We Have Lost Our Way

Jew-hate is not an option. But for many, they thrive on it. Don’t dismiss it.

As we come to the end of January 2016, let’s take a few minutes to dwell on the sickness that pervades the Middle East and in Europe. Yes, you’re probably rolling your eyes, your eyebrows have reached the upper limits of your forehead, and you’ve started to sigh and shake your head in dismay. So, let’s go right into what I have to say.

by Alan Simons

   by Alan Simons

Jew-hate item one: “While the victim of terror attack, Dafna Meir 36, and a mother of six children, was being laid to rest in Jerusalem, a Palestinian Facebook page with more than four million followers posted the horrendous picture above. The word written in the middle of the picture is ‘Otniel’, the name of the community where the terror attack took place. After the community’s name, a bloody knife emblazoned with a Palestinian flag on the handle is depicted above words that praise the terrorist. This is a prime example of murderous Palestinian incitement on social media that encourages terror attacks against Israelis and needs to be stopped immediately!”

Jew-hate item two: “The father of the teenage Arab terrorist who murdered mother of six Dafna Meir in her home on Sunday night has expressed pride over his son’s gruesome actions. Murad Bader Abdullah Adais fatally stabbed Meir at the front door to her house in Otniel, as she valiantly struggled to close the door on him and prevent him from slaughtering three of her children who were with her at the time. Adais then fled on foot, sparking a major manhunt which resulted in his capture early Tuesday morning. Speaking to Palestinian media, Adais’s father said he was proud of his son for stabbing the unarmed nurse to death. “I am proud of him,” he said, adding that security forces also detained and interrogated several family members during the arrest operation.”

James McGreevey, the former Governor of New Jersey, was once quoted as saying we are losing sight of civility in government and politics. Debate and dialogue is taking a back seat to the politics of destruction and anger and control. Dogma has replaced thoughtful discussion between people of differing views.

I find it hard not to disagree with McGreevey, other than to say in my opinion we have already lost it, not just in government and politics, but within society! The sickness that is consuming people, coupled with their utter hate and cruelty towards anything that resembles the likes of a Jew, has become intolerable. So let’s call a spade a spade, stop making a plethora of platitudes and excuses for our fellow man, and look directly at some of this month’s who’s-who in the Jew-hate category: 

  • Hizbullah Deputy Secretary-General Na’im Qassem at Beirut Conference for Palestine said: “Our Goal Is To Eliminate Israel.” 
  • A pregnant woman hurt in a stabbing near Jerusalem, Michal Fruman, 30, moderately wounded in terror attack in Tekoa; her unborn baby was unharm; the terrorist was shot and critically wounded by an armed civilian.
  •  Fatah-run Awdah TV broadcast a music video explicitly calling to murder Israelis all over Israel – “in all their neighborhoods.” The song calls on Palestinians to “drown them in a sea of blood, kill them as you wish.” 
  • Abbas’ Fatah movement posted an uncensored version of the picture of dead terrorist murderer Nashat Melhem lying in a pool of blood. It also praised the killer of three a “Martyr” and congratulated him on its official Facebook page.
  • Fatah’s branch in Bethlehem marked Fatah Day on January 7, 2016 with a parade in the Dheisheh refugee camp featuring masked men brandishing firearms and axes, as well as children armed with mock RPG rockets and suicide belts.
  • A man wearing a kippah was attacked and robbed in Germany in an antisemitic attack by refugees from Syria and Afghanistan on the island of Puttgarden. The victim was a 49 year old French businessman who was pushed to the floor and robbed by the attackers as they yelled “Yahud’ Arabic for Jew. They took his shoulder bag that contained money, a cellphone and other valuables.

Hizb ut-Tahrir

Be it the Daesh, Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hizb ut Tahrir, Al-Qaeda or Al-Sabireen, these vile miscreants are tarred with the same brush; they all hate Jews.

Back to Jew-hate filled Gaza. How many of the western media are writing about Al-Sabireen, the newest terrorist group in the Gaza Strip?

