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A Palestinian toddler was killed in the central West Bank village of Duma in an overnight settler arson attack that targeted two homes. Eighteen-month old Ali Saad Dawabsha died in the gasoline fire-bombings, and his mother and brother were seriously injured. The wounded were transferred by helicopter to a Israeli hospital in Jerusalem for treatment. A funeral was held in Duma this morning for Dawabsha.

Mourners carry the body of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed after his family's house was set to fire in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists in Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus July 31, 2015.  (Photo: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters)

Mourners carry the body of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed after his family’s house was set to fire in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists in Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus July 31, 2015. (Photo: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters)

A neighbor, Ibrahim Dawabsha, told Reuters he saw two masked assailants fleeing the scene. “We found the parents outside with burns, they said there was another son in the house. We brought him out and then they said there was another boy inside, but we couldn’t reach the bedroom because of the fire. He was left inside until rescue forces came,” he said.

Outside of Dawabsha’s home, the arsonists spray painted a star of David and “revenge” in Hebrew, signifying the killing was a “price tag” attack, in which Israeli settlers seek retaliation for government demolitions of settlements by committing acts of violence against Palestinians. Earlier this week Israel demolished structures in the West Bank settlement of Beit El outside of Ramallah, clashing with hundreds of right-wing protesters during the leveling.

Interior of Palestinian home after settler arson attack. (Photo: Zakariya Saddeh/Rabbis for Human Rights).

Interior of Palestinian home after settler arson attack. (Photo: Zakariya Saddeh/Rabbis for Human Rights).

Last night’s slaying has caused uproar from top officials in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.

“We hold the Israeli government fully responsible for the brutal assassination of the toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha,” chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement this morning. “Over a year ago President Abbas requested international protection for Palestinians, a call that has been ignored so far. Today we can see the consequences,” he continued.

Erekat also noted “Since 2004, over 11,000 settler attacks have taken place against Palestinian homes, cars, churches, mosques, trees and others with full impunity.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the killing in a series of tweets this morning stating, “This is an act of terrorism in every respect. The State of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of the perpetrators.”

Seeking to calm tensions, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin will visit the wounded this afternoon, and he released a statement to the Arab public this morning.

“I feel a sense of shame, and moreover a sense of pain. Pain over the murder of a small baby. Pain that from my people, there are those who have chosen the path of terrorism, and have lost their humanity. Their path is not my path,” the president said.

Rivlin also called on all parties to “join together” and “allow police to do their work.” Yet the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem is skeptical that the authorities will bring charges against the attackers. In a statement released today B’Tselem said over the past three years Israeli settlers have burned nine Palestinian homes in the West Bank. Of those nine crimes, no charges were brought against the culprits, which they say conditions a culture of impunity for settler arsonists and killers.

“Official condemnations of this attack are empty rhetoric as long as politicians continue their policy of avoiding enforcement of the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians, and do not deal with the public climate and the incitement which serve is backdrop to these acts,” B’Tselem said.

Slightly more than a year ago three Israelis abducted and 16-year old Mohammed Abu Khdeir from outside his Jerusalem home and then burned him alive. The killing initiated a wave of attacks, contributing to a volatile atmosphere across Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem marked by clashes that were described often as the “Jerusalem Intifada” in media reports. The three Israelis who confessed to the crime are now on trial for murder.

 

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  1. just
    July 31, 2015, 10:23 am

    Thank you, Allison.

    “Yet the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem is skeptical that the authorities will bring charges against the attackers. In a statement released today B’Tselem said over the past three years Israeli settlers have burned nine Palestinian homes in the West Bank. Of those nine crimes, no charges were brought against the culprits, which they say conditions a culture of impunity for settler arsonists and killers.

    “Official condemnations of this attack are empty rhetoric as long as politicians continue their policy of avoiding enforcement of the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians, and do not deal with the public climate and the incitement which serve is backdrop to these acts,” B’Tselem said.”

    B’Tselem is absolutely, 100% correct.

    The blame goes to the GoI, the IOF enablers, the courts, and Israel. Both statements from Netanyahu and Rivlin ring hollow as hell.

    RIP, little Ali Saad Dawabsha. May his family survive the agony of burns and loss. Condolences to the people who mourn.

  2. Marnie
    July 31, 2015, 10:23 am

    “I feel a sense of shame, and moreover a sense of pain. Pain over the murder of a small baby. Pain that from my people, there are those who have chosen the path of terrorism, and have lost their humanity. Their path is not my path,” the president said.

    “Their path” is not your path – BULLSHIT. The Nyu govt is “their path” for God’s sake. And most Israelis agree with “their path” or they wouldn’t have elected the most right wing govt in history. Spare me and everyone else your crocodile tears.

  3. Kay24
    July 31, 2015, 10:30 am

    Al Jazeera is the only American news channel that is covering this sad story. The other news organizations in the US have not mentioned a word, at least when I checked last. This is outrageous to say the least. Netanyahu may mouth the words “terrorists” but it is simply to show the world he is against this. He has imported, and bred these terrorists, so that they can keep building more and more illegal settlements to house these criminals, arm them, and ignore their horrendous crimes. Netanyahu is reacting this way so that the world will not get mad at his policies and illegal settlers.

    Right now it seems the rest of the world is outraged about this, but not our media nor our leaders. Had this been reversed, we would have seen Cotton, and some of the Republican clowns running for President, feigning outrage and pointing out that “defenseless” Israel is being attacked again, and that the have the right to “defend” themselves. The irony of this is, is the Palestinians who need to defend themselves from these terrorists. Time some of their neighbors armed them to do so.

    • Annanymouse
      July 31, 2015, 11:40 am

      This is false. The story is front page news on CNN.com and on the New York Times.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2015, 11:55 am

        it may not have been false wrt the nyt when she wrote it. i got this off google, just now:
        https://news.google.com/news/story?ncl=def2YkcKYeKpb3Mmwtz9fMXSItT4M&q=child+killed+in+israel&lr=English&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CCkQqgIwAGoVChMIp9as59yFxwIViS-ICh3dZwuN

        Jewish Arsonists Suspected in West Bank Attack That Killed Palestinian Toddler
        New York Times – ‎1 hour ago‎
        Officials and neighbors identified the dead child as 18-month old Ali Saad Dawabsheh, and said his parents, Saad, 32, and Riham, a 27-year-old mathematics teacher, were being treated in Israeli hospitals along with their other son, Ahmad. Witnesses …

        Attack in West Bank Kills Palestinian Child
        Wall Street Journal – ‎1 hour ago‎
        JERUSALEM—Suspected Jewish extremists fire-bombed two homes in a West Bank village early Friday morning, in attack that left a toddler dead and spurred the Israeli army to deploy fresh forces to the Palestinian territory ahead of possible unrest.

        Palestinian toddler killed in West Bank; Jewish arsonists suspected
        Reuters – ‎4 hours ago‎
        The child’s parents and four-year-old brother were flown by helicopter to an Israeli hospital where they were said to be in serious condition, officials said. A second house in the village was also set ablaze, but no one was at home. It was the worst …

        ‘Extremist Israeli’ attack: Photographs emerge of Palestinian toddler killed …
        The Independent – ‎4 hours ago‎
        Israel’s defence minister confirmed the family had been taken to a hospital in nearby Nablus, but that they would be transferred to Israeli hospitals. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the “terror attack.” He told the Jerusalem Post …

        whereas, i posted it here from haaretz 9 hours ago: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/israeli-forces-third-palestinian#comment-786054

        sometimes it takes a little time for the search engines to pick up stories.

      • Annanymouse
        July 31, 2015, 12:01 pm

        She wrote it at 10:30am! I saw news last night. It’s just not true that it’s not being covered.

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2015, 12:04 pm

        It may be different right now, but when I got the story, it was around 6am Eastern time, and there was absolutely no coverage from CNN or MSNBC, I had to go to AJA to get the headlines and the coverage.
        It was not false when I wrote it, because I did not see any reference to this. I would have welcomed any kind of coverage from the usual channels. Calm down.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2015, 12:05 pm

        i agree, it’s not true that it’s not being covered — now.

        btw, you can view the articles coming in by googling news “by date” (timestamp)

        https://news.google.com/news/story?cf=all&hl=en&pz=1&ned=us&q=child+killed+in+israel&cf=all&ncl=def2YkcKYeKpb3Mmwtz9fMXSItT4M&scoring=n

        my observation is, after years of doing this, often msm won’t report certain stories until after government officials have weighed in.

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2015, 12:36 pm

        Calm down. I found my earlier comments and at that stage I did not see any coverage.
        Gee, seems the time I mentioned the lack of coverage is important to Annanymouse.
        What’s with the drama?

        Kay24 July 31, 2015, 6:10 am
        The zionist terrorists have gone too far. Are we sending billions of dollars for this? Israel’s front line terrorists keep getting worse, knowing very well they are armed and protected by their ruthless government. Viciousness must be in their DNA.

        “Israeli squatter-terrorists kill Palestinian toddler, injure 4 after setting their Home Ablaze”

        link to juancole.com

        – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/leading-american-palestine#comment-786082

        Kay24 July 31, 2015 at 8:23 am
        This is very sad, and my heart goes to this poor innocent family, and the loss of a precious child, for no valid reason.

