I will write more in the next few days about the war, about my family and about how the war influences our life in Berlin. But first I want to just write numbers, dry numbers.
Burned synagogues: 10. Burned mosques: 0
Synagogues used to prepare stones and Molotov bottles: 0. Mosques used to prepare stones and Molotov bottles:28
Synagogues where rioters were guided: 0. Mosques where rioters were guided: 22
Jewish houses burned: 112. Arab houses burned: 1 (by Arabs)
This one worth a mention: for three days a blood libel was circulated about how Jewish rioters burned down a 12-year-old in Yafo. The international media jumped on the wagon. Since it was found a couple of days ago that it was Arabs who threw the bottle, nobody cares anymore about the poor 12-year-old boy.
Jewish houses loitered 386. Arab houses loitered:0
Jewish houses damaged: 673. Arab houses damaged: 13
Jewish cars burned down: 849. Arab cars burned down: 13
Throwing stones on Arabs:41. Throwing stones on Jews: 5,018
Confiscating illegal arms from Jews: numerous. Confiscating illegal arms from Arabs: 0
Jews died by Arab lynching: 1 (and one critically injured). Arab killed by Jewish lynching: 0
But what about the war with Gaza? I will write more about Gaza, but I will say two things:
- People telling me that they expect more from the Israelis are racists. Racism of lower expectations is still racism.
- Whoever takes the Hamas or Gaza side in the conflict is morally distorted. Hamas is standing opposite anything a western society stands for