Threats of Terror

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Threats of Terror This article analyses the intellectual, religious, national and moral processes through which a democratic society has had to confront in its day-to-day routines under the ever-present threat of terror. It discusses the effects of the terror over the character of Israeli society and the critical debates in its system of education. As far as it can be ascertained through the observations in this study, the general publics’ attitude could be defined as a mildly moral realistic one: people think that terror and violence have objective foundations but certainly embody some subjective human conventions and beliefs. Is it possible in a democratic society to aspire to peace during a long period of war and terror, and how should moral education be taught in accordance with critical and reflective principles in such circumstances? What are the intellectual and spiritual options to explain the existence of terror in Israeli society, a daily fact of life that compels an entire society to carry on with their day-to-day routines under the ever-present threat of terror? How then, should teachers start their daily teaching routine or react in front of their pupils to the reality of living with the constant threat of terrorism or actually experiencing acts of terror? These questions and many other similar questions are asked in every Israeli classroom as well as in many other places all over the world. By definition, it is quite obvious that terror is a universal method of exercising power by spreading fear and horror. In that case, if terror is a consta... ... middle of paper ... ... and violence are of vital importance for Israeli society as well for many other societies these days. As far as it can be ascertained through the observations in this study, the general publics’ attitude could be defined as a mildly moral realistic one: people think that terror, evil and violence have objective foundations but certainly embody some subjective human conventions and beliefs. Terror and violence should not be defined according to abstract conceptions of morality, but comprehended in conjunction with actual behavior and deed. In spite of the fact that moral values and definitions of violence and terror vary depending on the cultural background of the respondents, every illuminated and civilized human being need to condemn such deeds universally and in one clear voice.
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