        That said, I am outrageous at these despicable and vicious terrorists, whose crimes get more often and worse, because they know the top terrorists in their country set the tone and protect them. Are we sending this scumbags aid for this? I have not seen our zio loving media cover this as yet. CNN is droning on about the wing found in some island, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe has been discussing Trump, Clinton, and the clowns running for elections, which happens to be NEXT YEAR. The only news channel that made it headlines was Al Jazeera. Now we know how the media would have run with this had it been a Jewish family, and by now Israel’s biggest terrorist, Netanyahu, would have sent his thugs to level Palestinian homes, and arrest hundreds of Palestinian youth. This double standard is simply disgusting, especially when the media also has no spine and to cover these events with integrity and without bias. This pretend democracy called Israel has got away with massacres, and gets away with it by lying, and hiding behind American behind. Shame on Congress for supporting these criminals. It seems they have sold their souls to the devil.

        Let’s not get carried away with Netanyahu calling them “terrorists” it is just a whitewash, because the bottom line is, he has encouraged this kind of brutal killings by setting the example, calling for the blood of all Palestinians when their is an opportunity, and giving these terrorists a free pass. These murderers deserve to be hung for this crime, anything else is too good for them.

        – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/kay24#sthash.nTAOxlZV.dpuf

      • talknic
        July 31, 2015, 2:07 pm

        Annanymouse July 31, 2015, 11:40 am

        INCOMING!!

        ***!!!DEFLECTION ALERT!!!***

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2015, 3:03 pm

        You are right Talknic it is deflection. From the commenter profile, Annanymouse has been here long enough to only make 3 comments and it is all about the timing of when I mentioned that CNN and MSNBC were not covering it. :))

    • Annanymouse
      July 31, 2015, 11:47 am

      Also: Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today (albeit in the “World” section). It’s certainly being covered.

      • Cliff
        August 1, 2015, 1:56 pm

        Ok, troll, we get the point.

        The mainstream press is reporting on this story and that’s great.

        But they don’t report on a majority of Israeli violence and when they do it’s not called terrorism as it would be if it were committed by Palestinians.

        You do realize a baby was BURNED TO DEATH BY ZIONISTS? Why aren’t you commenting directly on that?

        F*king sicko.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 1, 2015, 2:33 pm

        annany, excuse me if i am repeating myself here — but they all waited (the vast majority of them) until they got netanyahu’s trip to the hospital etc etc. it took them 6,7,8 hours to report it as news. had it been a jewish baby or family it would have been up lickity split within an hour — like arab press. it wasn’t.

  4. just
    July 31, 2015, 10:47 am

    From NYT article:

    “Yinon Magal, a member of the Israeli Parliament from the pro-settler Jewish Home faction, noted that Thursday was the 30th day since Mr. Rosenfeld’s death, a significant mourning milestone for religious Jews. “I suppose there is some sort of message here,” he said in a radio interview. But he and leaders of his right-wing party were among an array of politicians who used the bluntest possible language to distance themselves from the arson.

    “This is not a Jewish act,” Mr. Magal said. “This is not a moral act. This is a terrible act. We do not do such things. This is not our way.”

    Palestinians and their supporters questioned whether the perpetrators would be treated similarly to Palestinians who kill Israelis – whether, for example, their family homes would be demolished. Israel has long been criticized for not vigilantly investigating price-tag attacks or punishing their offenders, but Gilad Erdan, minister of internal security, said Friday that he was giving the Duma case “top priority” and that the suspects “should end their lives behind bars.”

    “A nation whose sons were burned in the Holocaust cannot allow its members to burn human beings,” Mr. Erdan, a leader of Mr. Netanyahu’s conservative Likud Party, said on the radio. “We have to drop everything and think about what we can do to ensure that events like this do not occur among us – and that if they do, the price paid will be very heavy indeed.””

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/01/world/middleeast/west-bank-arson-palestinian-toddler.html?&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

    More empty words. I agree it is not a “Jewish act”~ did anyone allege that? It IS another supremacist Israeli Zionist act of terrorism~ one in a long, long line of them.

    So Gilad Erdan, why aren’t those that burned Mohammed Abu Khdeir alive convicted and behind bars for life one year later?

    • Annie Robbins
      July 31, 2015, 11:45 am

      “This is not a Jewish act,” Mr. Magal said.

      for people’s edification, especially people new to i/p over the last 5 years, this is from didi remez dec 6 2009 when the settlers first announced the price tag attacks. there is a lot more at the link.

      http://coteret.com/2009/12/06/primary-document-settlers-prep-to-terrorize-west-bank/

      Below is a translated excerpt from the Rabbi’s article (original document is here.) It’s a must read. Note the announcement of a revival meeting tonight at the Yeshiva with the notorious Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, and the pride expressed at their success in maintaining a de facto autonomy in Yitzhar. Probably not coincidentally, Police reported this morning that settlers had torched a house and two vehicles in the nearby village of Ain Abous. At this rate, that will be remembered as a very minor incident.

      (the following excerpt is the exact replica at the link. all bold, italics and notations”[..]” contained in the blockquote are from the original)

      [Excerpt from “The Mutual Guarantee [Arvut Hadadit] Strategy”, by Rabbi Yosef Elitzur]

      […]

      Liberation of the mind leads to liberation of action, and the more liberated the mind the greater reverberation small acts have and the greater their results (at a relatively low price). We offer a few possible courses of action:

      “Mutual guarantee” [Arvut Hadadit] — acts of mutual guarantee coordinated between members of all the settlements take the air out of the government’s dreams. First of all we are all together and there is no “divide and conquer.” Second of all, we decide on the timing and don’t wait for a large police force and inspectors to bash us in the head and arrest and beat us. We have power too and we will use it at the time and place of our choice. Thirdly, we remember that the war is over Judaism, and the main enemies are the Gentiles in our country who are trying to conquer it and confusing the minds of crooked Jews who are far from the Torah. We do not discriminate: if the Jews don’t have quiet, the Arabs won’t have quiet. If the Arabs win because of violence against Jews, the Jews will win by violence against Arabs [emphasis mine]. Of course all of that leads to graceful activities with lots of joy: we can use the power of the women, children and older people to block a certain access road, and at the same time take firmer action against hostile elements further down the same road; we can carry out quiet and deep operations simultaneously with widespread acts of disorder in the sector, and so on.

      Don’t forget that a multitude of such operations and warming up the public will put us in a state of high readiness. To this day administration inspectors have not managed to enter Yitzhar since the freeze decree. That is because the experience and the heat at Yitzhar make every entrance by hostile elements require large forces and end with much damage to IDF and police property, even more damage to Arab property and persons, and a sector burning on all sides for a few days [emphasis mine]. When in every settlement a police patrol car becomes an unwanted presence, and administration inspectors understand they have 10 minutes to run away before their tires are punctured, the government’s ability to enforce its decrees will drop sharply.

      […]

      On the 19th day of Kislev [December 6], the day of redemption of the Old Master who withstood the denouncement and persecution of Jewish brothers, we will meet at the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva for a conference with our teacher Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg. Those who wish to be warmed and to meet many Jews from all walks of the Jewish public who are partners in strengthening Jews in the holy land are joyously welcome! [emphasis in original]

      and if you scroll there is a timeline: (my bold)

      November 16, 2009 — Avrum Burg on how this kind of Judaism inspires murder: “”Just go to a synagogue on Sabbath eve. Go in and pick up the weekly Parasha [Torah portion] commentary pages, read them and you will see that Teitel is not alone. Teitel is just one of an entire plantation of bad weed. Some of those pages are actually financed by the state, through the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The racist lore, as taught by the rabbis of Hebron and Bet El, is everywhere. In the end, someone gets up and does the deed. We tend to ignore this, but horrible things happen there. It is in the air. I know those people. Some of them are my relatives. They do terrible things and we fail to notice.”
      November 19, 2009 — Haaretz’s Akiva Eldar, based on Yesh Din data, reveals that the Rabbi’s Yeshiva is funded by the Israeli government.
      December 6 2009 — Rabbi Elitzur and Ode Yosef Hai Yeshiva lead preparations for terrorizing West Bank Palestinians.
      December 15 2009 — Haaretz uncovers US federal tax exemptions for American charities funding the rabbi.

      to the murderers carrying out these attacks, and their leaders, it is very much a “jewish” act.

      • just
        July 31, 2015, 11:58 am

        Point taken, Annie.

        Just as some have corrupted Islam, and others have corrupted Christianity, so have some corrupted Judaism to serve their purpose. The graffiti left behind is clear wrt to their motivation~ in Hebrew “revenge” and “long live Messiah” and a star of David.

        It’s sick.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2015, 1:22 pm

        yes, definitely sick. when they write “remember that the war is over Judaism” they mean it. let’s really hope they don’t win that war either.

      • Mooser
        July 31, 2015, 12:11 pm

        “the Jews will win by violence against Arabs [emphasis mine]. Of course all of that leads to graceful activities with lots of joy: we can use the power of the women, children and older people to block a certain access road, and at the same time take firmer action against hostile elements further down the same road;”

        Wow, what a screed that was! The guy, with his “power of the women, children and older people” is a regular Jewish Gandhi! An exponent of the doctrine of Settler Satyagraha!

