May 16, 2006

200+ and counting ...

There's an awful picture at Yahoo! News with the caption

The parents of American teenager Daniel Wultz, Tuly, right, Cheryl, center, and his sister Amanda, left, touch his coffin, covered in a Jewish prayer shawl, a folded American flag given to the family by the U.S. Ambassador in Israel and an Israeli flag, during a memorial service at a Jerusalem synagogue before transferring his body to the U.S. for burial, Monday, May 15, 2006. Wultz, 16, died Sunday of wounds sustained in an April 17 Palestinian suicide bombing at a Tel Aviv restaurant. His death brought the toll of those killed in the attack to 11.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

According to the American embassy more than 200 American citizens have been killed *or wounded* (thanks for the correction Elder of Ziyon) by Palestinian terrorism since 1992.

Unfortunately, President Bush seems just as concerned about getting to the bottom of the outrages as his predecessor did.

President Clinton promised Joyce Boim that the apprehension of Mohammed Deif - who was responsible for her son David's murder - was a priority of his administration. But Clinton never acted. On Deif or any other Palestinian murderer of Americans.

The American government was muted in response to the appointment of Jamal Abu Samadana as head of the PA's police force in Gaza, even though Samadana has been implicated in the bombing of a convoy that killed 3 American citizens.

"If Hamas wants to be taken seriously, it must first renounce terrorism... and looking at the people they are putting in these positions is discouraging," said Stewart Tuttle, the US Embassy spokesman in Tel Aviv.

Still if the government won't take action againt the PA and its agents, at least private citizens have been making an effort through the courts.

Unfortunately some legal shenanigans in Israel may deprive families of even that small measure of justice.

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Posted by SoccerDad at May 16, 2006 6:38 AM
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