Friday, April 18, 2014

(Video) Viewing clashes in Hebron through the eyes of the knowingly blind

...The following piece from CPT, is a classic, minus only the obviously minor details as to what CPT's friends, supporters and protectees were busy with at the time.

LOTL..
18 April '14..

We have the following gem from our friends over at CPT Palestine, AKA Christian Peacemakers Teams. Their objectivity is certainly never called into question, at least not by anyone who has at least the smallest desire to defame or to call into question the right of the IDF to defend men, women and children, trying to go about their daily lives with a modicum of safety.

The following piece from CPT, is a classic, minus only the obviously minor details as to what CPT's friends, supporters and protectees were busy with at the time.

Clashes erupt in Hebron
http://cptpalestine.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/clashes-erupt-in-hebron/
Posted on April 17, 2014 by Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine

Clashes erupted in Hebron today around 2:00 pm between the Israeli security forces and the Palestinians on the border of H1 and H2 and last until about 7:00 pm.

The Israeli military dispersed the crowds with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and in some places, there were empty rounds of live ammunition laying on the ground.

Ambulances were shuttled in and out of the H2 area of Hebron, an area out of the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority. A causality count was not available at the time of publication.

The violent nature of the Israeli military crowd control measures have the potential to cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

With sound grenades causing loud noises, coupled with the aggressive nature of the chemical burns of the tear gas, this can cause crowds of people running down the streets and people get trampled upon, resulting in severe injuries.

Rubber bullets, although categorized as non-lethal, still has a record of causing death, as people have sustained life ending injuries to the head.

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On the other hand it does seem that things were a bit more dicey then one may glean from the CPT account above. For example:
مواجهات اليوم وسط الخليل وهي الاعنف منذ سنوات 17/4/2014


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To exclaim as he did: “we are the accusers.”

...No belated pedantic quibbles can erase Kerry’s intentional, even vindictive, anti-Israel smear. If anything, Kerry’s cynical performance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee underscores all the reasons for Israel not to make concessions just in order to make a good impression.

Sarah Honig..
Another Tack..
17 April '14..

What has become known as Kerry’s “poof” speech is precisely what Israel was afraid of – being blamed for the predictable flop of Kerry’s delusional project.

Kerry can postfactum posture self-righteously and smugly deny having blamed Israel but that’s precisely what he did when he enumerated Israel’s supposed sins one by one. He then dramatically paused for a studied special effect – replete with expressive hand gestures – before resorting to really sophisticated phrasing: “Poof, that was sort of the moment.” The suggested cause and effect was unquestionable. No belated pedantic quibbles can erase Kerry’s intentional, even vindictive, anti-Israel smear.

If anything, Kerry’s cynical performance before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee underscores all the reasons for Israel not to make concessions just in order to make a good impression.

So-called honest brokers, like Kerry, and the so-called objective opinions of the international community, are in any case predisposed against the Jewish state. Therefore there’s no point in sacrificing vital interests to please those who won’t be pleased by any Israeli gesture short of signing articles of surrender.

Israel freed dozens of mass-murders just to avoid Kerry’s finger-pointing. A fat lot of good that did us. After the futility of his peace initiative was embarrassingly palpable, Kerry vented all his frustration on Israel. Israel couldn’t let loose a fourth batch of convicts to facilitate a failed process. Yet the minute Israel would no longer perpetuate the pretense, Kerry did what Israel feared.

Bottom line, fear should never dictate policy.

We fear being hauled before international tribunals and forums which presume arrogantly to pass justice upon us. We fear their indisputably built-in prejudice. Yet since we cannot avoid being put in the dock, we might as well turn the tables on our false accusers. We can accuse them right back. We might not win but neither will we lose.

Extreme daring is sometimes exonerated by history. When we view the world through our insular prism, we can easily lose perspective. Things often are swiftly magnified to grotesque proportions. Our frantically exaggerated trepidation of world censure sends us into a panic of self-reproach.

Most often our self-inflicted alarm is unwarranted. Occasionally exploits, sure to get Israel into hot-water internationally, may nevertheless be the right thing to do. Losing our collective head isn’t only unnecessary, it’s downright harmful.

