[The following is an account of what happened in Halamish last Friday night, July 21, 2017, as told by a neighbor of the Solomon family, who lives three doors away from where the terror attack took place.]
Letís get this down on paper. Not just for you but for me, too. I havenít processed and I donít know how to. I keep bursting out in hysterical one-second weeping and then it stops. Iím scared to feel all I feel, inside and out loud, because I donít want the grief to overtake me.
What happened Friday nightÖ
My in-laws were with us for Shabbat, along with a Hebrew University student from abroad and her friend from America.
My husband came home from shul all excited because the soldiers who were on duty in our yishuv accepted his invitation to come and eat Shabbat dinner with us. He rushed in and quickly said, "Shev, there are four chayalim here. Is that okay if they eat with us? Letís put all the food on the plata."
The tragedy of the pro-'Palestinian' movement is its attachment to a single narrative: "Look at how wretched the lives of the 'Palestinian' people are," they tell us, "It is because of Israeli oppression." Because this narrative must be constantly reinforced, there is little room for real reporting about the failures of the 'Palestinian' leadership and the corruption and infighting that have caused the 'West Bank' [i.e., Judea & Samaria] and Gaza to languish.
One journalist who does pay attention to internal 'Palestinian' politics is Khaled Abu Toameh, an award-winning Israeli-Arab journalist who writes for The Jerusalem Post and the Gatestone Institute. He risks his life to tell the truth. Let's track the last few days in 'Palestinian' news through his reporting.
The Palestinian [sic] leadership is attempting to portray the current Intifada as a kind of popular, spontaneous struggle that expresses the population's despair over the political situation. In reality, it is an Intifada supported and directed by the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah (the Palestinian Authority-PLO-Fatah) and Gaza (Hamas).
It is a Palestinian strategy that has been seen before. The green light for violent agitation and terror attacks is given by the Palestinian leadership, and the message is translated into actions by field operatives of the Palestinian organizations or by Palestinian residents. The Palestinian leadership also guarantees a network of social and financial support to any Palestinian resident who is arrested, wounded, or harmed in the course of anti-Israeli terror activity, including monthly stipends for the individual and his or her family.
Once upon a time, in the exile, the Jews would decide every major step by the proposition: What will the Gentiles say? Then they created Israel, where Jews would be sovereign and free.... Laugh not, but rather weep for generations.
Jerusalem. Where the Palestinian [sic] autonomy and eventual state is being built. Jerusalem, which mirrors so much of the other desecration's that fills the land.
Some of you may have seen this tweet by former State Department spokescritter Marie Harf, and the underlying article from the Washington Post, last week.
There's one small problem: Harf and the Washington Post lied .
Maariv's headline blared, "Final Judgment: U.S. Citizens May Not Register 'Jerusalem' as Place of Birth." The news portal Walla! headlined its story, "Supreme Court in U.S. Ruled: Someone Born in Jerusalem Cannot Be Registered as Israeli."
These Israeli headlines successfully captured the mood of an Israeli public bewildered by U.S. hostility to Israeli rights in Jerusalem but unable to understand the complexity of the latest developments in the story.
Contrary to the impression conveyed by the Israeli media, the U.S. Supreme Court did not issue any ruling about the status of Jerusalem.
The Supreme Court's ruling in Zivotofsky v. Kerry was the final judgment in a 13-year court battle by the Zivotofsky family to have their son Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky's birthplace recorded as "Jerusalem, Israel" as was their choice, according to the 2002 Foreign Relations Authorization Act.
Another day, another UN Human Rights Council report condemning Israel. This document, produced for an organization notorious for aiming half of its nation-based resolutions at the Jewish state [actually its more than half —ed], accused Israel of violating international law during the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip.
It is notable that the Obama administration, which has a frosty relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, couldn't gloss over this latest bit of Israelphobia from a United Nations agency infamous for jihad against the Jewish state. A spokesman for the State Department cited "bias against Israel" as the reason that the United States wouldn't support any further action on the report.
Next month, the U.N.-sponsored Hate-Israel Festival known as Durban III takes place. Under the heading "Anti-Racism," the great bulk of the conference, like its Durban I and II predecessors, consists of condemning Israel for racism and equating it with an apartheid state.
Of the world's many great lies, this is among the greatest.
How do we know it is a lie? Because when South Africa was an apartheid state, no one accused Israel of being one. Even the U.N. would have regarded the accusation as absurd.
"Lasting security for a Jewish and democratic Israel will not be possible without a viable and democratic Palestinian state," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a speech to Israel's citizens in honor of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany.
Unfortunately, this sentence points to arrogance — once again, a German thinks he knows better than the Jews what is good for them — but also to a blatant intervention in our national affairs.
A push to "boycott, divest and sanction" (BDS) Israeli companies has limited impact on the credit profile of Israel, yet it directly harms its intended beneficiaries, the Palestinians [sic]. The BDS movement, including universities, pension funds, and leaders of some Christian denominations (to the chagrin of many congregants), ignores economic data. And it coincides with a disturbing rise of violent anti-Semitism across Europe .
"The impact of BDS is more psychological than real so far and has had no discernible impact on Israeli trade or the broader economy," Kristin Lindow, senior vice president at Moody's Investors Service and Moody's lead analyst for Israel (in full disclosure, [author is] a former Moody's colleague) told Forbes. "That said, the sanctions do run the risk of hurting the Palestinian economy, which is much smaller and poorer than that of Israel, as seen in the case of SodaStream."