Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Palestinian Leaders Have Created a Culture of Death. By Tzipi Hotovely.

Abbas: “We Welcome Every Drop of Blood Spilled in Jerusalem.” By Tzipi Hotovely. Wall Street Journal, October 18, 2015.


Palestinian leaders have created a culture of death that is motivating the latest violent terrorism.

The latest surge of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis has come in the immediate wake of explicit calls by the Palestinian leadership to “spill blood.” This well-orchestrated campaign of violence follows many years in which Palestinian children have been taught to idolize the murder of Jews as a sacred value and to regard their own death in this “jihad” as the pinnacle of their aspirations.

Such violence has deep roots. It goes back to the rampages at the behest of Haj Amin al-Husseini, a Muslim activist and at one point grand mufti of Jerusalem, in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s. It continued with the fedayeen Palestinian militants in the 1950s and ’60s, and evolved into the terrorism of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Fatah under Yasser Arafat and now Mahmoud Abbas. Anyone who claims that Palestinian terror against Jews dates only to 1967, or is a response to Israeli settlements, should become more informed of the conflict’s history.

Yet the apathy shown by the international community to the death-culture fostered by Palestinian elites, and the unbalanced manner in which subsequent violence is often treated by the international media—as if there is any kind of symmetry between terrorists and their victims—is doing long-term, and possibly irrevocable, harm to generations of Palestinians.

A few recent examples underscore the depth of the problem.

Mr. Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, said the following on Palestinian television on Sept. 16: “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem. This is pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah. With the help of Allah, every martyr will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.”

Two weeks later, on Oct. 1, Palestinian terrorists murdered an Israeli couple, Eitam and Naama Henkin, in cold blood in front of their four children, who ranged from 9 years old to 4 months.

Days later, with the Henkin children still in mourning, PLO official Mahmoud Ismail went on official Palestinian television, PBC, and proclaimed their parents’ murder to be a fulfillment of Palestinian “national duty.” He was one of several Palestinian officials who condoned the murder.

Such statements strike a resonant chord among generations of Palestinian children who have been taught that Jews are the descendants of “barbaric monkeys” and “wretched pigs” (a phrase from a poem repeatedly recited on PBC television, to the applause of children.) They have been taught that “armed conflict” (a common Palestinian euphemism for the murder of Jews) against “the so-called State of Israel” is both a religious duty and an act purportedly legitimized by the United Nations—a falsehood repeated in a number of 12th-grade Palestinian textbooks.

The Palestinian Authority also pays handsome stipends to terrorists and their families, which serve as a powerful incentive to carry out acts of terror.

Is it surprising, then, that Mr. Abbas’s explicit call for “blood on its way to Allah” has resulted in a surge of stabbings and other attacks against Israelis? Is it any wonder that viewers of official television recently were treated to the sight of a Palestinian boy, dressed up in battle fatigues, telling a smiling talk-show host of his wish to become an engineer “so that I can build bombs to blow up all the Jews.”

The unending stream of blood-drenched caricatures and video clips that circulate virally through Palestinian social media is a telling indication of how profoundly the worship of violence is entrenched in Palestinian society. So are the many schools, city squares and sports tournaments named for arch-terrorists.

The cultivation of this culture of death is having devastating effects. As Palestinian terror touches more Jewish families, Israelis, especially of the younger generation, are increasingly resigning themselves to the fact that Palestinian society is guided by a dramatically different set of values.

Israeli society and Jewish tradition sanctify life. Palestinian society glorifies death. Israeli children grow up on songs of peace and the biblical vision of “nation shall not lift up sword against nation.” Palestinian children are taught to hate.

Yet there is no international outcry. No indignation at the exploitation of Palestinian children from all the nongovernmental organizations and U.N. agencies that profess to monitor human-rights abuses.

This is tragic because the international community could make a practical difference. About a third of the Palestinian Authority’s budget is financed by foreign aid. This money is intended to develop Palestinian infrastructure and foster economic growth, but it is being misused by the Palestinian Authority to promote the murder of Jews and to sow destruction within Israel. The international community can wield its influence toward a cessation of incitement.

Turning a blind eye to the enormous harm that the Palestinian leadership is doing to its own people—by raising successive generations of children on blind hatred of the Jews and Israel—is dooming these children to a bleak future. This ought to be a compelling reason for the international community to seriously rethink the strange tolerance it exhibits toward the Palestinian death-culture.

Changing this culture of death is no less important for the Palestinians than for Israel.

Hamas Cleric and TV Host Abu Funun: We Will Not Leave a Single Jew, Dead or Alive, on Our Land.


Hamas cleric and TV host Sheikh Iyad Abu Funun recently said that he would swear on the Quran “that not a single Jew will remain on this land.” He further said: “We will not leave a single one of you, alive or dead, on this land. By Allah, we will dig up your bones from your graves and get them out of this country.” He was speaking on Al-Aqsa TV on October 13, 2015.

Following are excerpts

Iyad Abu Funun: Let me say something clearly to the Zionists, something that should reach all those enemies – whether left-wing, right-wing, secular, religious, or extremist. Regardless of their appearance or the color of their skin, they are on the land of Islam, and the Muslims, on the land of the Prophet’s nocturnal journey. Any of our enemies living on this land must understand that they have no place on this land.

