Colonists and Indians in the West Bank...
In a Jewish settlement known as Itamar, a Palestinian or Palestinians murdered an entire family in what can be called a house massacre.
The response of outrage is proper and palpable, though one may take some limited solace that Palestinian leadership has been nearly ubiquitous in condemning the murders.
Nonetheless, there were citizens in Rafah in Gaza who "celebrated" the killings ought to be deeply ashamed, however. But let's recall the hundreds of Israeli Jews who "celebrated" the Jewish killer who killed prayerful Palestinians in Hebron back in 1994. With such religious-inspired violence, one may wonder how or why there are not more of these monstrous events in the West Bank.
We Americans who may feel superior with respect to the conduct of certain Palestinians and certain Israelis may wish to examine our own nation's history. There were flare-ups of horrible, personal violence which occurred between Native Americans and white colonists from the 1600s through the 1800s, with the occasional all out war among the colonists and Native Americans. One act of wanton violence that almost immediately came to my mind upon reading about the killings in Itamar was the Pontiac's Rebellion School Massacre of 1764, where Delaware Indians killed a schoolteacher and eight children in a school room in what is now Pennsylvania. See also the entry in Wikipedia titled "Indian Massacre."
Despite this latest act of wanton violence in the Middle East, I remain a believer in sci-fi writer and astrophysicist David Brin's observation that we humans have, on average, become less violent and less irrational than we were in the past. On the other hand, this incident of pre-mediated and personal violence takes one's breath away when one reads the details. To go from room to room with a knife to kill an entire family is both gruesome and astonishing to those of us who live in a relatively safe suburban area of the United States.
One wishes that Palestinians and Jews in the Occupied Territories and Israel could make this latest murderous act stand as a reason for peace. Instead, there is hand-wringing and inaction on the part of Palestinians, and, on the Israeli side, calls for revenge and building more settlements in the West Bank.
The 100 Years War between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East continues...