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Veteran Israeli Editor Soulfully Confronts Relentless Palestinian Hate

November 17th 2013

David Horovitz
David Horovitz

When you are David Horovitz, one of Israel's leading veteran editors, you have undoubtedly seen it all.

Horovitz is the former editor of The Jerusalem Post and the current editor of The Times of Israel. He has seen wars, terrorism, the roiling Palestinian and Israeli conflict, rollercoaster peace negotiations, threats of nuclear annihilation from Iran, religious in-fighting, political intrigue, and every sort of unsettling hateful incitement that makes its way into the pages he edits. But apparently, after years of witnessing the basest hostilities between Arabs and Jews in Israel, Horovitz reported something that compelled him to admit that he had finally confronted an incident devoid of the last shred of decency.

On November 14, in a senseless and inexplicable act of brutal murder, 16-year old Palestinian Hussein Rawarda killed 19-year-old Israeli Eden Atias. Rawarda was from Jenin--and not know to be a threat. Atias had been conscripted into the Israeli army just two weeks earlier. The young Israeli, not old enough to buy a drink in most US cities, was innocently sleeping on a bus next to Rawarda when Rawarda seized the opportunity to plunge a knife into him, over and over again--until all the life bled from the young man's body and into a cold passenger seat.

Atias was just a kid with a smile. He had never seen action. The cold-souled murder of this young man moved Horovitz to write: "Hussein Rawarda sank that low on Wednesday morning. He deliberately ended the short life of a young man about whom he knew nothing, who had never done him any harm, who he happened to find sitting next to him on a bus. Killed Eden Atias as he slept the sleep of the innocent. Killed him because he was an Israeli, because he was wearing the uniform of the Israel Defense Forces. Killed him because the opportunity to kill him presented itself. Hussein Rawarda killed Eden Atias because he was so consumed with hatred for this sleeping man-child that none of those last human failsafes, those final limits that protect us from shedding the last traits of our humanity, none of those could compete with his cold insistence on taking that life."

Even though the national anthem of Israel is Hatikva, and even though that Hebrew word translates as "The Hope," one wonders how much hope is left when an incited Arab teenager on a bus sees the opportunity to murder a sleeping passenger just because he is an Israeli and just because he is in fact defenselessly asleep. You can read Horovitz's moving and very disturbing article here at The Times of Israel. The title of Horovitz' essay is "When A Palestinian Teen Shed The Last Traits Of Humanity."


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