Early morning June 30th, 2016 in the West Bank, Israel, a seventeen year-old man sat in his bedroom with a knife in his hand contemplating committing the most horrific act one human being can commit against another – cold-blooded murder.
At the same time in the nearby village of Kiryat Arba lay peacefully asleep thirteen year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel (Hallel was an American Citizen).
Unfortunately, you know the rest of the story. This man left his bedroom, climbed a fence and then travelled to the nearby village where he entered Hallel’s bedroom through an open window and then proceeded to viciously stab her like a rabid dog.
He was killed by security while in the act and Hallel died only a few minutes later fighting for her life in a nearby hospital.
To many this is just another senseless act of terror perpetrated against the citizens and nation of Israel in their ongoing struggle for peace and independence and will soon be forgotten.
To me this is another vivid reminder that monsters are real and one never knows when or where they’re going to strike.
Close To Home
I’m not sure why this story hits so close to home except I too have a teenage daughter whom I put to bed every night. And the last thoughts that run through my head as I close her bedroom door are whether the doors and windows are locked and my Louisville Slugger is within reach.
I wish this weren’t the case but this is the world we live in whether you live in San Diego, CA or the West Bank, Israel.
Neither of us has the time to unpack and reconstruct the various factors which fueled this young man’s hatred toward this innocent girl and her people. On the other hand the words spoken by his mother only minutes after learning the truth of his actions tells the whole story.
My son is a hero…My son died as a martyr defending Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque. Praise Allah, he is united with the martyrs before him, and he is not better than them. Allah willing, all of them will follow this path, all the youth of Palestine.
The Real Killers
The truth is that the hatred in this man’s heart and inclination toward murder weren’t his own. Since his birth, he had been indoctrinated into this form of Jihad that murders the Kafir’s to the praise of Allah.
This is the face of Jihad, this is the face of the prophet Muhammad, this is the face of the false god Allah. And this face is everywhere in various forms under various titles carrying out horrific acts of terror against innocent civilians when they are at their most vulnerable; sleeping, (Kiryat Arba) working (Fort Hood), dancing (Orlando) or simply celebrating life with co-workers (San Bernardino).
This form of terror where victims have no chance to retaliate or defend themselves is the most cowardly and must be stopped.
Praise Beautiful Lioness
Finally, I’d like to end this article on a positive note. The young girl’s name, Hallel Yaffa Ariel meaning Praise Beautiful Lioness, is a powerful reminder that we can and will defeat this enemy that lurks in the shadows and strikes without notice.
The world will rise up like a roaring lion, righteous and true, to wipe these cowardly political zealots from the face of the earth ending 1400 years of injustice, murder and terror.
In memory of Hallel Yaffa Ariel…the Beautiful Lioness
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