The Jerusalem Post is reporting that many conservatives in Israel are saying that Kayla Mueller was a Jew-hating, Palestinian-loving activist whose death should not be mourned in Israel.
That is sad. Kayla loved peace and worked for peace. Whether she did it on the Palestinian side of the fence (as she did for one month in 2010) or the Israeli side, the important thing is that she worked not for division but for peace.
But conservatives in Israel — exactly like conservatives in America — tend to want peace to come only one way, by having everyone submit to the conservative way. This is a desire not for peace and productivity but for dominance. It is shameful in Israel and shameful in American politics.
We need ten thousand Kaylas, some on the left and some on the right, each urging us toward peace from his or her own perspective. May Kayla’s sacrifice inspire a hundred others to take her place.
Kayla wrote to her parents: “I have come to a place in this experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our Creator.” By the love and grace of God, here death will not be in vain.