This was true even before our state was born, before we could be painted as an ogre imperialist goliath, when we were history’s most helpless underdogs. The world hardly empathized with us then either.

A highly noteworthy reminder of that was served us exactly when Kerry perfidiously pontificated in Washington. Just then, a modest, sparsely-attended memorial was held at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl cemetery for two young LHI fighters – 19-year-old Eliyahu Hakim of Haifa and 22-year-old Tel-Avivian Eliyahu Beit-Zuri. On November 6, 1944 they assassinated Dublin-born Walter Edward Guinness, 1st Baron Moyne, in Cairo.

The great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, Ireland’s beer-brewing mogul, Lord Moyne served as Britain’s Minister Resident in the Middle East. To resort to extreme understatement, he was no friend of the Jewish people. He once famously suggested in the House of Lords that the Arabs deserve hegemony as their race was “purer” than the “mixed” Jewish race.

Nevertheless, while the Holocaust was still ongoing, world opinion managed to expend more outrage on the Two Eliyahus – as they came to be known – than it did on their inherently anti-Semitic victim’s appalling record.

The Jewish national cause was even then weighed on skewed scales. Not only was there no understanding abroad when our distress couldn’t be more acute but homegrown critics also foamed at the mouth.

Farce, negotiations and the nefarious pharaohs of our time

...After two millennia of exile, we have finally merited to be, in the words of “Hatikva,” a “free nation in our land,” and with that freedom also comes the heavy burden of sovereign responsibility. But we can do it! Passover, which is all about hope and new beginnings, empowers us to rise up against the slavery of bad ideas and their Pharaoh-purveyors. This Passover, after the failure of yet another round of negotiations, and before the onset of yet another one, let us proclaim loudly: “Let my people go!” Go forward, that is.

Yishai Fleisher..
Eye on Zion/JPost..
17 April '14..

This latest round of so-called “peace negotiations” has been one giant farce. Every one of the actors is just going through the motions. As though anyone thought Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was going to give up more than former prime minister Ehud Olmert was willing to. As though Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was going to recognize a Jewish state. As though US Secretary of State John Kerry was going to come up with a maverick idea to end the conflict. The whole thing was hopeless and stank from the onset.

So why enter into this pointless cycle yet again? Maybe the festival of Passover can shed some light on the conundrum. Passover is the holiday of national liberation from Egyptian bondage.

Yet slavery back then was not only physical, it was also psychological. After hundreds of years of servitude and oppression, the Jews had a hard time accepting the grand idea of liberty when the opportunity presented itself. According to lore, many Jews chose to stay behind in Egypt precisely because they weren’t ready to leave.

Indeed, being locked into any paradigm, even when it is harmful, is a very human trait.

Therefore, the exodus was not only the physical emergence of the Children of Israel from under the hand of Pharaoh – that part was easy.

Rather, it was also a long process of weaning the Jews off of a slave mentality which was drilled into them over time.

Every generation has its Pharaoh. In our time, we have been told over and over again that there is only one way to move past the Arab-Israeli conflict. That is, of course, the two-state solution.

Like a mantra, it has been repeated relentlessly by world leaders, professors and in the press. The two-state mantra has now become our mental bondage, our Pharaoh, and we keep returning to our two-state Pharaoh when our slavish minds refuse to come up with an alternative formula to the one to which we have been conditioned.

By following the suggestions of the stubborn two-state Pharaoh, we have felt the brunt of the Ten Plagues on our own flesh: the plague of the second intifada; the plague of Hamas in Gaza due to the disengagement; the plague of neo-Nazi education of Palestinian children; and the Plague of the creation of a Palestinian narrative in which Israel, the most bona fide of states in the region, is actually the only country challenged as to its very legitimacy.

These plagues are the direct offspring of the stubborn two-state Pharaoh who refused to reverse course even as evidence poured in that the Oslo Accords had created a Palestinian Authority which was a repressive regime to its own people and certainly hostile to Israel.

But the shackles of our bondage are beginning to loosen.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Needs Far More Than Borders

...Despite the unprecedented levels of international aid that is poured into the Palestinian areas, the PA’s spiraling debt is now so out of control that it no longer even seems able to pay the ballooning 850 million shekel electricity bill that it owes the Israelis, while at the same time the authority has been struggling to pay its employee’s wages. Yet somehow there is always enough money to make large payouts to Palestinian terrorists and their families.

