Last Friday night, Palestinian terrorists broke into the home of the Fogel Israeli family in the settlement of Itamar in Samaria and murdered 5 family members. The victims included parents and three children aged 11, 4, and 3 months. (!)
I regret to say that I have been in Israel long enough that this simply registered as bad news. Even after my daughter rode home from school on the same Egged bus as the crying family on its way to funeral.
If you, like me, need a better sense of what actually was involved in this brutal, inhuman act of cruelty, watch this video:
The True Face of Terrorism
WARNING WARNING WARNING
BEFORE you watch:
In this video you WILL see pictures of bloody, murdered children and who knows what else because I could only watch it for about 10 seconds before I had to close it. I can only imagine what was in the rest of the video.
I post this link with great reluctance and I did NOT embed the video on this page because I am morally opposed to people viewing this kind of thing. But 10-20 seconds of this video should be enough to change the worldview of any person with a pulse and a shred of decency. If the idea of a murdered 4-year-old and a murdered baby doesn’t sicken and enrage you or someone you know, maybe you should watch. If you can take it.
Is it really possible for a human being to commit such an act of barbarity? Apparently it is. And this is the kind of enemy that Israel faces every day. These are the people with whom we are told that we must make peace.
Palestinian society glorifies this kind of deed at every level, from the top to the bottom. Do such people deserve a country of their own? Would you give them a state in your own back yard? A state adjoining all of the major population centers of YOUR country? Why should Israel?
The New York Times reports that an Australian court has sentenced five Muslim men to prison for a terrorist plot against the Australian government.
The Times report states:
An Australian court on Monday sentenced five Muslim men to prison terms of 23 to 28 years for conspiracy to commit acts of terror…. The court ordered that the names of the men not be released.
Prosecutors said they had stockpiled dangerous chemicals, firearms and ammunition as part of a plan to wage Islamist jihad against the Australian government.
Justice Anthony Whealy of the Supreme Court of New South Wales said the men were driven by “intolerant, inflexible religious conviction.”
A report by The Australian describes the demeanor of the convicted terrorists upon hearing their sentences:
Moments after judge Anthony Whealy ordered the five… terrorists to serve lengthy jail sentences, the men looked calmly around the courtroom and smirked, confirming that none had any remorse for plotting violent jihad on Australian soil.
…The judge said the men seemed to “wear their imprisonment like some kind of badge of honor,” seeing it as “a test of their faith and a burden willingly borne as a duty arising from their fundamentalist religious conviction.”
The Times report continues:
The suspects had been arrested in 2005 after months of surveillance, wiretaps and searches of their homes, police officials said. The police found bomb-making guides and radical Islamist literature that was said to endorse mass murder and martyrdom as part of jihad…
The judge said Monday that some of the seized material glorified Osama bin Laden and included graphic images of violence involving hostages…
One of the men had trained at a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Taiba, a terrorist group based in Pakistan, has been blamed by the United States and India for a number of bold terror attacks, including the rampage by gunmen through Mumbai, India, in November 2008 in which more than 160 people were killed.