While Palestinian leaders are issuing their standard official statements condemning all kinds of violence following the slaughter of 5 members of a Jewish family (including a three month old girl), Ynet reports:
Gaza residents from the southern city of Rafah hit the streets Saturday to celebrate the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Itamar where five family members were murdered in their sleep, including three children.
Residents handed out candy and sweets, one resident saying the joy "is a natural response to the harm settlers inflict on the Palestinian residents in the West Bank."
Of course, this is just typical Palestinian behavior, if you remember the video of them celebrating after Sept. 11th.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian media is attempting to do a two step -- say they condemn the murders, but then blame Israel anyway. For instance, one Palestinian news editor says murder is wrong, but then goes on to point fingers at the occupation...and you guessed it, the loss of olive trees! Because human lives are just the same as olive trees.
Here's what he had to say, according to the left-wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz:
"I don't believe that the incident in Itamar is an act of resistance, but rather an act by individuals whom we condemn, in the event it was carried out by Palestinians. Stabbing children in their sleep is not a heroic act but rather that of the heartless, like some of the occupation soldiers and settlers, who murder children," Hafez Barghouti, editor-in-chief of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, wrote on Sunday.
He added that the "real murderers in Itamar are the zealous settlers and anyone who burned a tree, vandalized the cemetery in Awarta, forced out the residents of Khirbet Yanun, took control of a plot of land or robbed an olive harvest .... The act at Itamar was a message to the occupation and to the world ... whose meaning is clear - the occupation must go."
If you haven't been following the story closely and have a very strong stomach, watch the video below (via BigPeace). You can get a sense of the brutality of the attack.