We live in a world that cares nothing for Jewish lives and conveniently forgets history. Anything that happened longer than five minutes ago really isn’t important any longer. Take the strange case of Marwan Barghouti and Amos Oz.
It is well to remember what kind of monster Barghouti is. It was Barghouti who led the second intifada against Israel during which hundreds of Israeli men, women, and children were killed. As a senior commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s brigade, Barghouti personally organized and directed numerous terrorist attacks and suicide bombings in the Palestinian territories and in Israel proper. On April 15, 2002, Barghouti was finally captured by IDF soldiers in Ramallah and subsequently indicted in civilian court on charges of murder and attempted murder. On May 20, 2004, Barghouti was convicted of five counts of murder–including personally authorizing and organizing the 2002 Seafood Market Restaurant attack in Tel Aviv in which 3 Israelis were killed–policeman Salim Barakat, 33, a Druze resident of the Galilee, Herzliya resident Yosef Haybi, 52, and Eli Dahan, 53, from Lod. In this particularly brutal attack, an Al-Aqsa terrorist under Barghouti’s direction, armed with an M-16 automatic rifle and two fragmentation grenades, opened fire at diners at the restaurant killing Haybi and Dahan. Then the terrorist stabbed policeman Barakat to death as he attempted to stop the rampage. On June 6, 2004, Barghouti was sentenced to five life sentences for these murders and two others, as well as 40 years imprisonment for attempted murder.
Now there is an international campaign to release Barghouti–a campaign that was given a boost this week by none other than renowned Israeli author Amos Oz. Oz publicly sent a copy of his new book A Tale of Love and Darkness (translated into Arabic) to Barghouti’s prison cell, with a dedication to Barghouti in Hebrew saying: “This story is our story. I hope you read it and understand us as we understand you. Hoping to see you outside and and in peace. Yours, Amos Oz.” Later Oz went on to comment: “Some day Israel will talk to Barghouti, even if he was the instigator of the second Intifada and a large number of suicide bombings and many other terrorist attacks.”Can you hear the sickening strains of “kumbaya” in the background?
Unrelated addendum: The laughable saga of Bashir Assad and the Syrian protesters continues. This morning Assad fulfilled my prediction declaring that Israel is to blame for instigating unrest. So we now have protestors claiming that Assad is acting in Israel’s interests and Assad claiming that the protestors have an Israeli agenda. I wonder who will be able to out-Israeli who?