  • “The new Iranian-backed Al-Sabireen was established in wake of tensions between Iran and its two former allies in the Gaza Strip: Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis four years ago, relations between Tehran and Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been strained. […]  Al-Sabireen, whose emblem is identical to that of another Iran proxy, Hezbollah, so far has about 400 followers in the Gaza Strip. Each one receives a monthly salary of $250-$300, while the senior officials of the group get at least $700.”

And what, if any, was the reaction in the western media to Hamas’ spokesman Fawzi Barhoum when he said, “Let me say loud and clear to our people in the West Bank: anyone who has a knife, a club, a weapon, or a car, yet does not use it to run over a Jew…and does not use it to kill dozens of Zionists, does not belong to Palestine.” 

  • A local French politician was been found dead in his apartment with multiple stab wounds. Alain Ghozland, 73, a Republican councillor from Creteil near Paris, which has a large Jewish population. A family member told Metro News that the body showed signs of both stabbing and beating, but police have no leads on the investigation yet.
  • And while much of the western media insist on regurgitating the question, “Why hasn’t Israel lifted the Gaza blockade,” none of them seem to be at all interested in the fact, and I quote: “Since the 2013 Egyptian coup d’état in which president Mohammad Morsi was ousted by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egyptian authorities have kept the border crossing almost totally closed. Twenty-two days into 2016, the Rafah border crossing has been closed and Gazans lack supplies of basic goods such as gas and electricity. Currently, the chances of the crossing being reopened are low, given Egypt’s declaration that it will not open it before the fifth anniversary of the 2011 uprising.”

By the way, the fifth anniversary is on Monday, January 25. Watch for plenty of hate, smoke and fire on the day. Know doubt the Jew-haters will find cause to blame any deaths on the Jewish holiday of Tu BiShvat, which also occurs on January 25.

In Canada, where I live, the country where we are in the process of extending a welcome to some 25,000 Syrian refugees of various faiths, we are also not immune to Jew-hate. Here’s what Honest Reporting Canada had to say earlier this week.

“”Writing in the Globe and Mail on December 14, Michael Bell, former Canadian ambassador to Israel and co-director of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative, excused Palestinian terrorism while baselessly charging that a “Judaization” of Jerusalem exists. In truth, Bell’s op-ed was just another example of Palestinian incitement.

“Without substantiation, Bell claimed Israeli “zealots” are attempting to change the Temple Mount’s status quo while seeking the destruction of the Al Aqsa Mosque, efforts which Bell claimed are prompting Palestinians to commit terrorism.

“Bell claimed: “The spate of frequent and growing knife attacks has been provoked by the perhaps unsurprising misperception that Mr. Netanyahu plans to change the “status quo” step by step, given the pressures he is subject to.””

And in conclusion, in Sweden, the repugnant Israel-bashing Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom continues to make outrageous claims. Recently it was reported “she called on Israel to halt what she called ‘extrajudicial executions’ in response to attacks by knife-wielding Palestinians.” 

We have lost our way. What politician, what member of society, has the will and fortitude to help change it? Depressing, isn’t?

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2015 and beyond. Hate, hate and more hate!

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“Those who today always look for disciplinarian solutions, those who long for an exaggerated doctrinal ‘security,’ those who stubbornly try to recover a past that no longer exists – they have a static and inward-directed view of things. In this way, faith becomes an ideology among other ideologies.” – Pope Francis.

 

by Alan Simons

   by Alan Simons

During 2015 in Israel and in the Palestinian Territories nothing has drawn these two peoples more devastatingly apart than the extreme violence and evil perpetrated by the thirst and willingness to kill young children, pregnant women and the elderly. Egged on by an abhorrent president, who was originally elected in 2005 for just a four-year term, and ten years later, with two thirds of the West Bank demanding his resignation, we must face the reality that while Israel will proudly continue to harness their inventive power to design and produce solutions to the world, the vast majority of Palestinians under Abbas, will persist to be lost souls, full of jealousy, wallowing in hate and unrestrained pleasure in detesting everything that is Israeli. Pity! Palestinians living in the West Bank and in Gaza, at one time, were amongst the highest educated of all Arabs. No longer! For 2016 they deserve more from their government.

