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December 15, 2014 8:20 am

Why Do 80% of Palestinians Support Murder?

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The blood shed from Nov. 18's massacre of 4 rabbis and one Israeli Druze policeman at a synagogue in Jerusalem. Photo: Twitter

The blood shed from Nov. 18's massacre of 4 rabbis and one Israeli Druze policeman at a synagogue in Jerusalem. Photo: Twitter

JNS.orgIn most parts of the world, it’s not easy to find a major issue on which 80 percent of the population agrees. An election victory in the United States is considered a “landslide” if the winner receives more than 60 percent of the vote, such as Richard Nixon winning 65 percent of the vote against George McGovern in the 1972 presidential race.

But among Palestinian Arabs in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and Gaza, it turns out there is one issue on which there is more support than any other: randomly murdering Israeli Jews.

The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research last week asked a sample of 1,270 Palestinian Arab adults in the territories what they thought of the recent wave of attacks in which Palestinians stabbed Israelis or ran them over with their cars. Eighty percent responded that they support such attacks.

Note that the respondents weren’t talking about theoretical future attacks. They were commenting on recent attacks which they know all about. Here is what they are endorsing:

—Ramming a car into a crowd at a train station in Jerusalem. The fatalities included a 3-month old infant.

—Stabbing an unarmed young woman standing at a bus stop in Gush Etzion.

—Axing and machine-gunning four rabbis at prayer in a Jerusalem synagogue.

Could the 80 percent endorsement be a fluke? A one-time aberration? A momentary lapse in good judgment, spurred by recent tensions?

Hardly. There is a remarkable consistency in Palestinian public opinion. The same polling institution surveyed 1,200 Palestinians in the territories in late September and found that 80 percent support resuming the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel.

Why is it that 80 percent of Palestinians embrace the brutal murder and terrorization of Israeli civilians?

Three reasons stand out.

First, there is the general brutality of Palestinian Arab society. Violence by relatives against women suspected of immorality, violence by Muslim extremists against Christian Arabs, violence by the Palestinian Authority regime against dissidents—it’s all commonplace in the territories. That makes it easier for the average citizen to see violence as acceptable.

Second, there is a sense that violence works. Kidnapping Israelis led to the release of thousands of Palestinian terrorists from prison. Decades of bombings and hijackings led to widespread international support for Palestinian statehood. The recent attacks in Jerusalem have led to calls to redivide the city (including, most recently, by U.S. Mideast envoy Martin Indyk).

Third, and perhaps most important, is the influence of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement by the Palestinian leadership. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry correctly pointed out that the Jerusalem synagogue slaughter was “a pure result of incitement.” The constant incitement by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian leaders, including declarations praising terrorists as heroes and accusing Israel of desecrating Muslim religious sites, have created an atmosphere in which support for murdering Jews has become the norm.

The normally alleged justification for Palestinian violence—a reaction to “the occupation”—does not stand up. Since 1995, more than 95 percent of Judea and Samaria-based Palestinians have lived under the administration of the Palestinian Authority, which controls all aspects of Palestinian life except for visas and external security. And since 2005, Palestinians in Gaza have controlled even those aspects.

The Oslo Accords were supposed to have put an end to all that. Palestinian leaders were supposed to educate the public to embrace peace. They promised to change the hearts and minds of average Palestinians, to raise a generation ready to live in peace with Israel. Instead, they decided to do exactly the opposite. And as the new poll demonstrates, they succeeded.

Moshe Phillips is president and Benyamin Korn is chairman of the Religious Zionists of America, Philadelphia.

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    The statement “Islam is Evil” is wrong. The correct statement should be “Islam as I meet it is Evil”. There are many denominations of Islam, not all are murderous. Just look at – it is not complete, I have met Muslims from the Balkans and from the far east whose denominations are not mentioned on the chart.
    It does not good to include in our enemies those who are not active against us. Take the example from history: Julius Caesar vs. Pompey. Pompey said: “Whoever is not for me is against me”. Caesar said: Whoever is not against me is for me”. We nkow who won. In general: try to divide and conquer, not to unite people against you!
    Western politicians have tried to “engage” the murderous Muslims. This is a stupid tactic, because they are intent on their murderous ideology, and will deceive and lie and kill to reach their goal of domination. The murderous Muslims must be put down so firmly that they are buried the next day. The peaceful Muslims – yes, there are peaceful Muslims – must be encouraged to take an open, firm stand; the wafflers must be re-educated by the peaceful ones – and if this “deradicalisation” doesn’t work – send them back to where they came from.

  • Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn are of course right. Their three reasons for 80% Palestinian approval are spot on: Endemic brutality; violence is seen to ‘work’; and incitement from the leadership.

    And yet, and yet……….Palestinians polled were Palestinians who live in the territories.

    A million and a quarter ‘Arabs’ are Israeli citizens. They live in peace. They are not fifth columnists.

    Would it be an idea to bite the bullet and annex Judea and Samaria? Maybe all Palestinians except, of course, the corrupt leadership would heave a huge sigh of relief.

  • Frank Adam

    The Arabs pushed their objections to the Zionist project to a showdown first with the British in 36 – 38 then with Israel in ’48 and in ’67 and got nothing for it. 1948 was war to the knife on both sides but still fairly clean without large scale killings – because Israel won. 1967 was almost a textbook case of a quick military decision before civil disorganisation could unleash bad behaviour on either side though the Egyptians did emplace a unit specialised in anti-civilian war in South Samaria they never had the time and chance before being rounded up. So far in both intifadas and since the IDF and Border Guard has managed to keep enough of a grip on the situation but if the Arabs think they can have a free for all they have already created such a hate filled situation that another 1948 is on the cards if the politics of the Levant continue to accelerate into an avalanche of violence led by salafis and jihadis who are overconfident they are going to paradise.

  • baerlibrum

    this is TRUTH
    why are we not able to discover that this conflict is the eternal conflict between DARKNESS AND LIGHT
    we can see this everywhere in this world
    how come that after massmurdering so many humans in all the thousand of years we are not able to accept that each of us has to try to change himherself fully in order to become a real human a real MENSCH


  • judorebbe

    There is a very basic explanation – Jihad !!!

  • TheAZCowBoy

    “Why do Palestinians want the ‘baby killer Jews dead!

    Let’s say it in numbers OK?
    Gaza 08/2008 and Gaza 07-08?/2014 and Lebanon 2006!

    • Michael

      You mean that they want to kill Jews because they used human shields? Typical libero-fascist “ill-logic.”

  • NCS

    The schools where Palestinian children attend teach hatred and violence of all Jews while the world chants appeasement and land for peace. Should Israel declare this unlawful and take control?

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    I agree with everything printed in this article. It is appalling and deplorable that the Arabs living in Gaza and the Palestinian Authority have consistently resorted to physical violence; propaganda; verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse and warfare against their own people as well as Israel to bring about the change they want to occur.
    As an educator, I still hope to see a turnaround in the upcoming generation, yet I am not at all encouraged that this will happen with the reprehensible education foisted on the Arab population outside of Israel. I wish to add that much more needs to be done in Israel to help Arabs feel more part of the country.
    Education to honor, respect,and lead a peaceful life is the seminal key to remediating the discontent among the younger generation concerning their lot in life both outside of Israel and within Israel.

  • Islam is Evil. What part of Evil do people not understand? Islam enslaves your mind, your body and your soul. It must be destroyed.

    They use “Takiah” the Islamic law to lie in order to advance Islam.

    The 1400-year Islam Cultural War is taking over Europe for the Third Time and Now Threatening America.

    Only knowledge and working together will win this battle.
    They use “Takiah” the Islamic law to lie in order to advance Islam.

    The Third Choice by Mark Durie: One choice become Islamic, second a slave, third death. Add one choice if you act now, Freedom.

    Culture and Conflict, by P. Salzman: Shows we are in an Islamic Cultural war.

    The Arab Mind by R. Patai: US military uses this book training their soldiers and officers.

    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali: good for young women. Jews and Anti Semites. Simply by reading and check my facts and get some experience that was enough to start. If you read these six books

    Lifting the Veil by I.Q. Ali Rassooli: a translation of the major religious books. On the web at

    The Prince by Machiavelli; the methods use by Feudalistic kings are the same methods Islam uses today.

    Books of Islam Culture War Against Israel

    BattleGround, Fact and Fantasy in Palestine by S. Katz

    From Time Immemorial J. Peters, Commissioned by Arafat to show Palestinians were in Israel from the beginning of time but ended up showing Jews were in Israel from the beginning of time. Source MI6 secret documents.

  • It is simple. Because…
    Islam is Evil. What part of Evil do you not understand? Islam enslaves your minds, your bodies and your souls. It must be destroyed. Islamic Culture is a Slave, Hate, Violent and War Culture.

    Islamic Culture is reverse of Western Culture. The normal people are the Extremists and the Violent people are the normal or the majority.

    Why don’t you understand that.