Palestinian Terrorist Murders Family in Jewish Settlement
[Update: According to this article, there is some doubt whether the acts were committed by Palestinians, and authorities have arrested a Thai man who was working in the Itamar settlement.]
I’ve been struggling for a way to comment on the brutal slaughter of a Jewish family by Palestinian terrorists while they slept in their home in the Itamar settlement. Links to stories here and here. Unlike most conservatives, I am not reflexively pro-Israel. I frankly don’t quite understand why Americans would have a strong bias one way or another when it comes to the deeply complex political, cultural, religious, historical, and geographical conflicts that have plagued the Middle East since time immemorial. Yet, most of us do.
But the merciless slaughter of a sleeping family, including a three-month-old infant, followed by “Carnivals  held in the streets as Hamas members handed out sweets,” defies the capacity of any decent person to maintain ambivalence. I appreciate the fact that there are, numerically speaking, more Israeli attacks on Palestinians and more Palestinian casualties than Israeli. But an acknowledgment of human decency requires nothing less than unequivocal denunciation of these acts—not only the murders themselves, but the despicable celebration of them by Palestinian crowds.