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Who are these "Palestinians"?
What Do Palestinian Terrorists Want?by Bassam Tawil
October 15, 2015 at 5:00 am
- Palestinian terrorists are not driven by poverty and deprivation, as many have long argued. Instead, they are driven by hatred for Jews -- because of what their leaders, media and mosques are telling them.
- These young people took advantage of their status as permanent residents of Israel to set out and murder Jews. Their Israeli ID cards allow them to travel freely inside Israel. They were also entitled to the social welfare benefits and free healthcare granted to all Israeli citizens.
- Muhannad Halabi wanted to murder Jews because he had been brainwashed by our leaders and media, and was driven by hatred -- he was not living in misery and deprivation. The family's house in the village of Surda, on the outskirts of Ramallah, looks as if it came out of a movie filmed in San Diego.
- This conflict is not about Islamic holy sites or Jerusalem. Murdering a Jewish couple in front of their four children has nothing to do with the Aqsa Mosque or "occupation."
- For the terrorists, all Jews are "settlers" and Israel is one big settlement. This is not an intifada -- it is just another killing-spree aimed at terrorizing the Jews and forcing them out of this part of the world. It already succeeded in the rest of the Middle East and is now being done there to the Christians as well.
- The current wave of terrorism is just another phase in our dream to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. The terrorists and their supporters are not struggling against a checkpoint or a wall. They want to see Israel destroyed, Jews slaughtered, and the streets of Israel running with Jewish blood.
During the past few days, I had occasion to visit the homes of some of the Palestinian men and women involved in the ongoing wave of terrorism against Israelis -- the violence that some are calling an "intifada," or uprising.
What I saw -- what you or anyone could see during these visits -- was that none of these Palestinians had suffered harsh lives. Their living conditions were anything but miserable. In fact, these murderers had been leading comfortable lives, with unlimited access to education and work.
Four of the terrorists came from Jerusalem and, as permanent residents who had not applied for citizenship, held Israeli ID cards. They enjoyed all the rights of an Israeli citizen, except for voting for the Knesset -- but it is not as if the Arabs of Jerusalem are killing and dying because they want to vote in Israeli parliamentary elections.
These young people took advantage of their status as permanent residents of Israel to set out and murder Jews. They all had Israeli ID cards that allowed them to travel freely inside Israel, and even own and drive vehicles with Israeli license plates. They were also entitled to the social welfare benefits and free healthcare granted to all Israeli citizens, regardless of their faith, color or ethnicity.
None of the young Palestinians involved in the recent terror attacks lived a mud house, a tent, or even a rented apartment. They all lived in houses owned by their families, and had unlimited access to the internet. They all carried smartphones that allowed them to share their views on Facebook and Twitter and, among other things, to engage in wanton incitement against Israel and Jews.
At the home of Muhannad Halabi, for example, the Palestinian who murdered two Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem last week, you would discover that his father is a businessman who deals in air-conditioning systems and has his own business in Ramallah. The family's house, in the village of Surda on the northern outskirts of Ramallah, looks as if it came out of a movie filmed in San Diego.
Muhannad Halabi, his relatives said, was a spoiled boy who had gotten everything he asked for. He had been studying law at Al-Quds University near Jerusalem, and was able to commute freely between Ramallah and the campus. But the good life Muhannad had did not prevent him from joining Islamic Jihad and murdering two Jews. He wanted to murder Jews because he had been brainwashed by our leaders and media, and was driven by hatred -- he was not living in misery and deprivation.
The case of Shuruq Dweyat, an 18-year-old female student from the Tsur Baher village in Jerusalem, is not really different from that of Muhannad Halabi. She is now receiving treatment in an Israeli hospital, free of charge, after being shot and seriously wounded by the Jew she tried to murder inside the Old City of Jerusalem. She was studying history and geography at Bethlehem University, to which she travelled four times a week from her home, without facing any obstacles or being stopped by Israeli soldiers.
Photos Shuruq posted on social media show a happy woman who never stopped smiling andposing for "selfies." She has her own smartphone. Her family, like those of all the other terrorists, own their own house and lead an extremely comfortable life. The Israeli ID card Shuruq holds allows her to go to any place inside Israel at any time. She chose to take advantage of this privilege to try to murder a random Jew in the street. The reason? She, too, was apparently driven by hatred, anti-Semitism and bigotry. She, too, was the victim of a massive propaganda machine that ceaselessly demonizes Israel and Jews.
If you had met 19-year-old Fadi Alloun, you would have seen possibly the most handsome man in Jerusalem. Fadi, who came from Issawiyeh in Jerusalem, had also been enjoying a good life under Israel's administration. He too had an Israeli ID card and was able to travel freely throughout the country. His family told me that he had loved going to shopping malls in Israel to buy clothes from chain stores such as Zara, Renuar, Castro. With his snazzy clothes and sunglasses, he looked like more like an Italian fashion model than your average terrorist. He, too, had unlimited access to the Internet and his family owned their own house.
