These days, news seek­ers turn to blogs to get the no-spin ver­sion of what actu­ally occurred. Act For Israel recently sent our Media Fel­lows to Israel to learn first­hand. Today, we found that Hon­estRe­port­ing Back­spin fea­tured our blog­gers in their recent arti­cle: Ita­mar Mas­sacre: Blog­gers Get It, MSM Doesn’t:

A del­e­ga­tion blog­gers under­stands the Ita­mar mas­sacre bet­ter than the legions of Israel’s for­eign press corps. Out of every­thing I’ve read about the grisly mur­ders, Claire Berlin­ski’s take is the most human­iz­ing and intel­li­gent I’ve seen:

One very quick point I’ll make is that this was clearly not a fam­ily above all of “settlers”–some alien species that exists pri­mar­ily as a polit­i­cal bar­gain­ing point–but of human beings. In the home next door to the one that was invaded, kids’ cloth­ing was hang­ing on the line next to a child’s bicy­cle. You sim­ply can­not look at that and think, “This story is above all about land and pol­i­tics.” This story is above all about mur­der. They were chil­dren and they were mur­dered. Two more chil­dren were orphaned. The chil­dren were tar­geted delib­er­ately. This was a pre­med­i­tated murder–not a crime of pas­sion or self-defense–and it was a psy­chot­i­cally sav­age crime.

Any­one who in any way tries to ratio­nal­ize or min­i­mize this or to sug­gest that this is a fit­ting pun­ish­ment for any­thing needs to go out and look at a three-month-old baby and ask him­self what it would take to climb over a fence, climb in a win­dow, and cut off that child’s head. If that act seems an “under­stand­able” reac­tion to a polit­i­cal griev­ance to him, I don’t think we can have much of a conversation.

Unfor­tu­nately, the MSM regards the Fogels as sim­ply “settlers;” that “S word” dom­i­nated head­line after head­line after head­line, while the BBC placed pol­i­tics ahead of mur­der. (Sky News skewed pri­or­i­ties too.) The Fogels were a fam­ily.

Other blog­gers in the del­e­ga­tion — arranged by Act for Israel — include Chuck DeVore, Tim Mak and Judith Levy. More about their visit to Ita­mar at YNet News.

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