A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lex Talionis

Yet again we are seeing a brutal cycle of retaliation and revenge; the murder of three Israeli teenagers has now been met not only by Israeli bombs but by the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager. There is simply no justification for killing innocents, for either side. Vendettas escalate; revenge provokes revenge; and all-too-soon the blood proliferate on both sides. Emotions are high; there seems little hope of calming the waters. Deeply tragic for both sides.

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