Thursday, November 20, 2014

Perpetuating Barbarity

From the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Editorial, Wednesday, November 19, 2014:

A victim of the Jerusalem synagogue terror attack lies wrapped in a prayer shawl and tefillin

The synagogue slaughter of four Israeli rabbis reveals the true nature of Palestinian radicals

Celebrated broadly by Palestinians, the slaughter of four worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue and the murder of a police officer were the stuff of ISIS nightmares.

The bloodshed was savage. The cheering was obscene. The guilt of Palestinian leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas, calls for the fiercest punishment imaginable.

In this world of elusive justice, Israel has been limited thus far to dispatching the two attackers in a firefight and ordering the demolition of their homes — while awaiting fresh horrors from the poisonous Palestinian tree.

Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, helped plant its seeds with words of incitement in recent weeks as acts of violence proliferated.

His partners in governing, the terrorists of Hamas, applauded each time as Palestinians living in Israel killed by knife or by plowing into pedestrians by car.

Now, Palestinian believers see how much carnage a pair of men wielding even the primitive weaponry of axes can inflict on defenseless human beings, and not just on human beings but on Jews, and not just on Jews but on Jews who were at prayer, including rabbis.

Global leaders, too many of whom have betrayed Israel, recoiled from the murders.

President Obama condemned an act that in this nation would be a capital crime if not a war crime. But, applying nauseatingly familiar evenhandedness, he called on both the killers and the killed, the Palestinians and the Israelis, “to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence.”

What violence need Israel reject? Only that which is inflicted upon it.

...when a Palestinian drove his car into pedestrians at a rail stop, killing a 3-month-old baby, Hamas praised the murder as a “natural response to the crimes of the occupation against our people and our holy places” — and an Abbas adviser called the perpetrator a “heroic martyr.”

And after another Palestinian drove into a crowded train platform, killing an Israeli border officer and injuring 13, Hamas claimed responsibility.

A Hamas spokesman heralded this latest massacre as a “heroic and a natural reaction to Zionist criminality.”

According to a Times of Israel report, a television reporter visited the terrorists’ East Jerusalem neighborhood and found nobody who would speak against the attack on camera.

For his part, Abbas mustered only a weak “We condemn the killing of civilians from any side.”

In waging what appears to be a Third Intifada — one perhaps even more insidious than its predecessors — Palestinians may think they are “resisting” Israeli policy by murdering their neighbors.

They are only perpetuating barbarity.

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