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November 19, 2014 6:00 pm

After Murdering Jews in Jerusalem, PFLP Terrorists ‘Salute’ Anti-Israel Jewish Activists

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Following yesterday’s terrorist atrocity at a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – the terrorist group which openly praised the attack and described the two assailants as “our fellow comrades in PFLP” – has issued a further statement urging all-out war against Israel, while simultaneously praising anti-Zionist Jews as “true and genuine voices for the struggle… We salute each and every one of them.”

The bloodcurdling declaration, attributed to PFLP Central Committee member Khalil Maqdesi, and distributed by a far left website named “Fightback! News,” describes yesterday’s attack as “a natural response to the ongoing racist policies and crimes of the occupation.”

Maqdesi’s statement is dominated by what is, in effect, a call for genocide against the Jewish nation in Israel. After affirming the centrality of “revolutionary violence,” Maqdesi says, “Occupiers and racists do not belong to the land of Palestine; there are, and must be, consequences and repercussions for the theft of our land and our rights.”

The meaning of this last sentence was graphically demonstrated by yesterday’s attack, which took place in predominantly Jewish western Jerusalem and targeted a group of individuals who were peacefully at prayer. Despite the PFLP’s claim to be a Marxist, secular organization, the assailants, cousins Ghassan and Odai Abu Jamal, screamed “Allahu Akhbar!”  – “God is Great” – as they attacked synagogue worshippers with meat cleavers, axes and a gun.

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At the same time, Maqdesi lavishly praised what he said were the “thousands of Jews around the world [who] are true and genuine voices for the struggle, leading boycott movements and joining the Palestinian struggle for liberation on a daily basis. We salute each and every one of them.”

“You must stand by the side of the oppressed, and not the oppressor; raise your voice against the Zionist criminals who are oppressing our people in your name,” Maqdesi said, in a message to “the Jewish people around the world.”

Though Maqdesi did not specifically name any groups or individuals, there are plenty of examples in both the United States and Europe of Jews who unconditionally support the Palestinians or are active in promoting boycotts against Israel, among them the tiny orthodox Neturei Karta sect, the website Mondoweiss, and the advocacy group “Jewish Voice for Peace.”

Despite several attempts by The Algemeiner to get a response from Jewish Voice for Peace to the PFLP’s endorsement of Jewish boycott activists, on the grounds that JVP’s mission statement explicitly specifies “support for the growth of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement,” the organization – which regularly complains of being “muzzled” by mainstream Jewish outlets and even runs a blog dedicated to that theme – declined to comment.

JVP spokesperson Naomi Dann instead sent a brief email highlighting a statement from the group about yesterday’s attack, which called on “the Israeli government and its supporters to cease further calls to incitement and collective punishment.” Echoing Maqdisi’s justification of the Har Nof atrocity (“it is the occupation that is responsible for the escalation in Jerusalem and throughout Palestine,”) JVP condemned what it described as “Israel’s continual system of occupation, dispossession, and discrimination against Palestinians.”

On reading the PFLP’s endorsement of Israel’s Jewish opponents, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Algemeiner that he was strongly reminded of the Hebrew phrase “chutz la machaneh” – “outside the tent.”

“I do not hesitate to call a Jew an anti-Semite,” Cooper said. “It’s always a shame to lose a Jew, but these are people in word and deed who have put themselves outside the tent. In order to be included in the tent, you don’t have to pass any theological or political tests. But either you are concerned with the well being of the Jewish collective or you’re not. If you totally identity with an enemy, you are ‘chutz la machaneh.'”

Cooper concluded: “Anyone who endorses or excuses the butchery of Jews has removed themselves from a tent that has never been bigger or more inclusive.”

The Algemeiner also asked a leading Reform rabbi in New York, who did not want to be identified, whether the continued involvement of JVP-affiliated rabbis in communal worship and education was desirable, in the light of the PFLP’s ringing endorsement of Jewish involvement in the boycott campaign one day after the brutal murder of Jewish worshippers.

“Much as I disagree with their point of view, a step that places these people in a cherem [exclusion from the community] is not one that I am willing to take,” the rabbi said. “Judaism has always shown that the essence of its strength is the ability to tolerate diversity within the community.”

