“Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
A Danish newspaper is reporting that a group of Israelis gathered on a hilltop near the town of Sderot overlooking the Gaza Strip to watch the Israeli bombardment. The reporter covering the story, Allan Sørensen tweeted the following picture allegedly showing the disturbing “Sderot Cinema”:
Sderot cinema. Israelis bringing chairs 2 hilltop in sderot 2 watch latest from Gaza. Clapping when blasts are heard. pic.twitter.com/WYZquV62O7
— Allan Sørensen (@allansorensen72) July 9, 2014
People have dragged camping chairs and sofas to the top of the hill. Several sit with crackling bags of popcorn, while others smoke hookahs and talk cheerfully. People come and go from the site in a steady stream.
“Look there,” says Eli Chone, pointing at a dot in the sky.
“It is a fighter who is about to dive. This means that it is about to shoot. ”
The talk on the hill falls silent for a moment. Suddenly the night sky lights into a powerful flash, while a high column of fire rises in Gaza. A few seconds later the earth is shaken by a dull roar.
Now cheers break out on the hill, followed by solid applause.
One of the criticisms often leveled at Muslims is that “they” (somehow meaning “all of them”) cheer when extremists kill Americans or Israelis. The insinuation is that only savages and animals would cheer for civilians being indiscriminately killed.
Yet, here we see Israelis not just watching children being murdered by warplanes, but making a party out of it. The callousness required to eat popcorn and cheer at the real world death of other human beings while it’s happening in front of you is the kind of barbarism that should be universally condemned.
Regardless of that indisputable fact, I will no doubt be labeled an anti-Semite for pointing out how sick and diseased this is. Those same people will insist that “Israel has a right to defend itself!” But I have to ask: Where do we draw the line? If killing Palestinians has become a spectator sport, is it really “defense” anymore?