The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

The Boston Bombing — The Eerily Predictable Symbolism of an Age of Terror

with 6 comments

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
April 16, 2013

Yair Rosenberg, a writer at Tablet Magazine and the editor of the English-language blog of the Israeli National Archives, makes an intriguing observation about the multiple explosions at the Boston Marathon. Commenting on a photo taken by the Boston Globe’s John Tlumacki of a grey-haired runner lying in the middle of the road surrounded by Boston police officers reacting at the scene, Rosenberg draws attention to what might best be described as the uncannily predictable symbolism associated with such terror events:

Eerily, the photo above depicts first responders after the explosion, with the Israeli flag visible in the background—on Israel’s own memorial day.

The day referred to is Israel’s official Memorial Day, Yom Hazikaron, which is the shorter Hebrew term for the “Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.” Enacted into law in 1963, the national observance had been traditionally dedicated to IDF soldiers — including those who have died in the Operation Cast Lead assault on the imprisoned population of Gaza — but has now been extended to “civilian victims of Palestinian political violence and Palestinian terrorism.”

Apart from that reminder of Israel’s perceived victimhood, the significance of the iconic image of the world’s flags fluttering in the foreground of the terror scene will not be lost on Tel Aviv and its foreign agents as they will surely tout the Boston Marathon bombing as yet another assault on the entire civilized world — with a besieged, peace-seeking Jewish state bravely standing in the front lines.

Update: The photographer who captured the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon appears to share Yair Rosenberg’s fixation on Israel’s victimhood. In an interview with TIME Magazine, John Tlumacki makes some intriguing associations. Describing it as a “haunting” attack on the city of “Liberty,” the veteran Boston Globe staffer notes that it happened in front of “all the flags of the nations.” Then, for no apparent reason, the one-time Pulitzer Prize finalist recalls his trip(s) to the Jewish state:

I always wondered what it would be like when I see photographers covering this stuff all over the world. You go to Israel and then there’s an explosion and photographers are there. It’s haunting to be a journalist and have to cover it. I don’t ever want to have to do that again.

Update II: A Soros-funded Project Syndicate column by Dominique Moisi, a senior adviser at IFRI (The French Institute for International Affairs), would have us believe that the Brothers Tsarnaev are experts in the symbology of terror:

The scale of the Boston attack was, of course, much smaller than that of September 11, 2001. But Americans will remember this homegrown plot as a highly symbolic moment: an attack on a venerable international sporting event on Patriots’ Day. The marathon is a cherished event, for it reflects the peaceful values of a democratic society that seeks to transcend its challenges through sheer endurance. Will an attack on such a symbol reinforce the prevalence of fear in an American society that was once defined by hope?

Update III: The following announcement by the European Jewish Congress helps put Moisi’s observations on the symbology of terror into context:

The Representative Council of French Jewry, the CRIF (Conseil Représentative des Institutions Juives de France), held its first national convention Sunday, November 19th outside Paris, entitled “Being Jewish in France in 2007, the New Challenges.” About 500 people attended this event, with the participation of the French intellectual Bernard Henri Levy, as well as of Alexandre Adler, Dominique Moisi and François Heisbourg, well-known specialists of international strategy who held a debate about the Iranian threat.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst. He is also the creator and editor of The Passionate Attachment blog, which focuses primarily on the U.S.-Israeli relationship. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @O_Cathail.

Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

April 16, 2013 at 5:11 am

Posted in Uncategorized

6 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Yes, predictable. When the dust settles, it’ll be interesting to hear who they are going to blame for this awful event.


    April 16, 2013 at 6:50 am

  2. Reblogged this on Dogma and Geopolitics.


    April 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

  3. I am sure you have seen the Alex Jones take on the situation…


    April 18, 2013 at 8:54 pm

  4. No, I haven’t, Lorraine.

    On the rare occasion I see Jones, it’s either for entertainment purposes or to observe what misdirection he’s taking his followers in…

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    April 19, 2013 at 4:56 am

  5. A must-read piece by Daniel McAdams, the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, entitled “After Boston: Arrest Kerry and the Neo-Cons!”

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    April 22, 2013 at 2:54 am

  6. “… they will surely tout the Boston Marathon bombing as yet another assault on the entire civilized world — with a besieged, peace-seeking Jewish state bravely standing in the front lines.”

    Writes Haaretz’s Barak Ravid of Netanyahu’s top aide, Ron Dermer, speaking to American Jewish leaders:

    “The bulk of the American people stand firmly with Israel and identify with Israel,” Dermer said, in a video filmed by blogger Jacob Kornbluh. “If you can look, historically, there was a big change after 9/11, and I am sure that after the tragic bombing in Boston, people will identify more with Israel and its struggle against terrorism and we can maintain that support.”

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    April 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: