Rabbi Leo Dee has blasted what he described as an intolerable moral equivalency between terrorists and victims that has characterised the international media’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Isn’t that how the world media treats Israel? We build; they murder us. They destroyed, but it’s [your] fault because you built it in the first place,” Dee said in a press statement in his hometown settlement of Efrat hours after his wife, Lucy, succumbed to the wounds she sustained in Friday’s terrorist attack. Two of the couple’s daughters, 20-year-old Maia and 15-year-old Rina, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Dee proclaimed Monday, April 10, as “Dee’s Day,” encouraging people in Israel and around the world to post a picture of an Israeli flag on social media as a “message to humanity, which is that we will never accept terror as legitimate, [that] we will never blame the murder on the victims, [and that] there is no such thing as a moral equivalence between terrorists and victim.”
He appeared to be pushing back on those who criticise Israel for building settlements in the West Bank, which most of the international community considers illegal, as well as to those who object to the existence of Israel on any borders.
Dee blasted the still-at-large terrorist as “a product of a broken culture that doesn’t differentiate between good and evil.”
The bereaved father noted that this year has seen a rare confluence of the Passover, Easter, and Ramadan religious periods.
“Religions believe that we have the power to differentiate between good and bad… I am saddened that recently, maybe over the past 20 years of my life, this innate ability to differentiate between good and evil has gradually been lost from humanity,” he said.
“How would I like you to celebrate Dee’s Day this year? If you feel that it was wrong to shoot dead at close range three beautiful, innocent, young ladies in the prime of their lives, post a picture of you or your spouse with an Israeli flag or just a picture of an Israeli flag and share it on Facebook, Instagram or whatever social media app that you use,” he said.
“For too long, we have let a small minority try to convince us that there is no such thing as right and wrong.
“Before you know it…any terrorist is justified to kill any innocent civilian because he has his cause.”
Times of Israel