The Terrible Tide Of Blood

In the Aqsa intifadeh, hatred runs at full flood

Miro Cohen stayed up all night searching for two missing 14-year-olds. The sheep farmer who doubles as security officer for the small West Bank settlement of Tekoa figured Yossi Ishran and Kobi Mendel had just gotten lost as they hiked through the desert. Then, at 5:30 a.m., his walkie-talkie crackled with terrible news: the boys had been found dead. "Were they shot or stabbed?" Cohen asked. The caller hesitated. "It's worse than that," he said. "Come and see, Miro."

In the thin dawn light, Cohen raced to a nearby cave once home to an old hermit. Inside, the sight was indescribable....

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