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November 4, 2015 4:27 pm

Arabic Letter Distributed to Jerusalem Parents With Guidelines on Keeping Kids From Committing Terror Attacks

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Palestinian teens throwing rocks at Israelis. Photo: Wikipedia.

Palestinian teenagers throwing rocks. Photo: Wikipedia.

The Jerusalem Municipality’s education authority (JEA) on Tuesday issued guidelines to parents of students in east Jerusalem state schools for recognizing symptoms of distress among their children that could lead to dangerous behavior, the Israeli news website nrg reported on Tuesday.

The Arabic guidelines include warnings about signs of distress that might indicate a child is under the influence of incitement, and advice on how to handle it. This includes keeping a much more watchful eye on the kids and letting them know they are being protected and supported at home.

The letter tells parents that in the event they sense unusual behavioral patterns, which arouse concern or suspicion, they should contact guidance counsellors or health and welfare authorities.

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“During this period,” it stresses, “You must prevent your children from having access to, and the option of acquiring, dangerous objects like knives.”

These guidelines were spelled out in Arabic in a letter, 20,000 copies of which have already been distributed.

This measure was a response to the recent growing phenomenon among Palestinian and Israeli Arab youngsters to be swept up in social media and other forms of incitement, arousing in them the desire to become “martyrs for Allah” by killing Jews. Most of the teens who have committed attacks during the current surge in terrorism have come from normative homes; and many of their parents have expressed helplessness against incitement on Facebook, Twitter and from their kids’ peers in the streets of their neighborhoods.

The JEA move came on the heels of a specific case of an eighth-grade girl from the neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, who went to school yesterday (Tuesday) and left behind a note in which she announced her intention to become a “martyr.” Her father, who found the declaration, immediately took it to the school principal, who called the JEA. A joint police-JEA team went out to search for the girl, with her father and some of her classmates in tow, to try and find her before she committed an act of terrorism. The girl was found at the Lions’ Gate of the Old City — the site of a number of stabbing attacks against Israelis — and taken in for questioning.

On the same day, JEA deputy head Yoav Zamran attended a meeting of the Knesset Education Committee and reported on the letter that was being circulated in Arab neighborhoods of the city. In addition, he said, “We instructed all of the city’s schools to conduct discussions on the importance of coexistence (between Jews and Arabs), and about the Internet, where much of the confusion among students is created.”

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  • Martin Webster

    The cynical humbug of this Jerusalem municipality initiative will be seen for what it is if Algemeiner readers go to the issue of Ha’aretz for 1st November and read Amira Hass’s article:

    “Israel’s violent cowardice faces
    Palestinian protesters; bravery
    — Israel soldiers have gotten used to feeling heroic
    in their planes, tanks and armoured jeeps,
    now they’re dying of fear as vengefulness erupts”

    The link for that dose of reality is:

    Don’t Zionists ever ask themselves WHY teenagers armed only with knives and sling-shots are willing to risk death or arrest, beatings and torture?

    ONE Zionist has answered that question: IDF Intelligence chief Major-General Herzi Halevi said yesterday that Palestinian despair and frustration are among the reasons for the “terror wave”. (See: )

    Don’t blame “extremist” voices on the Internet for this outburst of Palestinian teenagers’ rage: blame the enforcement of Israel’s ethnic cleansing / land theft / brutality policies which are designed not to achieve a just solution (because the only just solution Zionists see is “Israel takes everything – God told us!”) but to break the Palestinians’ hearts so that they abandon their homeland in despair.

    More and more people around the world are coming to see what Israel is, what Zionism is — and no amount of violin-playing Holocaust propaganda will halt that process.

    You Zionists are in a hole, but you keep on digging. You are digging your own grave.

    • Mandrake

      “Don’t Zionists ever ask themselves WHY teenagers armed only with knives and sling-shots are willing to risk death or arrest, beatings and torture?”

      Because they want to go to hell and have sex with 72 virgins and all his criminal relatives forgiven, etc.

      Because they resent the greatness of the Jewish people, their contribution to the Judeo-Christian civilization in all aspects of modern life…etc, etc.

      Because they are muslim and would kill everybody else.

      Choose the answer that fits you.

  • Jeff Daube

    Did the letter spell out what some of the possible consequences may be for parents?

  • DocReality

    This is brilliant. No Jihad-loving parent is going to read a letter like this and encourage their child to remain peaceful. #IslamKILLS

  • Paul C. Rennert

    My wife and I met Ruthie Blum at a dinner in honor of her father! I have been a big fan and enjoy reading her column! Peretz Rennert

  • isahiah62

    “You must prevent your children from having access to, and the option of acquiring, dangerous objects like knives.”

    ISRAEL quit this naivete and insanity please

    the parents might be the ones teaching them to hate & kill Jews,….and often the attackers themselves

    sounds like 0bama Kerry with useless red lines and stern warnings

  • Emanuel

    Thank you Mark Zuckerberg for doing absolutely nothing to quell online antisemitism and incitement against Jews. You set a fine example of how evil can be done by standing by and watching, loser.

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