Fadi's good life in Israel, however, did not prevent him from setting out to stab the first Jew he met on the street. This happened last week, when Fadi stabbed a 15-year-old Jew just outside the Old City of Jerusalem. Fadi was shot and killed by Israeli policemen who rushed to the scene of the attack. Fadi did not set out to murder Jews because he had a harsh life. Nor was he driven by misery or poverty. He had almost everything to which he aspired, and his family were well-off. The life Fadi had, in fact, was much better than the lives of many of his fellow Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. As an Israeli resident, Fadi was able to go anywhere he wanted in Israel and had free access to restaurants, shopping malls and gyms.
Fadi Alloun, possibly the most handsome man in Jerusalem, stabbed a random 15-year-old Jew in the street last week. Police shot and killed Alloun moments after the attack.
The other young men and women who have carried out the current wave of terror attacks were also leading good lives; some had jobs inside Israel, in part thanks to their Israeli ID cards. Those who came from the West Bank were able to bypass checkpoints and the security barrier, just as thousands of other Palestinian laborers do, who cross into Israel every day in search of work and better lives.
To be honest, I envied these terrorists because of the comfortable lives they had. The furniture in their homes is far better than my furniture. Still, their luxuries did not stop them from setting out to murder Jews.
What does all this mean? It shows that the Palestinian terrorists are not driven by poverty and deprivation, as many have long been arguing. Palestinian terrorists are driven by hatred for Jews because of what their leaders, media and mosques are telling them: that the Jews are the enemy and that they have no right to be in this part of the world.
It also shows that this conflict is not about Islamic holy sites or Jerusalem, but about murdering Jews whenever possible. Murdering two Jews inside the Old City of Jerusalem or a Jewish couple in front of their four children has nothing to do with the Aqsa Mosque or "occupation." It is simply about the desire to murder as many Jews as one can. The terrorists did not draw any distinction between a Jew living in east Jerusalem, the West Bank, Tel Aviv or Afula [northern Israel]. For the terrorists and their sponsors, all Jews are "settlers" and Israel is one big settlement that needs to be eliminated.
Our conflict with Israel is not about "occupation" or Jerusalem or holy sites or borders. Nor is it about poverty and poor living conditions or walls and fences and checkpoints. This conflict is really about Israel's very existence in this part of the world. The current wave of terrorism is just another phase in our dream to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. This is not an intifada. It is just another killing-spree aimed at terrorizing the Jews and forcing them to leave this part of the world. It already succeeded in the rest of the Middle East, and is now being done to the Christians as well.
The terrorists and their supporters are not struggling against a checkpoint or a wall. They want to see Israel destroyed, Jews slaughtered, and the streets of Israel running with Jewish blood.
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After Palestinians Murder Innocents, Media manage to make Israel the Villain
Outrage as UN compares not accepting more Syrian refugees to refusing Jewish people in WW2
This week's Torah portion is Noah -- the story of the world being destroyed by a flood because of the way people treated each other (see Dvar Torah). It is a lesson that we all need to take to heart. Did you ever ask yourself, "What would it take to create a perfect world and perfect humanity?" Here's my list. These are all ideas culled from the Torah, the Instruction Book for Life.
1. Speak Properly -- Gossip is the verbal atomic bomb of relationships. It destroys marriages, businesses, friendships. Just because it's true doesn't mean that you have to -- or should -- say it. High level people speak about ideas, average people speak about things, inferior people speak about people. Go for the high level! A kind word at the right time can change a life, inspire, encourage greatness.
2. Act with Honesty and Integrity -- Your word is your bond. You may gain in the short term in money or success through dishonesty, but it will cost you a loss of respect, trust, love and close relationships. If you always answer truthfully, you will avoid doing things that you would be embarrassed to explain.
3. Respect Others -- Rabbi Akiva said it best, "Don't do unto others as you would not want done to you." Every person on this planet is created in the image of the Almighty. If you don't respect others, you don't respect the Almighty!
4. Be Kind to Others -- Go out of your way each day to help others. Hold a door for someone, help carry the groceries into the house, listen when you would rather run away, smile at others and find something nice to say. Meaning in life comes from serving a higher goal ... like helping others.
5. Study Wisdom -- Pirke Avot, Ethics of Our Fathers, says, "An uneducated person cannot be righteous." You need to study wisdom in order to know what to do or not to do, what to say or what not to say. Study of wisdom keeps you focused and helps you grow. It keeps you in contact with your beliefs and values. The Torah is a compendium of wisdom; it is the instruction book for life. (See Aish.com and PartnersInTorah.org)
6. Work for a Cause -- Be bigger than yourself! Work to perfect the world! After 120 years on your deathbed you'll look back on your life. Do you want to measure your life in terms of how many vacations you took or steaks you ate, or what you did to help others and make this a better world. One person and the Almighty is a majority. You can change the world -- or your community -- or your family -- or yourself. Love justice and counter injustice and evil!
7. Be Humble -- Wisdom only enters a humble person. An arrogant person is too full of himself for anything to enter. Humility is not letting people walk all over you; humility is knowing exactly what your talents and capabilities are and knowing that they are gifts from the Almighty. What would you think of a person who says, "Hey, look at me! I can move my hand"? Is it any different if a person says, "Hey, look at me! I can do differential calculus"? Don't be arrogant over using your potential. Be thankful.
