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August 28, 2015 10:56 am

Capture of Joseph’s Tomb Terrorists Exposes Truth About Palestinian Authority

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Four Palestinian terrorists were arrested for plotting an attack at Joseph's Tomb. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Four Palestinian terrorists were arrested for plotting an attack at Joseph’s Tomb. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – You won’t read about it in the New York Times or the Washington Post. But this week’s arrest of four Palestinian terrorists who were plotting to attack a Jewish holy site tells you everything you need to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict today.

The reason you won’t hear about it in the American news media is because the terrorists were caught before they struck. Apparently intentions don’t count. No casualties, no news coverage—and even when there are casualties, there isn’t always news coverage. Did your daily newspaper report about the 2-year-old Israeli child who was recently hit by Arab rocks?

The four arrested terrorists—who planned to attack Jews at Joseph’s Tomb—are residents of Tulkarm, Nablus (Shechem in Hebrew), and Qabatiya. Those three cities are all governed by the Palestinian Authority (PA). Yet it was the Israeli security forces, not the PA police, who captured them. That’s because the PA doesn’t arrest terrorists; it shelters them.

Of course, the 1993 Oslo Accords require the PA to apprehend and imprison terrorists. Of course, the PA is obligated to disarm and outlaw terrorist groups. Of course, the accords state that the PA must extradite terrorists to Israel. But the PA does none of those things, and the international community is silent.

The entire “peace process” is based on the notion that if Israel surrenders land to the PA, the PA can be trusted to prevent terrorism from that area. The entire argument in favor of a Palestinian state is that such a state would be peaceful and that its rulers would combat terrorism. Twenty years of PA self-rule has proven otherwise.

The plan of the four arrested terrorists was to set off explosives at Joseph’s Tomb and machine-gun the Jewish worshippers there. Anybody who thinks that Palestinian terrorism is directed merely at “the occupation,” and not at Jews, think again. Joseph’s Tomb is not in some Jewish settlement in “occupied territory.” It is one small building in a huge Palestinian Arab city. It is an isolated Jewish religious site to which Jewish worshippers come to study and pray; no “settlers” reside there.

In other words, the purpose of an attack on Joseph’s Tomb is to murder Jews at prayer and destroy a Jewish holy site. Nobody can pretend that such an attack would be related to settlements or refugees or borders or any other political and diplomatic controversies. Thus, the choice of the target reveals volumes about the Palestinians’ true sentiment.

Were the terrorists outcasts, rogues, or isolated extremists? Hardly. One, Muhamad Damiri, is a Palestinian policeman. Another, Nisim Damiri, is a veteran member of the Tanzim. That’s the armed wing of Fatah, which is chaired by PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Yes, the “moderate” Fatah, which the Obama administration refuses to label as a terrorist group.

One additional fascinating revelation from this week’s arrests. In addition to the Palestinian policeman and the Tanzim member, the Israelis captured two other terrorists: Yasir Zaruri, a member of Hamas, and Aduen Nazel, a member of Islamic Jihad. We hear a lot about how the “moderate” PA and Fatah supposedly are at odds with the “extremist” Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Yet these four “enemies” were working together towards the common goal of murdering Jews.

Zaruri, of Hamas, taught Damiri, of the Tanzim, how to make explosive devices. Nazel, of Islamic Jihad, was assigned to acquire the weapons for the attack. The other Damiri, the PA policeman, was in charge of determining which days and times the most Jews would be in the tomb. Terrorists from four different Palestinian bodies, supposedly rivals and enemies, were united in their goal of shedding Jewish blood.

One successful raid by the Israelis. Four terrorists behind bars. And many important lessons for the rest of us. Is anyone paying attention?

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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  • David ALPERN

    No, sir… those who SHOULD pay attention fanatically refuse to do so. The lessons to be learned are repeatedly provided, but their eyes will not see and their ears will not hear.

    • Rhonda

      David, so true. People who hate Jews and Israel deliberately refuse to deal with reality, and who the terrorists are, and what the Jewish Israelis have to deal with. And most of the media are complicit.

  • Theodore L. Crawford

    I am… kol hakaˈvod!

  • H. Givon

    Those who believe that Israel has a ‘peace partner’ with the PA are living in a fantasy world. Those who planned the murders of innocent people are but a few of the terrorists who perpetrate such acts daily. They educate their children from a young age to choose the killing profession instead of toward peace with Israel. Signatures on a forced peace plan will not bring the desired results. The last thing that is needed in the chaotic Middle East is another terrorist/apartheid state that will legitimize the behavior cited in this article.

  • Sylvia evett

    I Thank. You for this info will share!!!!!

  • Harold Taback

    Failure to report also exposes the truth about NYTimes,BBC,Euronews,Sky,etc.

  • Great job capturing those terrorists before the execute their plans.

    However, Israel, Netanyahu YOU HAVE TO take it to the next level by uprooting and expelling their immediate and extended families and then level their homes. Only by inflicting pain to all the families members you might be able and stop those fanatics by thinking twice as they would not only hurt Jews but their own as well. ZERO TOLERANCE!!!!

  • Steffen Lauge Pedersen

    In Islamic terminoligy “the noble art of killing” innocent people is called “warfare”. Most “believers” are not terrorists themselves, they may even approve of terrorism. Their problem is, however, that all Muslims are under the same law, the Koran, and the Koran is sufficiently obscure in its wording, in such a way, that both mercy and the opposite is absolutely lawful and cannot be condemned in a Sharia context.
    Therefore even beheadings of non believers cannot be fought effectively. The Westerners don’t dare. The Arabs don’r care.
    During a visit in Israel in 2009 I saw Joseph’s Tomb and it’s function in a pure Jewish context. Vey impressive and peaceful it appeared to me.
    To blow up this holy site would be almost, but not quite, as effective as it was,when “the believers” in Afghanistan blew up the huge Buddhistic Sculptures in Afghanistan.
    “Destruction is our Delight”, so they think. They call it something else.
    Steffen Lauge Pedersen Advocate at Law. Copenhagen. Denmark.

  • Marion Abramowitz

    Mr. Flatow
    Thank you for the article. I would not have known about this and thus would conitinue to believe that the Fath and Hamas wing are at odds. Yes, only at odds to see who can get the millions of U.S. Dollars. We are led to believe the PA can be trusted to cooperate with Israel and monitor the radical elements in their domain. The lack of reporting is unconscionable, the public needs to know of these incidents. One of the reasons the millennia aren’t more supportive of Israel, is the lack of real news about Palestinian terrorist actions and ignorance of the huge amount of humanitarian aid the to the Palestinians. This humanitarian aid turned into cement for terrorist tunnels into Israel. I wonder what the FCC guidelines are for the licensing of these news outlets, possibly the same standards that guide our Congress for this humanitarian aid.
    Thank you again for your article.