Tom Wilson..
Commentary Magazine..
17 April '14..

Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas has said that he wants the next round of negotiations to focus on the borders of a Palestinian state. Of course, Israel always has to be concerned about maintaining defensible borders, but the precise geographical parameters of a Palestinian state must be of less concern to everyone than the matter of the internal nature of that state. Indeed, if we could all be confident that a future Palestinian state would have the national characteristics of, say, Switzerland, then the question of the defensibility of Israel’s borders might be somewhat less critical. But because there is good reason to suspect that a future Palestinian state in the West Bank, like the Palestinian polity in Gaza, would have more in common with Afghanistan, the exact positioning of its borders should hardly be our most pressing concern.

The unpalatable reality is that the Palestinian Authority’s “practice state” in the West Bank has been a disaster. This nascent country in waiting has been the model of what a failed state looks like and it only remains in existence today because of phenomenal levels of international aid coupled with the IDF presence throughout the West Bank. Were it not for the Israeli military, Abbas and his governing Fatah movement would likely have been swept away long ago, just as Fatah was in Gaza–indeed, just as despots throughout the Arab world have faced overthrow by Islamist opponents. Yet, even in the absence of a takeover by Islamic militants, life for Palestinians living under the PA is hardly pleasant. All those demanding the imminent creation of a Palestinian state, while also parading themselves as champions of Palestinian rights, should stop to ask themselves precisely what kind of state they would be helping to create.

Since the retirement of Salam Fayyad as Palestinian prime minister, the Palestinians seem to have abandoned even trying to maintain the facade of reform. The corrupt Palestinian Authority finds itself beset by dire financial prospects and crippled by internal rivalry and mismanagement. In open breach of its obligations mandated under the very peace accords that not only brought the PA into existence but that trained and armed its fighting force, the Palestinian Authority has ceased to police many of the deprived neighborhoods that are now strongholds for Hamas and Islamic Jihad, while at the same time using funds from the U.S. and Europe to run a media and education system that incites its population against Jews and the Jewish state.

Promoting Christian solidarity with unrepentant murderers: where's the outrage?

...Semantics aside, one has to wonder at an international association of churches that looks at the devastation overtaking the Christian communities of the Middle East and concludes that the one problem deserving of the bulk of their attention and resources is the one involving the Jews.

Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
17 April '14..

We're flabbergasted at the news that the World Council of Churches went public today with a statement of solidarity with what it calls "some 5000 Palestinian men, women and children, languishing in Israeli jails".

The WCC's chief executive, Olav Fykse Tveit, a Norwegian Lutheran, is quoted in its press release saying that the members for whom he speaks

"are called to pray for, visit, and tend to the needs of all prisoners, no matter the reason for their detention. For Israel and Palestine, prisoners have taken on even greater significance than in the past. We were disappointed when the government of Israel cancelled the scheduled release of prisoners who have been in Israeli jails even before the Oslo Agreement of 1993...

The announcement goes on to invite "the churches in the Holy Land to remember Palestinian prisoners through prayers and acts of solidarity that restore to them their freedom with justice and dignity”.

WCC is a roof body that purports to speak for the world's major protestant churches. Here's where they list their members. In Australia, they include the Anglican, Churches of Christ and Uniting Church in Australia. In the UK, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church in Wales, the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church of Wales and others. In the United States, they include the Quakers, the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and many others. That's a lot of worshipers. Do they know how their religious faith is being exploited by a small coterie of self-perpetuating, Geneva-based bureaucrats?

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Already past the time to draw new lines

...Only a measure such as this will clarify to Abbas and his cohort that the rules of behavior have changed, that "here they absolutely cannot" make innocent civilians military targets, and that anyone involved in crimes against humanity -- will rot in prison until the end of their days. Only when the release of these murderers ceases to be discussed in any forum, will the deterrence against such acts against our civilians begin to be restored.

Ze'ev Jabotinsky..
Israel Hayom..
17 April '14..

