According to Democracy Now a Web-based News Service, the unrest that has gripped Jerusalem has escalated after a deadly attack on five Israeli civilians during morning prayer in a Jewish Synagogue. It was the deadliest attack on Israeli civilians in more than three years and the worst in Jerusalem since 2008. The dead include three U.S. born citizens as well as a British born rabbi and a Druze police officer, Democracy Now reported.
Palestinian Militants took credit for the attack, that witnesses said was a virtual blood bath. Two Palestinian cousins were shot dead at the scene by police.
The attack came after weeks of unrest fueled by a dispute over Jerusalem’s holiest site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and known to Jews as the temple Mount, as well as the continued expansion of Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
After the attack Israeli settlers launched reprisal attacks in the occupied West Bank targeting a school near Nablus as well Palestinian motorists on the road near Hebron, leaving five wounded after Israeli forces fired rubber bullets in an attempt to quell the crowd.
All the talk about Palestine wanting a peaceful resolution, so that Israel and Palestine can live in peace, as neighbors, was once again, blown away by militants who have no desire, and never had a desire, to live in peace beside the nation of Israel. It remains a sad commentary that so many are led to believe that Jews are so evil, and should be washed into the sea. But the opinions that have for so long persisted by radical Islamists toward Jews are the same as the hate levied at Christians world-wide. With ISIS butchering Christians and Palestinians dancing in the streets in response, it is no wonder that the hope of peace in the Mid-East is so far and distant in the future, that if there ever is to be peace.
There is no excuse in civil society for these kind of hate crimes. It is reality that Palestinians are nothing more than radical, misplaced people who represent the cause of the most radical form of Islam, and whose only wish is, is to dominate the world with their form of Islamic worship and mandated compliance by everyone around them.
This is just another example of their perception of how the Middle East should be. So many of us though beg to differ. It is time, no it is past time to deal with this form of savage Islamic behavior, making it clear that this idea of religion, and mandated compliance, as well as attempted influence of our youth shall no longer be accepted by civil society.
My prayers go out to Israelis everywhere, and to the people of Jerusalem.