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Children as Their Weapons

The Palestinians and their advocates rationalize the use of children in jihad.
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For years, apologists for the terrorism-addicted Palestinian Arab leadership have pretended to become offended at the very suggestion that something might be lacking in the quality of their humanity. Statements of the much-celebrated Dr Hanan Ashrawi, “legislator, activist, and scholar” and “protégé and later colleague and close friend of Edward Said” come to mind.

Back in 2003, the rather divisive Ashrawi said of the then-current “intifada” that it would continue “in different shapes, different forms,” including using children.

We are not fond of mass suicide, but we want the right to resist occupation and injustice. Then the moment we say ‘resist’, the Israelis pull out the word ‘terrorist’ – so a child with a stone becomes the ‘legitimate’ target for Israeli sniper fire and a high-velocity bullet” [source].

As though to pre-empt another unfair attempt by Israelis to “to pull out the word ‘terrorist’“, the award-winning Dr Ashrawi famously declared that

They’re telling us we have no feelings for our children. We’re not human beings, we’re not parents, we’re not mothers and fathers… Sometimes I don’t want to sink to the level of responding, of proving I’m human. I mean, even animals have feelings for their children.”

Dr Ashrawi’s much-quoted (and never repudiated) statement first appeared in an interview she gave to Bob Simon of “60 Minutes”. It was broadcast as part of an item called  “Children on the Front Lines,” on Oct. 24, 2000 and quoted in “The Use of Palestinian Children in the Al-Aqsa Intifada” (Justus Reid Weiner/JCPA), published a week later on November 1, 2000. Though the original CBS source is no longer online, it can be found online in this CBS article published in 2009. The intro says Dr Ashrawi had been “in the forefront of the peace movement for years” and that she considers the Israeli claims about allegations of parental inhumanity in Palestinian Arab society to be “the epitome of racism.”

We assume Dr. Ashrawi knows much, much more than we about racism. On the other hand, we know how to understand plain-speaking Palestinian Arab mothers when we see and hear them.

From the online video of the interview with Mrs Khalil Al-Hayya

Case in point: here is a prominent Palestinian Arab mother, the wife of a Hamas parliamentarian, who expressed her views clearly and unambiguously in an interview program on one of Hamas’s global television satellite channels five weeks ago.

She’s called Umm Osama in the broadcast. That’s not an actual name but a sort of nom-de-TV; it means Osama’s Mum. The interview is translated from the original Arabic to English courtesy of MEMRI whose mission is to provide invaluable access to things the Arab world routinely sees and hears but which very rarely come to the attention of the rest of us.

Umm Osama (actually Mrs Khalil Al-Hayya) speaks:

“Women in Palestine play a great role in raising their children and in encouraging them to wage jihad for the sake of Allah. This is absolutely the most glorious thing a woman can do. Women play their role and are not inferior to men. When a man goes to wage jihad, his wife does not say “Don’t go” or try to stop him. She encourages and supports him. She is the one who prepares his equipment, bids him farewell, and welcomes [his jihad]… She instills in her children the love of jihad and martyrdom for the sake of Allah. If every mother were to prevent her son from waging jihad for the sake of Allah, who would wage jihad? Who would support Palestine? Palestine is dear to us, and its price is paid with our body remains and our lifeblood… Is not Allah’s reward precious? Allah’s reward is Paradise. Paradise requires from us our blood, our body remains, and our efforts for its sake… Sister (addressing the interviewer), jihad is ordained for us. It is our duty to wage jihad, because either we wage jihad or…”
Interviewer: “We want to die as martyrs.”
Umm Osama: “Indeed we do. I am constantly praying: ‘Allah, make the end of our days be in martyrdom.’ I pray for this even for my husband and my children. None of us want to die in our beds. We pray that Allah will grant us Paradise.” [more]

The disclosure of the sickening moral values of the Al-Hayyas (the name resonates especially well for people who understand Hebrew) is far from new, even while it’s vociferously denied by the friends of the terrorists.

One of the most toxic and potent of the numerous iconic images invented by the friends of the terrorists – and one which bears directly on the willingness of Palestinian Arab society to celebrate, instead of to vomit up, mothers like Mrs Al-Hayya – is the focus of a long-running legal action. It comes back before a French court next week.

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About the Author: Frimet and Arnold Roth began writing and speaking publicly soon after the murder of their fifteen year-old daughter Malki Z"L in the Jerusalem Sbarro massacre, August 9, 2001 (Chaf Av, 5761). They have both been, and are, frequently interviewed for radio, television and the print media, including CNN, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Al-Jazeera, and others. Their blog This Ongoing War deals with the under-appreciated price of living in a society afflicted by terrorism which, they contend, means the entire world. Frimet is a native of Queens, NY while her husband was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. They brought their family to settle in Jerusalem in 1988. They co-founded the Malki Foundation in 2001 and are deeply involved in its work as volunteers. They can be reached at thisoingoingwar@gmail.com .


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