— by Yaron Sideman, Israel’s consul general, Mid-Atlantic Region
On April 30, 2013, a Palestinian terrorist murdered Eviatar Borovsky at the Tapauch Junction in the northern West Bank. Eviatar, just 31 years old, was a righteous and God-fearing man who loved life. He loved making people laugh and was extremely funny. He had studied to be a medical clown, and saw it as his vocation to make patients smile and laugh. He didn’t care if they were Jewish or Arab.
To most of us, Eviatar Borovsky will, unfortunately, soon become a statistic — another casualty in the long list of victims of mindless hate.
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He will never become a statistic, though, to his family, friends and relatives, including his wife and five children, the eldest only seven years old. For the rest of their lives they will carry with them an unbearable burden; with the death of their loved one, something in them died as well. There is a sudden void that has been created in their lives, never to be filled again.
He will never become a statistic to his brother, Elyada Barak. Elyada happens to be a colleague of mine in Jerusalem. Both of us work together at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I am sure that when I encounter Elyada in the future, he will continue being the good-natured, amicable person he has always been, but I will know that life for him will never be the same. A significant part of him died on April 30 and will never come back.
When, from a young age, Palestinian children are indoctrinated to hate Israelis, when their curriculum in Gaza includes a course on using hand grenades and Kalashnikov rifles against Israelis, when Palestinian suicide bombers are glorified and public squares in major Palestinian cities are named after them, when Palestinian terrorists receive handsome financial support from the Palestinian Authority for their acts of ‘heroism,’ and when such a culture of hate is systematically being fostered and is absorbed from a very young age — then perhaps we shouldn’t be that surprised that innocent Israelis like Eviatar Borovsky are brutally murdered at the hands of Palestinian terrorists.
Eviatar Borovsky should not become a statistic. It is my hope that his tragic and untimely death will not have been in vain; that it will impress the need to change the Palestinian mindset, starting with educating the youth.
My hope is that one day the values of tolerance and acceptance will replace those of hatred and animosity in the textbooks of Palestinian children, and that Eviatar Borovsky will be the last victim of a culture of hate.