“”There is a huge gap between us [the Jews] and our enemies [the Palestinians] not just in ability but in morality, culture, sanctity of life, and conscience. They are our neighbors here, but it seems as if at a distance of a few hundred meters away there are people who do not belong to our continent, to our world, but actually belong to a different galaxy.” ~ Israeli President Moshe Katzav, 05/23/2001.
Picture: Thirty-foot high Israeli barrier built to shut out their ‘alien’ neighbors.
It’s ironic, that seven years after uttering those words, on 1st July 2008, Moshe Katzav was forced to step down as president of Israel following a plea bargain in which he admitted several counts of ‘sexual harassment and indecent acts’. The actual allegations were far more serious, involving a number of rapes.
We know that power corrupts, but infinitely more consequential is its ability to dehumanize. This convenient de-valuing of individuals, groups, or nations to further a purpose, whether by utilizing one’s power to force another into a sexual act, brutally incarcerating 3.8 million Palestinians, or, equally brutally suppressing and eventually exterminating six million Jews, is surely the very root of human immorality.
Morality; culture; sanctity of life; conscience.
Throughout this world, those charged with upholding these values are they who, by their continual abuse of power, reduce them to meaningless political slogans.
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