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19-year-old Israeli teen Ori Ansbacher stabbed to death in the forest by Palestinian terrorist

19-year-old Israeli teen Ori Ansbacher stabbed to death in the forest by Palestinian terrorist

Added to the long list of knife terror murders we have reported on in the past several years.

One of the necessary, but gut-wrenching, tasks here is to chronicle the systematic war against Jews by Palestinian terrorists, often using “children” (under 18) to carry out the attacks.

This war started long before Israel recaptured Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) in 1967, and it has continued unabated.

The Second Intifada, launched by Yasser Arafat after he rejected Israeli concessions at Camp David, killed over 1000 Israeli civilians, many through suicide bombings until a combination of a security barrier and a military offensive broke the Palestinian terror gangs in the West Bank. You will often hear complaints about the security barrier (a wall in parts, fencing in other parts) disrupting the lives of Palestinians in the West Bank, but you almost never will hear those activists acknowledge that the barrier was built only after the suicide bombing campaign.

In recent years, a hallmark of the terror have been knifings, giving rise to the name “Knife Intifada.” There are very up close and personal fits of rage in which the victims are butchered in their homes and on the street and in the forests.

In 2015 we covered the Knife Intifada: “spasms of bloody and murderous irrationality”. This surge of bloodletting does not take place in isolation, there is extensive Palestinian incitement encouraging more attacks, including by children.

This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some of the knife terror attacks we have covered:

Unfortunately, there is another knifing murder to report, of Israeli teen Ori Ansbacher, who was found naked with multiple stab wounds in a forest on the edge of Jerusalem.

After Ori’s body was found, there were a lot of rumors as to what was done to her. So far, only that she was stabbed to death has been confirmed by the police. The Times of Israel reported:

Police on Friday urged the public to stop spreading “horrific” and baseless rumors on social media surrounding the murder of a teenager whose body was discovered on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Ori Ansbacher, a 19-year-old from the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, was found dead Thursday with what police said were “signs of violence” after she was reported missing earlier in the day. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Ansbacher had been killed with “shocking brutality,” and police sources were quoted saying she had been stabbed multiple times in the upper torso.

When her body was discovered, her parents told the Hebrew media:

Ansbacher’s parents, Noa and Gadi, told Hebrew-language media their daughter was “a holy soul seeking meaning, with a sensitivity for every person and creature and an infinite desire to correct the world with goodness.”

One of her high school teachers told Channel 13 news that Ori was “a smart and honest girl with an original and creative intellectual openness. She cared for the environment and was sensitive to others.”

Ansbacher was carrying out a year of national service at a youth center in Jerusalem at the time of her death.

Ori’s mother issued a statement:

“I ask from those who are listening to us and for whom our words are entering their hearts, to do one small thing to add light to the world — one act of kindness and maybe we will preserve Ori’s [soul] in the world and maybe we will have some comfort by adding light to the world,” said Na’ah Ansbacher, referring to her daughter’s name, which means “my light” in Hebrew.

“It’s important for us that the world know who Ori was,” she said. “Ori was a child of light, adding so much light in the world. She cured broken hearts wherever she went, be it with her girlfriends, the boys and girls she worked with in her national [volunteer] service, even people she did not know.

Ori Ansbacher. (Courtesy)

“Sometimes when I spoke with her I felt that it was not a conversation between a mother and a daughter, but that she was my teacher,” Na’ah Ansbacher added. “Recently she talked a lot about compassion — that she wanted to be compassionate toward realities that were difficult for her, with people who were hard on her.”

Na’ah Ansbacher said that her daughter had been a poet whose work “brought expression to who she was in the world.”

“Ori taught us to marvel at the sunrise, the sunset, the blooming, the sun, the rain, the world,” she said.

Initially the Israeli police were reluctant to declare this a terror attack, since in theory it could have been criminal/sexual attack not motivated by politics. But after investigation, the police confirmed is was politically-motivated terror:

The Shin Bet security service announced Sunday that the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher was a nationalistically motivated terror attack.

The intelligence agency, which is running the investigation with assistance from the Israel Police, had held off on announcing a terror motive, despite proclamations to that effect from right-wing lawmakers and pundits that began shortly after Ansbacher’s body was found in a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem, on Thursday evening.

