The attack on the Mercaz HaRav high school was a brutal massacre-pure and simple. A Palestinian terrorist entered this religious school’s library, and fired 500 bullets at a room filled with teenage students learning from the Bible and other holy books. The terrorist managed to fire for ten minutes while students ran for cover as best they could, and then the terrorist walked up to those he had only wounded and emptied his gun at their heads at close range. He managed to kill 8 and wounded 9 more, before his rampage was stopped when he was killed by an Israeli army officer responding to the scene. Witnesses described the scene as a “slaughterhouse…. with holy books lying on the floor bathed in blood”.
Reaction in Gaza and elsewhere in the Arab world was predictable: Spontaneuous demonstrations of joy, shooting in the air, and distribution of sweets to celebrate the slaughter of Jews. Terrorist press conferences gloated over the "heroic operation". The Hamas spokesman said “ We bless this operation. It will not be the last”. Other than a perfunctory criticism from Palestinian authority leader Abbas, virtually no other condemnation was heard from anywhere in the Islamic world of an attack on a Jewish religious institution which killed teenagers in cold blood. In fact most of the world at large reacted to this news as business as usual, another terror attack in Jerusalem on kids, after so many of its kind it hardly warrants even a major story or special attention.
However the real story is the failure of much of the world’s media to report this story in context, and to see it for the pure evil that it really is. Moral relativity has caused an amazing inability to distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys in this story. Most media pundits see the attack as part of a larger and endless cylce of violence, with each side, the Israelis and Palestinians constantly hitting back at each other. The NY Times worried that the attack “seemed likely to continue or intensify the surge of hostilities between Palestinians and Israelis in recent days.” But little attention is ever given to the particular nature of these hostilities and what drives them.
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