Unfortunately in 2015, Israel the West Bank and Gaza had vastly different agendas. The disparity between them, as seen in the following quotes, grew as the year concluded. 

December 2015

Israel

– Haifa team IDs activity of proteins linked to memory loss. Using this discovery, University of Haifa scientists will attempt to develop drugs delaying the onset of cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

– Israel to open world’s first aviation cyber innovation center. International Air Transport Association asks Tel Aviv University’s Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center to invent safety and security techs.

– Self-healing ‘electronic skin’ may not be sci-fi much longer. Israeli scientists used a new synthetic polymer to develop a self-healing, flexible sensor that mimics the self-healing properties of human skin.

– Forbes to hold Under 30 Summit in Israel. 600 young entrepreneurs and game changers from across the world to take part in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv events in April 2016.

– China wants Israeli robotics technology. First Chinese investment in Israeli robotics puts $20 million toward development of robots for manufacturing, security, tourism and other sectors.

Palestinian Territories

– Abbas’ Fatah movement chose to celebrate 51 years of violence and killing to mark the 51st anniversary of its founding.  On Facebook, Fatah’s official page cheered the results of its terror attacks – what it calls “sowing terror” among Israelis – and posted a picture of a masked Fatah fighter with the words: “Half a century of sowing terror in the eyes of the sons of Zion.”

– Child killer. The new Palestinian superhero Samir Kuntar who murdered a four-year-old Israeli by smashing her head with the butt of his rifle, is the newest PA – Fatah hero and role model. “The [PLO] Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners’ Affairs established a house of mourning for the most senior of Arab prisoners, Martyr (Shahid) Samir Kuntar, who Israel assassinated… Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake stated: ‘Martyr Samir Kuntar is a Palestinian symbol

November 2015

Israel

– Colombian farmers welcome Israeli bugs for pest control. BioBee’s microscopic predatory mites are naturally effective at wiping out insects that plague crops.

– Germany woos Israeli entrepreneurs. Berlin offers €150,000 to Israeli teams looking to set up shop locally for at least a year.

– Discovery about ovary formation sheds light on fertility. Novel pathway in the development and maintenance of the ovary has implications for diagnosing and treating infertility and lack of puberty.

– Japanese companies seek Israeli innovations. New Israeli Trade mission inaugurated in Osaka; Toyota hosts Israeli innovation day.

– CBA signs MoU with Chief Scientist of Israel. Australia’s largest bank to test Israeli cybersecurity and big data analytics technologies in new collaboration venture.

Palestinian Territories

– Terrorist Muhannad Halabi murdered two Israeli civilians and wounded the wife and infant of one of them, in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem in October. Now, the Yasser Arafat Youth Center in Jenin has named a football tournament after the murderer.

October 2015

Israel

– NASA signs historic agreement with Israel Space Agency. Science Minister Akunis: Historic agreement with tremendous implications for the Israeli space community.

– World’s largest space conference to land in Jerusalem. Despite violence, some 3,000 participants — including heads of world’s space agencies– to attend International Astronautical Congress.

– The new Silicon Valley emerging in Israel’s desert. In the wake of our article on Beersheva becoming the cyber capital of the world, Forbes picks up on the theme.

– Facebook to launch Israeli satellite to bring Africa online. Social media giant partners with France’s Eutelsat Communications to launch AMOS-6 satellite and expand internet access everywhere.

– MediWound awarded US contract for burn treatment. Valued at up to $112 million, the government contract positions NexoBrid as a tool for mass casualty preparedness in the United States.

Palestinian Territories

– A senior official of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement posted on his Facebook Page that Fatah was accepting responsibility for yesterday’s murder of a young Israeli couple, Eitam and Naama Henkin, in front of their four children. Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul posted: “Palestine Today: The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian National Liberation Movement Fatah, accepted responsibility for the Itamar operation (i.e., murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin), carried out against settlers, leading to their deaths.”

September 2015

Israel

– SodaStream offers 1,000 jobs to Syrian refugees. Israeli company SodaStream offers Syrian refugees an opportunity to create a new life in Israel.

– Israeli aid workers rescue drowning refugees. On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, Israeli volunteers dove into the water and saved Mideast refugees after their boat’s engine exploded.

