Yesterday morning two Palestinian cousins who hold full Israeli citizenship carried out an act of brutal terror disrupting morning prayers at the Kehillat Bnai Torah Yeshiva Synagogue in Har Nof where they brutally murdered five and injured many others. These terrorists hold blue teudat zehut identity cards (resident identity cards which denote status and citizen by their color with blue meaning full citizenship) as they reside within the East Jerusalem areas that Israel has officially annexed. The annexation of the rest of Jerusalem immediately after the June 1967 defensive Six Day War where Israel responded to Egyptian casus belli of blockading the Israeli access to the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf on into the Indian Ocean created a situation where the Palestinians living within could have been granted full Israeli citizenship and this was exactly what Israel did making the East Jerusalem residents full citizens of Israel with all the benefits, rights, responsibilities and full and equal treatment in relation to all the rest of the Israeli civilian population. The two cousins, Uday and Rassan Abu Jamal (pictured below), who resided in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukhaber, entered the Har Nof’s ‘Kehilit Yaakov’ synagogue and as one opened fire the other began assaulting worshipers with a meat cleaver while they shouted “Allahu Akbar”, a chant often yelled by terrorists and Muslim protesters in Western nations. One of the terrorists was employed at a grocery store in the Jewish neighborhood which was located adjacent to the synagogue. The two terrorists were armed with axes, knives and handguns as well as a viscous hatred for Jews which has been carefully honed and supported by the never-ending incitement which permeates every facet of Palestinian life being injected into the media and every other aspect if Palestinian society such that it borders on brainwashing. These murdering cousins assaulted worshipers draped in their prayer shawls and wearing their phylacteries, as is Jewish custom for morning prayers, making their repulsive acts all the more detestable within any civilized society. Also pictured below is the meat cleaver used in the attack with the blood of victims still soaking its entirety.
The PFLP (Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine), which are a faction of the Mahmoud Abbas headed PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization), military wing, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, claimed credit for this attack referring it to a mission against the occupiers who are building and colonizing neighborhoods, usurping Muslim lands. Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad members and officials celebrated the terrorist murderous massacre which claimed five innocent worshipers’ lives, injured as many as a dozen other worshipers with a half dozen injured sufficiently they required treatment at Shaarei Tzedek and Hadassah Hospitals. Five of those hospitalized have sufficiently serious wounds that they were placed into intensive care and post-operative care wards. These victims’ survival is not guaranteed and prayers are requested for their health and recovery such that their lives will not show obvious signs of having been crippled by these horrific acts of terror having such limitations working as constant reminders of this fateful day. Mahmoud Abbas gave a tepid response condemning the terrorist acts while United States Secretary of State John Kerry also condemned the assault telling reporters, “This morning in Jerusalem Palestinians attacked Jews who were praying in a synagogue.” Secretary Kerry went on to label these acts as “act of pure terror and senseless brutality.” Kerry further called on the Palestinian leadership to denounce the attack, a request which fell mostly on deaf ears. The Abbas headed Fatah faction of the PLO on its Facebook page had entries from numerous officials, leaders and functionaries which praised the attack calling the terrorists martyrs fighting to free Palestine from its Jewish occupation.
There were the usual protestations as they struggled to understand the reasoning behind this assault on their closely knit religious community. One resident commenting on how he had narrowly avoided being at the scene after oversleeping. “This is a yeshiva community. Ninety percent don’t serve in the army. We’re not violent,” Moshe Eliezer queried as he tried to understand the carnage. Shaken by the level of violence in a house where many had prayed for peace, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat perhaps summed up the shock and inappropriateness of these acts of pure and violent hate stating, “To slaughter innocent people while they pray… it’s insane,” Many across the length and breadth of Israel are asking themselves the same question as they try to wrap their heads around the reasoning behind this inhuman carnage. That is the one fact which is beyond reasoning which perplexes many after each horrific assault on the Jewish communities and brought to the fore on Agassi Street yesterday morning. Some will never understand that acts such as these are the result of the communities of hate which are being raised and nurtured around the feelings that their everyday problems are the fault of the other, those who are outside their community making it impossible for those within their community to succeed. This feud has gone beyond any reason as it is stoked by a false sense of injustice and frustration. If there is anything which should be taken from this massacre it is that reason and logical explanation have no place on this field of battle. The motivations are the lessons learned during a childhood steeped in hatred where any unfulfilled desire is the fault of the Israelis and in particular the Jews. The fact that the Israelis appear to have so much and similar levels of wealth are unseen in their communities has nothing to do with their leaders but instead is the fault of the Jews and all of Israel. The Palestinians never get to see the villas and billions of dollars of funding which is placed in the numbered Swiss bank accounts of their leaders and their friends and families.
The Palestinians teaching their youths to hate in place of educating them with the tools to succeed is never the problem. The hatreds ingrained in them by repeated propaganda which permeates their lives through the lessons in the schools, the sermons in the Mosques, the stories depicted in their childhood cartoons and the glorifying of the martyrs who died before them. Setting such martyrdom as the only and highest goal worth seeking, many disaffected young Palestinians see no other achievement to fulfill their lives’ purpose and choose to end their suffering going out in what they perceive as a crowning glory of jihad. The Israelis are at a loss to figure out that the conflict is centered around religious teachings which place all important goals for life as to die for Allah and go to heaven where the martyr receives pleasures which were denied them in this earthly life. Until the Israeli leadership comes to grips with the incitement combined with an education devoid of building young adults with the skills for succeeding in their lives instead taught that their lack of skills to succeed are due to the Israelis stealing those items from the Palestinians and that all misery comes from the Israeli oppressions, then these fruitless acts of barbarity steeped in hatred will continue to be the dead-end for too many lives, both those guilty of the burning suicidal hatreds who die for Allah and their victims whose only crime was being an Israeli. That is the lesson that Israeli leadership must realize from this tragedy and in order to start working to prevent more of these calamities they will need to take control of the Palestinian educational system and replace all their teachers and provide them with the kind of lessons which will provide them with the skills necessary to succeed and not just the seeds of hate. Even should the Israelis come to their senses and realize that it is the poison of the nurturing within the Palestinian society for jihad and only jihad that it will take literally two or three generations before these acts will be able to be mitigated early enough to make the needed difference. The past twenty years, where the future leaders of Palestinian society provided their people an education based on hatred for those people over there in that opulent society and until that system is replaced with an education which provides a sense of worth and dignity, teaching how to realize positive goals rather than throwing their lives on the bonfires of hatred which will be utilized to lionize the next generation in hate and towards the empty lives of jihad, then lives will fall wasted and incomplete causing only regrets, horrors and emptiness for both societies, the victims and the murderers. In the meantime, the Israelis will clean away the blood-soaked stains and try to patch their lives back together and continue on seeking answers which will prevent the next murderous slaughter as the Palestinian society awaits their next glorious celebration of blood and death. That is the true cycle of violence and it will continue until the world wakes up to the monsters being raised and trained to respond to life’s difficulties in a constructive manner and not using those difficulties to fuel a raging hatred which can only be extinguished in the fires of jihad and one final act of suicidal vengeance as what alternative does the jihadist leave Israeli law enforcement but to extinguish their lives so their death will instruct their younger siblings to follow their path of hatreds and wasted lives. It all starts with the educational system.
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