This video shows the area of the forest where the attack took place and was reinacted:

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Security officials say that Arafat Irfaiya, 29, from Hebron has confessed to killing Ori Ansbacher, 19, and reconstructed the murder for police on Sunday ahead of his arraignment in court….

Irfaiya was arrested in a joint operation by the IDF, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the Border Police’s Yamam counter-terrorism unit in an abandoned building near the Jamal Abdel-Nasser Mosque in el-Bireh, which adjoins Ramallah, following intelligence received by security forces.

According to reports, authorities received information that he was hiding in the mosque and proceeded to raid it on Friday evening. When Irfaiya was not found, troops confiscated security camera footage from the neighborhood and returned later that night to conduct a second raid on a nearby abandoned building, where he was arrested without putting up a struggle.

The knife he is believed to have used in the murder was found during the arrest….

The Shin Bet General Security Service said that the suspect “left his home in Hebron with a knife and made his way to the village of Beit Jala,” just south of Jerusalem and from there, he “walked to the forest, where he saw Ori, attacked and murdered her.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited with the family

You cannot understand Israelis unless you understand that for several decades they have lived under the constant threat of terror. When Gazans try to breach the border fence armed with knives, it’s no joke. While bringing a knife to a gun fight may not be good advice, many Israelis and friends of Israel have died in knife terror attacks.

That terror is not about territory, it’s about religiously motivated hate and an unwillingness to permit a Jewish outpost in the heart of the Muslim world.


The Israeli police released more details:

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Monday extended the remand of the Palestinian man suspected of brutally murdering Israeli teen Ori Ansbacher for an additional ten days.

It was the first time Irfaiya appeared before cameras since his Friday arrest in the West Bank city of Ramallah. He had open scabs on his forehead, nose and below his right eye. The suspect appeared to smirk from his seat as photographers flashed their cameras before being ushered out of the courtroom.

Despite a last-minute official appeal from reporters, the judge decided to hold the session behind closed doors. Channel 12 news reported that investigators from the Shin Bet security service and Israel Police hope to indict Arafat Irfaiya, a 29-year-old Hebron resident, for murder in the context of a terrorist act in addition to a charge of rape.

Details regarding the rape charge had previously remained under wraps due to a court-imposed gag order.


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Can’t wait for Palestinian and single-state solution proponent Rashida Tlaib to weigh in…

legacyrepublican | February 10, 2019 at 9:42 pm

I can’t imagine the horror her parents went through. Such a cruel way to die too. May God hold them in His hands and comfort them in the loss of a beautiful daughter.

Several new people in Congress will call this killing “self defense”.
Got to require that Israeli kids never go out alone, never go out without an effective weapon, and never turn 15 without training and practice in fighting skills. As for weapons, imo a small handgun will not be enough, knives are fast and extremely lethal if you know how to use them. Rifles work, but they are easily seen from a distance and not practical to carry everywhere every day, there is no tv script magic solution. They need a variety of weapons, but most of all the skill and attitude to use them.

What a beautiful girl.

Why are the differences between good and evil so hard for some to understand?

    Arminius in reply to franker. | February 11, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Keep in mind, the monster who did this is proud of himself. This is what his Allah wants him to do.

    “Islamic Holocaust of India (Part 1)”

    “Islamic Holocaust of India (Part 2)”

    In India Muslim generals used to compete to see who could build the highest mountain of severed heads. Between 1000 and 1500 A.D. the Muslim invaders killed between 50-120M. It’s a wide range, but the general consensus among scholars is that it was probably about 80M as a realistic total. Considering the earlier raids, and that the Mughal empire lasted until 1857 many tens of millions or more died before the combined Sikh and Maharatha armies drove the Muslim rulers out.

JusticeDelivered | February 10, 2019 at 10:25 pm

The only way to change Palestinian attitudes is by raining death and destruction down on them. There needs to be at least 100,000 to one kill ratio. Start dropping fuel air bombs on them.

I just saw a propaganda piece about nuking Japan, they were arguing that we did not need to use nukes. Not one mention was made about Japan’s brutality to civilians, to POWs, etc. They are damn lucky that we did not continue dropping more nukes on them, they most certainly had asked to have their tails ticked.

The same principle applies to Palestinians and all the other Middle East terrorists, or anyone who gives them aid and comfort.