Brother, could you bring me a copy of the Quran? I want to swear on the Quran that not a single Jew will remain on this land. Not a single settler will remain on this land. Absolutely not. The sheikhs who preceded me swore on the Quran [a producer hands Abu Funun a Quran] that not a single Jew would remain on this land and that you would not win any battle. I too swear on the Quran that by Allah the Almighty, who created the skies above and all creatures, who sent us the Quran and the messengers, who created Paradise and Hell, life and death, we will not leave a single Jew on our Islamic land – no child, no adult, no settler, no soldier, nobody of Eastern or Western origin. No Jew will remain on the land of Islam and the Muslims.

This is my vow on behalf of the entire Palestinian people, and of the Arab and Islamic nation in its entirety, from East to West. If the enemies do not understand this, they are stupid. They have not read the books of history. Go and read them, and learn what happened between us. In the days when the Prophet Muhammad was in Medina, the Jews of Bani Qaynuqa’, of Bani Nazir, and Bani Qurayza were there. What did you do? You betrayed the Prophet once and did not learn your lesson. You betrayed him a second, third, and fourth time, and did not learn your lesson. We trampled on you time and again.

Our nation is invincible. We are killed, martyred, wounded… When a thousand are killed, thousands come in their place. When one commander is killed, a thousand take his place. We are nation that cannot come to an end.

Read the books of history carefully, and learn who were the men who were educated by the Prophet Muhammad. Go back to the history books. When we set out to fight the Byzantines in the battle of Mu’tah, we had 3,000 fighters, while the Byzantine numbered 200,000. We, the men educated by the Prophet Muhammad, are invincible. Don’t talk to me about security forces, airplanes, tanks, intelligence agencies, about detentions, deportations, destruction of homes, missiles… This is all meaningless. The Quran is in our hearts, and you and all your forces cannot rip it out.

Therefore, you should study the books of history because history repeats itself. Our tragedies will not repeat themselves. This is where the equation ends. We and you are on the same land, but we have our complete faith in Allah and in the strength of the mujahideen, and will not leave a single one of you, alive or dead, on this land. By Allah, we will dig up your bones from the graves and get them out of this country. We will not leave any trace of you on this land.


Jibril Rajoub: We Are Proud of Heroic Palestinian Attackers.


Fatah Central Committee Deputy Secretary Jibril Rajoub recently lauded the Palestinian attackers, saying: “These are individual acts of heroism, of which I am proud.” In the interview, which aired on the official TV channel of the Palestinian Authority on October 17, 2015, Rajoub further said: “We refuse to pay the bill for the Holocaust. What is being done to us is exactly the same as what was done to the Jews in Europe.”

Following are excerpts:

Jibril Rajoub: These are clearly individual operations, but they require heroism, courage, and a value system, which forces the Palestinian elite and the Palestinian national forces to see in the final words of one of those heroes, written in a blog, a document that could be taught in schools in a lesson about the meaning of martyrdom…

Interviewer: You are referring to Fadi Alwan…

Jibril Rajoub: ...and about the meaning of patriotism. This is not about factions or about personal agendas. Today, we are at a crossroads. The Palestinian conduct on the ground, which is characterized by a readiness for self-sacrifice… You see a soldier with his gun fleeing a guy with a knife, or even someone empty-handed. You see a soldier terrified by a Palestinian, merely because he is a Palestinian… The self-confidence of this racist soldier has clearly been shaken. We should rise to the level of that understanding, and translate it into a strategy with goals. I believe that the confrontation between the Palestinian people and the occupation has reached the point where coexistence is impossible.


I am telling you that these are individual acts of heroism, of which I am proud. I am proud of these [attacks] and I salute all the people who carried them out. We are proud of them. We must view this in an objective and accurate way. The various factions have greater capabilities. They are capable of carrying out huge military operations, which would shake the whatchamcallit… But I think that politically speaking, we do not want these operations, because our goal is liberation and independence. We fight the occupation, but we want the international community to be on our side.


For the international community, it is unacceptable for a bus to explode in Tel Aviv, but it does not care what happens to a settler or a soldier who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time in the occupied land. Therefore, we must fight in a manner that keeps the world on our side. I believe that there is a consensus about this.


We are 4.5 million Palestinians who have been living under this racist occupation since 1967. We refuse to pay the bill for the Holocaust. What is being done to us is exactly the same as what was done to the Jews in Europe. We will not pay the price. We will not be a scapegoat. But our conduct must also rise to the occasion.


Palestinian-Jordanian Preschool Girl Holds Knife, Says: “I Want to Stab a Jew.”

Times of Israel Staff:

A video posted by a Jordanian-Palestinian teacher on Facebook shows his young daughter holding a large knife and declaring, “I want to stab a Jew,” the watchdog group MEMRI reported, amid an ongoing surge of stabbings and other terror attacks by Palestinians on Israelis.

Abdulhaleem Abuesha, a teacher in the Madaba refugee camp in Jordan, posted the clip on Friday. MEMRI translated and highlighted it on Tuesday.

After his daughter Rahf, standing in front of the refrigerator in the kitchen, declares her desire to stab a Jew, Abuesha asks, “Why do you want to stab the Jew?”

“Because he stole our land,” she replies.

Her father confirms approvingly: “They stole our land.” He then asks, “With what do you want to stab them?”

“With a knife,” she says.

Abuesha is then heard encouraging her, saying, “Oh, you’re so strong! Allah willing, my dear.”

MEMRI said Abuesha’s Facebook account “also features a picture of a little boy – presumably his son – holding a large knife and smiling at the camera.”