– Novocure files for $300 million IPO. FDA has approved the Israeli company’s device for treating brain tumors using an electric field.

– John Lewis partners with Cimagine. UK’s leading retailer will use Israeli augmented reality technology to create a virtual showroom and enhance shopping experience.

– Israel ranks 6th in global healthy life expectancy study. Life expectancy climbs worldwide but people spend more years living with illness and disability.

– Amazon picks Israeli firm to help it conquer India. Internet retail giant aims to conquer the Indian market with the help of Israel’s MobCo Media.

Palestinian Territories

-Dozens of Palestinian schools are named after terrorist murderers. The official Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA now reports that the naming of state schools “is under the authority” of the PA Minister of Education.

August 2015

Israel

– Tel Aviv University’s valedictorian is Egyptian. ‘We must always question our assumptions. Being here in Israel has taught me…that things are often not as they are made to seem’ — Haisam Hassanein.

– $75 million autism center to open in Jerusalem. Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center plan to host Mideast region’s first interdisciplinary university-based autism center
– Israel delivers emergency aid to Myanmar. Food, medicines, mosquito nets and hygiene packs provided to flood-ravaged Tharrawaddy region.

– 15 Nobel laureates, 400 science prodigies head to Jerusalem. Leading academics and students from 71 countries taking part in 1st World Science Conference Israel.

– ElMindA, Consumer Physics, Novocure awarded Technology Pioneer by world body. World Economic Forum chooses three Israeli life sciences and health companies among the ‘world’s most innovative companies.’

– 7 lifesaving pediatric transplant operations in 48 hours. Schneider Children’s Medical Center doctors perform back-to-back surgeries to give children ages four-to-16 a new lease on life.

Palestinian Territories

– Sheikh Khaled Al-Mughrabi, who teaches Islam twice a week in the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, taught in his most recent class that Jews own 95% of the pharmaceutical industry and therefore train doctors to create new diseases in order to increase profits for the industry.

July 2015

Israel

– World’s biggest generic-drug empire created. Teva Pharmaceuticals makes history with $40.5b deal; Allergan purchase is the largest-ever acquisition by an Israeli company.

– Israelis perform lifesaving heart surgery on 10 Tanzanian children. Pediatric surgeons with Save a Child’s Heart charity give children with congenital heart defects a new lease on life.

– Microsoft, Facebook on $380m shopping spree of Israeli start-ups. ironSource acquires Supersonic mobile app monetization in deal worth some $150 million.

– Germany-Israel mark 50 years of collaboration with innovation day. ‘We must work together to nurture and to promote innovative businesses in both our countries and to maximize our shared advantage.’

– Samsung, Intel launch accelerators in Israel. International technology giants seek further Israeli ingenuity in connected devices, mobile, IT, IoT, wearables, big data and robotics.

Palestinian Territories

– The Palestinian Authority continues to present murderers as heroes to the Palestinian public. One of the two killers who murdered four worshippers in a synagogue with butcher’s knives and guns and later a policeman last November in West Jerusalem, was honored as a “Martyr” in recent reports in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida and WAFA, the official PA news agency. The attack was referred to as “the synagogue operation”

June 2015

Israel

– Israeli biologists find enzyme that produces ‘smell of the sea’. Weizmann Institute scientists point to Alma1 redox-sensitive enzyme behind familiar salty seaside odor.

– Israel and World Bank collaborate on global water issues. New agreement to support Israeli activities in the developing world, create more exposure to Israeli best practices.

– Fraunhofer SIT announces Cybersecurity center in Israel. Europe’s biggest cyber-tech company says hub will pave way for new products to ‘protect freedom and democracy and benefit both societies and their economies.’

– Google CEO praises Israeli high-tech for not following the rules. ‘Israel is booming in terms of entrepreneurship because you have a culture to challenge authority and to question everything. You’re not going by the rules,’ — Eric Schmidt.

– Technion to help build desalination plant in Jordan. Multinational team including Israeli researchers wins a $125,000 USAID grant to build a joint groundwater treatment plant in Jordan.