    Well, we didn’t need to use nukes on Japan. We could have chosen to sacrifice 100-200K of our own soldiers, at least a million Japanese, have the war drag on another 2-5 years, and have the USSR grab major parts of Japan, perhaps the whole thing, and of course allow all the Western prisoners they were holding to be slaughtered (and sometimes eaten). We could have chosen that.

    There are always choices. Here’s one version of how that might have gone.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Milhouse. | February 11, 2019 at 8:29 am

      My understanding is that we had enough platomian to build six more bombs and the third bomb would have been ready in two weeks. Japan could have been bombed with those 6 nukes at about two week intervals and they could have faced conventional incendiary attacks.

      Based on Japan’s conduct, there is no doubt that if they had the means, they would used nukes against us.

      Considering Japan’s overall conduct in the war, our leaders showed great restraint.

        Based on Japan’s conduct, there is no doubt that if they had the means, they would used nukes against us.

        Of course they would. And so would Germany. And we would have used them against Germany, if we could.

        I sometimes here stupid people claim that it was racist to drop the bomb on Japan but not Germany. The only reason we didn’t drop it on Germany is that the war in Europe was over, and it’s generally frowned on to bomb people with whom you are not at war.

          Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | February 11, 2019 at 5:28 pm

          Saburo Sakai, the famed Imperial Japanese Navy fighter ace, was a huge fan of US forces in Japan. He really enjoyed attending functions at NAF Atsugi. I never met him as I was stationed at another, though nearby, facility. I had friends in the airwing who had met him though.

          He said he would have cheerfully dropped an atom bomb and the US had he been ordered to. On the other hand he was also happy that we dropped it on Japan. In the closing days of the war most of the civilians and most of the rank and file thought the senior leadership was kighigai. Criminally insane. Sakai knew that dragging the war out would have only led to his country’s total destruction.

          According to Japanese records he was credited with 28 kills. He never recorded them on the side of his plane. He considered it pointless because he knew Japan was losing the war and losing it badly. What was there to celebrate? He’d do his duty, but he wasn’t happy about it.

      Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | February 11, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      Your casualty figures are way too low. The invasion force would have been 6M men (1M British including empire troops). As the US and allied forces moved closer to the home islands war planners kept having to revise casualty estimates upward. The fighting in the Marianas was bloody. Iwo Jima bloodier still. Okinawa was almost indescribable. The Japanese kept learning our tactics.

      I’ve read the reports. After the US had Japanese planners write detailed reports about how Japanese planned to oppose the invasion, first on Kyushu were US and allied forces were to establish something of a foreward operating base, then on Honshu near Tokyo. It was chilling; they knew exactly where we were going to come ashore and they had prepared a vision of hell. And they weren’t as tapped out as it had appeared. They had stockpiled plenty of armaments, victuals, and POL.

      Out of 6M men at least 13% would have been killed, and that is no doubt a low ball estimate. So we wouldn’t have lost 100-200K. Try at least 780k. Total casualties including wounded would have been approx. including wounded would have been 67%. That’s just north
      of 4M.

      I’m using the Secretary of War maximum estimate. The JCS estimate is ridiculously low and the Secretary of War base estimate is inadequate at well. The Secretary of War estimate for civilian casualties for Operation Downfall (as it was to be called) would have been approx. 19M.

      Anyone here still think we didn’t need to use nukes?

        Milhouse in reply to Arminius. | February 11, 2019 at 5:18 pm

        Yes, I thought I was low-balling it, but I was being conservative since I didn’t have exact numbers. It would definitely have been a terrible slaughter. Actual peace-lovers and humanitarians should thank God for the bomb, which saved many many lives.

      Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | February 11, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      Douglas MacArthur’s Chief Surgeon was responsible for medical planning. As US and allied forces kept getting closer to the home islands he and his planners kept having to scrub their plans and start over because the casualty figures kept going up and up and up.

      He would have had his own navy. And not a small navy either. A fleet of Tank Landing Ships (LSTs) just to deliver the plasma. Army and Navy docs would have had to rely mostly on plasma simply because in the 1940s it would have been impossible to keep the blood fresh on the flight from the US (there would have been a massive blood drive in the US) to the Philippines, then to the battle area, So only a relatively small amount of whole blood would have been available in the battle area in a small number of refrigerated LSTs. And it would have been a national disaster if just one of those LSTs was sunk. There would have been another fleet of LSTs to evacuate the wounded. Then an armada of transports to take the wounded to the Philippines where hospital facilities were being constructed BTW. there is no way the Soviets would have been involved. They would have been no help. We had never worked with them before, there was the language barrier, comms gear was incompatible, the only amphibious operations they had conducted during WWII involved river crossings. And let’s face it, they could and would only enough forces ashore to achieve Stalin’s territorial ambitions.

