Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either unable or unwilling to contain. 'This is a direct consequence of decades of impunity given by the Israeli government to settler terrorism,' said Palestinian official Saeb Erekat. 'This is the consequence of a culture of hate funded and incentivized by the Israeli government and the impunity granted by the international community.'
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.