Monday, August 08, 2005

Shooting in Yerushalayim

I just received this email from Jake Livni in Israel. Jake used to live in Melbourne and just moved back to Israel earlier this year.
Please say tehillim for a refuah shleima for Tzur Pinchas ben Sarit.

There has been a nasty shooting near Jerusalem. It has not been reported in the press. A 10-year-old boy, connected indirectly to my family, was shot in the head yesterday by Arab attackers in a drive-by shooting near Jerusalem. He has suffered serious brain injuries. His name is Tzur Pinchas ben Sarit. Prayers for his full recovery would be appreciated.

This incident has not been reported in the international press, as far as I have seen. There were just a few reports in the Israeli press, saying that the boy is "stable". I got a phone call from a relative about this yesterday. It hardly got a mention in the news here. The Arab attackers shot the boy in a drive-by shooting, then set their car alight and escaped in another car, which was waiting for them.

Two things are noteworthy:
1) There are many, many incidents like this that get little or no media exposure at all. Even the Israeli press finds other things to report on. This goes on all the time.
2) When such incidents ARE reported, theyare mis- or under-reported. A "10 year old boy in stable condition" sounds like he's waiting for a visit from the hospital's resident clown to cheer him up; I am afraid that serious (and possibly permanent) brain injuries are really in a different category. And it's always like this.

Pray for Tzur Pinchas ben Sarit. And STOP GIVING GUNS TO THE KILLERS!!!!

Giving them territory won't increases anyone's security, either.