      MacArthur wisely wanted to keep this a Australia, New Zealand, and US effort. The three nations had operated together for years seamlessly. There was no language barrier nor problems communicationg. It didn’t take much persuading to get McAruthur to agree to accept a Canadian force that had been trained to US standards and was equipped with US gear. The upper echelons really had to twist his arm to get him to accept UK forces as he and really the rest of US forces in the Pacific had very limited experience working with them. The USN probably had the most, as occasionally we’d add a RN carrier or other vessel to our battle groups.

      Large coalitions just for the sake of large coalitions look fine on paper. But they’re an absolutely stupid way to fight a war if you want to win. I recall that in Desert Storm 1 most of the Arab forces weren’t there to do much fighting. They were there to make sure we didn’t go all the way to Baghdad and topple Saddam Husseien. I recall G.H.W. Bush saying that was his major concern. Had he followed the retreating Iraqi forces to Baghdad that would have split the precious coalition.

      I recall thinking, didn’t you understand? That was the entire reason the Arabs got involved. To tie your hands. Consequently despite the apparent carnage on the Highway To Hell Saddam’s forces including equipment got away largely intact. Ensuring, I knew then, that we’d have to come back and finish at a later date what we should have finished then.

      Coalition warfare is fine as long as the members of the coalition all have the same goal and are on the same page operationally. That means keeping the coalition as small as possible, not larding it up with members that have entirely different agendas.

There are useful idiots and useful animals. Ori was murdered by the latter.

There will never be peace. This kind of war is good business – right, Merkel?

I’d go ahead and arrest anyone with the name Arafat, for starters.

May her memory be a blessing.

I’m continually amazed that the Israelis refuse to apply the death penalty for murderers, terrorists and other particularly violent criminals. There is nothing “civilized” about maintaining these people at the public’s expense, and eventually freeing most of them. There should be public hangings, and celebration at ridding the world of these scum.

This murderer will probably spend some time in a reasonably comfortable Israeli prison (if he isn’t freed in a trade for a dead, or kidnapped Israeli), and his family rewarded by the PA with international aid money (enabled to live better than they ever have). Where is the punishment, retribution, deterrent? The only punishment seems to be of those who are forced to provide the money to keep these terrorists and their families.

    Milhouse in reply to Bisley. | February 11, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Israel has the death penalty, but the prosecutors (who are completely independent of the elected government) refuse to ask for it, and if they did the judges (ditto) would probably refuse to implement it.

      Bisley in reply to Milhouse. | February 11, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      If that’s the case, they need different prosecutors and judges, and a different way of choosing them. They haven’t hanged anyone since Adolf Eichmann, and he didn’t personally harm anyone. He was a logistics man who coordinated transport to get everyone and everything to where he was ordered to send them, and had no control over policy.

        Milhouse in reply to Bisley. | February 11, 2019 at 5:24 pm

        They certainly do need different prosecutors and judges, but the elected government has very little control over it. Prosecutors are hired by the civil service, which is independent of political control. Judges are chosen by a committee on which the government has a few representatives but does not control. (If I recall correctly the government has two members out nine, plus one from the Knesset majority and one from the minority, so the government effectively has three out of nine. The rest of the committee is made up of judges and one representative of the Lawyers’ Guild, whose members, of course, depend for their living on staying on the judges’ good sides.)

          JusticeDelivered in reply to Milhouse. | February 11, 2019 at 6:24 pm

          I guess this means that accountable bureaucrats will continue to allow innocent Israelis to be maimed, torchered and murdered by people conducting war on Israel. So sad.

          What needs to happen is to start killing, no middle ground, rather large numbers of Palestinians. That is the only thing which will lead to peace.

I think there is something we all need to understand.

