Sunday, February 2, 2014

Whether to focus on the victims or celebrate the psychopaths is the core issue

...And when they finally understand how their own government, the Mahmoud Abbas-controlled PA, is funneling scarce resources to the promotion and glorification of murdering thugs like Issa Abed Rabbo, will the kindly Christians of the Cremisan Valley understand just who is threatening, undermining, cheapening their land, their people, their lives?

Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
30 January '14..

Over at, they have a powerful front-page article at this hour, written by Lori Lowenthal Marcus. It's entitled "Murderer of Israeli Students Given Cash Prize, Employed, Promoted". Here's the opening:

On October 22, 1984, two Hebrew University students went hiking. Revital Seri, 22, and her friend Ron Levi, 23, were hiking in a wadi near the Cremisan Monastery south of Jerusalem. A 19 year old Palestinian Arab who had stolen a weapon from a soldier was waiting for Jews to kill. When he saw Revital and Ron, he tied up both of them, put bags over their heads, pronounced their “sentence,” and shot them, killing each with one bullet to the head. A monument was erected in 1988 in memory of the two murdered students. It is on the grounds of Hebrew University, between the archeology building and the Buber Ross building.That Arab, Issa abd Rabbo, was arrested, tried and convicted of the two murders. He was given two life sentences, and sent to live out the rest of his life in an Israeli prison. This past spring, while Rabbo was still in prison, an emissary of the acting leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, paid a visit to Rabbo’s mother. According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, Abbas expressed “appreciation and admiration” for her “steadfastness and sacrifice,” waiting for her son. She was also told that her son and all Palestinians in prison are heroes and they are “the best of the Palestinian people.” On Oct. 30, 2013, Rabbo and 26 other convicted murderers who had been sentenced to serve out their lives in prison because of brutally ending the lives of Israelis, were set free.

The larger dimensions of the tragic story of the murders, the murderer and the murdered, and the enraging 2013 aftermath, are important enough that people with justice on their minds ought to read the whole article.

Now here's another background issue.

When those security measures that Israel takes in the interests of keeping ordinary, unarmed citizens and visitors from being attacked and killed like the psychopath in the Jewish Press article are put in place, and condemned by the usual array of Israel-unfriendly voices, the victims are simply not there.


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