Thursday night, July 30, 2015.
4 masked Israelis physically attack two Palestinian homes in the town of Dama. Both have windows smashed, and fire bombs thrown inside. At least one has the word, Nekama, "Revenge," spray painted on the side of the house. One is empty, while the other contains a family of four asleep in their beds. The father, mother and one child are brutally burned and now in the hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 60-90% of their bodies. The 18 month old baby, Ali Saad Daobasa, is killed by the smoke and flame. The parents are on life support.
Murderers. Terrorists. Animals.
There is no defense for this act. There is no political or religious justification that will hold up in the heavenly court of Justice or any just court on earth. This is why we have laws, police, courts and executioners. Saving ourselves as victims from this kind of pogrom is why we have Israel. These killers have become what Israel deplores at its deepest levels.
The four fled to a nearby Jewish settlement, where they have not been identified or located by police. They must be found, reported, turned in - whatever it takes.
Israel has an ideal to which it must live. Israel must not use the tools of blood on blood between citizens. Revenge is not for the individual to dole out.
In the past several years, a creeping criminality has found support in the anti-Palestinian side of the political spectrum. The "tag machir movement" is the clearest example. "Tag machir" is Hebrew for "price tag." Throughout Israel, unknown hoodlums have taken to spray painting Palestinian or Arab Israel property - most commonly cars - with those Hebrew words. Sometimes there is more. But mostly it is a defacing of property to make the claim that a price must be paid for Jewish blood or for violence against Israelis. Did anyone think it would stop there?
Vigilante criminals come in many sizes. On one side, they are the terrorists who drive a car onto the sidewalk to kill Israelis. On the other side, it is tag machir or the murderers of Ali Saad Daobasa. Palestinian vigilantes almost always seek blood and murder. If you hate that, don't become it. Don't support it. Don't justify it with even a half of an apologetic sentence for its motivation.
Israeli believes in better. Israel is better. Israel must prove its values once again: justice for the family of Ali Saad Daobasa. The murderers must be found, arrested, and suffer the full abilities of the law as terrorists.
The real "price tag" if this crime is not prosecuted is the loss of the Israeli heart and its Jewish soul to barbarism and crime in the name of righteousness.
The protests have flared up. More violence is happening in the name of the murdered baby. The army must come out... the murderers on both sides are being rewarded.