If we were normal, and lived in a normal country, and if Hebrew were a normal language, the Barnoar murder case [where four people have been arrested for the shooting of two people at a gay youth club in Tel Aviv, in August 2009] could be concisely summed up in a newspaper report of a few sentences. For example: “A homo [the Hebrew word for gay] is suspected of having the hots for a minor from a traditional...