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Why Do They Slaughter their Victims?

Palestinian kindergarten children enacting a military operation.

Palestinian kindergarten children enacting a military operation.
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What is common to Daniel Perl, Nick Berg, a British soldier on London street, the Jews of Hebron in 1929 and the Fogel family in Itamar? They all were butchered. They were not simply stabbed to death, but were killed by an act designed to decapitate them or to cause fatal bleeding by severing their carotid artery. Another common denominator: all were slaughtered by Moslems. An endless list of Moslem girls and women can be added to them, those who were similarly slaughtered by their brothers, fathers or other relatives for “violating the family honor.” A question that arises automatically is where does this Moslem tendency to this kind of slaughter come from?

The answer is simple: Slaughter is a routine, widespread practice among many Moslem families. Many children see how their fathers slaughter sheep when celebrating an important event, and the whole family is present at the sacrificial slaughter during Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, when the slaughter is part of the holiday ritual.

In modern societies, the slaughter of animals for meat consumption takes place in slaughterhouses, far from the eyes of the public and children, who generally get their meat free of blood and hair and ready for cooking or eating. This sterile arrangement spares the public the sight of the slaughter, the blood and the accompanying cries. In the West, many of those who witnessed animal slaughter become vegetarian.

In many Islamic societies, slaughter generally occurs at home, in front of the children, and is part of the routine of life. They are immunized against the sight of slaughter, are not moved by the blood dripping from the animal’s neck and are not frightened by its snorts and struggles. In many cases, the children hold the legs of the lamb in order to immobilize it during slaughter; they sense very well its frantic reactions as the knife so painfully slices through its neck. The presence and participation of the children in the act of slaughter immunizes them emotionally against its influence; when they are older they perform the custom of sacrifice with their own hands and knives, and in front of their own children.

The emotional immunity to the act of slaughter allows a Moslem to utilize it whenever he feels he must employ radical methods to rid himself of someone. The slaughter of sheep during the Festival of Sacrifice is accompanied by the recitation of “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful”, and the butchering of girls who do not behave properly is conducted as a kind of execution ceremony. The slaughterer feels that he is doing something important and worthy, acting in a way to which he is inured since early childhood.

In western societies, slaughter seems barbaric, while members of Moslem societies view it as proper and commendable when carried out within the proper context. Therefore, slaughtering a Jew, a Christian or anyone seen as an enemy is not considered unusual in traditional Islamic societies. This is what professional jargon calls “a cultural difference.”

About the Author: Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.) Served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an expert on Israeli Arabs.


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16 Responses to “Why Do They Slaughter their Victims?”

  1. Menachem Rephun says:

    Holy crap

  2. So this is the PA version of the "Little Rascals"?
    Wars are raging all over the world today just as the Bible stated that they would in the end times. Africani and Korean tensions run high. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria looks like he may be willing to use weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against near by nations as well. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  3. Arkady Gershkovich says:

    So let me say this…I was a witness of ritual Kosher slaughter in former Soviet Union performed by Shoyhet on our property (no not a regular basis) but few times I got a pretty close look at it…not a pretty picture..at times I even cried…but did it make me a terrorist/butcher against the other religious denominations? No I did not and hope it never will! So I would like to point out to all, its not what you see..its how it is presented and interpreted to you….that is who you will become!

  4. This is ridiculous.

  5. Nmcva Mata says:

    Can you spam a x-tian press and not a JEWISH press, please?

  6. Nmcva Mata says:

    Geula, Aliyah, world without idolatory, thats our reality. No Idols!

  7. Nmcva Mata says:

    I recommend to read this to understand what is happening right now:

    http://geulamessages.blogspot.co.il/

  8. BUTCHERING AN ANIMAL IS NOT MURDER. THERE IS THE DIFFERENCE.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Tommy Robinson (EDL) speaks about Woolwich terrorist attack and the English – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7cmijwvpD4.

    Published on May 23, 2013 RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  10. Vasu Murti says:

    Jews and Christians are slaughtering animals, too! Vegetarian Jews and Vegetarian Christians are still a minority. The animal rights movement is secular and nonsectarian, and still courting the religious community for the inspiration, blessings and support of organized religion.

  11. Vasu Murti says:

    Please read Animal Liberation by Peter Singer, The Case for Animal Rights by Tom Regan, and other related animal rights literature before making such a statement.

  12. Dr.Mordechai Suggestion is Just simple and Crap Every Body has doing it As Ritual slaughter in Time where Slaughter House wasnot on concept since Aberham in the Bible has doing it to scarifies for His fate in front of His Beloved Kid , But His son wasn't Manslaughter but Kind and Humble, I believe This Muslim has Practiced Man Slaughtering from Their Koran as there are more than 99 pieces of **** declared Killings, in Contrary In Bible , The Ten Commandments which Law Govern Us says Don't Kill at All.

  13. we do not need to kill animals to survive, no matter how you look at it..if you're taking its life, it's still being murdered!

  14. Torah Israel says:

    Very good article.

  15. Torah Israel says:

    I never knew this.

  16. Dave Payton says:

    There is a problem with the premise. Up until the 1930s most Americans witnessed the slaughter of animals for food on farms. And yet during the various American wars form the French and Indian War onward it was very unusual for Americans to actually slaughter their enemies. Even the Nazis, in their killing of Jews during the War, did not slaughter the Jews. They just killed them. Muslims slaughter their victims because they are dictated to do so by the Koran. There is no point in making excuses for the dictates of a religion.

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