Jews React To Terror In Israel That Targeted An Arab Family

The Israeli government, including the prime minister of Israel, has emphatically denounced an apparent attack carried out, presumably, by a Jewish fanatic (or perhaps a small group). The awful attack left an Arab baby dead after his home was firebombed.

Ha'aretz reported Netanyahu saying: "It’s hard when you stand next to the bed of a sweet child like him," said Netanyahu. "You ask, 'What was this terrible act committed for'?" "Terror is terror, and we must fight it in every place..., and we will catch these murderers," Netanyahu said, vowing to use all means available to "bring them to justice."

Here is a thoughtful response to the attack, which has shocked the Israeli public as it's so out of character and the attack so vile.

From the Jewish Press:
Awful news. Reports of a dead baby, a devastated family, indications of a gloating attacker and first signs of self-justification. It’s a scenario we have witnessed from within.

Though it’s too early for anyone to be certain of what has happened, two points immediately stand out:
- In all the years (and this week it’s exactly 14 years) since our daughter was murdered, we have not found a single Arabic-language post, article, tweet or speech condemning that attack in the center of Jerusalem or the killings. We don’t say there have been none, and don’t claim perfect knowledge. But we look for them all the time (as we noted here, here and elsewhere) and have not found them – and we very much do want to be wrong on this. On the other hand, there is an endless supply (easily found – no need for us to republish them here) of the opposite in the opinion columns, on Twitter and Facebook and YouTube. 
- No society has been free of people with murder on their minds, ever, anywhere. What distinguishes one from another is how that society deals with it. Does anyone doubt that there is going to now be a manhunt, a trial, an incarceration, and revulsion among the people on our side?
And some speculation. It’s unlikely (to say the least) that whoever did this terrible deed and eventually gets brought to justice is going to be described as a “detainee” who is “kidnapped” by the police because of his/her “resistance activity“. Or that posters are going to be held aloft by protesters demanding his/her release now. Whatever self-justifying argument gets expressed by the perpetrator/s now or later will be pushed aside with disdain by Israel’s mainstream.

On the whole, of the two societies, of the two value systems living side by side, we know which we want to be counted among.

About the Author: Frimet and Arnold Roth began writing and speaking publicly soon after the murder of their fifteen year-old daughter Malki Z"L in the Jerusalem Sbarro massacre, August 9, 2001 (Chaf Av, 5761). They have both been, and are, frequently interviewed for radio, television and the print media, including CNN, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Al-Jazeera, and others. Their blog This Ongoing War deals with the under-appreciated price of living in a society afflicted by terrorism which, they contend, means the entire world. Frimet is a native of Queens, NY while her husband was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. They brought their family to settle in Jerusalem in 1988. They co-founded the Malki Foundation in 2001 and are deeply involved in its work as volunteers. They can be reached at

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