The most appalling aspect, among many horrific comments, of the commentary in the July 13 Enterprise, “Taking Aim …” is the rationalization and even justification of the murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas terrorists.
Unlike the 16-year-old Palestinian, Mohammed Abu Khudair, murdered by Israeli terrorists, who Mikos Fabersunne refers to by name, Fabersunne refers to the Israelis as “Israeli settlers.” The three have names: Naftali Fraenkel, 16; Gilad Shaer, 16; and Eyal Yifrah, 19. Fabersunne is clearly trying to dehumanize the murdered Israeli youths.
Even worse are Susan Abuthawa’s hateful comments that clearly imply that the Israeli teenagers got what they deserved. Again without referring to them by name, she states, “Now that the settlers are dead …” and, “one of the missing settlers is a soldier who likely participated in oppression of his Palestinian neighbors.” This is one of many venomous assertions by Abulhawa that are unsupported by fact.
The real differences between Israelis and Palestinians are the responses to the murders by their societies and their leadership. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly condemned the abduction of Khudair as “an abominable murder” and Israel swiftly apprehended the murderers.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas maintained as of June 22 that there was no evidence that Hamas was behind the kidnapping. However, four days later, the names of two Hamas terrorists, who have been missing since the night of the kidnapping, were released. Efforts “to locate the heroes of the Hebron operation and arrest them is a moral stain,” said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.
This is consistent with the Hamas Charter. From Article Seven: “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
Unfortunately, this is consistent with what Palestinian children are taught. Until this changes, there is little hope for peace.