Heart of Darkness

Imagine you are a 12-year old Jewish Israeli girl, living in a village in Samaria, with your Mummy, Daddy,  your little brothers and your 3-month-old baby sister. Imagine that one Friday evening, as the Sabbath peace descends upon your village, you go off happily to a Bnei Akiva activity with your youth group. Imagine that you return home  round about midnight, to find that terrorists have somehow managed to scale the village’s perimeter fence and enter your home, through a window. Imagine the horror when you discover that your parents, your little brothers, aged 11 and 4 and the baby,  have been brutally butchered, stabbed to death in their sleep and that only you and two other brothers, aged six and two, who were hiding in another room, are now left of what had been a happy, loving family.

For one little girl, from the Jewish village of Itamar in the West Bank, there is no need to imagine. It happened last night. Paramedics and security forces arriving on the scene described it as one of the most horrific they had ever seen, with childrens’ toys scattered on the ground  next to bodies lying in pools of blood. One of the victims, the 4-year-old toddler, was still (barely) alive when the paramedics reached him, but all efforts at resuscitation failed and he died shortly afterwards.

The world will, no doubt, condemn the atrocity and spout platitudes about how violence on either side is unacceptable (as if Israeli Jews ever did anything like this!) and how this demonstrates once again the urgency of getting the “Peace Process” back on course (what “Peace Process”???). I say, this is yet one more proof of the impossibility of making peace with these people. In Gaza, when the news of the murders broke, the local population went out in the streets to distribute sweets and celebrate. In the West Bank, Abu Ma’azen has officially condemned the attacks – yet the Palestinian Authority has never ceased, since its inception, to incite the “Palestinian” population against the Jewish State and the Jewish People. They cannot evade responsibility now.

These are the victims: Udi Fogel (36), his wife Ruth (35) and the children – Yoav (11), Elad (4) and Hadas (3 months).

May G-d avenge their blood.

If I had the murderers in my power and a weapon in my hand, I would gladly save Him the trouble.


About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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5 Responses to Heart of Darkness

  1. Neil Douglas says:

    You can be sure of one thing: if an Arab family had been killed by settlers, the place would have been swarming with BBC and CNN cameramen and reporters and we would have been treated to the sight of the grieving relatives and touching pictures of the children and their toys. So much for the “objectivity” of the western news media.

  2. Thomas Holloway says:

    I know what the Arabists are going to say. They’re going to compare it to incidents when Arab civilians were killed. But there is a world of difference between people getting caught in the crossfire between armed groups (whether official armies or so-called “paramilitaries”) and breaking into a house and killing people. A shell hitting a house and killing the occupants in the course of a battle (which happened a lot in World War II) is not the same as a vile terrorist creeping into a house and murdering people (including a baby and a four-year-old) at point blank range.

  3. kenny2dogs says:

    Yes I can imagine and it leaves me speechless !!!

  4. David says:

    referring to the what the world will do… I live in Sweden, and this item was barely mentioned. The daily newspaper I read (SvD) didn’t carry the story…. until Israel decided to build more “settlements”… today there is a large headline and an article that mentions both the murders and the government decision… nbut kick off with the decision to enlarge the settlements.

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