Earlier this week in the Daily Dispatch, we told you about a failed attempt to bomb Rachel's Tomb. Today, JNS' Stephen M. Flatow asks how this terrorist attack on a place of worship and burial site of a biblical matriarch has been ignored by the world:
If a bomb was thrown at a prominent synagogue in Brooklyn, the media would treat it as front-page news and politicians would rush to condemn the assault.
But watch what happens when Palestinians throw a bomb at a prominent Jewish holy site and synagogue in Israel: editors bury the story, and politicians are focusing their attention elsewhere.
On Aug. 7, a Palestinian terrorist hurled a bomb at the Tomb of Rachel, near Bethlehem. The building contains a synagogue, a study area and, of course, the burial site of one of the Jewish biblical matriarchs.
By some miracle, the bomb failed to explode. But if it had ignited, and worshippers were harmed, how would the world have responded? A one-paragraph news brief in the Washington Post, and perhaps a mumbled condemnation of "violence by all sides" from a State Department spokesperson. At most...