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September 7, 2015 6:57 am

‘Lone Wolf’ Palestinian Terrorists Are Not So Alone

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pointing to a poster of his predecessor, PLO chief Yasser Arafat. Photo: Facebook.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas pointing to a poster of his predecessor, PLO chief Yasser Arafat. Photo: Facebook.

There was an interesting twist to news media coverage of the most recent Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis.

The stabbings, car-rammings and other Arab attacks were “isolated” incidents, the Associated Press declared. New York Times correspondent Diaa Hadid emphasized, in the second sentence of a recent dispatch, that the attackers “appear to be acting alone and without the backing or instruction of any organization.”

Why are the major news media, and other Palestinian sympathizers, so intent on presenting the attackers as lone wolves?

The first reason is that many pro-Palestinian journalists are genuinely hoping that such attacks signal the start of a new wave of popular “intifada” violence. The latest attacks are “raising fears of a renewed wave of violence,” the AP reported. It didn’t say who exactly it is that has such “fears.” It didn’t have to. We all remember the slew of articles in the international news media, several months ago, hopefully predicting a “third intifada” undertaken by the Palestinian masses.

Palestinian sympathizers actually look forward to such violence. They hope it will drive the Israelis out of the rest of Judea-Samaria. They are genuinely surprised and disappointed when an attack or two turn out to be just an attack or two, and not part of a full-scale wave of daily violent assaults on Israeli Jews.

Over the years, several U.S. officials have made statements that came perilously close to justifying Palestinian violence. In 2000, President Bill Clinton’s National Security Adviser, Samuel “Sandy” Berger, said Palestinian violence was not just “a curse” but also “a blessing,” because it might lead to more Israeli concessions. In May 2014, a “senior U.S. official” told reporters, “The Palestinians are tired of the status quo. They will get their state in the end – whether through violence or by turning to international organizations.” Haaretz subsequently reported that President Obama’s Mideast envoy, Martin Indyk, was the one who said it. Indyk never denied it.

The second reason for all the emphasis on the claim that the latest attacks are by “lone wolves” is that it’s a way of absolving the Palestinian Authority of any responsibility. Supporters of the Palestinian cause are anxious to shield the PA from criticism. Evidence of P.A. support of terrorism undermines the chances of bringing about the creation of a Palestinian state. It could endanger U.S. aid to the Palestinians. It could drive Israeli voters to support parties that are strongly anti-terrorist. Hence the P.A.’s image must be protected at all costs.

But The New York Times and Martin Indyk don’t seem to have considered the possibility that Israelis might draw a very different lesson from these latest “lone wolf” attacks.

They might legitimately conclude that there’s a reason why an individual Palestinian, even without organizational backing, might choose to stab a Jew at random or slam his speeding car into a crowd of Jews waiting at a bus stop.

It might have something to do with what they are taught in schools, what they see on television and what is being preached in their mosques. The textbooks in Palestinian schools teach children that Jews are evil and Israel must be destroyed. Programs on official P.A. TV portray mass murderers as heroes and martyrs who should be emulated. The imams in their mosques accuse Jews of desecrating the Muslim religious sites.

In short, the “lone wolves” are not really so “alone” after all. They are the product of a culture of hatred and violence that the P.A. sponsors and nurtures. “It Takes a Village” to raise a child, according to Hillary Clinton’s famous children’s book. The Palestinian Authority’s village is raising a generation of killers.

Mr. Korn, chairman of the Philadelphia Religious Zionists, is former executive editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and the Miami Jewish Tribune.

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  • Jankel

    who steals an egg steals an ox.
    Who (loves) to kill a Jew will kill the whole world. We have already seen that!
    AP NYT Carter like idiots and Cy should think about it!

  • steven L

    As usual the AP & the NYT wish ill will to Israel.
    The “culture of hatred and violence” was initiated by no other than Mohammed HIMSELF!!!

  • Theodore Crawford

    The comments counter at the top of this article said “2 Comments”. I click it ,and am scrolled down here, where there are none(except this one, now). Were there 2 previous comments that didn’t survive moderation?
    As always, Mr. Korn is brutal in his eloquence. I’m rather surprised his op-ed survived moderation.

  • Mohammed was a mass murderer of Jews. Muslims consider his sociopathic conduct “perfect”. So does Obama who reveres the mass murderer of Jews, Mohammed.

  • M Kraft

    This article over interprets the news stories.
    The reporters probably wrote thatthe terrorist probably acted alone because(a) if the Israeli security authorities knew there was a larger link, they would have said so as they usually do, and/or (b) there was no claim of responsibility and (c) they were trying, under a deadline, trying to address the natural question of whether the attacker was part of a larger operation. The stories were written on the best information available at the time.
    I say this as a former foreign correspondent with two news agencies.

    Finally, in some ways, the “love wolves” are more difficult to detect and deal with than terrorists operating as a part of a group. There are no communications to intercept or cells to infiltrate. The lone wolves pop up unexpectedly. True, as the article says, they may have been indoctrinated or radicalized by a number of means and the PA bears a responsibility for this.
    But that does not mean that every attacker is affiliated with a terrorist cell or group.