Mona Charen
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On March 11, Palestinian terrorists entered the home of Udi and Ruth Fogel in the town of Itamar on the West Bank. It was the Sabbath, and most of the family was sleeping. The terrorists first slit the throats of Udi and his 3-month-old daughter, Hadas. Ruth was in the bathroom but was attacked and killed as she emerged. Two more sons -- Yoav, 11; and Elad, 4 -- were also killed by knives to the heart. Their throats were slit as well. There were three more Fogel children. Two other boys, ages 8 and 2, asleep on the sofa, were apparently missed by the murderers. Twelve-year-old Tamar, who had been spending Shabbat with friends, returned home to discover 2-year-old Yishai standing over the bodies of his parents and begging them to wake up.

In Rafah, Palestinians celebrated the news of the massacre by dancing, singing, and handing around sweets.

The Obama administration issued a pro-forma condemnation. "There is no possible justification for the killing of parents and children in their home," it read. Secretary Clinton called the murders "inhuman" and reportedly coaxed a more robust denunciation of the atrocity from Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas than he had at first offered.

But there has been little else -- no ongoing campaign to shame or humiliate the Palestinians, no list of actions they must undertake to show their good faith -- not even a particularly strong expression of revulsion. Above all, the Obama administration has utterly disregarded the abundant evidence that the Palestinian Authority has, over the past 20 years, nurtured and cultivated genocidal hatred of Jews and the worship of violence. The men who slit the throats of the Fogel family may soon have a town square named for them. The PA recently named a square in the town of El-Bireh after Dalal Mughrabi, who killed 37 Israeli civilians and wounded 71 in 1978. Mughrabi was also featured among the "Women as Exemplars" on Palestinian television.

The PA named a soccer tournament after Wafa Idris, a suicide bomber. A TV documentary about Palestinian doctors contained a fictitious scene of an Israeli shooting a Palestinian in the head. The governor of the town of Jenin presented a $2,000 "Presidential Grant" to the family of Khaldoun Samoudi, who was killed while attempting to detonate two bombs near Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint.

The Fogels were not killed by two men. They were the victims of the death cult that Palestinian society has bred.

The world's attention has been distracted by Japan's catastrophe and Libya's torment. But Barack Obama once boasted of being able to walk and chew gum at the same time. In contrast to his vehement condemnation of Israel's apartment-building, he has offered only official disapproval of the murders of children -- and has had nothing to say about the culture that encourages and, in fact, celebrates such savagery.

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Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
 
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