Shortly after I learned about the murder of a Jewish family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar by Palestinians I was compelled to write my thoughts.
At the time, I did not know their names. Well, now I know they were all members of the Fogel family. Killed in cold blood were Udi & Ruth Fogel along with three of their children Yoav, aged 11; Elad, aged 4 and Hadas, one month old. Their bodies were found by their 12-year-old daughter who was not home at the time of the attack.
Now understandably much of the world’s attention has been focussed upon Japan where 10,000 are believed to have died as a result of last Thursday’s 9.0 earthquake. But I want to take this moment to thank Dennis Prager, Bret Stephens, Jeff Jacoby and Glenn Beck for not allowing us to forget what happened at Itamar. Because what happened at Itamar was pure evil.
But, of course, those who commit evil acts seldom take responsibility for their actions. Indeed, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is telling his Fatah supporters the Israeli government is unfairly accusing Palestinians of responsibility for this act. Moreover, the state run Palestinian Authority is suggesting the murders were committed by a mysterious “foreign worker” as well as raising the possibility that this was an “inside job.” In other words, they are blaming the Jews. Well, not that’s it stopping Palestinians from celebrating the deaths of the Fogel family by handing out candy.
All of which brings me to these questions. Where is the liberal outrage over Itamar? Who amongst their ranks have written or spoken about what happened to the Fogel family and the Palestinian response? But then again can one be surprised at their muted response when CNN put the words terror attack in quotation marks?
Now to be fair, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney did describe the events as “a terrorist attack” but the effect of that condemnation was neutralized when after the attack the Obama Administration continued to call Israeli settlements “illegitimate.” If the Obama Administration continues to be believe that the settlements aren’t legitimate then why would they view the settlers themselves as legitimate? When you couple the Obama Administration’s insistence that Jewish settlements are illegitimate with the Palestinian Authority’s relentless incitement against Jews and Israelis I fear it will only spur Palestinians to murder more Jewish children in their sleep.