Surah 5:33

“Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive upon earth [to cause] corruption is none but that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment,”

Home » Sahih al-Bukhari – Book of Fighting for the Cause of Allah (Jihaad)

(38) Chapter: The superiority of the one who prepares a Ghazi or looks after his dependents

“Narrated Zaid bin Khalid:
Allah’s Messenger said, ” He who pre pares a Ghazi going in Allah’s Cause is given a reward equal to that of) a Ghazi; and he who looks after properly the dependents of a Ghazi going in Allah’s Cause is (given a reward equal to that of) Ghazi.”

I couldn’t stand watching Imam Obama lecture the US public about how, say, the gunmen who shot up the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine weren’t Islamic because “no religion advocates the killing of innocents.” Islam has an entirely different definition of who is innocent and who isn’t. Those cartoonists weren’t innocent under their standards.

Sunan Abi Dawud – 40 Prescribed Punishments (Kitab Al-Hudud)

(2) Chapter: The ruling regarding one who reviles the prophet (pbuh)

“Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas:

A blind man had a slave-mother who used to abuse the Prophet and disparage him. He forbade her but she did not stop. He rebuked her but she did not give up her habit. One night she began to slander the Prophet and abuse him. So he took a dagger, placed it on her belly, pressed it, and killed her. A child who came between her legs was smeared with the blood that was there. When the morning came, the Prophet was informed about it. He assembled the people and said: I adjure by Allah the man who has done this action and I adjure him by my right to him that he should stand up. Jumping over the necks of the people and trembling the man stood up. He sat before the Prophet and said: Messenger of Allah! I am her master; she used to abuse you and disparage you. I forbade her, but she did not stop, and I rebuked her, but she did not abandon her habit. I have two sons like pearls from her, and she was my companion. Last night she began to abuse and disparage you. So I took a dagger, put it on her belly and pressed it till I killed her.

Thereupon the Prophet said: Oh be witness, no retaliation is payable for her blood.”

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but since the politicians will never tell you the truth then you need to get it from someone so it might as well be me. This beautiful young lady was not innocent in the eyes of the barbaric creed we are all facing. None of us are. A ghazi is a muslim fighter who fights non-muslims. Whoever equips and supports a ghazi and/or his family gets an equal positive reward as the ghazi.

But this is two-edged sword. Whoever supports a non-muslim fighter who makes war against Allah and his so-called prophet or spreads corruption in the land gets an equal punishment. Death, crucifixion, mutilation, etc.

Obama knew better. This is why he kept insisting that it was somehome silly to demand he identify Islamic terrorism as Islamic terrorism. Islam is not a religion of peace. That’s a charming hadith, isn’t it? A man gutting the mother of his children (note, she’s also a slave) because she kept making fun of the prophet. How much more do cartoonists who satirize the so-called prophet deserve to be killed? We pay taxes that support the military and operations in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The troops there are making war and spreading corruption. So we deserve to be killed or crucified just as much as they do. So, why shouldn’t the “noble Islamic warriors” set pressure cooker bombs off at the finish line of the Boston marathon. By any civilized stand Ori Ansbacher was innocent. We are not fighting anyone who operates by civilized standards.

Her killer and no doubt the overwhelming majority of Palestinians considered her guilty merely for being a Jew. She compounded her crime, in the eyes of the barbarians, by paying taxes and/or doing national service. I’m sick and tired of our pols hiding the truth from us to the benefit of our enemies. The truth is ugly. But it was my job for twenty years as a Naval Intelligence Officer, contrary to what you may have heard about us, to get to ground truth and make sure it got to the right eyes and ears. It’s a hard habit to break.

Here’s another harsh truth. We’re on our own.

    Arminius in reply to Arminius. | February 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Fortunately I retired before Obama took office or I would have died of a heart attack or stroke or something like that as every day he made my blood boil. He was working hand in glove with Muslim Brotherhood front groups to make sure we were blind to the threat. It was official policy that there is no connection between Islam and terror. The hell there isn’t. The muslims, following the example of their so-called prophet, have been engaged in terrorism since Islam’s inception.

    Sahih al-Bukhari » Book of Fighting for the Cause of Allah (Jihaad)

    (122) Chapter: “I have been made victorious…”
    Narrated Abu Huraira:
    Allah’s Messenger said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I HAVE BEEN MADE VICTORIOUS WITH TERROR (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by them)

    Arminius in reply to Arminius. | February 11, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    The practical effects of Obama insisting that there is no connection between Islam and terrorism can be seen at Fort Hood in 2009 and Boston in 2013.

