Blaming the Victims

David Bogner points out how the ardent supporters of our enemies are spinning the premeditated murder of the 8 young yeshiva students last week: by stripping the victims of their presumed innocence. What I call the “but” construct.

David then provides the following example from this blogger:

There can be no justification for the murder of eight Israeli students, studying in the library of their yeshiva.

But an explanation of why now, and why students at a particular yeshiva were selected as targets, could help us understand the seemingly never ending cycle of death in the Middle East.

After reading David’s excellent post, I decided to pay a visit to anti-Israel blogger Richard “the victim” Silverstein, knowing his hatred for innocent victims of Islamic terror. And sure enough, his predictability was manifest:

Before I begin this post I want to make clear that I in no way justify the horrible violence perpetrated at Merkaz Harav by the Palestinian gunman who took eight Israeli lives this past week. But it is instructive to note the reception accorded Ehud Olmert and his education minister, Yuli Tamir, when they attempted to pay a condolence visit at the school.


Lest any people doubt what Merkaz Harav is and believe it is pure house of learning, such effrontery gives the lie to this. The institution is the ideological nursing grounds for the settler movement. And clearly not just any part of the movement but the more extreme elements.


Some might argue that in the aftermath of such horror there are bound to be angry emotions and words. Yes, I understand. But given Israel’s bloody history in which a prime minister has already been assassinated, one has to ask what role the settlers and their enablers are playing.

That’s 2 “but’s.” 3 if you count Silverstein himself.

Update: More moral turpitude from the far Left:

Israeli left-wing activist Tali Fahima, previously convicted of aiding Palestinian militants, paid a consolation visit to the family of the terrorist who gunned down students at a Jerusalem yeshiva last Thursday, killing eight.

“I was with the family and I have no doubt that the State of Israel’s security forces are mainly just inflaming [the situation], and causing the killing of citizens – like those yeshiva students, because of the many years-long policy of occupation,” Fahima told Israel Radio.

Eight yeshiva students between the ages of 15 and 26 were killed in the attack at the Mercaz Harav seminary, and nine others were wounded.

According to Fahima, “I would be happy to visit the families of the murdered [yeshiva students], but if I arrive there they would kill me. I belong to an ethical, humane place.”

Fahima demanded that Israel immediately turn the terrorist’s body over to his family. “Give them their body right now. There is no issue here of siding with the act or not,” she said.

The activist said she does not fear responses in Israel to her visit, noting that “also when I stood as a human shield – they branded me a traitor.”

Fahima plead guilty in December 2005 to maintaining contacts with a foreign agent with the intention of harming state security, and was sentenced to three years in prison.

She was specifically convicted of aiding Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades militants, including the group’s leader in Jenin Zakariya Zubeidi, and was released from Neve Tirzah Prison in January 2007.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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