On Saturday, the news came that a cowardly terrorist broke into the home of Rabbi Vogel and family in the Itamar settlement on the West Banke in the middle of the night and murdered the Rabbi, his wife and three of their children. One of the children was only three months old. Horrific. Odd that the stories seem to omit that the deceased is a Rabbi, as in this ABC story:
Settler family killed in West Bank: Israel
Posted March 12, 2011 13:04:00
A Palestinian infiltrator killed five Israelis in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank early on Saturday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.
Israeli media said the attacker broke into a house in the settlement of Itamar overnight and stabbed to death a couple and three children, including a baby, from the same family.
“Five civilians were killed in this terrorist attack,” the spokeswoman said.
She said troops were searching for the attacker in the area around Itamar, which is near the Palestinian city of Nablus.
She gave no further details.
The stories also tend to stress that this is “unusual” in a period of “relative quiet,” or as the Atlanta Journal and Constipation called it, “a lengthy lull.” The AJC mentioned that
Israel has long contended that Palestinian textbooks and official media are full of hatred toward the Jewish state, and that killers of Israelis are often glorified
but stopped short of telling the rest of the story…
The brutal attack comes only days after a West Bank Palestinian youth center announced a soccer tournament named after Wafa Idris, the first female Palestinian suicide bomber, who killed an 81-year-old man and injured over 100 other Israelis.
The glorification of this suicide bomber, though, was virtually ignored by Western media outlets, many of whom did find time to report, in great detail, on the first home game by the Palestinian national soccer team.
The latter event makes for an interesting human interest story. The former helps explain why peace has been so elusive in the Middle East. It’s likely that the terrorist who wiped out the family knew of the soccer tournament named after Wafa Idris. And if not he — or she — certainly knew that scores of other suicide bombers have been lauded as heroes by the Palestinian government and media. The killer undoubtedly internalized the message, reinforced time and time again, that it’s noble and heroic to kill Jews. The same goes for the person who planned the attack, and the one who transported the killer, and any other enablers.
The media is also, by choice of headline, intimating that the Israeli government is building 400 (or 500) new homes for Jews in the area as a response to the attack.
From Reuters: Israel to Build Settler Homes After Palestinian Attack
Israel said on Sunday it would build several hundred homes for settlers in the occupied West Bank, a day after a Palestinian attack killed an Israeli couple and three of their children in a settlement.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a special session of a ministerial committee on settlement to approve the step after pledging publicly the stabbings on Saturday would not deter Israel from building more homes for Jews in the West Bank.
From the Ottowa Citizen: Israel to build settler homes after deadly attack
The AJC‘s story starts with:
Israel responded defiantly Sunday to a bloody Palestinian assault against West Bank settlers by approving construction of new settlement housing, retaliating for the stabbing deaths of a father, mother and three small children with a measure that infuriated Palestinians and, together with the attack, threw already shaky peace efforts into a new tailspin.
The announcement came after the killings, true. But no doubt the plans were in place before the terrorist went nuts.
Rabbi Avichai Ronski, spokesman for the settlement which, is home to 800 Jews, was defiant after the attack.
“Our response to this crime is not to seek revenge but to carry on with construction” of more Jewish homes.
Whatever the imagined reasons, the truth of the matter is that a whackjob Islamic terrorist broke into the home of a Jewish Rabbi and murdered him, his wife, and three of his children including a 3 month old baby and a toddler. There are no amount of constructions projects that legitimize murder. None. And to play with semantics here in the west and offer up excuses will serve only to lend tacit approval to what happened.
May God rest their souls.