    There are two things that were missing from the Army’s final report on the Fort Shooting; Nidal Hassan’s name and any mention of Islam. Instead it was just chalked up to generic “workplace violence.” Naturally since Obama was ideologically committed to the narrative that Islam must never, ever be connected to terrorism (it took him six years to acknowledge that the Fort Hood shooting was an act of terror) the recommendations for helping commanders spot signs of impending acts of “workplace violence” were laughable. I’d say that when a visibly upset Muslim soldier gives a power point presentation to his colleagues about how Muslim soldiers must never be sent to Muslim countries where they might be forced to kill other Muslims that should be what we in Naval Intelligence used to call a clue. Especially when the visibly upset Muslim soldier’s unit is preparing to deploy to a Muslim country. Then he proceeds to go point by point through the Quran and the Sunnah of Muhammad about how a Muslim who kills or even in a support role is a member of a force that is killing Muslims will burn in hell, and then a procession of troops sees the XO because they know the briefer was talking about himself and he’s clearly going off the deep end and is a danger, that should be a red flag.

    Nope, nothing like that in there.

    In 2011 the Obama received a letter from 50 or so Muslim organizations, most ot the names of said groups I recognized from the 2007/8 Holy Land Foundation terror funding trial as Muslim Brotherhood front groups. Or rather, they received a letter that they clearly solicited demanding that all law enforcement. intelligence, and national security training materials be scrubbed to remove any hint that Islam ever, ever had anything to do with terrorism.

    Seriously, an arms long list of organizations whose names had come up in a terror funding trial was making this demand. Who else but the Obama and his minions would give in to this demand? In fact, they had already begun meeting the demand even before they got the letter.

    Also they wanted all trainers, both within the government and outside contractors, who had dared make this link either fired or sent someplace where they couldn’t do any more “harm” like the Aleutians. And all personnel who had been trained by these miscreants be reeducated, er, retrained, by trainers to be provided by the unindicted co-conspirators from the HLF terror funding trial. Natch.

    So when federal LEOs began getting warnings that the elder Tsarnaeve brother was in the war torn Caucasus studying Jihad, they probably said, “Great, he’s learning to wage the internal spiritual struggle against his negative impulses.” Which is of course the only kind of Jihad a Hamas-linked trainer thought anyone working for the federal government needed to know about.

    How can an analyst or field agent connect dots they are told don’t exist? The rest as they say is history.

    venril in reply to Arminius. | February 12, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Keep writing, friend.

It’s wrong to make important decisions on pure emotion. So I had to cool off a bit. Still, when I look at this beautiful young woman smile it melts my heart. And when I read about the details of her death it breaks my heart. Alone, naked, stabbed to death by a blood-drunk killer. I won’t speculate further. But it reminds me of similar events. The various Ottoman genocides. Greek, Assyrian, and of course Armenian.

The only picture I have in my mind of Ori Ansbacher, thank God, is the before picture in which she looks like an angel. Unfortunately the only picture I have in my mind of the women killed in the Armenian genocide is the after picture. Those women, also stripped naked by blood-drunk killers, raped, then nailed to crosses. Still angels, but now like butterflies pinned to display boards.

I think it’s a good thing my mind doesn’t move in straight lines. The rest of you can evaluate my logic. One of the reasons Hitler was so confident about igniting the Holocaust was that he witnessed just how quickly the Western World wanted to put the Armenian genocide behind us. The Armenian genocide was basically a dress rehearsal for the Holocaust of the Jews in Europe in so many ways. I won’t get into all the ways. But what’s important is that the Turks killed 1.5M Armenians and got away with it. Why then, the Nazis reasoned, couldn’t they kill 6M Jews and get away with it?

Reccep Erdogan is going to be howling mad if/when we officially recognize the Armenian genocide as a genocide, and assign blame to the Ottoman Turks. But it strikes me that only good can come from it. Maybe it will wipe that smirk off Ori Ansbacher’s killer’s face when he and those like him get the message that we’re not scared of them. That, maybe, they should be scared of us. Perhaps our Kurdish allies would get the message that no matter how much Erdogan squeals like a stuck pig we’re not going to abandon them. But most importantly it would get us out of the habit of shutting up as one of the great (in size only) but not at all Abrahamic monotheistic religions inspires its adherents to commit atrocities across the globe.

LIke Ore Ansbacher’s hideous murder.