A ‘heroic’ action

A death of a child is said to be the worst thing any human can experience – and when that death is through murder… it is so incomprehensible to any person who has the ability to care or feel. Seeing someone who was created with absolute love be ripped away by someone with absolute hate – is about as close to the darkness of humanity we can descend.

And yet, the Palestinian terrorists have shown that humanity can yet descend even further…

Because the shooting deaths of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their 4 children was not a tragedy by any means. It did not … just happen. A terrible airborne disease did not strike them down. They were not caught in a deluge of water that fell from the sky.

They were taken… deliberately and intently. They were murdered in an orchestrated act of hate, led by Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority. Because Hamas, who are part of the Palestinian Authority, praised the act as ‘heroic’ and an armed division of Abbas’s Fatah unit claimed responsibility, calling it a ‘necessary action.’

So the murder, not the tragic death, of two parents in front of their four children aged from four months old to nine years old was, according to the governing Palestinian Authority’s own words, ‘heroic’ and ‘necessary.’

And then again in the old city of Jerusalem, two Jews, Rabbi Nehemia Lavie and Aharon Benita, were murdered once again by the Palestinians in another wanton act of violence, including injuries to Aharon’s two year old son and his wife. And all this took place while Arab bystanders ignored her pleas for help, and even drank a cola while watching on.

And then there were the condemnations… kind of. Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, said the UK “strongly condemns the fatal shooting” and urged “all sides to promote calm.

So when he or anyone else in the world says all sides… who exactly do they mean? Because if you’re talking about Israel and the Palestinians, it is the leader of the Palestinians who stood on the podium of the world stage and said quite clearly that the state of Palestine is an occupied state no longer bound by the 1993 Oslo accords, despite the fact that no such state existed in history and no such state exists now. It is the same leader of the Palestinians who said that he wouldn’t allow Jews with their “filthy feet” to desecrate the Al-Aqsa mosque. It is the same leader who on the same podium last year accused Israel of committing “genocide” against the Palestinians. It is the same leader who just tonight issued a ‘condemnation’ not of the murders, but for the Palestinian terrorists themselves who were shot dead by Israeli security forces.

So is he realistically asking the leader of a terrorist supporting group called the Palestinian Authority, to promote calm? It’s not going to happen, because the sad fact is that Abbas does not support peace – and never has. If he did – he would do the opposite of inciting violence as he does now. He would call for calm. He would not make wild, unsubstantiated statements as he does now. He would condemn the actions of the terrorists he rules over – rather than name city squares after them.

But, as we know, he won’t do this, because like his predecessor, Arafat, who told an audience in Arabic at a Durban mosque after signing the Oslo agreements that he would never make peace with Israel, his mind and intentions is no different.

Israel faces an enemy that is exceptionally cruel. Exceptionally ruthless. Exceptionally heartless. But what always remains quite unbelievable to anyone who has the capacity to think is that there exists no worldwide condemnation of Abbas and his Palestinian Authority. Instead the mighty EU is more focussed on labelling tomatoes rather than terrorists. They remain more focussed on restarting a ‘peace’ process that was never about peace in the first place.

And they remain fixated on rewarding terror with statehood.

About the Author
Justin Amler is a South African born, Melbourne based writer who has lived in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.