Meron Disaster Stirs Euphoria and Joy on the Arab Street
One of the foundations of any religion is to preserve basic humanity even during a time of war
“We will have peace with the Arabs only when they love their children more than they hate us,” Golda Meir once said, expressing a sentiment we did not yet fully understand. The fact is that hatred of Jews among many Arabs is stronger than ever, under the guise of hatred for Zionism and Israel.
After 45 Jews were killed in the recent Meron tragedy (and not soldiers), millions of Arabs around the world rejoiced, even in the midst of their holy month of Ramadan, which they claim is all about forgiveness. This is not only a blow to morality and coexistence, but to humanity.
Although we have peace with some of the Arabs, recently with the Gulf States, there is no genuine peace with the neighboring Lebanese, Palestinians, Jordanians or Egyptians. With some there is a “cold peace,” which is really a cold war.
While we saw the Israeli Arabs and the Druze communities in the villages around Meron come to the aid of the wounded, we are seeing a level of hatred on social media that we have not seen for a long time. I do not remember a single Israeli who mocked or laughed or reveled in the deaths of Arabs in the midst of their internal wars or the many accidents and fatalities that have occurred frequently in Egypt, Lebanon or Jordan in recent years.
Israel and Israeli society are always making great efforts to bring peoples and nations together. For example, when the Port of Beirut exploded on August 4 of last year killing multitudes, the Tel Aviv Municipality was lit up with the Lebanese flag in a gesture of solidarity, even though there are no diplomatic relations between Lebanon and Israel. And if you thought the Lebanese might take the opportunity to return the favor, then you were greatly mistaken. There is no such thing in the Middle East.
Watch how some Lebanese reacted:
The most-watched trends in Lebanon this week were: The Holy Bridge (people thought a bridge had collapsed) and Mount Meron.
One Palestinian posted a video mocking the dead that has since been removed by Twitter and the offender’s account has been suspended.
Another person published a picture that says: God will keep the settlers and their families – in the cold rooms of the dead.
Another expressed “joy for Eid al-Fitr,” when Muslims break the Ramadan fast:
الله يرحمهم 👀 pic.twitter.com/wznrFf8Ep0
— 🇮🇶زين التميم – Zain Altamim (@zaiony100) May 2, 2021
Many in the Arab world are happy about the disaster that has befallen us. But it is typical and no one is surprised. We all remember how following the events of 9/11 the Palestinians shared candies and rejoiced upon learning that Jews had also died in those devastating attacks on America.
At the same time, our friends in the Persian Gulf identified with us and posted numerous messages expressing their condolences. These came from the embassies of the United Arab Emirates, Morocco and Bahrain, but also everyday citizens who identified with us:
Cant imagine hate messages from any human being especially when people lose loved ones..when lives and hearts are shattered.May God rest the souls of the victims of the stampede at in Israel in eternal peace.many don't understand what '"humanity" as an 8-letter world truly means
— Ahdeya Ahmed AlSayed (@AhdeyaAhmed) May 1, 2021
Sending my sincere condolences and prayers to all those who lost their lives and to their families during the sad event at #MountMeron in Israel 🙏🏼 May they all Rest In Peace! Sending love and support from UAE 🇦🇪🇮🇱#Meron #Israel #الجسر_المقدس #إسرائيل pic.twitter.com/yXYUyOqFWJ
— Majid Al Sarrah 🇦🇪 ماجد السرّاح (@DrAlsarrah) April 30, 2021
אני רוצה למסור את תנחומי לעם ישראל ובפרט לכל המשפחות שאבדו את האהובים שלהם אמש בהר מירון
שאלוהים יברך את נשמתם, זכרונם לברכה ורפואה שלמה לכל הפצועים
— Loay Alshareef لؤي الشريف (@lalshareef) April 30, 2021
האסון הנורא במירון
מביע צער עמוק על הקורבנות, ומתפלל לרפואה מהירה ושלמה של הפצועים >תנחומינו החמחם למשפחות האבלות
מי ייתן ולא נדע עוד צער > יהיה זכרם ברוך
— Israeli Affairs Expert ايمن الحنيطي (@AymanHunaiti) April 30, 2021
بكل لغات العالم اقول
Rest in peace my Jewish brothers
أرقدوا بسلام أخوتي اليهود
נח בשלום אחיי היהודים
Repose en paix mes frères juifs
Ruhe in Frieden, meine jüdischen Brüder
Ξεκουραστείτε ειρηνικά οι Εβραίοι αδελφοί μου
Huzur içinde yatsın yahudi kardeşlerim
— صفوك الشيخ_SFOUK ALSHIKH (@SFOUK_AL_SHIKH) May 2, 2021
ברצוני גם לגנות את הפלסטינים החוגגים את מותם של אנשים חפים מפשע. מעשיהם אינם מייצגים אותי ולא את הערבים הרבים שהביעו תנחומים למשפחות וחברי הקורבנות.
— Abdulla | عبدالله | עבדאללה 🇦🇪 (@EmiratiPatriot) April 30, 2021
One of the foundations of any religion is to preserve basic humanity even during a time of war. Let us remember this verse from Proverbs:
Do not gloat when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart rejoice when he stumbles, or the LORD will see and disapprove, and turn His wrath away from him.(24:17-8)