Happily wandering and dancing around the plane were delighted and delightful children, apparently oblivious to the misery they should be experiencing during a 10-hour flight. Though almost all were Jewish, the children collectively constituted diversity in the truest sense. They ran the gamut from dark- to light-skinned and ranged in age from newborns to teenagers. Some were jocks, some were nerds, and some were precocious infants. Some wore skull caps, others, baseball caps. And some wore nothing on their heads.
Then it hit me. The children share one thing in common: they are all marked for death, supposedly in the name of a political cause. And an El Al jet must be an even more sought-after target than the public buses that Palestinian terrorists now regularly blow up.
Because they were on the plane—which was made safe in part because of “random selections”—the kids avoided the fate that befell dozens of young Israelis who were killed or wounded by a Palestinian suicide bomber who blew himself up on a bus full of children while we were over the Atlantic.
The mass murderer so eager to take the lives of innocents was actually a schoolteacher, leaving little doubt as to what his students were learning. Who knows how many of them want to—or will—follow in the footsteps of their teacher, who killed six children and wounded 40 kids.
If only this was an isolated tragedy; it sadly continues a long string of attacks specifically targeting young Jews. That children have done nothing wrong is of no consequence. They are Jewish, so they are wanted dead. It’s that simple.
Against that, what I went through was truly “ayn baya.”
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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