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April 27, 2016 11:32 am

The World Blames the Jews, But Never the Terrorists

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The scene of the bus bombing on Moshe Baram Street in Jerusalem on April 18, 2016. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90.

The scene of the bus bombing on Moshe Baram Street in Jerusalem on April 18, 2016. Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90.

A disturbingly clear pattern has emerged in the wake of the increase in terrorism around the world, especially in the West. Whenever there is a terrorist attack, the parents, friends and families of the perpetrators are always in “deep shock.” They cannot fathom from where their terrorist offspring, who had always been so “normal and good,” got their inspiration. The parents have absolutely “no idea” what could possibly have prompted the attacks.

It is conspicuous — and pathetic — how uniform these parents of Muslim radicals are in their frantic denial of knowledge and responsibility for raising monsters that go out and commit such atrocities. But the politically correct mainstream international press never probes deeper and lets the parents off the hook easily. After all, the international mainstream media pushes and encourages the very victimhood narratives that the parents’ denials and feigned “shock” feed into in order to escape further scrutiny. It is astounding that no one in the media seriously questions these uniform denials.

Among all these stories of feigned shock and surprise, that of the parents of the Hamas terrorist who bombed the Jerusalem bus recently (wounding 20 people and killing himself) takes the prize. Not only do the parents insist they had “no idea” their son had been involved with the Hamas, they feel no remorse for his actions and astoundingly blame Israel and the Jews for his actions: “You Jews have to understand something: Abed al-Hamid did not come from a poor family; he came from an affluent one. He had his own car. A family with property and money … a cultured household — with manners, respect, education — which opposes violence. You Israelis have to ask yourselves what causes a boy like ours to want to do such a thing. And I am telling you: Israel is responsible. Israel caused this generation to act this way. This generation has no future. No work. You pressure them and hurt them and create a hopeless situation for them. You are turning the young generation into what it is. The next generation, the young children, will be even more dangerous.”

So while their terrorist son had everything he could wish for in material wealth and came from a “cultured household,” he still had “no future” because of the Jews. What else is new?

But perhaps his parents were not so innocent. As his mother says, in what is difficult to characterize as anything other than a defense of her son’s actions, “It was an act of self-defense. As an enlightened person, I would find it hard to do something like [blowing up a bus]. Perhaps I would have done things differently, maybe through writing. But everyone has his own way of [taking part in] resistance.”

Her son was merely taking part in the “resistance” in his “own way.” Perhaps his mother’s “peaceful” idealization of the “resistance” (against what exactly? This is never clarified — the “resistance” according to Abbas and Hamas is very simply the resistance against the existence of every last Jew on Israeli soil) gave her son an idea or two.

The hatred emanating from the words of these affluent, “cultured” parents and their unremorseful threats against Israeli society of a future, even more dangerous, generation, speak for themselves.

However, they are right about their son’s generation. It is indeed dangerous, because it is steeped in unmitigated hatred, not only at home but at every turn it takes: in kindergarten, in school, on TV, in the mosques and on the streets — in all these places, this generation is taught that killing Jews is a good thing. As their son watched one terrorist after another celebrated as a martyr of Allah, having streets and squares named after them and their families richly rewarded by the PA, this son of “cultured” parents drew the logical conclusions of what he had been taught to worship and revere all his life, and went out and killed Jews. Who — least of all his parents — could possibly be surprised about that?

Ironically, the parents inadvertently made a big propaganda mistake by emphasizing that the terrorist had come from a financially comfortable, “cultured” household — putting to rest, finally, the idea that terrorists become terrorists out of grievances, for lack of jobs, poverty and so on.

The answer to the question of what causes “a boy like ours to want to do such a thing” is not difficult: It is unadulterated hatred of the Jews, as taught to and inculcated in children all over the Muslim world, along with the accompanying refusal to accept a Jewish state in Israel. It is about the Islamic injunction to perform jihad against infidels and the ethics stemming from that injunction. When Arabs massacred Jews in the Hebron pogrom in 1929 there was no “occupation” to “resist.” There were just Jews to hate. Nothing has changed, apart from the rhetoric.

