Evyatar Borovsky 370.
(photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)
1. The power or ability to return to the original form, position,
etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity.
to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy. –
Since the signing of the Oslo Accords with the
Palestinian Authority 20 years ago, over 1,500 Israelis have been murdered in
terror attacks with thousands more wounded. In fact it’s rare in a county this
small not to know somebody – or at least not to know somebody who knows
somebody, whose life hasn’t been directly impacted or shattered by terrorism in
one form or another.
Palestinian terror struck yet again recently, when
Yitzhar resident and father of five young children 31-year-old Evyatar Borovsky
was murdered while trying to hitch a ride at the Tapuah Junction in Shomron.
Shomron Council officials say Borovsky was attacked Tuesday morning, April 30 –
stabbed twice in the back by Salam Azal, an Arab resident of the village of
Shuka, near Tulkarm, who was a known terrorist recently released from Israeli
After stabbing Borovsky for no other reason than being Jewish,
Azal stole his victim’s pistol and attempted to finish the job.
nearby Border Police rushed to the scene and were able to disarm Azal by
shooting him and wounding him moderately, paramedics were unable to save
Shortly after his death was announced, another Jewish
hitchhiker who was an eyewitness to the attack recited the Shema prayer and
closed the victim’s eyes, as other soldiers and security officials began
While technically this was the first murderous terror attack in
Judea and Samaria in nearly two years, it should not be downplayed, since
attempts by terrorists to harm and kill Jewish civilians and soldiers – whether
by throwing rocks, firebombs, through stabbings or by shootings have picked up
steam and are a nearly daily occurrence.
But Israeli society has proven
to be resilient in the face of two decades of terror.
When buses were
blowing up regularly in suicide attacks in our major cities, just minutes after
the dead and wounded were transferred away from the scene and the blood was
cleaned off the streets and sidewalks, and the burnt-out shell of the targeted
vehicle was towed away, commuters were right back at the very same bus stop
ready to get on board the next scheduled line.
On one hand such
resilience should be applauded. It sends a message to the terrorists that while
you may bend us, we will not break. On the other hand, I would argue that
returning to our lives as if everything is back to normal is perhaps a misguided
How many more times do we have to be attacked, and how many
more Israelis need to be buried, in order to confirm the fact that we are a
resilient bunch? For those who are directly impacted, either the survivors of an
attack or those who have lost loved ones in tragedies such as terror or war,
personal resilience might be the only way to cope on a day-to-day
But for the rest of our society, on a national level, I believe
it’s time for a psychological paradigm shift away from “resilience” unless it is
accompanied first by true and meaningful change.
In other words, instead
of having the attitude that “once the street is clear, I’m going to get back on
that bus,” maybe the attitude should be, “I will only get on that bus again, (or
hitch a ride, etc.) once my government proves to me that it is safe to do so.
Until there is true change, maybe I won’t carry on as if everything is
Imagine if tomorrow, the entire country, or even a large
percentage of the working population, decided to stay home, as a protest against
terror and in solidarity with this week’s victim.
Think what a powerful
message that would send to our elected leadership – that unless terrorism is
wiped out once and for all, we are going to shut down and stay home.
stock market, no transportation, no food services, just like the labor strikes
we are used to in this country, but this one in each and every sector. I’m
pretty sure such drastic action would get the attention of those in charge and
force them to implement meaningful policies to gain back the confidence and
support of the general populace.
In all fairness, during these past 20
years we have become experts at limiting casualties – building the security
barrier, putting up checkpoints, turning Sderot and surrounding communities into
one big bomb shelter, carrying out pinpoint strikes on terror targets, even
implementing sizeable (but limited) military campaigns – but this week’s deadly
attack, and the fact that other attempts occur time and time again, show that we
have been simply putting “band-aids” over our problems and have not been
implementing meaningful solutions.
I suggest that we stop having to
overcome adversity and show our resilience, but instead avoid being the victims
in the first place.
The writer is a media expert, freelance journalist,
and host of Reality Bytes Radio, on www.israelnationalradio.com.