I really don’t know what to title this entry. I was over at Trampled By Geese and was reading her post from yesterday. (that’s the link in case you want to read what she said). She made a very good point about not judging a whole portion of society based on the actions of one. (I think she referred to a Turkish Jerk and not being able to judge all Turks by him)
I know tons of Muslim people who truly believe that Jews are evil. That God put them here for us to destroy. I can’t look at Jewish children playing or Jewish mothers mothering, etc with out thinking these are human beings.
I am going to give a tell you of a horrible failure on my part, I wasn’t there, but it was related to me by my husband and my son. Now mind you this was about 7 years ago, at the beginning of what is being called the second Intifada. and the little boy who became it’s poster child. There was a little boy around 11-12 that was killed in the violence while he and his dad were trying to get home. It was on all the news shows on the Satellite TV that my husband watches, they talked about it at the mosques there were flyers banners etc with the pictures on it.
Well not long after this all happened my husband and son went to Morocco and on their way home from Morocco they had a long layover in London. Well they went out and apparently ended up in a very Jewish neighborhood on a Friday evening around sunset, (nothing happens by accident does it) and there were a lot of men walking with their sons to shul, and my son asked who were all these people dressed alike and were they Muslims etc. My husband told him no they were Jewish and it was time for them to go to prayer.
My son ( and here is my failure ) after walking and looking turned to his dad and asked “Jews really have kids?”
I just felt terrible he was only 6 years old and what he had seen on the news had effected him in a way that he thought surely Jewish people could not have children or even like children if they were killing them. So as best I could, when he got home I made sure he knew and his sisters knew that there are good and bad people all over the world. Religion, Race, etc has nothing to do with it. Evil is Evil. Good is Good.
I am very proud to be who I am and I want peace in that area of the world for all, I don’t pray for Palestinian victory or Israeli Victory I pray for Peace. I cling on to anything from the Jewish or Muslim world that is going toward peace, that is pointing out the bad on both sides.
I shared this bit of information with you because I want you to know, that we all have to be careful about how we let news, and just random actions from clouding our judgment of the whole, because the parts don’t alway equal the whole. Also it’s was a demonstration of a saying my mother always said. “Little pictures have big ears” Meaning children pick up what they want and if it isn’t explained to them properly then they can grow up with wrong ideas about things.
Lesson learned: Talk to your kids about what’s being shown on TV.