Palestinians celebrate Mercaz Harav seminary slaughter
It is telling indeed that whenever Palestinian children are killed through IDF or IAD operations, one does not see dancing in the streets of Tel Aviv, or hear of commendations from the Israeli government or any political party, or hear of Jews giving thanks to YHWH in their synagogues. Such is the primitive barbarism of the Palestinian response - no condemnation, no expression of regret, no sorrow; simply the inference that the murdered somehow deserved it. It was an act of terror and depravity.
And the BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen explains why: the Mercaz Harav yeshiva ‘was no ordinary seminary. It was the ideological cradle of the settler movement in the West Bank, which could be the reason it was targeted. Many of its students are on special courses that combine religious study with service in combat units in the Israeli army.’
Those who gathered at the seminary ahead of the victims' funerals were people who were already opposed to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's decision to engage in talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The school has played a major role in ideology and theology of Israeli religious settlement movement, and key figures linked to the school were strongly opposed to Israeli pull-out from Gaza.
Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev demanded that the Palestinian government take steps against the extremists, not merely denounce their attacks. He said: ‘Tonight's massacre in Jerusalem is a defining moment. It is clear that those people celebrating this bloodshed have shown themselves to be not only the enemies of Israel but of all of humanity.’
Yet still it is Israel who is condemned by the media; it is Israel who is condemned for building the security wall that has prevented many such acts of barbarism; and it is Israel who is condemned for her attacks on such locations where these acts are planned and perpetrated.
May the Lord restore justice.