Palestinian Territories

– More than 150 children “of Martyrs and prisoners” participated in the camp “Jerusalem in the Eyes of the Lion Cubs and Flowers of Palestine” run by the PA’s National Security Forces in coordination with Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah’s youth movement “the Lion Cubs and Flowers of Palestine.”

May 2015

Israel

– Nepalese see Israel as source of inspiration. How several Israeli professionals are giving Nepal villagers tools to rebuild their houses and their lives after the earthquakes.

– World’s first – Israeli scientists grow lymphatic cells in the lab. Breakthrough by Weizmann Institute researchers reveals how lymphatic system develops in embryo and solves longstanding riddle.

– Queen Elizabeth honors BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi. Buckingham Palace bestows appointment of honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire for scientific and academic relations between the UK and Israel.

– Biomed companies in Israel hit record numbers. IATI Biomed 2015 conference in Tel Aviv attracted the cream of the healthcare-industry crop from 45 countries.

– Israeli researchers use supercooling to revolutionize delivery of drugs. Process of crystallization through rapid-cooling could improve timely drug release and provide more effective nanoscale drug encapsulating system.

– Ziv Av Engineering to design, supply electric vehicle battery switching facilities in China. Israeli company signs cooperation agreement with China’s Bustil, responsible for electric vehicles infrastructure in Nanjing, China.

Palestinian Territories

The official PA daily has claimed that Israeli prisons have a “system called ‘slow death”’ to do away with prisoners, and has compared Israeli treatment to the medical experiments of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who experimented on Jews in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

April 2015

Israel

– Israeli innovations save lives in Nepal. Israeli medical devices and technology help teams locate and treat victims, says United Hatzalah paramedic in charge of a three-organization relief effort.

– Beating the malaria parasite at its own game. Israeli scientists develop a novel method to suppress malaria parasite’s virulence genes so that it cannot evade the immune system.

– Israeli technology can sniff out stomach cancer. NaNose technology, already proven as effective tool in detecting early-stage lung cancer, shows effective in gastric cancer detection.

– Scientific breakthrough as Israelis find cancer-suppressing proteins. The ubiquitin system produces two substances that greatly restrict the development of cancerous tumors.

– Israeli scientists develop all-season grapes. Researchers announce new seedless grapes all year round, seedless eggplants, and a new method to limit height of date palms.

Palestinian Territories

– Hamas does not intend to foster peaceful relations with Israel. Hamas’ Ministry of Interior posted a photo on its Facebook page of a little boy, no more than five years old, posing in military uniform and holding an automatic rifle. The text beside the photo explained that children under Hamas rule grow up learning “the love of Jihad” – religious war for Islam – and aspire to die as Martyrs for Allah.

March 2015

Israel

– Make-a-thon harnesses technology for people with disabilities. Tikkun Olam Makers seek to solve unmet social challenges in disadvantaged communities and nations, fulfilling the traditional Jewish value of repairing the world.

– Alibaba invests in Israeli cyber-security. 5,000 people from 50 countries are in Tel Aviv for Cybertech 2015 International Conference & Exhibition.

– South Korea likes Israeli natural pest control. Minister of Agriculture visits Israel’s BioBee to learn how natural predators such as sterile fruit flies can reduce use of chemicals on food crops.

– Israeli start-ups in New York raise over $1 billion in 12 months. WeWork, Taboola lead funding rounds; majority of money comes from venture capital firms.

– PayPal to buy CyActive cyber security firm. Online payments company makes second Israeli acquisition with $60 million buyout.

Palestinian Territories

– Palestinian Authority TV broadcast a school activity whose stated framework was to use culture to teach children to boycott Israeli products. However, the boy whose interview PA TV chose to broadcast said he was also learning through the school theater that Jews should be killed.

February 2015

Israel

– Apple CEO Tim Cook: “We have an enormous admiration for Israel.” President Reuven Rivlin celebrates opening of new Apple center in Herzliya.

– Tel Aviv is world’s 3rd best place for technology business. Savills’ research looked at business environment, tech environment, quality of life, talent pool and property affordability to come up with an overall score.

– Infosys buys Panaya for $230 million. Indian IT giant makes first acquisition in Israel with buyout of SaaS provider; plans to turn Ra’anana office into R&D center.

