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Another Proud Palestinian Parent

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In this photo published on the Facebook page of the Palestinian Fatah faction, the mother of late Palestinian terrorist Muhammed Shamasneh makes a “V” sign with her right hand. The caption reads, “How great you are, O mother of the Martyr.” Photo: Palestinian Media Watch.

In this photo published on the Facebook page of the Palestinian Fatah faction, the mother of late Palestinian terrorist Muhammed Shamasneh makes a “V” sign with her right hand. The caption reads, “How great you are, O mother of the Martyr.” Photo: Palestinian Media Watch. – “I am proud of my son,” the father of 16-year-old Morad Adais, of the Palestinian village of Dura, declared this week.

What do you suppose was the occasion for this burst of parental pride? What was it that young Morad did which so pleased his father? An impressive report card? Helping with home repairs? Taking care of younger siblings?

No, what Morad did to bring honor to the Adais family was that he broke into the home of a young Israeli Jewish mother of six and brutally stabbed her to death.

Not that the elder Adais is the exception. On the contrary, his response is the rule in Palestinian society.

Just two weeks ago, the official Facebook page of the Fatah movement posted a large photo of another Palestinian parent expressing pride at the deeds of a murderous child. On Jan. 5, Fatah published a photo of the mother of the late Muhammed Shamasneh. She is smiling broadly and making a “V” sign with her right hand. The caption under the photo reads: “How great you are, O mother of the Martyr.”

Shamasneh, 22, was a Palestinian terrorist who stabbed three Jews near the Jerusalem central bus station last Oct. 12, and then was shot by the police. Fatah, which is glorifying Shamasneh, is chaired by Mahmoud Abbas, who is also president of the “moderate” Palestinian Authority (PA).

The website of Palestinian Media Watch ( overflows with examples of pro-terrorism statements by parents of Palestinian terrorists.

Advocates of the Palestinian cause are always telling us that ordinary Palestinians are just like ordinary folks everywhere. They say Palestinian moms and dads have the same concerns as moms and dads in America, Israel, and anyplace else.

Then-president Bill Clinton epitomized this attitude when he met with Israeli parents of terror victims on Dec. 15, 1998, and then traveled to Gaza to meet with Palestinian parents of imprisoned terrorists. The president told reporters: “If I had met them in reverse order, I would not have known which ones were Israeli and which Palestinian.”

Even back then, the president should have been able to tell the difference. The Israeli parents were the ones mourning the deaths of their innocent children. The Palestinian parents were the ones cheering on their children for murdering the Israeli children.

The problem is not just individual Palestinian parents endorsing their children’s terrorism. The problem is that the official Palestinian leadership actively encourages such attitudes. Consider how the PA’s Minister of Women’s Affairs, Haifa Al-Agha, recently explained the “uniqueness” of Palestinian women: “The Palestinian women’s uniqueness differentiates her from the women of the world, as [only] she receives the news of her son’s Martyrdom with cries of joy.”

As much as we wish that the Palestinians were moderate, reasonable people who hate violence and terrorism and would live in peace with Israel if they were just given a state of their own, they keep demonstrating, through their words and deeds, exactly the opposite.

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

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  • Judaism has always considered pride to be a pejorative trait, yet we continue to hear about “proud Jews,” “proud parents,” etc.

  • David Levavi

    Child sacrifice is an ancient middle Eastern Pagan religious tradition still practiced by Muslims, especially “Palestinians.” A single altar to the goddess Taanit unearthed by archaeologists in Lebanon exposed the remains of some 20,000 infants. Polygamy, honor killing and child sacrifice are the hallmarks of Muslim culture. Morad Adais is a good Muslim and an honorable man.

    • stevenl

      Khomeini used children in the 8 years war against Saddam. ISIS use kids. It is an Islamic tradition to use power against the defenseless! These people testicles produce too much uncontrollable testosterone. They must have flat brains!
      They deserve some form of castration.

  • Debbie Mattson

    This group of people are psychologically twisted. Their hatred is so deeply dysfunctional. It is truly alarming. Gotta be the work of the devil.

    • Debbie Mattson

      I am understand Muslims have been marrying cousins since the time fof Muhammed. Such inbreeding gotta take a toll.

  • Theodore “Ted” Crawford

    Their predicament is far worse than that of cockroaches. They are demonically inspired to incite, commit and glorify the murder and butchery of G_d’s people, whereas cockroaches are merely tenacious, prolific and hungry. Spiritual warfare as opposed to chemical.

  • shloime

    “pride comes before a fall” – i think this man just earned himself a house demolition. certainly less than he deserves, but better than just letting him enjoy the stipend that fatah pays to terrorist murderers.

  • The PLO terrorist entity has destroyed a generation of young Arabs by brainwashing them to become Jew-haters and murderers. There is a “Culture of Death” in PLO-occupied areas within Judea and Samaria. Israel must free Judea and Samaria from the PLO occupation, and restore a “Jewish Culture of Life” in liberated areas.

  • Shalom-Hillel

    This is one of many reasons they must never have a state. It would dishonor the many Jews they have killed. It would be the same as allowing a Nazi state at the border of Israel.

  • Jack

    Some peoples are civilized to the level of humanity, and some are not, and unfortunately culture of origin may be a determinant.
    As in nature, some benign animals camouflage themselves as deadly critters, and visa versa.
    It is wise to wary until it is determined which is which.
    Of course, the higher the level of secular education the better for incomes, longevity, peaceful outcomes in a society.
    the P.A. obviously cares not for any of these things

  • Kerry Berger

    The point you all miss is that the average Palestinian is living in such desperate squalor and awful conditions that maybe death is a noble escape from reality. While Abbas is an instigator of these attacks and he should be condemned for his blatant support of terrorism, Israelis need to start thinking about the human values of those who are not Israeli or Jewish. The behavior of both sides is deplorable and must be brought to an end.

  • art

    Where are Obama or Hillary to condemn murder as impediments to peace. Obviously the only impediment to peace is the failure of Israelis to commit mass suicide.
    I haven’t heard Hillary comment on the eu sanctions against Israel or on the continuing threats from Iran

  • Markus Elkana Brajtman

    Why does Israel not arrest those “proud” parents, and expel them from Israel?
    Why have their homes not been demolished?

    Get rid of scum like these.
    They are no better than cockroaces.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Bill Clinton said “If I had met them in reverse order, I would not have known which ones were Israeli and which Palestinian.”

    And he still can’t tell the difference.

    • Michael Garfinkel

      Maybe, but he can see a willing intern from a mile away.