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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Why No Immediate Condemnations After 13 Year Old Girl Murdered in Bed by Arab Terrorist?

This morning, when I called a neighbor to invite her to a Shabbat meal, she asked:
"Did you hear about the pigua (terror attack)?"
"No," I answered. "Where?"
"In Kiryat Arba."
Hallel-Yaffa Ariel, HaYa"D
So I checked the internet, and Arutz 7 gave a summary of what was known at the time and got the awful news. At about 8am an Arab terrorist managed to get through the fence into Kiryat Arba, entered the home of the Ariel Family and began stabbing Hallel Yaffa, 13.
Speaking to reporters earlier Thursday, Hallel's grief-stricken parents told of their anguish, and remembered a talented, happy girl.
"My daughter was just sleeping - tranquil, relaxed, happy - when a terrorist came to her bed in Kiryat Arba and murdered her," mother Rina cried.
"This morning our daughter, 13-and-a-half years old - an incredible girl - was murdered in her sleep," she continued. "Every father and mother should consider their own children and they will feel slightly the pain that we are feeling now." (Arutz 7)
Since I had to cook for Shabbat I turned on the television news to learn more. The only problem was that there was no news on the three Israeli stations. When there was a terror attack in Turkey, the shows were cancelled, and news was on. Not all that long ago, if some tragic thing happened here, and isn't a terror attack murder of a 13 year old horrendous? regular programming would be off and sad music on.

I kept switching between BBC, France-English News and the three Israeli television stations until I had to leave for work just after one. Nobody mentioned the terror attack at all.

We all know that if Jews had been suspected of attacking an Arab, not only would the entire world and many Jews and Israelis condemn us and those Jews, but they wouldn't even wait to find out if was true. So why all the silence when a 13 year old Jewish girl was stabbed to death in her bed?

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