This is for the Jabara Family – I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
Unfortunately … it seems that we have come to a time in our story, our collective story, that I know we will not be able to look back upon fondly. What happens when we can never learn from our mistakes and we can never see the signs that are pounding into us?
This past Friday, a man was murdered.
He was murdered by a man who is deadly to every person out there no matter your skin tone, religion, or sexuality.
The victim, Khalid Jabara, was a Lebanese Christian whose family immigrated to the United States a while ago.
His murderer believed he was a “dirty Arab.” He harassed and maimed the Jabara family for a long time prior to Khalid’s killing.
You can insert in any other word here. Dirty Arab. Dirty Jew.
We have seen this time and again. We know what these symptoms are telling us. And yet, we remain ignorant, blind. And while I was thinking and thinking, my heart hurting for this family who just wants peace and a home, like anyone else, I came to such a sick and obvious revelation.
In my brain, for such a long time, I have believed that if a Jew could speak out about the atrocities that are going on right now – particularly those aimed against Muslims – something about the whole Holocaust “we’ve been there before” and that tiny feud between the Arabs and Jews would just make people see sense and realize that they needed to stop before we enter yet another Holocaust. I don’t know why, but I truly believed people would see sense. After all, no one wants to go back to the times of Hitler.
But now, I’ve realized how naïve I was. This person, someone who could shoot a man for the reasons he had, will never listen to sense. Not from a Jew, not from an Atheist. Not from a white person and not from a Latino. No. People who do stuff like this are only run by fear.
Fear that certain politicians are capitalizing on.
I have never been one to try and make people believe a certain way over another, but people – I beg you. Who knows what could happen if we enter into a world run solely by this fear.
There is now one less soul in this world because of a hate crime. It is as simple as that.
A crime fueled by hate.
What will happen when we have politicians urging Muslims to be “discreet,” banning burkinis – full burkas in some public places, even – and so much more? All over the world we are seeing these things happening. And these changes scare me more than anything else out there.
The irony is, this is all probably helping our “enemy” more than harming it.
I know what it feels like to not feel safe wearing Jewish items, to not feel able to act and simply be Jewish. I know how it feels – and I am always quick to say I have never truly experienced anti-Semitism.
So my heart hurts, because of all the children who are watching our actions – and learning.
Because of how I feel powerless to help.
Because of how all this injustice seems to have no end.
I don’t know what to say anymore. And I wish I could extend my hand through this blog and that it will somehow reach the Jabara family and provide all the support and love in the world. To let them know that they are never alone.
We, as a single people of the world, need to fight and stand up to this injustice that only continues to worsen day by day. And we need to think about what kind of world we want to move forward into.
Fear is strong – I know, I am an eighteen year old girl about to start the rest of her life. But I believe that we can be stronger.
Here is the link to the information regarding Khalid Jabara’s death: http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/16/us/tulsa-arab-american-shooting-trnd/index.html