The terrorist attack last Saturday night on Moment, the Jerusalem cafe, took the lives of 11 young people, and damaged the lives of the hundreds of people who loved them. The wounded will always carry the scars of the terrible trauma and will have to live with the terrible memory. For Ari Shavit (The war for a Moment's peace, March 10), the terrorist destroyed "our cafe," spilling Shavit's espresso and burning his croissant. Every word that Shavit wrote the morning after the attack, and all he said later on Galei Zahal and Channel Two, bore the stink of racism, patronization, indifference, hypocrisy and prejudice.
Where were Shavit and friends the day after the explosion at the entrance to the discotheque at the Dolphinarium in Tel Aviv? or the night of the murder of an entire family in Beit Yisrael? Or the night of the attack on the bus on its way to Immanuel? And the massacre at the bat mitzvah in Hadera? Did they cry out then? Or maybe those attacks didn't take place in fortresses of "secular normality," or "democratic," "Western," humanist" venues, as Shavit described Moment and its denizens, in an interview with Razi Barkai.
Before the blast spilled Shavit's coffee, the state of Israel was in the midst of the war for the peace of the settlements. Now the war has become the war for Moment's peace. What makes the blood of the youths from Rehavia thicker than the blood of the dozens of casualties inside the Green Line since September 2000? What real democrats and humanists would differentiate between one person's blood and another's, one destiny and another, one person's future and another's? And what about the hundreds of innocent Palestinian dead? Or the settlers who have been killed?
"Arab evil and fascism," as Shavit depicts the Palestinian campaign against us, are not deterministic, but the result of the war of independence the Palestinian people are fighting against the Israeli occupation, just as the Jewish people conducted its own war for independence before 1948. The trinity of land-religion-blood is the bloody heart of fundamentalism, Islamic and Jewish alike. Arab fascism and Jewish fascism were walking hand in hand long before the attack last Saturday night.
If Ari Shavit and his colleagues really care about democratic, Western and humanitarian values, and if they genuinely care about being "comfortable Europeans choosing life," they should turn their efforts to the joint struggle of real peace-lovers, without occupation, without settlements, and without the mutual killing. That way we may be able to achieve that same sane European sensibility here in the Middle East.
The writer is an MK and chairman of the Democratic Choice party.