about Israel among liberal American Jews is not limited to laypeople or to the Palestinian issue alone. In recent years, I have occasionally seen and heard rabbis use their precious moments before their congregations to raise other troubling items of concern regarding Israel that affect progressive Jews in particular.