"The insinuation that I don't agree with Israels [sic] existence... you don't wánt to understand me, you just want to put me down."
No, really, Mr. Man from Holland, I really spent hours today trying to talk to you. But that was dumb, wasn't it? You say you don't hate Israel. Some might think progress had been made, no?
No...not even that. Quickly came the response: "I hate the Israel govt and the way in which Israel misbehaves towards its neigbours and own people."
Somewhere in the discussion that followed, I made the mistake of mentioning little 3-month-old baby, Hadass Fogel, who was murdered by Palestinians. Palestinians who were tracked immediately from the scene and hunted in the days that followed. Palestinians who slit her throat and left her there with the brothers and parents who they had murdered already. What did Mr. Holland have to say about that?
"A gruesome act. But most probably carried out by an immigrant worker, not by Palestinians," writes the man from Holland. That was one of the initial lies spread by MAAN News, the Palestinians "news" source (thanks to Reuters for teaching me when to use quotes properly).
And in that reference, I realized I had reached the end of any conversation I could have with this man. We were no longer talking about an ignorant man. This is, rather, a man of hatred and blindness and worse. The barbarity of this act crosses all lines of humanity. It shook a nation that is no stranger to bloodshed. Itamar was more than Israelis could handle. It was a crime that broke us as a nation and it was the bravery of Tamar Fogel and the decency of the Fogel family and others that helped rebuild us. No. To deny the enormity of what was done; to suggest it was a crime of money is abhorrent. My mind can take no more.
I told him, this stupid, stupid man from Holland, that the murderers confessed. He called me a nasty name and told me to do research. (For what????? They confessed, you stupid man.) He sent me to a site called ... well, never mind, I don't want to drive traffic there. But the blog post there suggests who "really" killed the Fogel family?
And then proceeds to make assumptions to prove the lie. "There is absolutely no excuse for murder of any sort." - Well, thanks for that, I thought to myself. And here it comes...
"The callous, inhumane slaughter of two parents and three children, one of whom was a mere 3 months old, is unconscionable." Yes, absolutely. There can be no forgiveness, no explanation, no justification - unless...unless you are so twisted, so vile, so...
"This applies even when we raise the question of the illegality of Israeli settlements." Even then, huh? Well, thank heavens for that. "Unconscionable but..." - a new definition.
But let's go on and finish this atrocity before my stomach really turns...
"With no evidence left on the scene, eyebrows were raised in a curious case of ‘who dunnit?’" - Really, no evidence? On the contrary, the stupid murderers all but left a path right back to their village. A blind man could have followed it. Well trained intelligence officers had it easy.
The stupid blogger, cited by the idiot man from Holland, continues, "The obvious line which Israeli officials seems to have taken - Palestinians. Though, this would seem extremely odd in context. Since the very inception of Israel, settlers have been forcing the native Palestinian population out of their land. Why would Palestinians, if it was in fact them, choose to act now?"
Choose to act now? Huh? The Palestinians have been "acting" all along. We have a long line of murdered innocents, dating all the way back to the creation of Israel to show the barbarity of the act. Not least of which - Samir Kuntar - who murdered a young child in a terrorist attack known for its brutality. What of Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran, who were murdered by a Palestinian shepherd/terrorist?
And then the author truly takes a flight of fancy, wondering for us, who might have done such a terrible deed. Creative writing takes on a new definition here:
"So, if not the Palestinians then who else? Well, perhaps a fellow Israeli? Perhaps an internal dispute had broken out and the murder was act of retribution? Well who else then?....A Thai worker? Sounds far-fetched, no? Well last night it emerged that a disillusioned worker had confronted the Fogel family regarding his fees. According to QudsNet, the Thai worker had not been paid and vowed to “kill the family.”
The most obvious of answers...is often the truest as well. No, there was no Thai family, no foreign workers on the settlement. The Fogel family didn't cheat anyone; didn't owe any Thai worker money. The truth is that two monsters - one name Hakim Awad and the other Amjed Awad murdered this family. As suspected all along, they came from the Palestinian village of Awarta. They came, they murdered, they were caught, they confessed.
That the stupid, stupid man from Holland can hint at a different conclusion confirms beyond all reason why, at the end of the day, you shouldn't try talking to idiots.
Nothing else, mind you - just that. Idiots. Idiots. Idiots.