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Just when you think peace is coming to the Middle East after the visit of Pope Francis and he invites leaders of Israel and Palestine to talk peace…  It seems both regions are about to start “World War III…”  


It began when three Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrach, 19; Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaer, both 16 went missing after going hiking.  Immediately Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Palestinians, particularly the group Hamas.  He vowed to have Israel respond if the youths were not returned.  However, the bodies of the three Jewish students were found by a roadside which further escalated the anger on the part of the Prime Minister and Israelis who saw it as an attack against Israel.


During a raid looking for the three teenagers, Mohammed Dodeen; a 13 year old Palestinian was shot in the chest and killed.  Shortly after the bodies of the three Jewish students were found, another Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir was kidnapped by three Israelis and was set on fire while still alive.  If that is not bad enough, Israeli police beat 15 year old American citizen Tariq Abu Khdeir unconscious leaving his face disfigured with bruises and swelling.


The whole situation is just horrendous. There is no respect for life on either side.  How can anyone just kidnap children, or kill then with a bullet through the head or even set them on fire to burn alive?  It is just mind boggling that these things still exist in 2014.  This tribal justice must be stopped and civility brought in to replace it.  Israel and Palestine must wake up and realize that people are dying for no reason other than ego and territorial aggression.  In the Holy Land which is the land where most of the Biblical accounts took place; the land where Christ the Lord was born, it is just disturbing to hear of so much anger, hatred, violence and evil take place there.  


If extraterrestrial life does exist elsewhere in the universe and can intercept our news broadcasts, then it is no wonder why they haven’t come over here to visit us!  Who would visit this world full of so much evil?  Where is Klaatu when we need him?  Perhaps we need to design our own version of “Gort” to keep us from destroying ourselves.  When will we set aside materialism, ego and prejudices?  Land is just land, beliefs are just beliefs; what matters is life and preserving it.  How many more children and adults will have to die in Israel and Palestine until both nations wake up and set aside their difference and work for the common good?       





Tariq Abu Khdeir


Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer


Mohammed Abu Khdeir





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