This article was originally published by Israel Hayom. 

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  • nat cheiman

    Islam will blame anyone but themselves

  • Roi Yehudah

    “Nothing has changed, apart from the rhetoric.”
    Truer words have rarely been spoken. I am grateful to the author for her careful outlining of the issues involved…and for her integrity. It is uncommon to find this kind of honesty in most of today’s media.

  • Sharon

    (Sorry, moderator. I couldn’t find an “edit” button.)

  • solange silverman

    Jew hatred is written in the koran.

  • Five Star General said it best in 1947 when he told Truman that placing a home for European Jewry in the Mideast would lead to the destabilization of the all Mideast.
    And he couldn’t see Messianic Jews getting control of Palestine, which makes it even worst.
    Never was their a greater foresight in in History than that forecast !

  • Tom Wood

    Interesting read. Hardly surprising because it can’t be their fault can it oh no…

    But shouldn’t the title be “family of Terrorists blame jews not the Terorists” … there was no substances for the headline claim that the world blames the Jews.

    • walter mycek

      About time to end the political correctness, and put the blame on whoever is responsible for all this hideous crap

  • Tony Trenton

    It is really so simple !!!

    The Death Cult of Islam indoctrinates muslim societies from birth to follow the directives of the Koran !!!

    The Koran is a random collection of verses authored by the Muslim prophet and psychopathic murderer. ‘Mohammed’!!!

    Muslims are born and purposely bred to revere Death and Martyrdom !!!

    The rest of humanity is born and bred to revere Life and Liberty !!!

    Never the twain shall meet but on the field of WAR !!!

    Islam is the epitome of APARTHEID.


  • Peter Joffe

    Its all so simple. Muslims should read the Quran and they will see where the hatred comes from. They will see the verses that must be followed by all devout Muslims and those verses are for the destruction of all things Jewish and all Jewish people, and all so called ‘infidels too’. Islam is NOT a religioj of peace! It is a ‘religion’ of war against all the wolrd other than Muslims, and against Muslims that do not follow the Quran letter for letter too. The message is clear from the Quran so read it and be afraid, very afraid.

  • Lia

    Parents who do not teach their children right from wrong and check that they know the difference, are always surprised at the actions of their offspring … and obviously there must be a scapegoat, because neither little darling nor his/her parents can be responsible (in certain systems responsibility is a dirty word).

  • Kali Sayyid said:

    “Even if Israel ceased to exist, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia would immediately clash over Palestine. So the end of Israel does not guarantee a Palestinian state.”

    SOURCE: The Origins of the Middle East Mess, a Caspian Report Kali Sayyid, posted as a 9.5-minute YouTube video, published 2012/12/27


    Syria and Jordan would both claim that Palestine belongs to them for historical reasons.

    Egyptian control of Palestine would strengthen their hold on both sides of the Suez Canal and help Egypt to become a regional superpower.

    Saudi Arabia believes that it is the guardian of Islamic holy places, which gives it reason to control Palestine.

    ISIS (the Islamic State) has already revealed that it has no intention of giving the Palestinians their own independent state even of all Jews would leave Palestine.

    Therefore, even if Israel were wiped-off-the-map, the Palestinians would probably NOT get their own state.

    Even if the Palestinians did get their own state, nearby Muslim nations would probably try to take it away from them.

    • DG

      And don’t forget the Sunni – Shia battles. Iran and its proxies would engage in efforts to control the territory and wrest it away from the Sunnis.

      I believe that the scholar Daniel Pipes made this sort of observation many years ago.

      I always mention this argument when talking with people who want to see Israel disappear. Their dreams of a “free free Palestine” will soon go up in more smoke.

  • Ezra

    Excellent observations and analysis. Let’s not forget that the 9/11 terrorists also came from upper middle class Saudi families. The problem they seem to have had is that America exists, at all.