July 21, 2005


Israel Defeats Efforts to Delay Gaza Pullout; Protest Thwarted Again (GREG MYRE, July 21, 2005, NY Times)

Late on Wednesday, Reuters reported that a Palestinian boy had been stabbed to death by Israelis in the West Bank, citing reports from unidentified Palestinians.

The boy was taken to Rafidiah Hospital in Nablus, and Dr. Musa Alayan, who examined the body, said he had found 14 stab wounds to the head, chest and abdomen, but initial reports were sketchy.

The boy, identified as Yazan Musa, 12 or 13, was playing with a friend near Qaryout on Wednesday when he was stabbed by Jewish settlers who had marched in the area, Reuters and Israeli radio reported.

The Israeli police had received a report from the Palestinian authorities that the boy had been killed and had begun an investigation, said a spokesman, Shlomi Sagi. He said he could not immediately confirm any circumstances of the killing.

Suspect held in Palestinian clan feud (MARGOT DUDKEVITCH, 7/20/05, Jerusalem Post)
Palestinian sources said they had arrested a suspect on Thursday in the stabbing of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy Wednesday night in the West Bank village of Karyut. The sources confirmed that the suspect was a member of a rival clan, Israel Radio reported.

Earlier, Palestinian sources had reported that the boy was killed in a brawl that erupted between Palestinian youths and Israeli settlers who had entered the village from the nearby settlement of Shiloh.

However, Palestinian officials soon admitted to IDF officers that the incident was related to an inter-clan dispute.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 21, 2005 12:21 PM

Just shows how Palestinian mendacity and western credulity have conspired over the years to propagate the meme that the Palestinians are helpless victims of Israeli violence.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at July 21, 2005 12:29 PM

I have never seen any data, but I'll bet Gaza and the West Bank are among the most violent places on earth - comparable to Lagos, Harare, and the favelas in Brazil. It wouldn't change Red Ken's blather, but there must be many, many times more Arab-on-Arab killings than anything done by the IDF.

And all the death counts we saw in the press for the cost of the 'intifada' never included these internicine murders.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 21, 2005 2:49 PM

Keeping in mind that it sounds better, sells more papers, conforms to more stereotypes, and produces (one hopes) the desired political results (one hopes)---heck, it may even be more lucrative---if the Jews do it.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at July 21, 2005 5:00 PM