Sunday, December 30, 2012

Another in a long, long line of so-called rock-throwing attacks

Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
30 December '12..

We write here about the war being waged by the terrorists, an ongoing war. We mention the circumstances that impelled us to want to write: the cruel and painful loss of the beautiful life of our daughter Malki who was fifteen when she was murdered in an act of Hamas savagery. Neither here in our blog, nor elsewhere, do we dwell on the events themselves: how we felt that day, what it looked like from up close.

In trying to give an as-it-happens overview of the events in this ongoing war, we mention attacks that most people often don't know anything about. The reporting of the acts of terrorism, as we have said here often, is poor, sporadic and mostly not informative or analytic. People far from the scene usually don't know what happened (unless it turns out to be an especially expensive attack) because the mainstream news organizations no longer see much value in the reporting. And they rarely comprehend what these attacks do to the people exposed to them, the survivors.

Earlier today (Sunday), another in a long, long line of so-called rock-throwing attacks landed on top of a young family from the small pioneering community of Rehalim in the Binyamin region of Judea, north of Jerusalem. (It's close to the older and larger Shiloh community and has a population of about 40 young families, including some 50 pre-school children.) Arutz Sheva/Israel National News published a first-person account some hours ago, accompanying it with photos of some aspects of the aftermath.

It's a sanitized report: no screaming toddlers here; no photos of family members comforting each other; no facial close-ups showing the shock, the relief, the fear. Instead, we have some dispassionate photos of the family's car and of the rock that came within inches of killing the family's youngest child.


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