Post from hcsJerusalem: Last Thursday, Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year old American boy who was learning in Israel for the year was murdered by a terrorist. The government of the United States has not publicly acknowledged Ezra’s murder, nor has it condemned the attack. A petition has been started on “We the People” asking the president to acknowledge Ezra’s killing and to condemn the attack. Please sign the petition, which can be found here http://wh.gov/iVP0m, but equally as important, please forward this email to as many people as possible. If we reach 100,000 within 30 days, the Whitehouse must respond (doesn’t have to say yes, just respond).
My response: Yesterday, Obama did acknowledge Ezra’s murder—late and insipid, for sure not nearly enough to assuage our anger—but an acknowledgement just the same. Our personal and collective Jewish anguish will not be assuaged by throwing rocks at Obama–regardless of whether or not he deserves them. As with any great loss, we will have to suffer the pain—a pain that is personal and communal. It is our shiva–to be obseved within our home.