Palestinian Territories

– In Friday’s sermon on official Palestinian Authority TV, the cleric demonized Jews as “apes and pigs.” “Many Muslims are being harmed these days by a group whose hearts were sealed by Allah. ‘He made of them [Jews] apes and pigs and slaves of deities’ (Quran, 5:60). They are harming the livelihood of the believers [Muslims]… They withhold their [the Palestinians’] money and collect interest on it.”

January 2015

Israel

– Israeli cancer geneticist wins first Olav Thon Foundation prize. Tel Aviv University’s Prof. Yosef Shiloh honored for research on cell survival and DNA stability.

– World’s smallest, cheapest patch pump for diabetics. TouchéMedical is developing a low-cost ‘smart’ patch pump designed for patients of all ages with diabetes, Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions.

– Turns out anti-inflammatory protein can kill bacteria in immune-compromised patients. BGU researchers discover Alpha1-antitrypsin combats infections and eradicates bacteria.

– Compugen teams with Johns Hopkins University on immune checkpoints. Collaboration to assist Israeli drug discovery company in further substantiating potential of its novel proteins as targets for cancer immunotherapy.

Palestinian Territories

– Following the terror attacks against the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a Jewish store in which Muslim terrorists killed 17 people in France earlier this month, columnists writing for the official Palestinian Authority daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida have claimed that Israel was behind the attacks. This view is shared by the vast majority of Palestinians, according to a poll conducted by Ma’an (an independent Palestinian news agency). The poll found that 84.4% support the claim that “the operation (i.e., terror attack) was suspicious, and that Israel may be behind it,” while “only 8.7% believed that the murder of the French [citizens] in Paris was a natural result of the spread of Islamic extremism in Europe.” [Ma’an, Jan. 19, 2015]

To quote from the Midrash: “Kingdoms arise and kingdoms pass away, but Israel endureth for evermore.” 

Amen.

(Media credits: Israel 21c | Palestinian Media Watch. Photo credit, verysimplethoughts)

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Fatah Knives and ISIS Knives: Palestinian Child-Sacrifice

What Others Are Saying

From the publisher of jewishinfoNews. The following article was originally published by Gatestone Institute and republished with permission by jewishinfoNews.

 by Bassam Tawil

  • Instead of educating our children, as they do in the West, to be part of the Startup Generation, we follow the lead of darkest Africa, where children are armed with assault rifles and sent out to kill other children.
  • If the Palestinians really want to pick a fight with Israel, why do they send children to fight a “holy war” instead of fighting it themselves, like men?
  • The only difference is that the members of ISIS go out themselves to kill; the Palestinians send their young. Why are these not “war crimes”?
  • We sacrifice our sons and daughters in the name of Allah, as though Allah were a pagan statue with an altar and had to be appeased with the blood of children.
  • Here, the Islamists want to “liberate” Jerusalem from the infidel Zionist-Crusader occupation. Next, they want to “liberate” occupied Spain, once Muslim Andalusia, and return it to the bosom of Islam. After that, they want to occupy the Vatican and establish the Islamic Emirate on the ruins of Christianity.

Recently, more and more young Palestinian men, women and children have left their homes and gone off to stab Israelis. Palestinian Authority (PA) officials claim our children make this decision independently and that no one sends them to carry out terrorist attacks. But in reality, every Palestinian knows that behind these supposedly “independent,” “spontaneous” attacks there is organized, deliberate incitement, some from politicians and some from fatwas [religious opinions] issued by clerics.

One such cleric, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, sits far away in the safety of Qatar and sends Palestinian children to their deaths. The mosques and schools in the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip, as well as their social media, often unashamedly exploit Palestinian children – perhaps emotionally a bit lost, and who long for admiration for a grand, “heroic act” in a grand romantic “cause.”

Tragically, as Israeli forces often do not let such attackers get away, many murders these children commit also end up as needless “passive” suicides.

Our perverted leaders do not only encourage young Palestinians to commit murder. When these children are killed in the act of committing murder, both the PA and Hamas claim that that Israelis “executed” them. They then call our kids martyrs (shuhadaa), glorify them and turn them into role models for other loser kids. Then they pay their families enormous bonuses.

