As Israeli soldiers desperately search Hebron for the three Jewish teenage boys assumed kidnapped by terrorists, Palestinians protested after weekly Muslim prayers, using the popular new three-finger gesture — one for each missing teen — “in a sign of their support for the abduction,” according to the Associated Press.
“The gesture has become popular on social media among Palestinians and others who support the abduction of the teens,” the story says.
Let’s look at that again.
The gesture, holding up one finger for each of the three missing children, is popular “among Palestinians and others who support the abduction.”
There are, it seems, Palestinians and others who are in favor of kidnapping Jewish children off the street and doing God-only-knows-what with them.
I can’t think of another situation, or another group of people, who would SUPPORT THE ABDUCTION OF CHILDREN.
The abduction, a few weeks back, of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by other Islamic terrorists seems to be supported only by the terrorists themselves. No one seems to be handing out candy and dancing in the streets about it, as the Palestinians are doing about these kidnappings.
The President of the United States went so far as to publicly denounce the cowardly, despicable, stealing of those African schoolgirls, but has been totally silent about these Jewish boys, one of whom is a U.S. citizen, even.
I wonder if he’s among the “others who support the abduction of the teens,” — to which the reporter alluded.
Nah, can’t be.
This is the part of the A.P. story that I found most interesting, so, as a journalist, it’s the part of the story I started my column with.
This was decidedly not what the A.P.’s story lead with, however.
The Associated Press reporter thought the fact that a 13-year-old Palestinian rioter was killed in clashes with searching soldiers was the most important piece of information.
The A.P. story did note that the search for the missing teens is in its second week, just before mentioning three other rioters were wounded by the soldiers who were attacked as they searched through the hell hole that is the Palestinian territories for the missing seminary students.
The part about the three-finger high-five celebrating what any other culture would consider a heinous crime, isn’t found until nearly the end of the A.P. story.
Associated Press prefers to have near the top of the story, where journalism 101 teaches the most important information goes, the suggestion that the Jewish children may not have been abducted, at all.
“Israel has blamed the Islamic militant Hamas group for the apparent abduction, but has offered no proof,” they say, adding that “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has used the search to promote two other objectives — a new crackdown on Hamas and an attempt to discredit the Palestinian unity government formed earlier this month by Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas, which is supported by Hamas.”
So, despite the fact that “Hamas has praised the abduction of the teenagers” and has “abducted Israelis in the past,” I guess the mainstream media thinks it’s possible that the Israelis disappeared their own kids. They’re probably keeping them in the same place they’re storing all the Jews who suspiciously didn’t show up to work at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Or, maybe the entire country is in on an elaborate hoax designed to allow Israel to make the poor Hamas terrorists look bad.
Those families whose sons are missing deserve Academy Awards, if that’s the case.
The A.P. story says the Israeli army has conducted raids in four Palestinian-held areas, detaining 25 suspects and searching some 200 locations and nine Hamas-linked institutions.
I have to say, that if those poor boys are victims of any of the terrorists Israel agreed to release in exchange for the kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, or some other past lopsided trade, I hope they re-arrest them and lose the keys, or, better yet, shoot them on the spot.
And as they search for their missing brethren, through towns filled with murderous Islamists, the Jewish soldiers are set upon by stone, grenade, homemade explosive-and firebomb-throwing youths, the story says.
The Associated Press story suggests that the search for the kidnapped kids, and not the kidnapping itself, is escalating tensions in the area.
For their part, the “more moderate” Fatah faction, headed by Abbas, has said that if Hamas is found to have been behind the kidnappings, it would have a serious negative impact on the recently formed “unity government.”
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki reportedly said that if Hamas did take the missing teens “it will harm the achievements that we reached on the international level and it gave Israel the excuse to harm our people.”
I also find it noteworthy that near the end of the A.P. story, it’s noted that some Palestinian Authority security forces roughed up some CNN news crew members. What’s interesting here is that this information is tucked deep inside an unrelated article, unlike a similar story some time back in which some journalists accused some Israeli soldiers of hassling them, which rated a great big article all its own.
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