Friday, March 07, 2008

It was one of our 'own'

I wanted to write this last night but struggled to put my feelings into words.

We all knew this would come. When you live in a sea of hatred, it's not a matter of 'if' but 'when'.

8 students, of which 7 hadn't even reached 20 years of age, were butchered by a lone gunman, who burst into the Yeshiva's library firing off rounds at students. Witnesses reported he went by each injured kid and shot him in the head. He was only stopped by the brave actions of a 40 year old citizen, who shot him from distance to end the massacre. The perpetrator of this crime is being reported as a East Jerusalem resident, one of our 'own'.

I strongly believe that most Israeli Arabs will not condone the actions of this 'human being', but the fact is some do and push for these actions. A few days ago, in a heated rally led by Arab MKs (Members of Parliament), crowds shouted the following:

Stop the Zionazi

Rest, O martyr, we will complete the task

With blood and spirit, we will redeem Palestine

Now I have no issues with Israeli Arabs wanting an independent Palestine for their brothers, but the chants by these crowds crossed a line. Once you start talking about killing your 'fellow' citizens, you're inciting hatred and something needs do be. It should start with these Arab MKs ... They want to 'represent' Israel and then start chanting about continuting the 'Struggle'? No wonder Avigdor Lieberman's party continues to grow ...

Update on the Killer:

Several residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber have named the attacker as Alaa Abu Dhein, 20, and said he had worked as a driver at the seminary.

His family set up a mourning tent Friday and hung green Hamas flags outside their home.

Abu Dhein was arrested by Israeli authorities four months ago and then
released two months later, they said. The residents would not give their names because the family had not authorized them to release the information.

Below are the 8 boys who died studying about their religion. Their talits (prayer shawls) & books were stained with their blood. May their memories be forever blessed:

Yochai Lipschitz, 18, of Jerusalem
Yonatan Yitzchak Eldar, 16, of Shiloh
Yonadav Chaim Hirschfeld, 19, of Kochav Hashahar
Neriah Cohen, 15, of Jerusalem
Roey Roth, 18, of Elkana
Segev Pniel Avihayil, 15, of Neveh Daniel
Avraham David Moses, 16, of Efrat
Maharata Trunoch, 26, of Ashdod.

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