They send minors to do their dirty work, while knowing full well they will likely be killed by the Israeli security forces. How can we justify this to ourselves? What have we allowed to happen to the good minds that Allah gave us? Whatever happened to our sense of morality?

It is agonizing to see how these youngsters are turned into bargain basement castoffs. It is child sacrifice by a cynical Palestinian leadership that fosters a dark culture of murder and death.

If the Palestinians really want to pick a fight with Israel, why do they send children to fight a “holy war” instead of fighting it themselves, like men?

No good has come — or is even expected to come — from these deaths on either side. Has the situation of Al-Aqsa mosque “improved?” Is it no longer “in danger?”

The problem is, Al-Aqsa mosque never was in danger. There were also never were any poison-resistant rats, supposedly released by Israelis, as claimed by the official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, to drive Arab residents of Jerusalem out of their homes. As one Arab reporter dryly wrote, “It is not clear how these rats were taught to stay away from Jews, who also happen to live in the Old City.” There was also never any chewing gum supposedly laced with an aphrodisiac by the Israelis to corrupt our men and women. Has one meter of Palestinian land ever been liberated? Are the Jews really fleeing “in terror” from Israel? On the contrary, the Jews of Europe are fleeing to Israel. Ironically, while the Jews seem divided and at each other’s throats, we have only been driving them closer together.

Somehow, the Israelis always seem to overcome the abductions, suicide bombers, murders and general terrorism we Palestinians throw at them. They never retreat; they advance.

There are, then, two jobs that seem urgent. First, we need to decide, and quickly, if we really want another armed conflict with the Israelis. Second, we really need to get our kids away from our killing fields. Anyone who sends young people — many of them probably with emotional problems — to kill and to be killed, is a murderer himself and will be destroyed in the end.

Palestinian society seems to be regressing towards the dark era of the jahiliyyah, before Islam brought us into the light. Instead of educating our children, as they do in the West, to be part of the Startup Generation, we follow the lead of darkest Africa, where children are armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and sent out to kill other children. We have become no better than the Iranians, who sent children, armed with plastic “Keys to Paradise,” to dismantle land mines during the Iran-Iraq War. Why are these not “war crimes”?

Every day, our children drink from the poisoned well of the internet and learn how to behead and crucify and slit throats. We return to the jahiliyyah and sacrifice our sons and daughters in the name of Allah, as though Allah were a pagan statue with an altar, and had to be appeased with the blood of children. That is roughly the situation of Palestinian terrorism today. Those who neglect the education of their children need to remember that unprotected girls who today leave their homes without their parents’ knowledge to go stab an Israeli today, might tomorrow bring dishonor to their home. Such a society will not frighten the Jews or anyone else. We will probably end just up raising throat-cutting fundamentalists and destroying ourselves.

We live in a sick society now, in which the laws of self-preservation demand murder and vengeance. On holidays, our children watch as we slaughter sheep, so they become accustomed to the use of knives, slit throats and flowing blood. They see videos of live people burned and drowned in Iraq and Syria. They see ISIS. Nothing shocks them. In the West, the death of a household pet, even a goldfish, brings a child to near collapse. Our kids watch sheep screaming in their last agony, and do not bat an eyelash

Islam forbids the killing of women, children and the aged, but the Palestinians receive fatwas from radical Islamists telling them to murder them anyway — as long as they are Jews, even infants. “Tomorrow they will be soldiers,” Palestinians say.

Fatwas such as this distort and twist the very foundation of our Islam in sending children to their deaths. Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and ISIS — all the radical terrorist organizations — festered in and grew out of the same Muslim Brotherhood Petri dish. The knives of the Palestinians are no different from the knives of ISIS. They behead children, journalists, impoverished workers and other innocent victims — all in the in the name of Allah, and then go to carry out terrorist attacks throughout the rest of the world. The only difference is that the members of ISIS go out themselves to kill; the Palestinians send their young.

Anyone who thinks he is constructing the future of Palestine on the backs of child murderers is not only on the way to destroying Palestinian society, but on the way to hellfire as well.

