The two assailants, Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal, in their 20s, were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
What are the ghosts of skyjackers doing back on the front pages of the world’s news?
Along that axis I call “Putin-Assad-Khamenei” (or, possibly more accurately, Khamenei-Putin, given the way wise guys get power over one another), the post-Soviet still pan-Arab socialist whizbang PFLP believes it has a cause worth killing for, and while we can’t see the Big Money that helps move the mouths that incite the crime, one may suspect it’s there: plainly, “Jew hate” cloaks the piratical among leaders, Russia, for the time being excepted although Putin may be working an “anti- anti-Semitism” look-good card as players around the “vertical of power” continue to accrue corrupt treasure for burial or cleaning safely in the rule-of-law west.
For the regime hated by Persians in Tehran, today’s murderous act fits with its promise of the destruction of the “Zionist Entity”, which has been the best cover (by deflection of attention) for thieving on behalf of Ayatollah Khamenei.
It may be broad connecting today’s attack (on the pious before God) with Moscow and Tehran and, by way of suggestion, perhaps others profiting from the promotion of chaos and conflict in the world, but nonetheless — and with mention of the PFLP — today’s act stinks of an old grave dug open and left to foul the air.
Yossi Dagan, the head of media relations for the Samaria Regional Council, filed a formal complaint Tuesday with the Government Press Office (GPO) against a CNN reporter for equating the terrorists involved in the Har Nof massacre with the victims.
According to Dagan, American CNN reporter Ben Wedeman was responsible for the headline describing the massacre under the headline, “Israeli police shot dead two Palestinian civilians” – when, in fact, the shooters were Palestinian terrorists who killed four Jews and wounded eight others as they prayed the morning service before being killed in a gun battle with police.
“We are proud of our sons who act fearlessly in the face of terrorist attacks,” Tarif said. “This is a black day for Israeli society and the State of Israel, when its citizens are murdered just for being Jewish.
“The Druze community condemns with revulsion the act of terrorism in which a Palestinian terrorist massacred and slaughtered innocent civilians. Such a situation, in which the country’s citizens are murdered on a daily basis, cannot continue,” Tarif said, and praised Israel’s security forces.
Mosques in the neighborhood of the terrorists who attacked a synagogue this morning announced three days of mourning – for the murderers.
This is being reported by the Shehab news agency.
This happens at the same time that Arabs are celebrating the murders with candy.
One of the most shocking aspects of the murderous attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning by men with guns and axes is not the attack itself—we’ve seen, from time to time, this sort of sectarian barbarism take place in places like Jerusalem, and Hebron. The most shocking aspect is the wholesale endorsement of this slaughter by Hamas, a group that, during this summer’s war in Gaza, half-succeeded in convincing the world that it wasn’t what it actually is: a group with actual genocidal intentions.
The first is that Jews can be forgiven for thinking that the world sees them as sacrificial pawns. Today’s victims are of course not the first deaths in the Palestinians’ latest not-quite-intifada. And they were not the first Americans killed either. And they were not the first victims of Abbas’s incitement or his directive to take action against Jews in Jerusalem. The sad fact is that the world regards a certain amount of Jewish blood as the cost of doing business–not worth getting all worked up about.
The word for that is “expendable.” And that’s what the families of victims and those who survived previous attacks understand all too well: their loved ones were expendable to the international community and, most painfully, to the government of the United States of America. A line has now been crossed, apparently, and the Jews under attack are no longer considered expendable. But it’s unfortunate that the line was there to begin with.
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