In 1928 my grandfather, my namesake, wrote in an article that the "character of a person is not black and is not white; it is the result of the relation between appetite and ability. Man has appetites and he seeks to fill them by turning to the path of least resistance. If the resistance is too great, the person says to himself that the benefit is not worth the cost and he forgoes his desires. But because he sees a lack of resistance, he says to himself: 'Here I can…' The most poisonous venom capable of infecting the virtue of man is the phrase 'here I can.' Any place where this term is valid, virtue is noneffective."

He came to this insight from historical examples, such as the difference between the Belgians' behaviors in their own country as opposed to in the Congo. Ergo his conclusion that the idea of turning the other cheek should never be adopted, under any circumstances. Restraint and failing to respond in kind to acts of aggression was unacceptable in his view, because it not only falls short of instilling the attacker with shame and restraint, it actually does the opposite -- it encourages him to act more aggressively because he feels that "here he can." In his opinion, this was the reason behind the persecution and pogroms against the Jews in the Diaspora. It is according to this principle that we must conduct our stately affairs, if we want to stay alive.

The Palestinians have become accustomed to thinking "here we can," and murder peaceful civilians if they are Jewish, which is why such acts of slaughter are not seen by them as murder or crimes against humanity. They justify it with the whitewashed Arabic word "muqawama" (meaning resistance). The most recent incident occurred, to our sorrow, on Passover eve, when Israel Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi was murdered by a terrorist.

It is impossible not to connect this murder with the release of the Palestinian prisoners (including of course those with "blood on their hands"). Therefore the responsibility for the murder falls on the perpetrators, but the creation of the climate among the Palestinians for such acts falls on the entire Israeli government, which agreed to turn the other cheek to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, so that he could do Israel the honor of sitting down for empty talks only to eventually spit in our face by implementing unilateral measures. All this in complete violation of an agreement with Israel he signed personally in Washington on September 13, 1993.

Palestinian Authority Official's Doublespeak. Where's the Coverage?

...A high ranking PA official says one thing to Israelis and the opposite to Palestinians. He calls for sham peace talks. And yet, the media is silent on this duplicity. Where’s the coverage?

Sarit Catz..
CAMERA Snapshots..
16 April '14..

On the way to a family Passover seder near Hebron, Baruch Mizrachi was shot dead by a terrorist sniper and his wife and son were wounded. It is unclear whether or not Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned this heinous act.

According to The Jerusalem Post:

Contrary to the accounts of the meeting in Ramallah of Israeli [opposition] members of Knesset Horowitz and Bar, Palestinian Authority spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaineh says Abbas has not condemned Passover eve killing of Baruch Mizrachi.

But it is clear that another high-ranking PA official has condemned the terrorist act. According to Arutz Sheva:

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash met with Israeli journalists and condemned the murder on IDF Radio.

“This Israeli who was murdered, it hurts [. . .] we condemn the killing of any person,” Al-Habbash stated. “The principle of killing and violence is completely unacceptable.”

But wait, Palestinian Media Watch reports that, on official PA television:

Just two weeks ago, this same Al-Habbash defended and honored all Palestinian terrorists who are in Israeli prisons:

“All the Palestinian prisoners who protected [our] land, honor and homeland are prisoners of freedom; they are prisoners of war. They are not criminals, will never be and have never been. Their hands committed no crime. They were defending themselves. They are an inseparable part of this national Palestinian movement and one of its authentic elements.”

That doesn’t sound like much of a condemnation of terrorism. In fact, Al-Habbash has made a number of troubling statements in the past including glorifying terrorists, calling for jihad in Jerusalem, and alleging that Israel intends to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque in order to build the Jewish “alleged Temple.”

You may also recall that CAMERA previously posted that Al-Habbash admitted that peace talks are nothing but a ploy, using as a “model” an instance where Mohammad concluded a peace treaty and then came back and breached it through violence.

A Friendly Reminder From Hamas

...Those who continue to believe peace is “an inch away,” or that construction of houses in Israeli settlements is the true barrier to peace, should ponder Haniyeh’s celebration of terrorism and murder.

Elliott Abrams..
Pressure Points..
16 April '14..

Every once in a while we get a useful reminder why there is no peace between Israelis and Palestinians–and the answer isn’t that Israel has put up 100 or 1,000 housing units.

