Recent Attacks Rooted in State-Funded Religious Extremism

by Dan Sanchez
August 04, 2015

Terror struck twice in Israel this Thursday.

First, an ultra-Orthodox zealot went on a slashing rampage at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, stabbing six, and fatally wounding a 16-year-old girl.

Then, extremist Jewish settlers firebombed the house of a Palestinian Arab family in the West Bank village of Duma, critically wounding three, and burning an 18-month-old toddler alive.

On a wall, the arsonists spray painted a Star of David and the Hebrew word for “revenge.” This marks the crime as a “price tag” attack. This is the term used by settlers for attacks meant to, “exact a price… for any action taken against their settlement enterprise,” as Uri Friedman put it in The Atlantic.

Graffiti on another wall read, “Long live the Messiah King.” This is a manifestation of the messianic religious Zionism that has been the spiritual driving force of the Israeli settler movement since its beginning.

Both attacks are to a great extent rooted in a religious extremism that has been sponsored and harnessed by the State of Israel.

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