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Mary Pinkney Parnell
Terrorism: Israel's Problem and the World’s
Make no mistake, American is not merely fighting Al Qaeda or trying to find Osama Bin Ladin. Such a notion is naive. America is fighting the same battle Israel has been fighting for years, that of an ideology of death to Western civilization by Islamic militants who are forcing Moslems all over the world to choose between an ideology of life and an ideology of death. I understood this problem even more on my most recent visit to Israel. Let me recap the situation for your understanding.
A history of Islamic
Islamic terrorism against Jews is not new. Prior to its statehood Israel struggled with Arab terrorism and British indifference. Under the British Mandate, Haj Amin Al Husseini, a friend of Hitler's and later to become the Mufti of Jerusalem, incited many terrorist acts, notably the riots of 1921 when he spread leaflets to the Arabs saying that the Jews were planning to take over the Dome of the Rock. Another terrorist network was organized under Syrian Sheik Izzo al-Din-al Quassam (later to become Hamas). In 1929 Arab mobs killed over 100 Jews in the Hebron massacre. The Great Arab Revolt of 1936-39 left hundreds of Jews dead.
Perhaps the epitome of Jewish struggle with terrorism prior to Israel's war for independence in 1948 was Kfar Etzion, a community we visited in Hebron. It is a thriving community now with the most tragic past. This is the region where Abraham grazed his flocks, and where Jehoshophat's warriors gathered to declare victory over the Moabites. Orthodox Jews purchased the area of Kfar Etzion from an Arab sheik in 1928. Arabs drove the Jews out in 1929. Jews purchased it again to become the basis for a fruit plantation. An Arab uprising destroyed Kfar Etzion in 1936. It was repurchased and resettled again in 1939 by orthodox Jews. These settlers vowed to cover the "shame of the barrenness" from these hills. They also vowed to make a home "for their fellow Jews who suffered a horrible fate in Europe." Two years later 60 concentration camp survivors joined the communities at Kfar Etzion. By the spring of 1947, the community was flourishing; the fruit trees were producing. The community was then subject to a series of attacks. Early in 1947, Kfar Etzion was cut off from Jerusalem by Arabs; a supply train from Jerusalem had been captured and soldiers lost lives. Kfar Etzion by now had around 600 settlers who tried to defend themselves but were no match against the Arab Legion and thousands of Arab irregulars. Attack after attack came. Finally the last surviving 50 members of the kibbutz escaped to the cellar of an old German monastery that was within the grounds. This hide-out was destroyed when an Arab pulled the pin on a grenade, handed it to a Jewish woman and made her throw the grenade that resulted in the final blood bath. A handful survived to tell the story. We visited the site of the massacre and viewed a film commemorating their tragic history. Why should this community even exist today? Only because these settlers believe that that God gave this land to the Jews. Now Gush Etzion, one of the communities of Kfar Etzion, is targeted for destruction by the Olmert government as another concession for peace.
Was Israel Stolen from Palestinians?
It should be noted for the critics that the Jews of Israel have purchased their land at least once, sometimes twice, sometimes three times. and in the case of Kfar Etzion, four times. Some rumor has been started to the effect that, like the Americans, who took land away from the Indians, Israel robbed land that belonged to some "Palestinians."
Palestinian is a term given to the 600,000 Arab refugees who became war collateral after 1948. Many do not realize that 850,000 Jews were also made refugees from Arab lands during the same period. Israel absorbed most of these Jewish refugees. The neighboring Arab countries refused to absorb the Arab refugees with the exception of Jordan. Israel and Jordan each absorbed roughly 100,000. Because the Zionist movement made the land livable, the Arab population swelled prior to the 1948 war. But make no mistake, Israel is a land that has been purchased, repurchased, made-liveable against incredible odds, and defended in countless struggles and wars.