      • Diane Mason
        July 31, 2015, 12:31 pm

        Not a Jewish act, but a profoundly Zionist one. It goes right ot the heart of Zionism’s original sin, that you cannot make or maintain a Jewish state in a place as un-Jewish as Palestine without terrorizing the indigenous population out of their homes.

      • just
        July 31, 2015, 3:28 pm

        Freedland:

        “Israel’s hawks can dodge blame for a day of violence

        Two bloody attacks in 24 hours have laid bare a culture of impunity – and deep internal divisions

        The condemnations are striking but still they ring hollow. Binyamin Netanyahu denounced the arson attack by Jewish settlers on the West Bank home of the Dawabsha family, in which Ali Saad, a baby just 18 months old, was burned to death, as an “act of terrorism in every respect”. Netanyahu was joined by Naftali Bennett, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, which is close to being the political wing of the settlers’ movement. Bennett described the murder as a “horrendous act of terror”. The defence minister, the army, they all condemned this heinous crime.

        Which is welcome, of course. It’s good that there were no ifs or buts, no attempts to excuse the inexcusable. But still it rings hollow.

        The words sound empty partly because, while this act is extreme in its cruelty, it is not a freak event. Talk to the Israeli human right groups that monitor their country’s 48-year occupation of the West Bank and they are clear that the masked men who broke into the Dawabsha family home in the early hours and set it alight committed a crime exceptional only in its consequences. “Violence by settlers against Palestinians is part of the daily routine of the occupation,” Hagai El-Ad, director of the B’tselem organisation, told me. …

        …The prime example of turning on the tap – only to be appalled by the flood – is Netanyahu himself. Twenty years ago he stirred up crowds livid at then prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s apparent concessions to the Palestinians. They waved placards depicting Rabin as a Palestinian terrorist, even as an SS officer – but Netanyahu said nothing. They carried a mocked-up coffin of Rabin and still Netanyahu said nothing. But when a far rightist assassinated Rabin, Netanyahu was of course among the first to be shocked, shocked, by such wickedness.

        It’s true too that each “price tag” attack like yesterday’s – designed to show that even the slightest brake on the settlement venture will come at a price – helps entrench the position that territorial compromise is impossible, that the evacuation of settlements will trigger civil war. That is a conclusion that can only boost support for the Bibi-Bennett hostility to a two-state accord with the Palestinians. And yet, for all that, it would be wrong to see the Israeli right as a monolith – and even more wrong to see Israel itself that way. There are distinctions and they matter. This week’s men of violence illustrate them.

        The graffiti left by the murderers of baby Ali Saad offered a clue. “Long live the messiah,” said one. I’ve seen slogans like that before, in the radical settler enclave of Hebron: they point to a strand of settler extremism that denounces the actual state of Israel, and especially its army, as godless institutions of secular democracy, demanding in their place the creation of a “Judean kingdom”. To them, Netanyahu is a traitor and apostate.

        Similarly, the would-be assassin of the Pride rally, Yishai Schlissel, told the Jerusalem court where he appeared today that he did not recognise its authority because it “does not follow the rules of the holy Torah” (as if he does). That suggests he belongs to the strand of anti-Zionist ultra-orthodoxy that regards the modern, secular state of Israel as a blasphemous pre-empting of the divine plan for the Jews.

        It can be baffling, but such are the deep divisions within Israeli society, often missed by those looking on from afar. Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin – who, though a hawk on territorial issues, has emerged as the country’s most urgent voice against bigotry and intolerance – spoke in June of Israel’s four tribes: the strictly orthodox, the secular, the national-religious and the Arab minority….”

        http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/31/israel-hawks-dodge-blame-two-bloody-attacks-impunity-internal-divisions

      • Bumblebye
        July 31, 2015, 6:02 pm

        @just
        Freedland doesn’t have the courage to bring up “Torat HaMelech”, which justifies the killing of infants by these rabid scum. Contorted, twistified, how to do anything evil you ever wanted to do and claim it’s in some misbegotten Gawd’s name.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2015, 6:18 pm

        http://coteret.com/category/settler-violence/

        US tax dollars fund rabbi who sanctioned killing gentile babies and incited torching of Yasuf mosque

        Friday’s (December 11 2009) torching of a mosque in the West Bank village of Yasuf, did not take place in a vacuum. The “price tag” terror tactic has been public knowledge for more than two years. Rabbis publicly sanction and encourage these attacks.

        The Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in Yitzhar is a notable example. Its head, Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburg, is the author of Baruch Hagever, an ode to Cave of Patriarchs murderer Baruch Goldstein. In early November the yeshiva’s dean, Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, published the “Handbook for the Killing of Gentiles.” On December 4 he published an article with specific instructions for terror activities in response to the “settlement freeze.”

        Investigative reporting by Haaretz has been following the funding sources behind the yeshiva. On November 17, it exposed generous financial support from the Israeli government. This morning (December 15 2009,) it uncovers US federal tax exemptions for its American donors and slams the US administration for sanctioning this practice.

        Below is a key excerpt. An annotated full text of the report is provided after the jump. The original yeshiva report to the Israeli Registrar of Associations can be downloaded here. Mondoweiss’s investigative reporting on the Central Fund of Israel can be read here.

        http://mondoweiss.net/2008/12/ny-fabric-store-familys-charity-we-train-people-to-fight-in-towns-in-occupied-territories-with-other

        This is the same yeshiva whose rabbi said it is permissible to kill gentile babies because of “the future danger that will arise if they are allowed to grow into evil people like their parents.” In his latest book, the head of the yeshiva, Yitzhak Shapira, who bears the honorable title of rabbi, even permits killing anyone “who, through his remarks and so forth, weakens our kingdom” (Obama, beware!)…According to the fund’s latest financial statement, it gave some $8 million to religious organizations in 2006, earmarked for establishing synagogues and schools, aiding the needy and “urgent security needs.”…So the next time the White House spokesman condemns the torching of a mosque near Nablus, some reporter ought to ask him why respectable American citizens contribute to the Od Yosef Chai Shechem yeshiva, one of whose leading rabbis wrote the following incendiary words of incitement: “[Civil] Administration inspectors have not dared to enter Yitzhar since the freeze edict. Their experience with Yitzhar, and its heat, are responsible for the fact that every entry into the settlement by hostile elements requires large forces and ends with extensive damage to army and police equipment, even greater damage to Arab persons and property, and a region that continues to burn in every direction for several days” (Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, Hakol Hayehudi, December 4, 2009).

        A-G: ‘Torat Hamelech’ authors will not be indicted
        http://www.jpost.com/National-News/A-G-Torat-Hamelech-authors-will-not-be-indicted

        Investigations against rabbis who approve book also to be closed; Weinstein: Not enough evidence of intention to incite.

        Weinstein wrote that Torat Hamelech is written in a general manner and does not call for violence.

        According to Weinstein, works pertaining to rulings on religious law or publications of religious sources should not be dealt with in criminal proceedings in order to preserve freedom of religion.

        In addition, Weinstein said that it was hard to assert that the book permits individuals to act, rather than a ruling authority.

        In addition to the attorney-general’s investigation, a petition against Shapira and Elitzur was brought to the High Court of Justice by the Reform Movement in Israel and other pluralistic Jewish groups several weeks ago. The groups demanded the Attorney-General’s Office and the justice minister explain why the rabbis had not been indicted for racial incitement.

        According to the petition, the book “explicitly claims that the life of a Jew is worth more than the life of a non-Jew, and permits the killing of innocent people including children.”

        Director of the Reform Movement in Israel Rabbi Gilad Kariv said that closure of the case sends a message that “racial incitement is permitted in Israel and bears no price.”

      • just
        July 31, 2015, 6:14 pm

        No, he didn’t, Bumblebye. Comments are closed now, I’ll ask when they open again.

        I guess that would be just too much dirty laundry and truth for him to air.

      • just
        July 31, 2015, 6:26 pm

        Thanks again, Annie.

        “NIF says right wing leaders should be held accountable for ‘tolerating incitement’

        The New Israel Fund says in a statement that “today in Israel is a day of soul searching. Israeli leaders from across the political spectrum are condemning the violence. And many Israelis are saying that the elegant words that some Israeli leaders posted to Facebook are not enough. One cannot say, year after year, that Israel exists only for its Jewish citizens, or only for the Jewish citizens who comply with a narrow, right-wing interpretation of Zionism, and then be shocked when extremists feel free to express hatred and do violence and innocent children are murdered.”

        The NIF continues that “some leaders of the right” have for years “tolerated or personified incitement and exclusion” and need to be held responsible for their rhetoric and their actions.

        “This also holds for religious leadership. Rabbinical extremists who use holy texts to justify hatred and violence are even more despicable than their political brethren. Homophobia, misogyny, and the ugliest expressions of prejudice stain some in the ultra-Orthodox leadership and community and must be roundly denounced,””

        http://www.timesofisrael.com/tensions-soar-after-palestinian-baby-killed-in-west-bank-arson-attack/

        Any “soul searching” has to result in an end to impunity and other actions. Period.

    • Marnie
      August 1, 2015, 12:55 am

      “This is not a Jewish act,” Mr. Magal said. “This is not a moral act. This is a terrible act. We do not do such things. This is not our way.”

