This is a picture of Sarah-Techiya Litman and her fiancé, Ariel Biegel, at their engagement party. They were to have been married this evening. That wedding will not now take place – not tonight, at any rate – for tonight, the bride is in mourning for her father, Rabbi Ya’akov Litman (HY”D), and her brother, 18-year-old Netanel Litman (HY”D), gunned down by “Palestinian” terrorists near Otniel on Highway 60, south of Hebron, last Friday afternoon.
You probably won’t have heard about the murders of Ya’akov and Netanel Litman (May God Avenge Their Blood), possibly because the news was so quickly overshadowed by the tragic events taking place in Paris only hours later – or possibly because, even if cowardly Islamist terrorists had not chosen that same evening to carry out their satanic attacks in the French capital, the western media would not have considered the shedding of Jewish blood in the Jewish homeland as sufficiently newsworthy to warrant their attention. After all, the Jewish victims didn’t manage to get off a shot before they died and wound, or perhaps kill their attackers, which would have enabled the western media to publish yet another headline screaming: “ISRAELI SETTLERS SHOOT PALESTINIAN”. That might have rendered the story newsworthy in their eyes.
So you won’t have heard how the terrorists, who lay in wait and ambushed the Litmans’ car near the Arab village of Dura, also wounded Sarah-Techiya’s mother and another of her brothers, and traumatised her little sisters, the youngest of whom is only five years old.
You won’t have heard how the wounded Netanel called the emergency services and how the terrorists approached the car and shot him again, to ensure his death.
You won’t have heard how the first “rescue” vehicle on the scene was a Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulance, which slowed down, realised that these were Jews lying in their own blood on the road, and then drove on, leaving them to their fate – in stark contrast to Israel’s Magen David Adom (Red Magen David) which, on more than one occasion, has drawn flack from some Israelis for treating wounded terrorists before their victims, if the terrorists’ injuries were more serious.
Israel has filed a complaint with the International Committee of the Red Cross over the behaviour of the PRCS ambulance crew. It will be interesting to see how the ICRC deals with the matter – given the fact that, for decades, they refused to accord recognition to Magen David Adom, while recognising the Red Crescent of the Muslim countries.
Now, you might have expected that the leaders of the western world would by now have made the connection between the terrorist campaign against the only non-Muslim state in the Middle East, by murderous thugs driven to kill Jews by the vicious and relentless incitement of Muslim leaders who have been telling them, over and over again (without any basis in fact) that “the Jews” are trying to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the heinous crimes of Muslim terrorists in Paris. And, in fact, some of them did – but not in the way any normal, decent person would expect.
No, it isn’t Islamic extremism – at least, not according to Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström. In her opinion, the Paris attacks (in which not a single “Palestinian” was involved, as far as we know, and which ISIS, who has claimed responsibility for the attacks, has justified as being payback for French actions in Syria) can be attributed to “Palestinian” despair at the lack of hope for the future!
It makes me so angry, I want to scream – and, despite what I have written in my last two posts, I am finding it very difficult to find some little thing in which to rejoice, in order to help me through the ocean of tears I feel at the loss of two more Jewish lives last Friday, simply for the crime of being Jewish.
And yet, perhaps I should take comfort in the strength of Sara-Techiya Litman and her family, who have decided to hold the wedding anyway, next Thursday and who have invited the whole House of Israel to celebrate it with them. It is, after all, a mitzvah, a meritorious deed, to gladden the bride and groom.
What better way to show the terrorists that whatever they throw at us, they cannot win, and that, in spite of all terror, “Yet again shall be heard, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride”?