The PLO and Hezbollah
After the war for independence, Israel would still face terrorism and a series of wars. In 1964, another terrorist organization was established which would change the dynamics of terror forever, the PLO. The PLO put Israel at the forefront of its terrorist campaign and coined for the world the term "Palestinian." This term was given to the Arab refugees from the '48 war. Its intended effect would cause the hearer to think there was a national people known as Palestinian. Arab nations refused to absorb these refugees so they could be political pawns of Islamic hatred. In 1969 Yasser Arafat emerged as the new leader of the PLO. Arafat, the grandfather and architect of suicide bombing, and the ironic recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was quietly determined to drive Israel off the map. This visionary broadened his arena and terrorist acts began to occur abroad inspired by a cult of death and martyrdom.
One of PLO's most egregious assaults was against Jewish athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972 in spite of the PA’s promise of peace. In 1983 America was attacked for the first time by the newly organized Hezbollah when 241 Marines in Lebanon lost their lives; we did nothing to staunch the build-up of terrorism even when we were the target. Under Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Bush, terrorism has been appeased again and again.
Even though Israel has ceded land for peace by the urging of the international community, peace has not been accomplished. The recent destruction of the Gush Katif settlements in Gaza leaving 9000 Israelis homeless may be viewed as a victory for Islam. Since the evacuation, hundreds of rockets have been fired at Israel and Mediterranean beaches have been mined from this new Islamic military zone, the Gaza strip. More weapons have been smuggled into Gaza now than since 1948. And Israel's exit from the buffer zone in Lebanon in 2000 prepared the way for the latest Hezbollah attack on Israel. Still Prime Minister Olmert wants to destroy settlements in Samaria and Judea. One can only ask, what will that accomplish in light of recent history? In spite of pending war in 1947 and the difficulties Kfar Eztion faced, Ben-Gurion flew into a rage at the idea of dismantling even one Jewish settlement.
Terrorism begins in Israel and spreads to the World
Terrorists attacks have, ironically, increased since the Oslo and Road Map peace accords and since the razing of established and strategic Israeli settlements in Samaria and Gaza. Other targets of terror attacks have been America, Spain, Britain, Chechnya, West Africa, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Southern Russia when school children were captured and killed by Wahabi terrorists. Make no mistake, Israel’s problem is the world’s problem as terrorists group under names like Al Qaeda, PlO, Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, Wahabi and Al-Aqsa brigade. Numerous other Islamic terrorist organizations like PKK exist in Russian satellite countries. All terrorist groups, formed by extreme Islam, have one ideology: to wipe out Western Civilization, especially the big Satan (The US) and the little Satan (Israel). We know that should Israel suffer massive annihilation, America will be next!
The Indoctrination of School Children
While in Israel, I was able to listen to the rhetoric that has resulted in more virulent terror. Islamic propaganda targets school children in the Muslim world through videos, textbooks, newsprint, as well as sermons preached on Fridays in Mosques. The goal: to change moderate Moslems to those who hate so much that they are willing to die. The information following is documented in film and newsprint by Itamar Marcus of the Palestinian Media Watch. The world needs to know that what is being said in Arabic is far different from the message Islam sends to the West.
* Just recently Iran’s leader declared that no Holocaust had occurred and denied Israel's right to exist.
* Al Qaeda leader, Zawarhi said that the elimination of Israel is the duty of every believer posted on the internet April 13, 2006.
*A soccer team for 14 year olds is named for a suicide terrorist who killed 30 at a Passover Seder. Each soccer team is named after a suicide terrorist in glorification of the "martyrs."
*A suicide camp for young girls , The Shahida Wafi Idris, gave thanks to UNICEF for their "whole-hearted support." July 18th 2003!!
*In an Arabic crossword clue: "Jewish center for commemorating the lies of the Holocaust. The answer: Yad Vashem.
*In Article 11 of Hamas’ Charter reads: "The land of Palestine has been an Islamic Wakf throughout generations and will be until the day of resurrection. Renouncing any part of Palestine [referring to Israel] means renouncing our religion.
Another tactic of
propaganda is to erase the Jewish nation
(sound similar to Hitler)? *6/5/1997
"Our blood has more Hebrew blood than
the Jews." *Judaism: "Mosaic
Law seems to be an Islamic religion.
Texts prove that it is contamination