      Whatever. Whoever did this was:
      a) A Jew, regardless of the statement “we don’t do such things”. This one apparently does.
      b) “This is not our way”. This is the way of this particular Jew or Jews and the way of the those who killed Mohammed Abu Khdeir and the way of many people in Israel (either passively because they accept it or actively by doing) who insist they are Jews and commit crimes ranging from stone throwing, running over Palestinian people with their cars, uprooting their olive trees, burning their crops, their mosques, stealing their homes, making 2 sets of laws for its citizens – one for Jews, one for non-Jews, etc., and continue to illegally by UN statutes hold captive a population of over 1 million in Gaza with no rights and no sanctuary when they routinely “mow the grass”.
      c) This is not a Jewish act. As Just said “did anyone allege that?”. However, the GoI and many prominent Israeli politicians and rabbis frequently recommend behaviors that would be considered at the least inhumane and at the worst barbaric and they are Jews.
      d) Maybe it would be prudent to just leave the Jew bit out of it and we can all agree that this is not the way citizens of a civilized, democratic country should behave. No, that doesn’t work either.
      e) Maybe we should just say this isn’t the way human beings are supposed to behave.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 1, 2015, 1:24 am

        this reminds me of something i read the other day. may seem a little OT

        http://forward.com/opinion/317923/israeli-study-finds-jews-fretful-as-israeli-actions-stir-bias/

        …. Mainstream Jewish community leaders in several countries told the institute that there is an “automatic tendency” for the surrounding non-Jewish society to “view Jews as representatives of the pro-Israel position.”

        This has the direct result — as the institute initially noted last year, the current report points out — of “increasing the frequency and severity of harassment/attacks on Jews in various places around the world.”

        “This insight was particularly emphasized this year in light of the bloody incidents in the Jewish community of France,” the report says. It quotes a Jewish community leader from France saying: “Every time [Israel uses force] synagogues are burned.”

        Curiously, the report avoids the word “anti-Semitism” when describing these attacks as consequences of Israeli actions. No less curious, there’s an earlier chapter in the report, Chapter 8, that’s devoted exclusively to the rise in European anti-Semitism, essentially referring to those same attacks. But Chapter 8 never mentions the testimony by European Jewish leaders in Chapter 9 about a link between Israeli actions and attacks on European Jews. “Anti-Semitism” and “Israeli actions” don’t appear in the same chapter.

        In a way, the reticence is understandable. Drawing a causal link … between any anti-Semitism and any Jewish behavior, for that matter — is taboo in current Jewish discourse, to the point that suggesting it is itself treated frequently as an anti-Semitic act. It must have been frightening for scholars operating in this environment to stumble across first-hand testimony that the link is real. Even more frightening when they’re preparing to face an Israeli cabinet some of whose ministers view criticism of Israeli military actions as tantamount to treason.

        food for thought.

      • CigarGod
        August 1, 2015, 8:49 am

        Double-edged sword, isn’t?

      • just
        August 1, 2015, 8:11 am

        Thanks for that, Annie. Seems clear to me, but this is more than a little shocking: “Drawing a causal link … between any anti-Semitism and any Jewish behavior, for that matter — is taboo in current Jewish discourse, to the point that suggesting it is itself treated frequently as an anti-Semitic act.”

        (chewing carefully here ;)

  5. Kay24
    July 31, 2015, 11:00 am

    These illegal settlers are from Hell. Let us not forget the horrible crime against young Mohamed Abu Kdheir, again by these vicious terrorists. They should join ISIS, the brutality is the same.

    “Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and murdered on Wednesday in a suspected revenge killing by Israeli extremists, was burned alive after suffering a head injury, the Palestinian attorney general has claimed

    The allegation is said to be based on initial postmortem findings that discovered soot deposits in his lungs suggesting he was still breathing when he was set on fire. The shocking details, if confirmed, would seem likely to exacerbate already toxic tensions.” The Guardian UK

    • bintbiba
      July 31, 2015, 6:15 pm

      ……”Contorted, twistified, how to do anything evil you ever wanted to do and claim it’s in some misbegotten Gawd’s name. – ”

      I’m too upset to even think straight… Bumblebye, you spoke well !
      Thank you !

  6. CigarGod
    July 31, 2015, 11:46 am

    “11,000 attacks…”
    This belongs on a t-shirt.

    • just
      July 31, 2015, 12:09 pm

      That’s blood- curdling, zaid!

      • Marnie
        August 1, 2015, 12:59 am

        You reap what you sew. How could anyone believe there would be any other outcome? The children are worse than their parents and will rule over them.

    • Kay24
      July 31, 2015, 12:10 pm

      It shows that the only “democracy” in the Middle East and true “ally” of America, is breeding a generation of racists, who will cause more problems in the years to come. Not nice at all.

    • Annie Robbins
      July 31, 2015, 12:50 pm

      from the article: israeli teens:

      In an alarming trend, only 28% of Jewish respondents said they condemned so-called price tag attacks associated with religious, far-right Jewish groups, with students from a traditional home surprisingly more likely to decry those attacks than their secular peers.

      and can you spot the deception here:

      While 76% of secular Israelis were willing to live in the same apartment building as Arabs, only 37% of religious Jews and 11% of ultra-Orthodox teens said the same. Sixty-eight percent of Arab adolescents said they were willing to have Jewish neighbors.

      they try to suggest a false equivalence. 76% vs 68%. first of all, note how in one they use numbers (76) and another letters so it blends (Sixty-eight). but more interestingly, they never mention how many israeli jewish teens are secular. therefore, the 78% is a meaningless figure when compared to 68% of “arab adolescents”. the upshot is one side is almost 70% non racists wrt who their neighbors are. the other — not so much.

      • zaid
        July 31, 2015, 2:01 pm

        @Annie

        It really does not matter if palestinians don’t want to live among israelis.

        Both the slave and the slavemaster hate each other but for different reasons.

        The slave hates his slave master because of the injustice and humiliation he inflicts on him.

        The slave master hate his slave because of feeling of superiority .

        It is not the same .

        (i am not saying palestinians are salves but this just to demonstrate).

  7. Kathleen
    July 31, 2015, 11:48 am

    Horrific…more senseless and brutal violence and death .

    Is it my imagination or are BB and Rivlin extending a bit more of a hollow compassion towards innocent Palestinian children etc being killed?

    BB “This is an act of terrorism in every respect. The state of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of the perpetrators” Most of us know that is a complete lie. BB has absolutely no evidence to back up this claim.

    • Kay24
      July 31, 2015, 12:26 pm

      Of course what Bibi says is a lie. He has acted like the biggest terrorist killing thousands thirsting for revenge for what a couple of Palestinians did, arresting hundreds and smashing homes. He set the example by calling for revenge and ignoring the endless crimes by the settlers. I doubt anyone in the world believes his hollow words.

      • K Renner
        July 31, 2015, 7:18 pm

        You’d be a fool not to be skeptical or contemptuous of Bibi’s grandstanding in this regard.

        Barring maybe Harper in Canada and the majority of the GOP, no one’s a fan of or recognizes Israel’s “settlement” initiative as “justifiable” or legitimate.

        Bibi is hard pressed to say something about this sort of thing, otherwise he’s going to attract more controversy in people wondering why he isn’t saying anything about it.

        Is he sincere? Definitely not, considering that he’s the apologist for the murder of hundreds of children in Gaza last year and a prime enabler of the “settler” movement in general.

  8. Abierno
    July 31, 2015, 12:10 pm

    Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the 74 children incinerated by IDF missiles in Rafah, Ali’s 4 year old brother in the hospital with the larger percentage of his body covered with 4th degree burns – inquiring minds would see a pattern here. And don’t forget the five year old girl Einas who was deliberately run down by a settler in a vehicular homicide. As regards death by IDF/IOF shootings, 30 children have been killed in 2015, and 1,900 since 2000. In Operation Protective Edge, 448 is the official number of children killed, the majority of them incinerated by Hellfire missiles. All of deaths represent serious war crimes since all took place in the Occupied Territories or in Gaza which is under siege. Virtually all these killings took place with impunity – while Israeli politicians condemn Ali’s death, it is important for readers to remember that these children have been delegitimized as “little snakes” by the current Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, and their killing sanctioned as religiously necessary by orthodox military rabbis who follow the King’s Torah.

    While the world was vocally enraged by Isis’ burning alive the Jordanian pilot, it is curiously silent about the barbarity and brutality of these children’s deaths, which were more atrocious and barbaric by far as a virtue of their being innocent children. Israeli military jokingly refer to these deaths as “mowing the lawn” further delegitimizing the dignity and honor of their deaths.

    People of conscience should demand that the UN place both Palestine and Gaza under protectorate as has been repeatedly requested by all partners to the Palestine government. While we should honor these deaths, mourning the extraordinary pain and terror these children experienced at the hour of their death, we should also demand, “Not one more Ali, not one more Einas, not one more Palestinian or Gazan child burned, shot or bludgeoned to death from this day forward. Protection and a protectorate now.”

    • Kay24
      July 31, 2015, 12:13 pm

      “While the world was vocally enraged by Isis’ burning alive the Jordanian pilot, it is curiously silent about the barbarity and brutality of these children’s deaths, which were more atrocious and barbaric by far as a virtue of their being innocent children.”

