Matt Hanna (pseudonym), a Palestinian from Gaza, living in Bethlehem | Photo: CourtesyDear Rena and Amichai Ariel,

I’m writing to you with deep sorrow in my heart. I try to imagine your loss from the brutal murder of your lovely daughter, and I cannot. As a Palestinian Christian who grew up in Gaza, I can tell you that my heart is broken and I mourn with you the loss of lovely Hallel.

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  • Teaser I am a Palestinian Christian who shares your sorrow. And I am not the only one.

Shuki Gilboa with his wife ShulamitLast Thursday, after a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated Kiryat Arba and murdered 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her home, Shuki Gilboa and others in the community's security team rushed to the scene and confronted the knife-wielding terrorist. The terrorist was shot and killed, but Gilboa was seriously wounded during the confrontation and lost his right eye.

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  • Teaser When he woke up, Gilboa told his wife, Shulamit: "I love my people and the Land of Israel; this is who I am, this is my life's mission, and I don't need anything else."

DRY BONES: Religious men of the 21st century

"We kill Turks and Jews and Hindus and Christians and Sunnis and Shi'ites and gays and Israelis and Americans and tourists and Africans and cartoonists and people in Airline terminals.

"Oh, and 13 year old girls sleeping in their beds.

"And all in the name of Allah, #NotYourGod.

"We are the religious 'holy men' of the 21st century."


Copyright Yaakov Kirschen, originally published at


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