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June 8, 2015 6:51 am

A Palestinian Version of James Holmes, the Colorado Movie Theater Shooter

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Palestinian terrorist Fatima Barnawi, pictured here, planted a bomb in a Jerusalem movie theater in 1967. Photo: Palestinian Media Watch.

Palestinian terrorist Fatima Barnawi, pictured here, planted a bomb in a Jerusalem movie theater in 1967. Photo: Palestinian Media Watch. –  Imagine if President Barack Obama gave an award to James Holmes, the shooter who slaughtered 12 people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012. Well, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas just did the next best thing.

On May 28, Abbas awarded the “Military Star of Honor” to Ms. Fatima Barnawi, who planted a bomb in a Jerusalem movie theater in 1967. Miraculously, the bomb was discovered and defused. Both Barnawi and Holmes had the same intention: to slaughter innocent civilians. The only difference between them is that the Colorado gunman was more successful.

This is actually the second time in recent weeks that Abbas has heaped honors upon this particular would-be mass murderer. Abbas marked “Palestinian Prisoners Day,” April 17, by bestowing a medal on Barnawi, who was the first woman Fatah terrorist captured by the Israelis.

Barnawi was sentenced to life in prison for the attempted massacre. But she was released after 10 years as a “gesture” in honor of the visit to Israel of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. After the establishment of the PA in 1994, Barnawi was rewarded with the position of chief of the women’s section of the PA police.

The PA’s official television station, reporting on May 28 about the latest honor, read Abbas’s praise of Barnawi, “the first female prisoner of the revolution of modern Palestine… in appreciation for her pioneering role in the struggle, her sacrifice for her homeland and her people, and its revolution, and her willingness to give from the beginning until now.”

Interviewed on PA TV a few weeks earlier, on May 9, Barnawi made it clear that she does not have the slightest regret about trying to slaughter innocent Jewish civilians. Her only regret, it seems, is that she was not successful at it.

“I was ready,” she said proudly. “All my life I had dreamed about it. We took the bomb and went to the cinema… I told [my sister] ‘come with me,’ as if it’s a trip… We entered the cinema and sat down. We were supposed to place the explosives in the restroom or under one of the seats. I put them where we sat, near the middle [of the theater]… It was almost time. We left… While we were leaving, the bomb was discovered. An American sitting behind us said: ‘The ladies forgot their bag.’ The usher came to take the bag and found a ticking clock. There were only seconds left [until the explosion]. He called them [security]. They moved the people away and blew it up at the entrance… I say, this is not a failure, because it generated fear throughout the world. Every woman who carries a bag needs to be checked before she enters the supermarket, any place, cinemas and pharmacies… I don’t define that as a failure.”

The PA TV host chimed in, “That is certainly not a failure. It is a success for the Palestinian resistance that went into the heart of the Israeli occupation, into the cinema and created a state of panic, because [since then] they’ve taken extra precautions when each person enters a cinema or any public place.”

(Translation by Palestinian Media Watch.)

Obama seems to think that the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East is an Israeli family building another porch on a house in Jerusalem that is slightly beyond Israel’s pre-1967 borders. But is it just possible that a PA which openly glorifies and encourages terrorism against Israelis is the real obstacle to peace? And could it be that the Obama administration’s policy of giving the PA a $500-million blank check each year is therefore not the wisest move?

Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.

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  • Paul

    We make a mistake when we try judge or even understand the Arabs actions in terms of western culture. They have a different set of values.
    The Western world swears by the Judeo-Christian ethic which holds Justice as the supreme vale. The arabs have a vastly different ethical system, which holds pride as the supreme value. That is why they will slaughter their women family memebers, with tears in their eyes, for damaging the family honor.Justice is not the issue for them, pride is.
    For this reason, they glorify their terrorists – because they have struck a blow that gains pride in their eyes. They have no other way to fight Israeli military strength – but anything they can do that will hit back at the Israelis is great in their eyes. and again – justice is not the issue for them, so killing innocents does not in any way detract from their pride. what we see as terrorists, they see as martyrs.

    The problem is – THESE are the people we must make peace with. They are not about to become Americans or Israelis. They do not and probably will never share our values – but if we want to live in peace, we have to make peace with THESE people, with THEIR belief systems.

  • shloime

    note the term “the heart of the israeli occupation”. in 1967, there were no israeli movie theatres in east jerusalem. in typical plo fashion, they consider ALL of israel to be “occupied”, and to be “liberated”, by force.

    such is the nature of the “piece process” that america is so determined to force on israel, where israel must make endless concessions and “goodwill gestures”, while the faux-palestinians offer nothing in return and even continue to incite their population to hatred and violence.

  • “While Israeli society is flourishing her people continue to suffer from the monsters amongst them”

    Well said. For their own sake I hope the Palestinians one day wake up to the self destructive road they’ve been on.

  • “Every woman who carries a bag needs to be checked…” No, not a failure. However, what she, and the rest of her terrorist ilk have succeeded in doing is creating long lines at check points, limited work permits, a wall, more hatred, and a worse situation for her own people. While Israeli society is flourishing her people continue to suffer from the monsters amongst them. Who has she really helped, and who has she really hurt?