The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.a.w.) and his companions also beheaded infidels — but that was in the seventh century. There are more and more voices of devout Muslims calling for reform.

Just last week, the distinguished author, Professor Ibtihal Al-Khatib of the Kuwait University, said on television, “If we do not reform ourselves, we will become extinct. Nations which stick to principles that are at odds with the progress of civilization will come to an end. Such nations will not survive. Any attempt to justify or to legitimize terrorism is a terrorist idea; the idea and the act are equally dangerous.”

Al-Khatib’s statement instantly showed her to be light years more advanced than U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who idiotically blurted out that some terrorist attacks had “a legitimacy… a rationale.” For this pronouncement, he was roundly and befittingly ridiculed. The excuses the terrorists find to justify murdering the innocent are infinite in number, unlimited in depravity, and they corrupt our societies.

These voices calling for reform often are held back by those who fear that their power, influence and golden jobs — held only thanks to your zakat [tithe] — might then be under threat. Most of us do not like to lose comforts and conveniences. Many Muslims still do not want to give up having slaves — not only in Mauritania, but at the top tiers of the Muslim community.

But there is no justification for terrorism. The French, who so easily justify terrorism against Jews in the Middle East, now face the same situation at home. The only surprising thing is that they were surprised.

The picture of global Islamic terrorism is coming into focus. Here, the Islamists want to “liberate” Jerusalem from the infidel Zionist-Crusader occupation. Next, they also want to “liberate” occupied Spain, once Muslim Andalusia, and return it to the bosom of Islam. After that, they want to occupy the Vatican and establish the Islamic Emirate on the ruins of Christianity, as they did in heir “Golden Age” when they captured Constantinople, the capital of Byzantium.

While the Jews excel at improving agriculture, winning Nobel Prizes, inventing life-saving medicine, founding startups and in general advancing cutting-edge global science and technology, we Palestinians, hurtling back toward jahiliyyah, have given the world nothing but terrorism and death.

Even before the Palestinian Abdullah Azzam became Osama bin Laden’s mentor, the Palestinians were waging a global terrorist campaign. Palestinian terrorism got into gear in the 1970s. In May 1972, passengers on the ground in Israel’s Lod Airport (now Ben Gurion International Airport) were massacred. In September 1972, they slaughtered Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. In May 1974, they slaughtered Israeli children in Maalot. In 1976, they hijacked an Air France plane on its way from Tel Aviv to Paris, and singled the Jewish passengers out. In 1978, on the Israel’s Coastal Road, they massacred civilians in a bus. In 1985, they hijacked the ship, the Achille Lauro, on its way from Egypt and threw a 69-year-old, wheelchair-ridden invalid “heroically” overboard.

The list goes on and on — from suicide bombings in buses, cafés, hotels, kindergartens, shopping centers, and discotheques, most often targeting the civilian population — to today’s current wave of attacks on Israelis on the streets, in their cars and at worship.

And now what? Our Palestinian leaders defend these underage knife-wielders by explaining that they try to kill Jewish civilians because of the “occupation,” or because “Al-Aqsa mosque is in danger” — false claims finally put to rest by a Palestinian poll last week.

Even as our children are manipulated into killing themselves, there are still Fatah leaders, such as Abbas Zaki, a senior activist in the Fatah organization, who delude themselves into thinking there is some benefit to be gained from another useless intifada or from ending security coordination with Israel. He and those like him might do well to recall that, as most Palestinians know perfectly well, security coordination with Israel is first and foremost in their interest. It keeps the Palestinian Authority from collapsing: it protects our leaders from assassination at the hands of Hamas, as was the fate of Fatah leaders in the Gaza Strip. It is the only guarantee we have of the eventual establishment of a Palestinian state.

We also might do well to remember the results of the first two intifadas. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of Palestinians died, but the Israelis did not move a meter. We carry out terrorist campaign after terrorist campaign, and the violence gets us nowhere and brings us nothing — not from Israel and not from the international community.

If we really want to have our Palestinian State, we can have it tomorrow. All we have to do is change our image as terrorists.

Bassam Tawil is a scholar based in the Middle East

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