Tonight, during dinner at a vegetarian restaurant in Little Jerusalem, Yossi Klein Halevi, a journalist and fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, opened his speech to a group of journalism students with the jarring news that five Israeli family members were stabbed to death while asleep in their home in Itamar, a Jewish settlement camp near Nablus in the West Bank.
“A grisly trail of toys and blood led paramedics to the first three bodies: a mother, father and their 4-month-old infant, stabbed to death in their bed. In the next room, medics say they found the body of an 11-year-old sibling. Finally, with growing dread, they reached the last bedroom, where a 4-year-old boy with knife wounds and a faint pulse was fighting for his life, ambulance workers said Saturday on Israel Radio. The medics worked frantically, but unsuccessfully, to resuscitate the toddler.”
According to The Jerusalem Post, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, the armed wing of the Palestinian Fatah movement, has claimed responsibility for the killing.
In the clip above, we share Klein Halevi’s response to this attack and his analysis of its impact on relations between Israelis and Palestinians.
This post has been revised to reflect the following correction on March 21, 2011: an earlier version of this article linked to a Haaretz article as the source of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claim. It no longer contains that statement so we have linked to The Jersulem Post, which confirms this claim.