- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Why should the murder of three young children, a mother and a rabbi deserve special media attention (“U.S. criticizes Israeli settlement construction plan,” Web, Monday)?

This is a serious question that, as an Israeli Jew, I ask myself when I see such barbarism relegated to the back pages of our newspapers. My heart screams in rage while my head acknowledges that there is just too much that is newsworthy at one time for the media to cover it all.

But the brutal murders of five members of the Fogel family last week deserve special attention. The Palestinians cannot hold the proverbial stick at both ends. Either they want peace, or they want to follow their corrupt leadership’s long-standing dream of pushing the Jews into the sea. With a culture that releases murderers from jail in a revolving-door fashion and declares killers martyrs, renaming squares and summer camps after them, the Palestinians are not victims.

Theirs is a society that routinely omits Israel from maps in school textbooks and incites hatred in its media and curricula, and it cannot legitimately compare itself with genuine civil-rights movements and peace-seekers. If the Palestinians can learn from their Egyptian brothers who brought about a revolution with calls for “no violence” they might have peace in a week. Unfortunately, they prefer to pose in front of the world media as “freedom-fighters” while murdering children.

America and the Western world must show the Palestinians and their leaders that as long as they incite hatred, they are no better than thugs and are certainly not victims.

SOLI FOGER

Englewood, N.J.

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