|Summary of editorials from the Hebrew pressToday’s issues: No gender seating, a call to investigate 2014 Protective Edge ‘Black Friday,’ terrorism is winning in Europe, and ISIS: The day after.
The Jerusalem Post praises last week’s ruling by a Jerusalem judge barring El Al’s practice of discrimination based on gender, meaning that the airline may no longer ask women passengers to change seats on a flight due to the demands of haredi men who refuse to sit next to unrelated women, and opines: “It is legitimate and even important to respect a person’s religious beliefs and practices, but that can only be the case when it does not affect the rights of other people.”
Haaretz www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/1.797635 calls for an investigation into events that took place in the Gazan city of Rafah on August 1, 2014, during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, which earned the sobriquet ‘Black Friday,’ when the army employed the ‘Hannibal Directive,’ permitting a number of actions meant to foil an abduction, including ones that can endanger the lives of civilians and the abduction target, and declares: “The fact that no criminal investigations have been opened is execrable, in light of the fact that it is these events that have raised the greatest number of questions about the proportionality of force employed by the army.”
Yediot Aharonot comments on the lackluster participation of broad Muslin populations in Europe in protest of terrorism, and states: “The victory on Western-based violent Islamism will only be achieved when the communities themselves reject any manifestation of religious-political fanaticism in a firm and uncompromising manner. In certain places, it’s already happening.” The author points out that in most leading mosques, the community heads report young people engaged in incitement and violence, but they do so in secret, almost with a sense of shame, and asserts: “Rejecting terror is both a human and a religious duty, but if these arguments are not enough, then community leaders must understand the political significance of it; If European Islamist terrorism turns into lone-wolf terrorism, the communities will suffer deeply and Europe will experience a new wave of xenophobia, the kind of which it has not seen in a long time.”
Israel Hayom notes the destruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul by Islamic State terrorists, and points out that “The bombing of the renowned 12th century mosque is tantamount to the Islamic State recognizing its own defeat.” The author credits the United States for the collapse of the caliphate goes to the United States but warns: “The Iranians are working to ensure they succeed the Islamic State as masters of the Syrian and Iraqi deserts. The U.S. must act now if it hopes to avoid the mistakes of the past.”
[Nadav Eyal and Eyal Zisser wrote today’s articles in Yediot Aharonot and Israel Hayom, respectively.]