“Senseless Act of Terror”

Today the bodies of Israeli teenagers Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel were discovered in the village of Halhul in the West Bank. They had been bound and executed. They had been dead for some time, and investigators believe they were murdered shortly after they were kidnapped.

I have had to view many a homicide victim over the past six years. I have had to inform families – mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, spouses – that their loved ones are never coming home. I have a good idea what the IDF soldiers are going through right now. I have never had that visit from my colleagues to tell me that a member of my family has died, so I can’t say that I know what they are dealing with. I know, however, that it is an indescribable pain. The sights and sounds of a family mourning a lost child is almost unbearable.

According to the timeline of events, Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali were on their way home from Yeshiva (Jewish seminary) when they were taken by force. One of the boys called the emergency line and was able to tell police that they had been kidnapped; the line then went dead. They weren’t heard from again. Millions of Jews and supporters the world over held vigil to pray and hope for their safe return. Today, that hope was shattered. Naftali Frenkel was a dual US-Israeli citizen.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looked genuinely exhausted and expressed a sadness that few politicians have ever conveyed when he spoke to the press about the news. He vowed to bring the killers to justice. Two Hamas operatives have been missing since the kidnapping. There has been no word on what action Israel will take.

President Obama said, “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this senseless act of terror against innocent youth.”

I am tired of hearing the word “senseless” used to describe terrorism. It isn’t senseless. This attack, like all the others before it carried out against innocent Israelis, was not meaningless. We know exactly what these attacks are about. It is about unbridled, uncontrolled hatred against Jews. What for? Jews no longer “know their place.” We refuse to be dhimmis anymore. We won’t stare at the ground out of respect when an Arab passes by. We won’t pay taxes for being the lowest of low infidels. Jews established a homeland in a region we’ve had a presence in for over three millennia and have the nerve to defend it.

There is nothing about this that isn’t simple to explain. To continue to refer to such acts as “senseless” is akin to burying one’s head in the sand. This was an act of pure hatred, one that is sadly familiar to Jews. I am sad to admit this, but even as I prayed desperately for the safe return of the three missing boys, I knew how it would end. It always ends the same way. Palestinian jihadists only know hatred and death.

Golda Meir said, “we will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.” It is heartbreaking to wonder if she knew how things would turn in Israel’s history.


5 thoughts on ““Senseless Act of Terror”

  1. Dear Mel,

    Your anguish is apparent in this post. A position that requires the kind of emotion you deal with when telling family members they’ve lost loved ones is the “come from” that makes this more than just a report, it is a cry for heart-felt change. It’s so great to read an article that supports the presence of the Jews in their homeland. Bravo!

    A sad state of the time we live in is the prevalence of hate and the seemingly expanding psychological demographic of sociopath. I can’t imagine what sits in the heart/soul of a person who does these unconscionable things.

    Thank you for the time you spend writing these.

    From a born of spirit Christian. I believe I read that you came from an evangelical church growing up. You know that the agape love of God is the only kind that can permeate the heart of man (wish it filled more “Christian” hearts). Let’s stand together for that deeper kind of love to fill the hearts of mankind. I can’t see any other way.

    Keep up the good work. I look forward to your perspective showing up in my inbox. Yours is definitely a voice that needs to be heard! I keep looking for perspectives that are “for” not “against” and you relay that.



  2. Professor Dr. Mel, you are blind by your faith and biased by the madness of Israel. But is it wise enough decision to kill those innocent children and women in some slum area those who are unaware of that situation even those murders are not proved yet that it was really done by Palestinian? This is very ridiculous, you do not have any idea about the History, Do you kick someone who helps you? Come to the human ground. it seems like you do not live in human society. Think about it, who you are supporting to, Jews or the new Holocaust done by the insane dog who is ready to infect any any one. Look around the world and observe their attitude to international corporation.

  3. I do really understand your feeling when you wrote it but what now, Do you still write something on this kind of situation that is done by Israel? Does the president of America becomes tired of watching dead body of Palestinian children ? May be it is not enough to make you and your mighty president tired. And Benjamin is always exhausted because of his mental problem.

  4. Professor? You’re joking, right? Not a professor, not a doctor. Just an EMT.

    You apparently missed the entire point, and I have to wonder if you’re like all the other Palestinian backers who is willfully ignorant of the truth. Innocent women and children are only being killed because Hamas uses them as human shields. Where do they fire their missiles and launch attacks from? Oh, that’s right – schools and hospitals, even private homes. When IDF drops warning pamphlets on Gaza City to warn the residents that an airstrike is about to destroy the area and give them time to evacuate, what does Hamas do? They tell the residents to stay put because they’re “empty threats”.

    I apparently know the history a hell of a lot better than you do. It was the Jews who brought life to that arid expanse of uncultivated desert, which BTW had been all but abandoned by the Arabs. Most of the land was actually purchased by Jews at a rate far beyond what it was worth.

    New Holocaust my Jewish ass. It was the Palestinians who started this mess. Two intifadas and over three thousand dead innocent Israelis later, Israel had no choice but to carefully control what goes in and out of Palestinian areas. Even with a blockade in place they’re still able to amass an impressive arsenal of weaponry. Your arguments ring both ignorant and hollow; they are little more than a poor excuse to justify your hatred of Jews.

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