Oh, those poor Palestinians. Just the sight of Jews drives them to acts such as this:
A Palestinian killed an Israeli teenager with a pickax and seriously injured a 7-year-old boy in a rampage through this West Bank Jewish settlement. [photo added at bottom]
The AP knows whom to blame: Those pesky Jews! Buzzwords in red:
The settlement is notorious in Israel for being the base of the so-called "Bat Ayin Underground," whose members were arrested over a botched 2002 bombing on an Arab girls' school in Jerusalem. The wounded boy's father, a member of the underground, is currently serving a 15-year sentence for his involvement in that bombing attempt.
If he was a Palestinian, he would be an international hero. But I digress:
Avinoam Maymon, a 45-year-old resident of the extremist settlement, said he tried to stop the assailant after the attack
Maybe if they had built one of those "walls" the media is always blasting the Jews for?
The attacker apparently entered Bat Ayin, located between Jerusalem and the southern West Bank city of Hebron, unhindered. The religious settlers have refused to build a security fence around their community — standard practice in most settlements — saying it would be a sign of weakness.
Anyway - blame time!
The attack came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office and will likely heighten tensions with the Palestinians. The leader of the hawkish Likud party has promised a firm hand against militants and lowered expectations on the prospects for peace.
Netanyahu has said he will seek peace, but has given few details about his vision for a final agreement. He has specifically refused to endorse the idea of an independent Palestinian state — a key demand of the Palestinians and centerpiece of U.S. diplomacy in the region.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu's ultranationalist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said Israeli concessions to the Palestinians would only invite more war.
The appointment of the Lieberman has angered Palestinians and raised international concerns because of his hard-line positions on peace and an election campaign that was widely seen as racist.
So it was the fact that those bastard Jews held a democratic election and choose a conservative leader that inflamed the Palestinians and forced one of them to split the skull of a teenager and a first-grader! Of course!
Two innocent children are brutally attacked, and the best the AP can do is blame the victim, spending over 75% of the article on the new Israeli government. Sick.
Interesting backround on this area known as a "settlement":
Bat Ayin is part of the Gush Etzion bloc of settlements. Far from being built after the 1967 war and thus, wrongly considered a violation of international law, Gush Etzion was settled by Jews prior to 1948. In 1948, the Gush Etzion bloc was attacked by Arab gangs and after a long siege, overwhelmed by the attackers who were aided by Jordan’s Arab Legion. Most of the Jewish inhabitants were massacred. After this territory was retaken by Israel in June 1967, some of the survivors of the 1948 attack returned to the area and began the work of restoring Jewish life to this part of historic Biblical Judea.
And Obama would have the Israelis surrender unilaterally to these people, based on his desire to be percieved as a peacemaker.
Not that our reseident president genius appears to ever listen to anybody, but if he cared about human life and suffering, he may heed these words:
As the attack on Bat Ayin confirms yet again, the hatred and violence directed against the settlers is a measure of the Palestinian antipathy for Jews, pure and simple.
Indeed. The Palestinians are not after a state, or even a treaty. They're after blood.
UPDATE: Can you believe, somehow, that the AP manages to claim this young boy "had it coming"?