My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Are Israeli settlers human???

Another great piece by Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal...
A few years ago, British poet and Oxford don Tom Paulin offered a view on what should be done to certain Jewish settlers. "[They] should be shot dead," he told Al-Ahram Weekly. "I think they are Nazis, racists. I feel nothing but hatred for them." As for Israel itself, it was, he said, "an historical obscenity."

Last Friday, apparently one or more members of the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, the terrorist wing of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's "moderate" Fatah party, broke into the West Bank home of Udi and Ruth Fogel. The Jewish couple were stabbed to death along with their 11-year-old son Yoav, their 4-year-old son Elad and their 3-month-old daughter Hadas. Photographs taken after the murders and posted online show a literal bloodbath. Is Mr. Paulin satisfied now?

Unquestionably pleased are residents of the Palestinian town of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, who "hit the streets Saturday to celebrate the terror attack" and "handed out candy and sweets," according to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. The paper quoted one Rafah resident saying the massacre was "a natural response to the harm settlers inflict on the Palestinian residents in the West Bank." Just what kind of society thinks it's "natural" to slit the throats of children in their beds?

The answer: The same society that has named summer camps, soccer tournaments and a public square in Ramallah after Dalal Mughrabi, a Palestinian woman who in March 1978 killed an American photographer and hijacked a pair of Israeli buses, leading to the slaughter of 37 Israeli civilians, 13 children among them.

I have a feeling that years from now Palestinians will look back and wonder: How did we allow ourselves to become that? If and when that happens—though not until that happens—Palestinians and Israelis will at long last be able to live alongside each other in genuine peace and security.

But I also wonder whether a similar question will ever occur to the Palestinian movement's legion of fellow travelers in the West. To wit, how did they become so infatuated with a cause that they were willing to ignore its crimes—or, if not quite ignore them, treat them as no more than a function of the supposedly infinitely greater crime of Israeli occupation?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are Palestinian terrorists human? I am thinking that is the better question.
Anyone who can find it in their hearts to support these people who celebrate death and honour the murder of innocents are no better than the murderers.
I am sick of hearing the demands of these people for "statehood".

11:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Do Not...
I condemn the attack against the Fogel family more than anyone out there. I am a father and can't imagine my children being harmed. This incident is one of far too many ugly episodes where civilian's pay the ultimate price for the desires of politicians. Civilian's should be safe and immune from the horrors of the Palestinian - Israeli conflict, but they are not, during the latest Israeli adventure in Gaza "Operation Cast Lead" 2008-2009 over 300 Palestinian children were killed. This trend will continue lest we start to see one another as humans first and in terms of religion, ethnicity, color, etc last.
A Palestinian Muslim

2:11 PM  

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