Just signed the kids up for the Timothy McVeigh Memorial Soccer Tournament. What, you say? That’s inappropriate and offensive! Why would a youth organization name an event after someone who killed and injured a bunch of people?
Roger Kimball over at Pajamas Media makes this point in reporting on the Wafa Idris soccer tournament at a West Bank Palestinian youth center. Wafa Idris was the first female Palestinian suicide bomber, and in that role killed an 81-year-old man and injured 150 more Israelis. (By the way, there is no Timothy McVeigh soccer tournament. Nobody in this country thinks he’s worth memorializing, which definitely puts us on a higher moral plane than the residents of the West Bank.)
But allow me to ask what Kimball asked: Ever heard of this Wafa Idris? If you did, ever hear how the Palestinians thought she made a nifty role model for the kids?
Betcha didn’t. Because we rarely hear about ANY of the atrocities perpetrated against Jews in Israel. We hear lots of outrage against Israeli checkpoints, but not outrage against the terrorist threats that motivate them. My own high schooler, taking a summer class at a major university, was taught about the evil of Operation Cast Lead, where Israel sent bombs into Gaza, killing hundreds of Palestinians. But the instructor never mentioned the provocation that led to Israel’s action: the thousands of rockets fired into Israel’s southern cities. (My daughter, knowing a little about Israel, noted that provocation in a class discussion. For her trouble she earned the enmity of the professor and the profound disinterest of the rest of the students, who astutely observed that discussing that aspect would buy them nothing.)
I bring this up because it is people like that instructor, and (most of) the American media, and leftists in general, who bear some responsibility for one of the most horrific crimes (barely) reported in some time – a crime that I fear is being buried under the avalanche of horrifying news from Japan. And indeed, as terrible as Japan’s situation is, this crime cannot be overlooked, and Western leftists do bear responsibility because they have been silent about Arab incitement while castigating Israel over every response. This has indeed created an environment in which the most militant Palestinians feel justified in this sickening and revolting crime:
A young couple and three of their children murdered – stabbed and carved up – in their own home. One of the children a 3-month old baby girl. The bloodsoaked bodies found by another child returning home.
I urge you to spend three minutes watching this gutwrenching video about the incident – and I warn you that it is terribly graphic.
But this is a terribly graphic crime. And it is an outrage that this video was taken off both Youtube and Facebook. The deadly silence continues.
The BBC and New York Times have both focused on how Israel’s response to the killings – which is to announce it will no longer delay in building new homes for settlers – will cause problems in the peace process.
Building homes hurts the cause of peace, but stabbing an infant gets a pass?
The loons who were trying to link the Tea Party with Jared Loughner at least had one thing right, which is that IF there HAD been a climate of hatred, and IF Loughner HAD been saturated with that hatred, then this would have been at least partly the responsibility of the Tea Party. Of course, it wasn’t and they weren’t.
But Western journalists and leftist professors are creating – by their selective reporting – a climate where this atrocity, and others like it, can take place. A climate where Palestinians distribute candy afterward, to celebrate what one of them said was the joy that “is a natural response to the harm settlers inflict on the Palestinian residents in the West Bank.”
And what harm was 3-month-old Hadas inflicting on them? That this story is being relegated to the internet is a disgrace to American journalism.