Watch this video and pay attention to the victims — one an old man with a long gray beard. Are we supposed to believe that these men “ambushed” Israel’s elite navy commandos?
The narrative here is a familiar one: the plight of a people whose self-image as victims is so deeply internalized that they have lost the capacity to recognize their ability to do harm.
When evil is something that can only be seen as other, human conscience becomes silent and atrophies.
When violence has become the only language one knows how to speak, one has stepped outside the human family.