A 13-year-old Jewish girl who was stabbed to death in her bed by an Arab attacker on Thursday was an American citizen, the State Department said.
Hallel Yaffa Ariel was asleep in her home in Kiryat Arba when a 17-year-old terrorist broke in to the house and killed her before he was shot by security guards.
After it was learnt that Hallel Yaffa was an American citizen, the U.S. State Department condemned “in the strongest terms the outrageous terrorist attack.”
“This brutal act of terrorism is simply unconscionable,” spokesperson John Kirby said in the statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to her family.”
Senator Marco Rubio and Donald Trump released statements.
I am shocked by the heinous murder of 13 year old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, who was attacked by a Palestinian terrorist while she was sleeping in her bedroom. I extend my deepest condolences to the Ariel family.
The continuing incitement and preaching of hate by the Palestinian leadership, and the glorification of terror must end immediately. I call upon the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to condemn this murder and to take concrete steps to end this barbaric behavior.
Donald J. Trump
I guess that means President Barack Obama will soon be acknowledging her death like he acknowledged other deaths of Americans who died at the hands of terror.
In November 2015, President Barack Obama paid tribute and emotionally highlighted the tragic losses of the two Americans who had lost their lives to terrorism in recent days.
“Today, families in too many nations are grieving the senseless loss of their loved ones in the attacks in France and in Mali,” President Barack Obama said. “As Americans, we remember Nohemi Gonzalez, who was just 23 years old, a design major from California State University. She was in Paris to pursue her dream of designing innovations that would improve the lives of people around the world. And we remember Anita Datar of Maryland. She’s a veteran of the Peace Corps, a mother to her young son, who devoted her life to helping the world’s poor, including women and girls in Mali, lift themselves up with health and education.”
“Nohemi and Anita embodied the values of service and compassion that no terrorist can extinguish,” President Barack Obama continued. “Their legacy will endure in the family and friends who carry on their work.”
As President Barack Obama was speaking these moving words, the body of another American citizen abroad killed in a terrorist attack but unmentioned by the U.S. president was making its way to the United States after being escorted out of Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport by a crowd of hundreds of mourning Americans. The body of Ezra Schwartz, 18, who was gunned down in a car in Gush Etzion.
But, presumably, since he was Jewish or it happened in Israel, or fill in your reason here ____________________, President Barack Obama chose to refrain from mentioning him.