This week, Palestinian terrorists attacked an Israeli family on their way to a Passover seder in the West Bank. The terrorists murdered the father of the family and left the wife and nine-year-old child wounded.

Here’s part of an AP report:

The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Passover meal. Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance” against Israel and warned of more attacks in the Palestinian territory.

Too many commentators fail to take Hamas’s history and ideology seriously, but the Hamas charter makes it clear that the murder of Jews is not only defensible but necessary. Thus we see Hamas’s leader applauding the murder of a father and wounding of his wife and child for the crime of driving to a seder. There is a precedent: In 2002, Hamas proudly claimed responsibility for a bombing at a Passover seder in a hotel in Netanya, Israel, that killed thirty people and injured well over a hundred.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Beit Shalom, the 'House of Peace' on the road to Abraham

...Five years too late, justice was finally served by the courts and the defense establishment regarding the House of Peace. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon showed the rule of law -- which over the years had devoted most of its efforts to isolating, encumbering, restricting and embittering Hebron Jewish life -- that there is another way, where policy is set by government ministers, not legal clerks -- not even if they serve in the State Attorney Office.

Nadav Shragai..
Israel Hayom..
16 April '14..

Four hundred silver shekels was the amount our forefather Abraham dropped in Ephron the Hittite's extended hand, and "Ephron’s field in Machpelah near Mamre -- both the field and the cave in it, and all the trees within the borders of the field -- was deeded" (Genesis 23:17), becoming the eternal inheritance of the Jewish people and a sepulchre for its ancestors.

Half a million Jordanian dinars was the amount paid by a different Abraham, Morris Abraham from New York, a descendent of the 1929 exile, through frontman Ayoub Yusef Jaber to the House of Peace's owners in Hebron, making it a permanent inheritance for the city's Jews as well, while creating the much needed, natural passage between Kiryat Arba and the Cave of the Patriarchs.

In a normal Jewish state, the government would be the one encouraging Jewish settlement in Hebron, the city of our ancestors, which David Ben-Gurion saw as the "neighbor and progenitor of Jerusalem," believing "we would be making a huge, terrible mistake not to inhabit [Hebron]."

Five years too late, justice was finally served by the courts and the defense establishment regarding the House of Peace. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon showed the rule of law -- which over the years had devoted most of its efforts to isolating, encumbering, restricting and embittering Hebron Jewish life -- that there is another way, where policy is set by government ministers, not legal clerks -- not even if they serve in the State Attorney Office.

Why was a Jewish man murdered near Hebron? The Guardian has absolutely no idea

...I’ll be strong for the children, because that’s what Baruch would have wanted. We should also be thankful for the miracle that my children and I survived. We will stay strong and God willing, my children will grow and succeed, and that will be my victory against the terrorists,” said the mother, whose condition is defined as moderate. “I have two bullet wounds and a fractured rib.”

Adam Levick..
CiF Watch..
16 April '14..

To understand the latest report by Peter Beaumont (the Guardian’s new Jerusalem correspondent), it’s necessary to comprehend the Guardian’s view of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, in which Israelis represent privileged Western colonialists, and are almost completely the guilty party, while Palestinians are the weak, the dispossessed and colonized – and are almost entirely the victims.

Since their journalistic ethos seems inspired by a desire to, as one Guardian journalist phrased it, ‘comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable’, even the most brutal Palestinian terror attacks will necessarily be framed in a manner which robs Israeli victims of their humanity, and obfuscates the malevolence of the Palestinian perpetrator.

To wit, a April 14 story by Beaumont on a deadly terrorist attack near Hebron, on the eve of Passover, in which a Jewish man (Baruch Mizrachi) was killed, and his wife (Hadas) and children injured by Palestinian sniper fire, is notable for the absence of the words “terrorist” or even “militant”, its subtle attempts to downplay the deadly assault and the suggestion that the motive for the attack is ‘unclear’.

The story, titled ‘Israeli man killed and family members hurt as car fired on in West Bank‘, begins thusly:

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Someone exploded something in Gaza this morning, killing some people. See any coverage?

...The truth is relatively little is known about what actually happens day to day, and especially the very bad things done to Gazans by the dark forces of Hamas, in the Gaza Strip, as today's explosion report highlights. It's hardly a free and open society. Yet we rarely hear the experts of the mainstream news media owning up to this, even while they bemoan a failed peace process. Perhaps it's time to hold them to a higher standard.

Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
16 April '14..

It's always a tricky thing to base news reports on Palestinian Arab sources, so a grain of salt if not more is needed when processing this report from Maan, the European-funded Palestinian Arab news agency.

Maan reported at 11:15 this morning (Wednesday) that there has been "an explosion" this morning in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, in or near Khan Younis (population: 350,000). It quotes Ashraf al-Qidra whom we have mentioned here in the past, speaking on behalf of the Hamas regime's Ministry of Health, saying "the circumstances behind the explosion were not clear". What is evidently less unclear is that three Palestinian Arab men are dead and four others are injured with shrapnel wounds and in "stable" condition. The Maan report has been picked up by several other news outlets, most of them Israeli, this morning.

For people who follow events in the Hamas-run enclave, it's commonplace for news of failed terror attacks and self-inflicted injuries from mishandled explosives (such as the one that killed three Gazan men a month ago) to be reported via Hamas' Ministry of Health.

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The Return Home to Beit Shalom. Yes, the Peace House

...Recent events and the failure of the peace process did not do the Left any good. It has become divorced from reality. It is time for a reality check. To the pioneers of Hebron, we welcome you to the Peace House. May He who makes peace in the heavens grant peace for all of us.

Dror Eydar..
Israel Hayom..
14 April '14..

"Our correspondent at the 'Dispute House' tells us that the High Court of Justice has decided on the fate of the building -- a big win for the settlers," said the anchorwoman. Later a local resident was interviewed. "Here is one Palestinian who says that where there are settlers, there's dispute and tension. He will tell you how bad the Jews, er, settlers, are," the reporter said.

The newscast continued on and on. The rhetoric did not change.

To my fellow journalists and broadcasters, just who do you think you are? On what grounds do you unilaterally decide on a change to the nomenclature? Why call it the "Dispute House" if the owners call it the "Peace House"? It would be akin to calling the Azrieli Towers in Tel Aviv "those eye-popping skyscrapers whose owners have dubbed them the Azrieli Towers." How would that sound?

What about calling Peace Now the "left-wing movement that has been dubbed 'Peace Now'?" We all know that movement's peace credentials are just one big hoax. So why call it the "Dispute House"? The media is once again doing the Left's bidding.

So what if the High Court of Justice ruled that the Jews of Israel were the rightful owners of that property? They own it, they can name it, but who cares, right? What matters is the prism through which the Israeli Left views certain areas that lie beyond an imaginary line, a line that allegedly demarcates contested territory that we have somehow usurped. Hebron, where our people first settled, has always been an open wound for the Left.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Passover night shooting attack, dead and wounded Israeli victims

...We strongly prefer to ignore that genre of strictly-for-the-Western-media play-acting. Mealy-mouthed, plainly insincere expressions of Arab protest have a long and nasty history.

Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
15 April '14..

In the final minutes before the onset of Passover on Monday evening, an Israeli family from Modi'in, traveling on Highway 35 by car to a family seder in the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba came under fire near the Arab village of Idhna (population 19,000). The driver, a man of about 40 and a police officer (according to a report from Israel National News: "Terrorist Murders Man and Wounds Family in Hevron") was shot to death. His pregnant wife was struck by bullets as well and evacuated to Jerusalem's Shaarei Zedek Medical Center in moderate to critical condition. One of their children sitting in the back seat was also hit by bullets; we don't yet know of his condition (The wife/mother's condition is now improved and the child's injuries, light Y.).

Times of Israel ["Israeli man killed, two injured in terror attack near Hebron"] reported shortly after the attack that the IDF’s initial investigation indicated the shooter had approached the road on foot, and opened fire with dozens of rounds from an automatic weapon, evidently an AK47 rifle, seeking to hit passing Israeli vehicles. Quoting an eye-witness, the report says two cars were struck in the hail of fire but managed to escape the scene, after which the family from Modi’in became the principal victims of the terrorism.

Little media attention has been given outside Israel to the killing or its impact on the terrorism-addicted Palestinian Arab society. Two American newspapers are notable exceptions.

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