JVP operates a Rabbinical Council co-chaired by Rabbi Brant Rosen of Evanston, Il., and Rabbi Margaret Holub of Mendocino Coast Jewish Community in California. Among JVP’s religious activities is the lighting of seven memorial candles on Tisha B’Av – a fast day mourning both the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and Jewish sovereignty – to protest, among other alleged offenses, Israel’s “exploitation of Palestinian natural resources” and “the expansion of illegal Jewish-only settlements.”

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  • Fred Huss
  • Michael Sykora

    That is not a leading Reform rabbi who asked not to be identified. Leaders don’t do that.

  • MORDECAI BEN NATAN

    THOSE IGNORANT, STUPID. SO CALLED JEWS, WHO SUPPORT EVERY ANTI SEMITIC AND ANTI ISRAEL TERRORISTS, I HAVE ONE QUESTION FOR THOSE NUTS.
    LET US ASSUME THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE ANOTHER HOLOCAUST AGAINST EVERY JEW
    WHERE WILL YOU RUN TO? ONLY ISRAEL WOULD BE STUPID ENOUGH TO TAKE YOU IN AND PROTECT YOU.
    I AM SURE THAT THESE JEWS ARE ALL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, WHO HAVE FALLEN INTO THE MUSLIMS PROPAGANDA LIES AGAINST ISRAEL.
    WHAT DID THEY EXPECT ISRAEL TO DO IN GAZA?
    ACCEPT EVERY FORM OF TERROR?
    NOT ACT AGAINST HAMAS ROCKETS?
    OF COURSE, THOSE STUPID CHILDISH BEHAVIOUR IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE HAD NO JEWISH UP BRINGING, PROPABALY THEIR PARENTS HAVE NEVER BEEN TO ANY SHUL, OR MAYBE TO A REFORM . THEY HAVE HAD NO JEWISH EDUCATION.

    THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN TO ISRAEL.
    THEY HAVE NEVER HAD TO LIVE WITH THE FEAR EVERY DAY, OF ISLAMIC BRUTALITY. DO THEY APPROVE OF THE MUSLIM MURDER OF JEWISH BABIES?
    DO THEY SUPPORT THE “HERO” WORSHIP OF THE SAVAGE BASTARDS?
    HOW MANY OF THEM ARE CHILDREN OF INTER MARRIAGE?
    IN SOUTH AFRICA, THERE ARE 2 REFORM “RABBIS” (WHAT A DAMN NERVE TO CALL THEMSELVES RABBI) WHO SUPPORTS ALL FORMS OF BDS AGAINST ISRAEL.
    I WONDER WHAT THEY ARE PAID BY THE ENEMY TO BE SO FULL OF HATRED OF OUR JUDAISM AND ISRAEL.
    THEY WOULD SELL THEIR OWN MOTHERS FOR A DIME.
    WHAT DO THE REFORM MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THOSE SO CALLED” RABBIS” THEY SHOULD BE THROWN OUT ON THEIR FILTHY ARSES.

    LET THEM JOIN A MOSQUE.
    SURE I AM FURIOUS.
    I AM A JEW, A ZIONIST, A WORKER FOR OUR BELOVED JEWISH STATE OF ISRAEL.
    ISRAEL IS THE ONLY STATE IN THE WORLD WHICH WILL TAKE EVERY JEW IN. UNLIKE USA, BRITAIN, HOLLAND, SPAIN. SWEDEN/.

    BUT THESE STATES HAVE ALLOWED MASSIVE ISLAMIC IMMIGRATION INTO THEIR COUNTRIES. BUT THEY ARE NOW SUFFERING, BECAUSE THE MUSLIMS HAVE TAKEN OVER MUCH OF MOST CITIES, AND MANY PLACES WHERE NO NON MUSLIM DARE VENTURE. THEY HAVE INTRODUCED SHARIA LAW.
    THEY DO NOT HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE STATE LAWS.
    GOD WILL PUNISH THOSE HATE STATES.

  • Julian Clovelley

    Frustrating isn’t it when you cannot get an answer to a key question?

    “Despite several attempts by The Algemeiner to get a response from Jewish Voice for Peace to the PFLP’s endorsement of Jewish boycott activists, on the grounds that JVP’s mission statement explicitly specifies “support for the growth of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement,” the organization – which regularly complains of being “muzzled” by mainstream Jewish outlets and even runs a blog dedicated to that theme – declined to comment.”