8. Pray -- God doesn't need our prayers. We need prayer to focus us on the source of our blessings, the Almighty. Knowing from where our blessings come makes it good for the Almighty to give to us. Even if a person doesn't believe in God, praying makes a person realize that he himself is not God.
9. Make a Daily Accounting -- Growth and accomplishment only comes through focus and effort. Each day ask yourself: 1) What am I living for? 2) What did I do towards my goal today? 3) What did I do away from my goal today? 4) What is a better goal to work towards?
10. Be real with God and with Life. Being real with God is realizing that there are consequences for your actions. There is no free lunch. Ultimately there is reward for good actions and punishment for your transgressions ... if not in this world, then in the next. Being real with life is realizing that you are going to die. We think there is a club of people who die ... and we don't belong. Everyone dies. If you had a clock on top of your television counting down to the day of your death, at what point would you get up and turn off the television and do all the things that you have been putting off?
If this is not being a traitor to your country (that pays your salary as a PM) risking our lives, than nothing is:
MK Zoabi: Enough Lone Attacks, Time for Mass Intifada
Radical Arab MK Hanin Zoabi of the Joint List accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of giving orders to "execute" Arab terrorists conducting attacks, who she claimed were actually innocent despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary.
The MK, who has vocally supported Hamas in the past, said in a statement Wednesday night that "the occupation regime reasons that by killing Palestinians on the streets they will succeed in placing fear upon them and preventing the breakout of the revolution against the occupier."
Zoabi's claim echoes false claims by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which alleged that an "innocent" Arab 13-year-old who carried out the Pisgat Ze'ev double stabbing earlier this week was "executed," when he in fact is currently receiving medical treatment in Israel. Netanyahu slammed this "new big lie" in a press conference on Thursday.
In a not-so-subtle call for more terror attacks, Zoabi demanded a response to the escalation of "crimes by the occupation against Palestinians."
Regarding the rising wave of Arab terror attacks, the MK called them "independent acts."
Zoabi said that now, instead of these lone attacks, wide-ranging popular actions are needed, and that only a "popular struggle" including thousands of Arabs can create a "true popular intifada" that can make a strategic change in the reality on the ground.
In calling for an intifada Zoabi employed the term used to reference terror wars, as witnessed in the late 1980s and early 2000s.
The extremist MK just last Friday told Israeli TV "I don't want quiet in the shadow of the occupation, I want a struggle," in an open call for terrorism.
Zoabi was let off the hook after taking part in the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla that included a terrorist attack on IDF soldiers, and she remains in the Knesset despite efforts to have her disqualified for her overt support of Hamas.
An unusually large number of Jews plan to ascend the Temple Mount on Monday to mark the 850 years since the Rambam (Moses Maimonides) visited the holy site.
On the same date last year, a Jerusalem Arab terrorist tried to assassinate Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who made a miraculous recovery. Police have barred him from returning to the holy site, based on the argument that his presence incites Arabs to violence.
It is not yet known if the police will ban the intended visit and if it is swallowed, if the visits will be limited to small groups.
This is the latest
Latest update: October 17th, 2015
Jews at the Western Wall, which the Palestinian Authority wants to be made part of Al Aqsa.
The Palestinian Authority is laying the groundwork for UNESCO to declare that the Western Wall is part of the Al Aqsa compound on the Temple Mount, according to a report by the Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot.
Ramallah is a member of UNESCO but not of its executive committee, and the Palestinian Authority has circulated a draft resolution to be presented to UNESCO by six Arab states on the committee – Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the UAE.
A copy of the draft resolution obtained by the newspaper includes these clauses:
1. The Western Wall is part of "Plaza Buraq," the Arabic name for the Western Wall.
2. The international community should condemn Israel for allowing citizens to bear arms during the recent violence;
3. The IDF and Israel should be condemned for suppression in the "capital of occupied Palestine."
4. Israel should be condemned for excavations at the Temple Mount.
5. Israel should be condemned for "prohibiting freedom of worship at the Al Aqsa mosque and breaking the status quo."
6. Israel should be condemned for allowing "Jewish extremists to attack Al-Aqsa,"
7. Israel should be condemned for planning to build a cable car to the Western Wall.
8. The Patriarchs' Cave and Rachel's Tomb should be declared as part of "Palestine."
9. Israeli "settlers and extremists" should be condemned for violence.
That is a lot of condemnation, as well as lies.
Israel's Ambassador to UNESCO, Simcha HaCohen, said that the draft resolution "pours fuel on the fire of incitement to terror."
Te Palestinian Authority began a campaign more than five years to claim that Jews have no connection with the Western Wall. Laughable at first, the propaganda has escalated and spread.
Last year, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habash told Israleli television:
Every piece of land Israel occupied in 1967 belongs to the Palestinian state. The Buraq Wall, too, will be under Palestinian sovereignty.