(Above, the Palestinian bus after the accident; below, the racist discussion)
Today there was horrifying news that at least 8 Palestinian children were killed when the bus that was carrying them crashed into a truck.
The popular Israeli news website Walla posted the news on its Facebook page. Within moments, Israelis started posting comments expressing joy at the news.
Hours later, many of the racist comments had been deleted by the Walla editors, and many other Israelis, and Palestinian citizens of Israel expressed their deep revulsion at the racism.
Early screen capture shows vile comments
Abir Kopty posted a screen capture on her blog showing a few of the early comments, which she translated:
Benny: Calm down, they are Palestinian Children.
Tali: Its seems like they are Palestinian children.. Thank God..
Tal: Thank God they are Palestinians
Ajala: Great less terrorists!!!!
Eliya: Only Palestinian children were injured about ten.
Itai: Thank God its Palestinians, let it be such bus every day.
Aleyah: calm down, Its a bus with Palestinian children, lets pray there will be deaths, or at least severe injuries, this is great news to start the day with.
Kopty commented, “Please note the likes on each one of the racist and hateful comments. And no one tells me this is exception and not the Israeli mainstream.”
(From the Electronic Intifada website, follow the rest of the story here)