To fill in some gaps in the story – chasms, actually – the reason that the police shot dead the two Palestinians is that the Arabs were already engaged in an attack on a synagogue (not a mosque), with “hand guns, axes, and meat cleavers”, which resulted in five dead (including a Briton and three Americans), and eight wounded.
This is after an AP story earlier which concerned a Palestinian who drove his car into a crowd near a train station, wounding 17 and killing a five-year-old girl. The headline was "Israeli police shoot a man in East Jerusalem".
[Dick Stanley of Texas Scribbler reports that CNN has now apologized for the headline, saying that their "coverage did not immediately reflect the fact that the two Palestinians killed were the attackers." CNN at least made the effort to correct that portion of the story.]
The story failed to note the standard Palestinian celebration of dancing in the streets and passing out candy and pastries. President Obama rightly condemned the "horrific" attack but predictably called on "both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence." There is precious little chance of that happening, certainly in the case of the jubilant Palestinians.
Now if only that same sentiment could be conveyed by the administration to the waiting 'activists' in Ferguson, Missouri.To have this kind of act, which is a pure result of incitement, of calls for "days of rage," of irresponsibility is unacceptable.
The Palestinian leadership must condemn this and they must begin to take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement that comes from their language, from other people's language, and exhibit the kind of leadership that is necessary to put this region on a different path.