The Jordan Times reports news of the massacre of eight young Israelis was greeted with celebrations in the Gaza Strip. Hizbullah’s Al Manar television said the attack was carried out by a membr of the “Phalange of Free Men of Galilee.” Lebanese Shiite Muslims blamed the killing on Israel although President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority expressed sorrow at the slaughter. In Hamas controlled Gaza Strip, gunmen fired in the air to celebrate the attack and Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas official, said the group “blesses the heroic operation in Jeruslaem which was a natural reaction to the Zionist massacre.” Hundreds of Palestinians poured into the streets of Gaza City as new of the attack spread, they fired automatic rifles into the air in celebration. A loudspeaker in Gaza City blared the message: “This is God’s vengeance.”
The ongoing conflict with Israel has warped the spiritual values of many Muslims in Gaza and elsewhere. For a person who believes in God to utter the inane comment that killing children is an act of “God’s vengeance” is an insult to the very concept of God. Exactly, what is the conception of God that is believed in by such people?
The cycle of violence continues. Death will be met by death. Massacres will be met with further massacres. Hopefully, at some point, those on both sides who cherish spiritual beliefs in the dignity of the human experience will put a halt to the endless killings of innocent people.