In the West Bank settlement of Itamar, five members of the Fogel family were stabbed to death on Friday while they slept in their beds. Udi Fogel, 36, his wife Ruth, 35, and their sons, Yoave, 11 years old and Elad, 4 years old, and their infant daughter, Hadas, 3 months old were stabbed repeatedly. The baby’s throat was also slashed. Three other children escaped the attack. The funeral for the family was held in Jerusalem on Sunday.
This link leads to a very graphic video that depicts the carnage. The video was posted on Facebook and YouTube but was taken down by these organizations within 2 hours of their posting.
I guess I would like to believe that these horrible murders were isolated acts perpetrated by demented creatures and that these crimes don’t really reflect the mindset of the Palestinian people as a whole. But there are reports of singing and dancing in the streets in some Palestinian neighborhoods to celebrate what is perceived by many of them as a courageous act of resistance.
And back here on the American home front, you can find numerous postings on various websites offering up such cold, curt, and dismissive statements as It’s their own fault; They shouldn’t have been living there to begin with; They brought this on themselves. In other words, this barbarous act must be qualified by the political trappings we neatly drape over the bodies of the dead. The value of those human lives, even those of the children, are measured by the opposing progressive paradigms of victim and oppressor. And we all know which category an Israeli family falls into.
Of course, what is important here for the liberal establishment is making sure that the victim people don’t get any bad press. Too much poor publicity makes it tough to massage the immature and naive image of the Middle East conflict in which progressives have invested so much.
Well, I’m not sure how anyone can look at that video and not be shocked into realizing how much of a massive millennial divide separates Israeli and Palestinian culture. And no amount of boycotting a thriving and well-functioning Israel is going to change that.