    I have similar feelings in relation to the absolute refusal of some of your main contributors to openly state THEIR conditions for ending the Occupation and closing the West Bank Settlements. I have asked them often enough to clarify their position on the basis that otherwise the Occupation and Settlement process, far from looking defensive in nature, takes on the apparent character of invasion, annexation and a de facto Apartheid State. It isn’t my fault that it does that – it is just the way it is…

    Like I say “frustrating isn’t it?”

    I agree that it is reasonable under the circumstances for JVP to answer your questions. I hope they do.

    But I suggest that in the case of the questions I am asking, you simply should not be publishing articles by the writers who refuse to answer them. You can start with Adam Levick. I find his silence on these questions just as rude, and indeed telling.

    So come on – this is basically all the same question – what is the timetable proposed for ending the Occupation and closing the Settlements? If “never” then say so, and we can all move on with that recognition. As in the case of the JVP questions Algemeiner reasonably asks – the answer shapes the meaning of all other output from that source. I am not being difficult. It is a vitally important point

    Another question I would ask incidentally is why incidents like the tragic recent one are given the dignity of being described as “terrorism” – as if they were revolutionary acts – they aren’t, they are criminal acts – cold blooded mass murder, motivated by pure hatred.

    Revolutions are aimed at improving the lives of all of the people in a society. They are not racist in character. Terrorism in a Revolutionary process is an action I deplore – but this kind of criminal hate crime isn’t even that. It does not even aspire to that low standard.

    As massacres in America have demonstrated these hatred crimes occur in societies that do not have the kind of social divisions one finds in the Middle East. They are a type of crime that sadly can happen anywhere and that most people of whatever origin react to with horror, disgust and sadness.

    The place to solve the problems of the Middle East is the negotiating table. The sooner all parties recognise that ultimately that is where it has to end up, the sooner there will be peace and prosperity . Peace.

    • Stuart Kaufman

      I’ll give you an answer,lain and simple: there should be no end to the “settlements.” Judea and Samaria are part of Israel and shoukd be annexed immediately. Any arab who takes an overt step to harm an Israeli should be met with appropriate force and either incarcerated or escorted to the Gaza border and be left there. No more kid gloves. There’s your answer.

  • Rabbi MAJ deHurst
  • Rabbi MAJ deHurst

    YES, it’s the ISLAMIC OCCUPATION OF ZIONIST PALESTINE that is the root cause of terrorism

  • Doodad

    If any of the PFLP leaders are still alive a month from now, shame on Israel.

  • Paul Cerar

    I wonder how soon free-world Communists will produce an opera in honour of the murderers?

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • Barry G

    JVP and the neturei karta both deserve cherem or worse.

    Absolutely no question in this regard.

    • Eve

      They are traitors, and the only question should be “shot or hanged?”.

  • martin

    Sorry to say it…the worst enemies of Israel are Jews!

    • Eve

      Mental illness knows no particular persuasion. Who ever said that the Holocaust didn’t produce nut cases (and nut cases by proxy)?!

  • IT IS ASTONISHING HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF. HITLER AT AL ARE HAPPY IN HELL. THE IDIOTIC JEWS WILL BE ALSO KILLED WITH OTHER INFIDELS. WEAR, USED GUNS!!!
    HOWEVER; MEMENTO NURNBERG

    • Eve

      It occured to me, immediately, upon looking at the accompanying photo of these twits; I wonder what they imagine their treatment by their “friends” would be, in the event that they were ever in their hands, and reflect on the fate of the girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram – – and the announcement by the leader of that group that the parents of those girls would “want to die” if they knew what had happened to their daughters. I also recall such bleeding-heart activists having been viciously raped by their buddies, as said sympathizers were distributing their benevolence. It’s a small satisfaction to know that if ever it were to go badly for the rest of us, it will go badly for them. The one thing they fail to grasp is that in the history of the Holocaust, there was not one single Jew who was known to have survived on the basis of being a nazi sympathizer. ALL people have a special disliking reserved for traitors.

  • art

    JVP and the bds people are practicing collective punishment the very sin they denounce Israel for

  • Irving D. Cohen

    These sad excuses for Jews have not only placed themselves “outside

    of the tent”, they are ding their damndest to burn down the tent,

    With everybody i.t

    • Leslie Benjamini

      You are so correct.

  • Jake

    I wonder whether the murderers stopped to ask their victims whether they were supporters of BDS. If they did, would they have refrained from doing what they needed to do to prove they were men?

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