I often hear/read excuses for Palestinian terrorism, wherein the official apologistas crowd reckless harp on the so-called demonization or de-humanization of the Palestinian people… but the cause of the so-called de-humanization process more often than naught - lies with their own realm of conduct. Case in point – this Toronto Star article:
In Lebanon, Hezbollah's Al-Manar satellite TV station said a previously unknown group called the Martyrs of Imad Mughniyeh and Gaza was responsible for the attack. The claim could not immediately be verified. Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander, was killed in a car bomb in Syria last month. Hezbollah has blamed Israel for the assassination.
Hamas stopped just short of claiming responsibility for the Jerusalem shootings. "We bless the operation. It will not be the last," Hamas said in a statement sent to reporters by text message. t mosques in Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip, many residents performed prayers of thanksgiving, only performed in cases of great victory to thank God.
About 7,000 Gazans marched in the streets of Jebaliya, firing in the air in celebration, and visited homes of those killed and wounded in the last Israeli incursion. In the southern town of Rafah, residents distributed sweets to moving cars, and militants fired mortars in celebration.
I could understand if the Palestinians were celebrating a day when statehood was finally proclaimed and actually meant something. I could understand a day of celebration if a Palestinian won a Nobel prize for science, economics or even literature or an Olympic medal. I could understand if a celebration was held because a peace accord was signed and a day of peace and security was rising in the eastern sky. I can understand all these things but what I cannot fathom is the sheer joy these people take in the slaughter of Jews civilians for the sake of spilling Jewish blood. And I just refuse to reduce my humanity to their level to do so.