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April 8, 2016 8:49 am

Stabs at Glorifying Terror

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The knife used in one of many recent Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis. Photo: Magen David Adom.

The knife used in one of many recent Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israelis. Photo: Magen David Adom.

Last Oct. 13, a few weeks into the current “knife intifada,” a 22-year-old Palestinian named Baha Alyan boarded a Jerusalem bus with an accomplice — Hamas terrorist Bilal Ghanem, who had served time in an Israeli prison — and went on a stabbing and shooting spree whose purpose was to kill Jews.

The two monsters were pretty successful in their endeavor that day, managing to wound more than a dozen passengers and slaughter three: Haim Haviv, 78, Alon Govberg, 51, and Richard Lakin, 76, who suffered multiple gunshot and stab wounds and died two weeks later. Alyan was killed by Israeli security forces; Ghanem was arrested.

While Lakin, an immigrant to Israel from the United States, was lying critically wounded in the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon paid a visit to his bedside. It was the least Ban could do, while calling on “both sides” to ease tensions and exercise restraint — especially since Lakin had been a lifelong promoter of peace and social justice.

Upon Lakin’s death, Ban even stressed this fact in a condolence letter to his widow, which he ended by assuring her that the UN would “continue its efforts to promote a return to negotiations aimed at resolving this bitter conflict once and for all.”

Four months later, in February, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas invited 11 families of “martyrs” to his compound in Ramallah to honor them for having sons who were killed while committing terror attacks against Israelis. Alyan’s parents were among these distinguished guests.

Right around the same time, as was reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute, an event was held at Al-Quds University to commemorate Alyan’s “cultural legacy,” sponsored by the PA’s High Commission for Youth and Sports. At this event — called the “human chain of readers” — Alyan’s father declared: “Without education, the people would not have been able to confront the occupation. Baha [“light”] is an idea, and the idea will never die. Today I have over 1,000 lights, students who are continuing in his footsteps. … The occupation has turned the entire Palestinian people into seekers of martyrdom.”

This week, the PA ministries of culture and education organized a similar event in Alyan’s name, this one at a high school. According to Palestinian Media Watch, the event for 10th-graders was held at the Shariah School for Boys in Qalqiliya, and an advertisement on Facebook bore the PA’s official logo and featured Alyan’s photo.

“Baha [Alyan] is the idea and the idea doesn’t die,” was the motto of the event, as pointed out by PMW.

Last month, Lakin’s son, Micah Avni — still mourning his father’s brutal murder at Alyan’s hands — addressed the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Speaking on behalf of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust, Avni called the international body to task for its refusal to condemn Palestinian terrorism in general, and Abbas specifically for his part in it.

“My father, Richard Lakin, was a kind, gentle person,” Avni said. “An elementary school principal who educated thousands of children. A human rights activist dedicated to promoting coexistence. He marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. He founded a school in Israel where Muslim, Christian and Jewish children studied together. He wrote a book called ‘Teaching as an Act of Love.’ [But] last October, two Palestinian terrorists attacked a bus full of civilians in Jerusalem … [and] shot [him] in the head, and stabbed him multiple times after he fell, severing most of his vital organs.”

Avni expressed indignation that the UN never publicly denounced his father’s murderers “or the rampant Palestinian incitement that fuels this brutality.” He said, “The UN office here has a Web page devoted to ‘UN Response to Acts of Terrorism,’ [which] contains a long list of terror attacks and UN condemnations. My dad isn’t on it. In fact, not a single Israeli victim of the latest wave of Palestinian terror is on it.”

Lakin’s devastated son concluded: “The passionate goal of my father and the people of Israel is peaceful coexistence. Your failure to condemn Palestinian violence and your continued rationalization of Palestinian terror is pushing peace away, making more death inevitable.”

Avni might have anticipated that his speech would fall on deaf ears. But he could not have guessed that a day after it was delivered, three Islamic State suicide bombers would blow themselves up in Brussels, making his words ring even truer.

Ruthie Blum is the web editor of The Algemeiner.

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  • Rotem

    What’s “Palestinian”? 🙁

    This girl is Muslim Arab, who’s been brainwashed to go and kill Jews from the age of 0. This is Jihad, and it’s about time to use the correct term, instead of helping terrorists with their fictional myths!

  • Richard E Sherwin

    we all know these knifers are the direct intended and successful product of all the educational and political systems controlled by the PLO and Hamas. and that their media publically and economically support the families whose heroic offspring murder israelis. so the PLO and Hamas have succeeded in ‘occupying’ the minds and hearts of their arab victims. none of whom would dare stab a PLO policeman, soldier, or politician, let alone a fellow PLO-occupied moslem. So what’s to do?

  • The Gordian Knot is a legend of Phrygian Gordium associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem. Seen from outside of Israel it seems as if its political leaders ought to repeat Alexander’s strategy: occupy Samaria and Judea!

  • stevenl

    As long as they are Jews, it MATTERS NOT!

  • Reform School

    With Ruthie Blum, a model of journaistic professionalism for an editor, why does The Algemeiner persist publishing sensationalism, a tool of the New York Times and similar rags? If these novices ascribe to that, help them pack!

  • Lia

    Pray for Israel and her people and her Mr Netanyahu daily.