A culture that celebrates murder
The attempt to murder me and my family last week failed. Many times we had waited at the bus stop in Jerusalem where the terrorist left his bomb, but fortunately we were not there when it exploded.
Mary Jean Gardner was not so lucky. She is the 59-year old British woman who perished there. She was a Christian, not a Jew, but that only slightly diminished the celebration that broke out in Gaza over the murder. Both the Islamic Jihad and Hamas praised the bombing, calling it a “natural response to Israeli crimes.” Mary Jean was a spinster whose work was translating the Bible into Togo. How her murder can be characterized as a natural response, rather than a barbaric crime, is a mystery to civilized people everywhere, but apparently not to the celebrants in Gaza.
While Mary Jean was a random victim, the Fogel family was targeted for death. As they slumbered on the Sabbath eve, their killers slipped into their house. Father and mother were slain in their beds. The murderers then stabbed 10-year old Yoav and 4-year old Elad, whose blood soaked into the stuffed animals that lay next to them in their little beds. Finally, the killers hacked to death little baby girl Hadas, just three months old. A few days earlier, she had learned how to raise her head and smile.
Other children in the region had a happier fate than the Fogel children. The next day in Gaza, Palestinians celebrated the murders in the streets. They handed out candy to the children, so that they could learn the sweetness of murdering Jews. Such is the culture of the people for whom Israelis are urged to take risks for peace.
Eric Chevlen MD, Liberty Township