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Friday, June 8, 2012
Yehudit Tayar - Human Compassion is What Was Missing!
08 June '12..
Yesterday evening we, the emergency security and medical volunteers in the Benjamin Regional Council, met together with the IDF and Home Front Guard to learn how to prepare if, G-d forbid, Israel is hit with an earthquake.
The IDF experts in major catastrophes who have literally been in each earthquake around the world to help rescue people, showed documentation of each catastrophe and talked about the realities of these horrific human disasters. They explained that although in each situation emergency rescue forces came to help, it was the first 24 hours that were critical and that the majority of survivors were rescued by simple people who passed by, who were in the area and jumped in to rescue them. Literally, in each disaster it was the simple people who happened to be there on the spot who with no thought for themselves went to save lives of complete strangers.
Yesterday morning we witnessed the exact opposite reaction from a passerby. Yesterday morning we again met at Opher Military Court for the trial of the Arab who witnessed the disaster of the murders of Asher and Yonatan Palmer z"l. Shchada Aved Shchada Shata was driving on Highway 60 on Friday, September 23, 2011 when the terror attack that resulted in the murders of Asher and Yonatan caused Asher's car to crash down into the deep ditch after the boulder that was thrown from the moving car hit the windshield and the car crashed.
Shchada stopped his car and climbed down from the highway to reach the car where it had crashed. Unlike the hundreds, or perhaps more volunteers who reached out to save lives of victims of the earthquakes, he went into the bashed up car, violated the body of Asher z"l in order to feel around and steal Asher's gun and clip. He then hid it in his shirt, returned to his car and told his companions in the vehicle to speedily leave the scene of the crash.
Basic human compassion was what was missing while Shchada ignored the tragic scene and concentrated on his heartless criminal activities.
The defense is trying to explain how this is a person who has worked in Israel, is married with 8 children, the sole supporter of his family, some of whom are ill.
What does that have to do with the fact of his brutal, heartless actions following the terrible crime that he had witnessed. Even if he was unaware of the attack which ultimately resulted in the crash, and the murders, how could any human being enter that car and ignore what he witnessed there- a young man and a small infant lying there dead?
The horror of his actions is beyond comprehension and he should pay the maximum penalty for them.
Last night we witnessed documentation of simple human compassion all over the world. In the case that was tried yesterday it was human compassion that was totally missing and evil hatred that was present when Shchada acted in the way that he did. No excuse in the world changes the evil that was present when he stole the gun and clip and violated Asher's body in order to do this.
He must pay the full price for this not only for himself and what he did, but to teach others not to ever act in the same inhumane way.
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Yehudit Tayar is a veteran spokesperson for the Jewish pioneers living in Yesha, and serves as a volunteer emergency medic. She and her family live in Bet Horon in the Benjamin Region.
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"