Saturday, March 12, 2011

Vicious Attack in Itamar

Terrorists broke into a house in the West Bank settlement of Itamar last night, killing five people: two parents and three of their children, aged 11, 3 and a baby. Three other children managed to escape.

I hope the terrorists who carried out this attack will be found and killed. They do not deserve to ever be released in a future prisoner swap. Killing children in the name of resistance is the most vile form of so-called "freedom fighting". Kids, and civilians in general, should be off limits, even if they are settlers. Only negotiations will remove the settlements from the West Bank, not violence.

Now I'm worried about Jewish terrorism. Some of the more radical elements in the settler movement may want to exact revenge on innocent Palestinian civilians. The IDF should do everything in its power to make sure that doesn't happen.


  1. ”Kids, and civilians in general, should be off limits, even if they are settlers.”

    I didn’t see you protest the wholesale slaughter of kids and women (and other civilians) during the atrocity called ‘Cast Lead’ (my personal tipping point). It had an approval rating of 94 % +, including from the “Left”. You once claimed you didn’t believe in ‘state terrorism’ (tres Americain!), yet that was exactly what that was, including the stated goals…

    Or when settlers from Itamar shot (20 times) 18 year old Yahya Atta Riahin

    ”The IDF should do everything in its power to make sure that doesn't happen.”

    … is a call for further strengthening the occupation and thereby playing into the hands of the settler movement.

  2. You've got some pretty twisted thinking if you believe that when I call for the IDF to protect Palestinians from settler violence I'm actually calling for the strengthening of the occupation. I don't think the settlers should be there, but while Israelis are still in the West Bank, Palestinians and settlers should be protected from each other's violent elements.

    Cast Lead was not state terrorism, and the civilians in Gaza were not its targets. Hamas and other terrorist organizations were the targets. I won't apologize for the fact that we finally reacted after years of Qassams and mortars raining in on our civilians near Gaza. There were some unjustifiable incidents during the operation, but on the whole, the operation itself was very justified. Its stated goal was to end rocket fire, not to terrify civilians into submission.

    By the way, if I recall correctly, you were extremely anti-Israel long before Cast Lead, so how does that qualify as being your tipping point?