The wave of terror attacks by Palestinians against Israelis is still continuing, with new incidents every day. I have stopped writing about each one because I simply can’t keep up.
But one of today’s three attacks (Tuesday) really stands out deserves widespread coverage for the simple reason that it was carried out by children!
First, just watch this video. It is horrifying precisely because its initial banality which so quickly turns violent:
One can clearly see two pre-teens get on the train and sit down, looking around like any other teenagers on any train anywhere in the world. And then they suddenly jump up and attack the security guard with a knife – and the end is known. One kid is shot and wounded, the other is apprehended.
Today isn’t the first item that teenagers have knifed Israelis in the past few weeks. Two 13-year old cousins knifed a 13 year-old Israeli boy in Jerusalem a few weeks ago, almost killing him. I’m sure you all remember the blood libel spread by PA “president-for-life” Abbas who claimed that Israel “executed” one of the teenage terrorists when in fact he was only moderately wounded and was treated in hospital.
But what on earth would cause two teenagers to attack an armed guard, knowing that they will likely be shot and wounded or worse, for no visible reason?
The answer to this is really quite simple. Incitement, incitement, incitement. Over a month ago I mentioned Avi Issacharoff’s excellent analysis of “the Children of Oslo” – the new teenage terrorists, whose violence is triggered by incitement and fed by a constant diet of hatred provided via social media and their own society.
In a subsequent post I quoted Yaacov Lozowick who pierced through to the essence of the problem with his concise explanation, “this is what long-term education to hatred will do”
The part that impresses me is the public atmosphere forming the minds of Palestinian teenagers. In order for significant numbers of them to be willing to be killed for the chance to stab an Israeli, they must be steeped in hatred to a degree most Western pundits can’t even recognize. Many westerners don’t even accept the reality, let alone the legitimacy, of the concept “enemy”. These young Palestinians seem unable to accept the reality, let alone the legitimacy, of their common humanity with Israelis. For this, blame their parents and grandparents and society at large.
Spend decades telling yourself, your children and your grandchildren that Jews have no legitimate reason to be here, and that now they’re here they spend their days cooking up nasty ideas about how to be cruel to Palestinians and destructive towards Islam, and eventually this is the result you’ll end up with.
And that is the heart of the matter. If you want further examples of the brainwashing which incites these children to murder, even at the very clear risk of sacrificing their own lives, look no further than Palestinian media and TV, as amply documented by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).
Palestinian society promotes and glorifies child martyrdom, the media publish stories of proud parents who approve of their children’s aims to become martyrs, violence is promoted for children via cartoons and TV – for example the famous (or notorious) sickening “martyrdom” of Farfour, a Mickey Mouse lookalike, on Palestinian TV:
When I hear about attacks like today’s, carried out by innocent-looking children who turn in an instant into murderous monsters, and when I read about the incitement and brainwashing that Palestinian children are subjected to almost from the beginning, I admit to feeling huge despair.
It’s bad enough when Hamas use children as human shields but in that case the children can be forgiven for they were not willing participants. But now we are seeing children being turned into vicious terrorists and I am at a loss – and I fear that our leaders are too.
After all, how are we to un-brainwash these children? How do we re-educate the next generation? I use the word “we” advisedly. We obviously cannot rely on the Palestinians.
I have no answers.
We can’t even rely on UNRWA which runs Palestinian schools and provides the teachers – who themselves promote terrorism on their own social media. Elder of Ziyon has recorded dozens of instances, for example:
The UNRWA teacher who posted a “stab the Jews” video on her Facebook page:
The teacher who posted vile inciting anti-Israel cartoons;
And the teacher who posted al-Aqsa incitement cartoons …
The nauseating list goes on and on.
It seems to me that the only way to bring an end to Palestinian violence is to re-educate the next generation, but that would entail Israel taking over the Palestinian educational system. And that would go down like a lead balloon in Palestinian society, in all international forums, particularly the UN, and even in Israeli society.
So what can we do? For starters, we should produce videos like the one below – just in case any passing terrorist is reading this blog and wants to know how to avoid Israeli brutality, here is a not so tongue-in-cheek video explaining it all:
I doubt it will make any difference but you’ve got to start somewhere.