A horrible crime was committed on the West Bank in Palestine when a murderer entered the home of Jewish settlers and stabbed to death a mother and father along with three of their children. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed credit for this atrocity and blamed it on the “fascist” occupation of the West Bank by Jewish settlers. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called together his Cabinet and they responded to the murders by announcing their intention of building hundreds of new settlements in the West Bank. Netanyahu blasted the UN for its failure to condemn the atrocity. He noted it was “dilatory in sharply condemning the murder of Jewish infants.” He also expressed disappointment in the Palestinian Authority for not making a comment. Even as he spoke, President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority made clear “violence will only bring violence….. whoever does it and whoever are the victims.”
There is no excuse when innocent people are killed by those who claim they fight to end oppression. The central issue is how do Israel and Palestinian leaders work for peace, not for violence in the region. A response of building more settlements, of sending troops into nearby villagers and arresting young men is a step toward more violence. The death of these innocent people should be a spark that lights the dream of peace, not one which darkens the world of the West Bank.