Saturday, March 12, 2011


A family of five Israeli Jews including an eleven-year-old child, a toddler, and a one-month-old infant were stabbed to death early this morning.   Fatah's "military wing", al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, took responsibility for the killings.  One of our colleagues found the following crumpled-up draft in the trash bin behind Reuters Jerusalem Bureau offices:

(Reuters) - 5 Israeli Settlers Found Dead in Occupied West Bank

Five Israeli settlers, including a settler toddler and settler infant living in a settler home built on occupied Palestinian land, were found dead early this morning by the Israeli occupation authorities. The settlers apparently died of wounds sustained by a blunt instrument.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed his condolences for the settler deaths and said the incident must not be allowed to damage Palestinian interests including the formation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital before the end of the year. Abbas also explained that the incident illustrated why it was imprudent for there to be any Jews living in a Palestinian state.

Within hours of the news of the deaths, the human rights group Peace Now published a report containing satellite imagery of the settler house showing it to have been built on land once owned by a Palestinian Arab that had been sold, under conditions of oppressive bargaining, to the deep-pocketed Jewish family. The settler family had no comment.

In a related development, the Palestinian national soccer team lost its first home match on Wednesday but celebrated the symbolic step towards statehood.

UPDATE MARCH 13, 2011: In our depressing satire above, we suggested Reuters might refer to Israeli security forces as the Israeli occupation authorities.  We didn't know at the time that in early versions of its story on the incident, Reuters did indeed refer to the "Israeli occupation forces". 

A link to photos of the murdered family published by Arutz Sheva.  Their website notes:
These photos were released by the family. They have given full permission for their use in order to report on the horrific reality of murdering children and babies in their sleep, "simply because they are Jewish."

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