      Good point. Right now there is more outrage about Cecil the lion being killed a few days ago, than the killing of little Palestinian kids, and the number of those kidnapped and thrown into Israeli jails. What a crazy world we live in.

      • just
        July 31, 2015, 5:58 pm

        To your point, Kay24:

        “Cecil the lion spurs US lawmakers to craft bills to discourage trophy hunting

        American lawmakers say they are crafting legislation to curb trophy hunting in the wake of the killing of one of Zimbabwe’s most famous lions by a Minnesota dentist this month.

        New Jersey senator Bob Menendez announced on Friday that he will be introducing an act to disincentivize trophy killings, named for the internationally mourned lion. The Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (Cecil) Animal Trophies Act will extend import and export protections for species proposed to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. …”

        http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jul/31/cecil-the-lion-legislation-trophy-hunting-bob-menendez

        Nary a word about Israeli terrorism and a burned to death baby or his parents and brother who are fighting for their lives.

        Despicable spawn. Waste of time and worse.

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2015, 10:25 pm

        You are absolutely right Just, nary a word, not a whisper of condemnation, nor a hint of outrage.
        It seems like nothing happened. They are despicable all right. Menendez who unfortunately is my state senator has been a huge disappointment. He carries the water for the zionists of Israel, and I have never seen him act so quickly to safeguard the victims of Israel’s endless crimes.
        I stopped voting for these servants of zionists a few years ago. They are all the same when it comes to Israel.

    • just
      July 31, 2015, 12:14 pm

      Thank you, Abierno.

      I agree with you, and have for a long, long time. Allison has Mr. Erekat’s plea/statement in her article.

      Here’s how the NYT put it:

      “Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, called it a “brutal assassination” and said he held the Israeli government “fully responsible.” He called the attack “a direct consequence of decades of impunity given by the Israeli government to settler terrorism.”

      “This is the consequence of a culture of hate funded and incentivized by the Israeli government and the impunity granted by the international community,” Mr. Erekat said in a statement. “We call upon the international community to end its policy of empty statements and to finally do something to protect Palestinians.””

      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/01/world/middleeast/west-bank-arson-palestinian-toddler.html?&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2015, 12:36 pm

        a culture of hate funded and incentivized by the Israeli government

        it’s absolutely true. http://www.haaretz.com/news/palestinians-national-priority-map-is-blueprint-for-settlement-expansion-1.2265

        check the date dec 13 2009 (compare that to the announcement of the price tag attacks report by didi remez dec 6 2009)

        Palestinians: National priority map is blueprint for settlement expansion

        Israel okays plan to pump funds into settlements; Barak: New funds will fall into hands of extremists.

        …… The cabinet approved on Sunday the controversial plan – which will pump millions of shekels into West Bank settlements – after Netanyahu decided to review the list of communities for which funds were earmarked.

        All of the ministers from the Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas parties voted in favor, following a five-hour debate on the matter at the weekly cabinet meeting; Labor’s five ministers opposed.

        Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the Labor chairman, attacked the plan during the discussion, warning that some of the money would end up in the hands of right-wing extremists.

        “I don’t think that we need to award them a prize in the form of including them in the national priority map,” said Barak, referring to the plan.

        The defense minister cited the desecration of a West Bank mosqueon Friday as an example of the rightists’ activity.

        He added that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s map of communities slated to receive state funds included a disproportional number of settlements.

        The left-wing Meretz faction submitted a motion of no-confidence in response to the plan.

        Netanyahu’s decision to review the move appeared to be a compromise on the matter. The plan sparked a barrage of criticism since the premier decided to implement the move despite a freeze on new construction in the territories.

        The Labor ministers said Netanyahu had agreed to hold a cabinet discussion on the plan and to form a panel to examine which communities should be included.

        At the start of Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said: “The government wants to provide an answer to those who carry on a daily basis the economic and security burden.”

        the settlers carry a security burden!!!! fanatical yeshivas get rewarded by being included in the “National priority map”!!

        that’s only part of the article. this is BEFORE the knesset was jammed packed with settler fanaticals.

    • Abierno
      July 31, 2015, 4:58 pm

      Update: Amira Hass has an article up at Haaretz that interviews a bystander who states that two masked men stood by as the parents lay on the ground burning. All similar to Abu Kheider, insofar as the intention was to burn this family alive. The psychopathic deviancy that drives these acts appears endemic to the settler movement as well as many right wing Zionist politicians (e.g. Moishe Feiglin). Infused as it is with Zionism, there needs to be some realization that these people wield over 200 nuclear warheads deliverable by ICBM, drone or submarine.

      • just
        July 31, 2015, 5:07 pm

        Thanks again, Abierno. I read that somewhere else.

        Can you imagine the sheer, unadulterated evil? It’s JSIL.

        But they’ve not been found even though they reek of burned flesh… so someone (s) protecting them.

        “The psychopathic deviancy that drives these acts appears endemic to the settler movement as well as many right wing Zionist politicians (e.g. Moishe Feiglin). Infused as it is with Zionism, there needs to be some realization that these people wield over 200 nuclear warheads deliverable by ICBM, drone or submarine.”

        You’re right.

  9. Kate
    July 31, 2015, 12:15 pm

    The Guardian 13:47 British Summer Time
    Talk is cheap on ‘price tag’ violence by Harriet Sherwood

    The killing of a Palestinian infant in a suspected arson attack by extremist Jewish settlers in the West Bank has been swiftly condemned as an act of terror by both Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

    This horrific act is not an isolated event, but part of a widespread campaign by extremist settlers against Palestinians and their property, and it will be instructive to compare the treatment of the perpetrators – if and when they are identified – with Palestinian youths accused of stone-throwing.

    Within hours of the attack, the Palestine Liberation Organisation released data showing a total of 369 attacks it says were committed by Israeli settlers from the beginning of 2015 up to July 27 – an average of more than 12 attacks each week. They include harassment and intimidation, the destruction and theft of olive trees, the poisoning of wells, stone-throwing, firing with live ammunition at people and property, assaults, verbal abuse, vandalism and the spraying of graffiti on property.

    B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group which monitors settler activity, said that in the past three years, nine Palestinian homes in the West Bank had been set alight, and a Palestinian family had been severely burned when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Palestinian taxi. “In recent years, Israeli civilians set fire to dozens of Palestinian homes, mosques, businesses, agricultural land and vehicles in the West Bank. The vast majority of the these cases were never solved, and in many of them the Israeli police did not even bother to take elementary investigative actions,” B’Tselem said in a statement

    Most settler attacks are relatively small-scale, but together they present a picture of life for Palestinian villages in Area C, the 60% of the West Bank under full Israeli control and home to more than 200 settlements – all of which are illegal under international law. Throw in restrictions on movement for Palestinians and the continual and invasive presence of the Israeli military – and the grinding, oppressive reality of life under almost half a century of occupation becomes a little clearer. . . .

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/31/israel-talk-is-cheap-price-tag-violence

    • just
      July 31, 2015, 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Kate.

      I am deeply saddened that it’s taken this horrific act to get the attention of the MSM. Harriet Sherwood’s article is a fine one indeed. I am glad that B’Tselem’s voice is being featured prominently.

      Of course, none of this is “news” to you, Kate. Nor is it news to those of us that follow your reports and MW in general. ;-(

      The sub- headline on the article is a good one:

      “If perpetrators of suspected arson attack are caught it will be instructive to compare their treatment with that of Palestinians accused of stone-throwing”

    • Annie Robbins
      July 31, 2015, 12:25 pm

      isn’t it amazing how awesome the shin bet is when it comes to tracking down — literally hunting — palestinians (often killing them right on the spot but if not — an amazingly impressive 99% conviction rate) but the same group of brilliant investigators can’t seem to find these jewish terrorists after years and years! i find it truly astounding, especially considering the leaders are out in the open. why, check out this wedding here: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/11/lynched-jewish-extremists

      that knife dance video is illuminating isn’t it? their leaders and rabbis are all there. now, if these were palestinians do any of us for one minute think it would be baffling the shin bet for sooo long how to find these guys? and then when they do find them what do they do? maybe jail a couple of them for a month or so, or heaven forbid ban them from entering the WB for 6 month. uuu scary punishment.

      even bradley burston, a few years ago when i heard him speak, i asked him about them and he said they were just kids, the hilltop youth is what they call them.

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2015, 12:28 pm

        Good point Annie, when it comes to their criminals, they are strangely ignorant, and look very incompetent.

      • Bumblebye
        July 31, 2015, 6:19 pm

        Annie, a photograph of a religious shtetler (I refuse to call ’em “settlers” – doesn’t cut it!) has been posted onto the fb page I go to, claiming “The savage killer is caught” – is anything popped up anywhere else to confirm? There’s no name or any detail with the pic.

    • John O
      July 31, 2015, 1:20 pm

      This story was third (after two domestic stories) on the BBC’s main radio news and current events programme this morning. There was also a live interview by presenter Mishal Hussein with the London ‘Times’ Israel correspondent, Gregg Carlstrom, who was scathing in his account of Israeli settlers’ behaviour – a few high-profile attacks get investigated, but everything else the settlers do with impunity. Interview starts at 00:51:40 (may not be available in your area):

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b063dcg2

  10. a blah chick
    July 31, 2015, 12:31 pm

    “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the killing in a series of tweets this morning stating, “This is an act of terrorism in every respect. The State of Israel takes a strong line against terrorism regardless of the perpetrators.”

