Monday, July 07, 2014


Whoever kidnapped the three Israeli teenagers in Hebron and murdered them had every intention of setting off a 'perfect storm,' whatever the repercussions.  The kidnappers appear to have coldly calculated that  it was worth it, to foment trouble on a grand scale.  Irrespective of  the awfulness of what had happened, the spokesman for the family, an uncle, was supremely considered in his pleas for no more killings. To paraphrase him, he believed no religion tells you to murder in its name. How I and countless others wish his words had been heard and abided by.  

However, repercussions there have been. During protests against the authorities in Gaza, a boy, Muhammad Durin was killed.  

Following the murder of the three Israeli boys, an Arab boy, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, was abducted and murdered in what appears to be a reprisal action.  Repercussions upon repercussion continue as I write this post.  Israeli politicians have  denounced the reprisal attack as strongly as they denounced the original three murders that set off the train of events.  As if there was was not enough grief, Muhammad Abu Khdeir's  cousin was detained by the police and sported the physical signs of it. 

It has been announced by the Israeli police that there have been several arrests of Israeli citizens in connection with the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir; the conundrum remains that no-one has been detained for the murder of the three Israeli boys. 

The foment has been stirred into violence from the ground up, just as had been intended by the attack on and killings of the  three Israeli teenagers.

 An Israeli friend posted the following, after the discovery of the the bodies of the Israeli teenagers and before the murder of the Arab boy.  

"Many other kids from both sides have paid the price of ancestral crimes and I really hope that they and the boy Muhammad Durin that was killed in a protest last week are the last in a very long list of unnecessary victims..."

 This says everything I want to say, more eloquently than I could say it.  I wish it had been the last word on the awful killings; I fervently wish it will be. 


Anonymous said...

Sadly with such entrenched outlooks on all sides there is little likelihood that such killings will stop. Flighty xx

ZACL said...

Hi Mr F,

It is very sad. xx

Snowbird said...

I find the whole situation utterly heartbreaking and chilling. Man's inhumanity to man seems to have no boundries. Like you I hope and pray that the situation will calm down and that there is no more

ZACL said...

I agree Snowbird, the whole situation is heartbreaking. The wick was purposely lit.


keiko amano said...


This is very painful news and this is the third time I tried to add my comment here but still couldn't come up with words.

Then I just looked below "4 comments" and saw three tiny photos of your past links. I clicked the photo of a dove and read the post:

It was coincidence that the photo was from Israel and dove is a symbol of peace. I took time to read the post and all the comments. I see doves here in San Dimas, Calif. and in Yokohama, too. I love their coos. And yesterday, I was lucky to see one dove very close to my glass door and I knew another one was nearby although I didn't see.

So I want to add this here that doves are always moving around as a pair. I guess a male and female, but I'm unsure about that. I didn't research about their sexes, but it could be just a pair.

Anyway, I just wanted to digress a bit to express my support on peace.

ZACL said...

Hi Keiko,

I thought I had replied to this comment, unfortunately, I do not see any evidence of it, so, please accept my apologies.

Doves of all sorts tend to pair up for life. When one of the pair dies the remaining bird usually searches for it, returns to a place they frequented, even a year or two after the event. I have seen this.

While symbolically the birds signify peace in our society, often it is not so for them in their own larger natural society. They have to be wary of predators.

Thank you for your comment Keiko, I agree it is all so sad and there is so much loss. As always it is the innocents who take the brunt of the conflicts.