They’re All Our Boys

Guest Post by Adrienne “Adina” Yoe

One year has passed since our hearts and dreams were shattered when the Israeli government announced they had found the bodies of our boys – Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali a’h. When I first heard that three Jewish Israeli boys had been kidnapped in Gush Etzion, Israel last summer, I felt my heart stop. Like many members of the Jewish community, I did not feel that Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali were anonymous strangers or co-religionists.

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One thought on “They’re All Our Boys”

  1. I like this post.

    I like it because it made me uncomfortable. It made me uncomfortable because the analogy between victims of Hamas and victims of police violence means an unspoken comparison between the police and Hamas.

    Which I think brings up one of the main obstacles to people seeing all boys as “our boys.” If we say that Michael Brown was a victim, we then have to ask – a victim of what?

    Of an unjust system. So then the question is – which system?

    The police, the courts, the prisons… everything we call justice.

    The logical conclusion to our line of questioning would lead to throwing out some of our societies’ (that is, almost all “western” societies’) most basic ideas about justice and social order.

    And that’s terrifying. (Or at least, it is for people who grew up seeing the police and courts as our protectors. People who grew up seeing police as mostly to be avoided are ahead of the game on this one.) It’s easier to just say that he was a thug and if he’d just acted differently it wouldn’t have happened and the system as a whole is fine.

    That’s not the only obstacle to seeing all boys as “our boys,” race is obviously a huge issue too. But I already knew that. And I hadn’t realized just how deep the discomfort with seeing police as a potential danger went – even for me, and my experiences with police have mostly been bad. So thanks for the article.

    Like

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