    Just ask the Abu Khdeir family.

  11. yonah fredman
    July 31, 2015, 12:48 pm

    Netanyahu’s rhetoric last summer was abominable and his stance towards Palestinians cannot be interpreted as compassionate.

    The settler movement and its law unto itself has led to this ugly bloody point. There are settlers who are normal and recoil at this cruelty, but the two sets of laws: civil for Jews and military for Palestinians, the two sets of people- voters in Israeli elections and those without any such rights for 48 years of occupation, this imbalance creates the situation where the ugliness has some sort of acceptance as a status quo that can continue.

    The young men smiling and singing after being convicted of burning the bilingual school infuriated me. the ministers who defended the Beit El miniature uprising this past week are demagogues and play to this rabble.

    Ben Gurion chased the Palestinians out of much of 48 israel. Although the years of the Palestinian uprising of the 30’s do not strike me as a time of love and hope, the image of Jerusalem and its environs, pre Naqba is very alluring, as if we could only go back in time before this sin, in the days of our innocence. There is no cure in such nostalgia. The murder by these men is raw and horrible.

    • Kay24
      July 31, 2015, 1:30 pm

      “Commenting on the incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was shocked. “This is a terrorist attack. Israel takes firm action against terrorism, no matter who its perpetrators are,” he said in a statement, adding that “all means” would be used to bring the assailants to justice. Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said an investigation was under way and called the attack “nothing short of a barbaric act of terrorism.”

      A difference to the reaction to poor Mohamed Kdheir’s brutal murder is noted. There must be some reason the zionist government with Netanyahu reacts this way. It sounds hollow and totally unconvincing.

      • John O
        July 31, 2015, 1:51 pm

        “There must be some reason the zionist government with Netanyahu reacts this way.”

        Israel is very exposed just now – shrieking opposition to the Iran agreement that everyone else is applauding; all quiet on the Gaza front, etc. Here in the UK (and Ireland, if the Irish Times website is anything to go by) it’s the lead story from outside UK and Europe.

        One of the benefits of being a member of this MW community is the ability to interrogate the reporting of these stories. The first thing I did to follow up this story today was to go to the NYT website to see how our good friend Jodi Rudoren was reporting it. Even she couldn’t put a spin on the awfulness of this crime.

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2015, 2:47 pm

        I noticed that too, JohnO, Rodoren must have been so reluctant to write this, and could not put a good zionist spin on it. I wonder how supporters of Israel can justify this. The statement from Abbas also puts the focus on the illegal settlements, and other crimes by the occupier.
        It is yet another reminder to the rest of the world that Israel’s vicious crimes are still ongoing.

      • CigarGod
        July 31, 2015, 3:21 pm

        Yes.
        Its because he didnt call in air strikes on whole neighborhoods of zionists.

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2015, 4:41 pm

        I agree CigarGod. Perhaps there is still time for him to destroy their homes, attack the entire neighborhood, including those they suspect to be terrorists, arrest them by the hundreds, destroy homes while the inmates are taking part in religious observances, call for revenge, urging others to go for it, and explain to the world how attacking a home while the poor people slept, and killing a baby, is part of the “we are defending ourself” narrative.

        By the way, tried those beedis yet?

      • CigarGod
        July 31, 2015, 4:52 pm

        They are illegal in the usa. I went online, but no luck.

        Listening to bbc, they might have been marginally better than npr, but not enough to make a difference.
        Regev is a pos.

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2015, 6:13 pm

        Cigar God, I may be wrong but according to Wikipedia, it is the flavored ones that are banned:

        “Beedies in the United States[edit]
        In the United States, beedies are treated like conventional cigarettes. They are taxed at the same rates,[7] are required to have a tax stamp, and must carry the Surgeon General’s warning.[7] However, a study done in San Francisco showed that about four in ten packs of beedies did not contain the required warning label and seven in ten did not carry the tax stamp.[7] 2006 statistics on beedi usage shows that 2.9% of high school students in the United States take part in beedi smoking compared to 1.4% of those aged 18 to 24.[19]

        Flavoured beedies[edit]
        Some beedies are flavoured.[4] Both Canada and the US have banned flavoured cigarettes.[20]

      • CigarGod
        July 31, 2015, 6:15 pm

        Okay, ill try that. I dont like flavors, anyway.
        thanks.

      • a blah chick
        July 31, 2015, 7:33 pm

        “There must be some reason the zionist government with Netanyahu reacts this way. It sounds hollow and totally unconvincing.”

        It’s about the fire, Kay.

        Fire has a special resonance in Holocaust iconography, think of ashes and crematories, ovens and incineration. Recall how Huckabee suggested that the Iran deal would bring the Jews of Israel to the “ovens.” When Israeli or Jewish leaders really want to evoke a terrible menace they usually resort to a fire analogy.

        So when Jews use fire to kill non Jews they are, in a way, desecrating Jewish memory. Recall the horror that greeted the death of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, so many people were horrified that Jews would use fire to destroy someone. Had the terrorists killed the baby by running him over in their car there would not be nearly the outrage. It’s how they killed that has so many people upset rather than that they killed. Just the other day they shot dead another Palestinian kid and nobody noticed.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2015, 8:56 pm

        they killed someone else today

      • Annie Robbins
        July 31, 2015, 9:05 pm

        they will make palestinian suffer for this. like palestinians were who suffered after Goldstein killed all those people praying. like they made Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s family suffer after he was burnt alive. it will be palestinians who suffer for this .

      • just
        July 31, 2015, 9:14 pm

        Of course, Annie. Same as always~ they have already killed and wounded many today.

        It’s exactly why the words of the Israeli ‘leaders’ are worse than hollow and disingenuous. They’re BS. So was Netanyahu’s visit to the hospital today~ it was for HIM and PR. The parents and child have burns over ca. 90% of their bodies (iirc), it wasn’t for them! They’re sedated on ventilators, etc., if they’re still alive!

        RIP to the murdered, and condolences to their loved ones and to all Palestinians today.

      • Kay24
        July 31, 2015, 10:01 pm

        ABC, that is an interesting perspective. It seems they don’t mind the resulting fire after sending precision bombs into homes, or settlers firebombing a car carrying an Arab family. I think this response must be more political in some way, perhaps international pressure.

        If you look at this long list of crimes, you will see there were many, many incidents, of cars set on fire, olive trees, and other property belonging to the Palestinians. This is one long, ugly list.
        These are hate crimes, and the govt. of Israel does nothing to stop these terrorists.. In fact the IDF ignores what is going on, allowing the scoundrels to keep doing their evil acts.

        “15 October 2010 – A 500-dunam olive grove by the village of Farata was firebombed by settlers from the wildcat Jewish settlement of Havat Gilad[23] as part of a price tag operation. According to eyewitness Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, who notified authorities as the arson attack got underway, Israeli soldiers prevented fire trucks from entering to put out the blaze for an hour, and local Palestinians asking for their assistance were themselves detained for three hours.[24]”

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Israeli_price_tag_attacks

      • Kris
        August 1, 2015, 10:19 am

        @Kay24: ““Commenting on the incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was shocked.”

        Uh, huh:

      • just
        August 2, 2015, 6:23 am

        “Autopsy: Al Khaldi Shot From Behind

        Minister of Justice Counsel Saleem Saqa, Saturday, announced the results of al-Khaldi’s postmortem report, affirming that he was shot from behind.”
        more @ http://www.imemc.org/article/72483

        RIP.

    • Mooser
      July 31, 2015, 1:40 pm

      ” the image of Jerusalem and its environs, pre Naqba is very alluring, as if we could only go back in time before this sin, in the days of our innocence”

      What the hell are you talking about? First of all, didn’t you participate in occupying Jerusalem?

      “The days of our innocence” Oh my, now I have something in case I run out of ipecac.

      “I see the battle for Jerusalem to be a battle for the survival of the large Jewish population in Jerusalem and the battle for Deir Yassin in that context.”See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/wondering-jew?keyword=Jerusalem#sthash.UtFNAxGW.dpuf

      “the theory of sharing jerusalem without anyone having sovereignty sounds unrealistic to me and the fact instead of Israel exerting sovereignty over the western wall and the Jewish quarter is natural to me.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/wondering-jew?keyword=Jerusalem#sthash.UtFNAxGW.dpuf

      • Mooser
        July 31, 2015, 1:58 pm

        “There are settlers who are normal….”

        ROTFLMSJAO!! Oh Yonah, by all means, will you describe for us the “normal” person who goes out to steal somebody elses land, and bring their children up in a criminal’s camp?

        Oh, that much sought-after person, the “normal” settler! So tell me, Yonah, what should a “normal” settler do about this horrible kind of assault?

        First settler: “Say, what are you guys doing tonight?”
        Second settler: “Oh, not much, gonna go burn some Palestinian houses down. Wanna come along?”
        First settler: “Certainly not! Somebody has got to stay home and represent normality around here! You want people should think there’s something wrong with us?”

      • Kay24
        August 1, 2015, 6:30 am

        Signs are those settlers are NOT normal. Normal is not spitting at other, throwing stones at children, stealing and burning olive trees, stealing land and water, and making life miserable for those who were there before you. These illegal settlers are lunatics, vicious and violent.

    • straightline
      July 31, 2015, 6:04 pm

      Doing my usual round of world news this morning in Australia. This almost unspeakable atrocity has to be a serious test of western media. Sydney Morning Herald has a reasonably fair story as do Russia Today, the Independent, Channel 4 (the best reporting of this to my mind), and Al Jazeera . Our local ABC says in its headline “settlers allegedly firebomb house”. Wouldn’t “suspected” – used by other news outlets – be better than “alleged”? And then comes the BBC – how has that organisation fallen! It’s headline is “West Bank arson: Israel ‘will catch Palestinian child’s killers'” and spent most of the article quoting Netanyahu! Meanwhile higher in the list of headlines comes “Putin ‘ordered Litvinenko killing'” – no alleged or even suspected there – just subtle quotation marks! And yet the BBC and other British media have the gall to complain constantly about RT bias. Disgusting, BBC, you’ve lost me!

    • eljay
      July 31, 2015, 6:24 pm

      || yonah fredman @ July 31, 2015, 12:48 pm ||

      I agree: Jewish supremacism in/and a supremacist “Jewish State” – and all past and on-going (war) crimes committed in their pursuit and defense – are unjust and immoral.

    • Marnie
      August 1, 2015, 1:10 am

      “The murder by these men is raw and horrible”.

      What is more raw and horrible Yonah is this can hardly be considered an aberration here but almost a rite of passage for the fanatics hiding behind a “religion” and the fact that most of the GoI is made up of racists who proclaim Israel is “for white people”, “I’ve killed Arabs and have no problem with it” or “kill the mothers of the snakes”, etc., this is appalling but hardly a surprise is it?

      How long will we continue to bemoan and wring our hands over the injustices and barbarity suffered by the Palestinians as the hands of the “chosen people”? Every Jew outside of Israel must condemn the Jewish state and demand their governments do the same and pursue without hesitation isolating and placing economic sanctions on the state of Israel and aid the Palestinians.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 1, 2015, 1:30 am

        Every Jew outside of Israel must condemn the Jewish state and demand their governments do the same

        Every person must condemn and demand their governments do the same. this is a big problem, it can’t be left to the jewish communities to fix it. this is our problem, an american problem. it’s all our responsibility.

      • Marnie
        August 1, 2015, 2:10 am

        “Every person must condemn and demand their governments do the same. this is a big problem, it can’t be left to the jewish communities to fix it. this is our problem, an american problem. it’s all our responsibility.”

        You’ve got no argument with me on that one Annie; however, I think that Jews outside Israel have to throw away their tzedakah boxes and end their support of the zionist state. Really see the horrifying things done specifically in their name. Stop being sucked in by the constant false-messaging from zionists that “the Jews” are like a single organism instead of individuals with the only shared ideals being religious traditions, but obviously there’s a tremendous amount of variation.

    • diasp0ra
      August 1, 2015, 7:13 am

      “There are settlers who are normal and recoil at this cruelty”

      I’m sorry, Yonah, but there are no “normal” settlers. If you knew what was required to maintain these settlements then you’d know that every settler has blood on their hands, directly or indirectly, no exceptions.

      • Bornajoo
        August 1, 2015, 8:40 am

        “I’m sorry, Yonah, but there are no “normal” settlers. If you knew what was required to maintain these settlements then you’d know that every settler has blood on their hands, directly or indirectly, no exceptions.”

        +1 Diasp0ra! Exactly

        Every settler is an extremist. Anyone who supports settlers and settlements is an extremist and that includes all those who do so in the GOI and those from abroad who fund them.

    • Mondowise
      August 1, 2015, 10:29 am

      yonah, settlements are ILLEGAL, PERIOD. get that through your head once and for all. thus, there are NO ‘normal settlers’, they are ALL criminals who have broken international law and stolen lands of Palestinians. they all belong in the clink.

      then again, only izrael deems their own crimes normal.

      • CigarGod
        August 1, 2015, 11:49 am

        When their terrorist founding fathers and mothers…alive and martyred… grace their primary readers, whats a boy to think, except normal?

    • Kris
      August 1, 2015, 11:18 am

      yonah fredman: “There are settlers who are normal and recoil at this cruelty, but the two sets of laws…the two sets of people (with voting rights and without)..this imbalance creates the situation…which has some sort of acceptance as a status quo…”

      yonah, I think you are saying that you regret the crimes committed by Jewish Israelis against the Palestinians, but you feel history is responsible for the past, present and future crimes by Jewish Israelis against the Palestinians?

      So the sexual predator who was himself abused as a child should never have to take responsibility for his actions?

      • yonah fredman
        August 1, 2015, 11:47 am

        Kris- I said nothing of the sort. I will be more explicit regarding the quotation that you cited.

        The settlers who burned down and killed this child and her family do not represent all settlers. Most settlers will recoil at this cruelty. But all settlers are part of a system of occupation and therefore they too are part of the movement that must share culpability for the acts committed by these settlers. The criminals that did this act are responsible. But the settler movement is also responsible.

      • Mooser
        August 1, 2015, 12:44 pm

        “The criminals that did this act are responsible. But the settler movement is also responsible.”

        And from now on, Yonah promises to demand that settlers practice only, responsible, humane normal illegal settlement!

        You know, Yonah, like they did in those halcyon “pre-Nabka” days.

      • Kris
        August 1, 2015, 12:54 pm

        Thanks, yonah.

        @yonah: “The criminals that did this act are responsible. But the settler movement is also responsible.”

        Isn’t the government of Israel responsible, since it promotes and protects the settlers, and incites Israeli Jews to violence against and hatred of Palestinians? Aren’t the Jewish “settlers” being used as pawns, just as poor whites were used as pawns in the U.S. south?

        “It is difficult to find a single Israeli cabinet minister who has not encouraged or perpetrated racist violence against Palestinians, largely because this kind of incitement – and worse – gets them elected.” https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/israeli-leaders-lit-match-burned-baby-ali-dawabsha

        And isn’t it the responsibility of Zionist Jews who live in the U.S., since they are organized to cry “anti-semitism” and “Jew hatred” at anyone who criticizes Israel, and they successfully pressure the U.S. government to finance Israel and to block the UN Security Council from addressing Israel’s crimes?

      • CigarGod
        August 1, 2015, 1:26 pm

        I bang this drum all the time to no avail.
        The masses cannot see the difference between Zionist and Jew.
        It is too complicated.
        We don’t make it easier when we could…by loudly condemning Zionists…and shunning and marginalizing them.
        In the end, all Jews will be painted by a broad brush.

      • yonah fredman
        August 1, 2015, 1:09 pm

        Kris- the current government of Israel is filled with people of ill spirit and this government in particular (because it is Begin’s party, the Irgun’s party, and his commitment to the settler movement), but in fact all governments since 67 share responsibility for the settler movement and Jewish supporters of Israel who support the settler movement are responsible as well.

      • Marnie
        August 2, 2015, 12:34 am

        “Most settlers will recoil at this cruelty.”

        Most slave-owners don’t beat their slaves to death.
        Most pedophiles don’t kill children.
        Most rapists don’t kill their victims.
        Most wife-beaters don’t kill their wives.

        Slavery, whether kind or cruel, is wrong.
        Pedophiles kill children’s spirits if not their bodies and pedophiles are criminals.
        A rapist who rapes without beating their victim is still a criminal.
        A husband can apologize for beating his wife, but its still a crime.

        “Some” settlers (that many?) will recoil at this cruelty, but not to the point they’ll leave their illegal settlements and tomorrow it will be all be forgotten, until the next atrocity.

      • Kris
        August 2, 2015, 12:27 pm

        Great comment, Marnie!

  12. zaid
    July 31, 2015, 2:03 pm

    The question that every body have in his mind is:

    Will the israeli authority demolish the homes of the families of the perpetrators.

    • just
      July 31, 2015, 2:30 pm

      I see that question posed in many places today, zaid. You know the answer, though. There is no equality or justice for Palestinians. ;-(((

      I can’t believe that the all-seeing, mighty, and great IOF/Shin Bet/etc. haven’t found the murderers yet, can you?

    • Kay24
      July 31, 2015, 2:51 pm

      Good question Zaid, it reminded me of the zionists demolishing the homes of the those who killed the three Jewish kids. The chosen ones live by a different standard, one that entitled to get away with anything, even murder.

      • mariapalestina
        August 1, 2015, 10:30 pm

        “…demolishing the homes of the those who killed the three Jewish kids.”

        I have yet to be convinced the Palestinians executed following the death of the 3 settler teens were guilty. Too many questions remain unanswered about that entire affair. The bodies of the teens were discovered practically unhidden on land that had been searched repeatedly. After lying there for close to three weeks, supposedly, the bodies were reported to be fresh with no signs of decomposition. It’s possible, of course, that the Palestinians whose family homes were destroyed were the culprits, but there have been too many instances where Palestinians accused of crimes against Israeli Jews are executed without benefit of trial or conviction.

  13. Mondowise
    July 31, 2015, 4:47 pm

    i hope this inhuman act of terrorism moves the hearts of the world to stomp israel to a bloody pulp. i fear so much for the lives of little baby Ali’s parents and brother, too, after reading this horrific sad news reported by Ma’an News:

    “The mother was in critical condition with third-degree burns covering 90 percent of her body, an Israeli doctor told public radio. The father had burns on 80 percent of his body and the son 60 percent, with all of their lives in danger.”

    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=766776

  14. Les
    July 31, 2015, 5:10 pm

    Henry Siegman, the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, complained about Jews who thought they had the right to incinerate Palestinians.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/supporting-incineration-resonates

  15. just
    July 31, 2015, 5:34 pm

    Where are these particular illegal “settlers” & murderers, Israel? All fed and tucked in and snug in their beds?

    Steven Salaita:

    “Israeli settlers just burned a Palestinian baby to death. Those responsible are more likely to serve time in the Knesset than in prison.”

    https://twitter.com/stevesalaita/status/626963196813922305

  16. gracie fr
    July 31, 2015, 5:37 pm

    Visible proof of Max B’s “Goliath” premise (and pessimism) of the blind fury, power and violence of the radical right wing settler movement. If there is no legal condemnation of the arson attack and tragic death of a child, retribution followed by an Israeli escalation on Palestinians’ desire for justice risks to engulf the Occupied territories in horror……..

  17. Dagon
    July 31, 2015, 5:47 pm

    AOL news had the story up.Now it disappeared.scumbags.

  18. Kay24
    July 31, 2015, 6:20 pm

    Dr. Mads Gilbert has written a book about his sad experience during the last Gaza massacre.
    He says he is not neutral anymore.

    https://electronicintifada.net/content/fighting-israel-camera-and-stethoscope/14731

    • just
      July 31, 2015, 6:32 pm

      I read that review, Kay24. Fitting that it was published today ;-((

      Looking forward to reading and having the book of one of my heroes.

  19. just
    July 31, 2015, 7:15 pm

    Very detailed report by Kate Shuttleworth in Duma:

    “Death of 18-month-old in arson attack heightens tensions in West Bank”

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/31/death-18-month-old-in-arson-attack-heightens-tensions-west-bank-israel

    • italian ex-pat
      July 31, 2015, 10:38 pm

      Just finished reading the article in The Guardian, which adds even more heartbreaking details to this story I’ve been following all day.

      I first saw it in the NYT this morning, and was quite surprised that they had opened it to readers’ comments, given the highly explosive subject that literally begged for anti- Israel statements.
      As I waded through the comments pouring in, it was clear that the unanimous condemnation I had expected was seriously lacking, and, instead, the usual Israel apologists were out in force, having apparently decided that the best defense is an offense. I was glad that some had had the good taste to keep their mouth shut – or I should say keep their fingers off the keyboard – but the majority were in what is known as damage control mode, and I finally had to stop reading as I was getting sick to my stomach. Almost all shared Rudoren’s obvious admiration for Netanyahu & Co. for calling the perpetrators ‘terrorists’, a term until now reserved for Muslims, and for promising (with a straight face) swift justice – unlike “the Palestinian leaders who rejoice when a Jew is killed”. And almost all brought up incidents of past Palestinian violence, as if that was more than sufficient to justify the killing of innocents. Some went as far as saying that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions and accuse the settlers without ‘real’ evidence, and it wouldn’t be inconceivable that Hamas had done this just to cast blame on the settlers! I considered writing an appropriate reply, then thought better of it – why even acknowledge their idiocy.

      This is so unlike the type of comments I’m used to see from NYT’ readers that I have to question whether the editors posted only pro-Israel comments and censored the rest, or if the more intelligent people simply refrained from writing, as I did. This brutal crime, after all, doesn’t need comment, it speaks for itself.

  20. Bornajoo
    August 1, 2015, 12:43 am

    There are around 700,000 settlers. From the very start they have been actively encouraged and incentivised by successive Israeli governments to move and build beyond the green line. This has been the official method of expansion of Greater Israel by these successive Israeli governments since the late 70s. The settlers are fully supported politically and militarily and many settlers serve in the military and government and are now fully embedded in every area of the Israeli establishment. I’m sure that these terrorist killers are being protected by these same powers and even if they are caught ways will be found to mitigate their despicable crimes and their houses will definitely not be demolished.

    • amigo
      August 1, 2015, 6:50 am

      “The settlers are fully supported politically and militarily and many settlers serve in the military and government and are now fully embedded in every area of the Israeli establishment – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/07/palestinian-toddler-settler#comment-150998” Bornajoo.

      And financially!!.

      “Loans of almost half a billion shekels ($132 million) owed to the World Zionist Organization by communities in the Golan Heights and Jewish settlements in the West Bank have reportedly been largely forgiven by the government in recent years.

      The amount owed on the long-term loans — handed out by the organization’s Settlement Division — has been steadily shrinking thanks to a government debt forgiveness program, Israeli daily Haaretz said Thursday. The Settlement Division itself is funded by the government”. Times of Israel.

      http://www.timesofisrael.com/govt-reportedly-forgives-over-100-million-in-loans-to-golan-settlements/

      • Mondowise
        August 1, 2015, 10:19 am

        the government’s complicity screams loudly to the world that izrael is a terrorist nation in its entirety

  21. NickJOCW
    August 1, 2015, 3:32 am

    To all intents and purposes, this is complicity.(DOS press briefing y’day):

    QUESTION: …My question: Seeing how there is an uptick now in these settler attacks against Palestinians and their property and so on and with a price tag and all that, I wonder if the Department is looking into any steps it can take to apply U.S. anti-terror laws under its purview to combat these sorts of things. Are you?

    MR TONER: Well, look, as the statement said, we’ve obviously condemned this attack. We welcome the fact that Prime Minister Netanyahu did order Israel’s security forces to use all means at their disposal to apprehend the murderers of what he called an act of terrorism and to bring them to justice, and we obviously urge all sides in this moment to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions.

    But Israel is – the Government of Israel is investigating the incident and has expressed its firm commitment to pursuing the perpetrators of this attack, so we’ll let this process play out.

    QUESTION: Do you have confidence in the Israeli Government doing that?

    MR TONER: Certainly.

    QUESTION: Do you have evidence that they have done that in the past? For instance, in the case of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was burned alive last year, there have been no convictions up to now —

    MR TONER: And we’ve spoken about this before. We have confidence – Israel is a vibrant, strong democracy with strong institutions and a very strong legal system, so yes, we have confidence in it.

    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2015/07/245570.htm#PALESTINIANS2

    • RoHa
      August 1, 2015, 8:53 am

      Does anyone ever ask what they mean by “vibrant”?

      • CigarGod
        August 1, 2015, 11:32 am

        It’s secret language.
        If you use it, you are Izsympathetic.
        You’ve got the right vibe.

    • eljay
      August 1, 2015, 12:16 pm

      MR TONER: And we’ve spoken about this before. We have confidence – Israel is a vibrant, strong democracy with strong institutions and a very strong legal system …

      …as well as a staggeringly strong history of past and on-going (war) crimes including terrorism, ethnic cleansing, theft, occupation, colonization, oppression, torture and murder. And let’s not forget that Israel is intransigent, belligerent and has nuclear weapons. Thank you.

  22. The Hasbara Buster
    August 1, 2015, 9:22 am

    In other times, Israel and its supporters would have claimed that the family burned their own house down to collect insurance money. Or, that the baby was murdered in an honor killing after it was discovered that he carried homosexual genes. So I think some progress is finally being made.

  23. SonofDaffyDuck
    August 1, 2015, 3:15 pm

    Most offensive of all was Netanyahu’s appearance at the hospital where the victims were treated. In this quintessential act of hypocrisy, the Government flashed one of it’s two faces to the world.

    This is a governmental system of two parts: one which–though it cannot restrain it’s racist rhetoric–presents a face to the world which is orderly, makes parliamentary decisions and carries them out administratively under a sort of judicial oversight. It appears to behave within the boundaries circumscribing a “normal” government. It has courts, police etc.

    However there is a second Government…a group of thugs, answerable to no one (except their interpretation of G-). They recognize no restraints on their murder, arson, theft and violence to achieve the ethnic cleansing of–an inferior race. This Government appears to be funded and supported by the First, but hides it’s face behind a mask.
    While decrying the actions of the Second to deflect International condemnation(as Netanyahu did here), the ultimate purposes of these two appear indistinguishable.

    This type of governmental nexus–as well as the type of the purpose for which it was fashioned –are easily recognizable by any student of history

  24. Boomer
    August 1, 2015, 6:35 pm

    This evening (Saturday) I heard a story about this on NPR. That’s unusual. I’ve often read about “price tag” attacks here, but haven’t heard about them on NPR. NPR explained that these are called “price tag” attacks because they are intended to make the Palestinians pay a price. “Pay a price for what,” I wondered? For existing? For being on the remnants of their own land? For being refugees? For being the victims of dispossession and oppression by Israel and the USA?

  25. eGuard
    August 1, 2015, 7:59 pm

    I object to the use of the word price tag without the “we understand”-quotes. (nudge nudge, wink wink). Using it plain says the author agrees with the de-terrorised meaning.

    Even better: no need to use those words at all. There is no reason to follow the terrorists’ preference. There are better words. For example: terror, contra-peace terror, settler terror, racist violence, jewish occupiers terrorism

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