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Mohammed Abu Khdeir .

The problematic issues of the definition of “terror” and the standing of Arabs as equals in Israeli society came to a boil hours before Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims Tuesday because an Arab victim of Jewish murderers has been honored as a terror victim.

Three Jews disgusted and embarrassed virtually the entire People of Israel last year by burning to death 16-year-old Mohammed abu Khdeir, a Jerusalem Arab, in an act of revenge following the kidnap-murders of three yeshiva youth – Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach..


Legally, abu Khdeir is a victim of terror as defined by the Defense Ministry, which said that he was killed in a “hostile “action, and by the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi.)

The Almagor terror victims association is furious at abu Khdeir’s inclusion as a terror victim, insisting the revenge act was nothing less and nothing more than murder.

If the execution by fire of the eastern Jerusalem teenager was terror, there is no question he should be added to the list of terror victims, just as names of all victims of a terrorist attack on a bus or public square are added to the plaque, regardless of religion or ethnicity.

Like it not, Arabs and Jews have equal status, as stated in the Declaration of Independence. They have no obligation to fight in the IDF, but some do.

However, many more have turned against the country, and even some Arab Knesset Members routinely call for the end of Israel as a Jewish state and for the immigration of several million Arabs from foreign countries, where UNRWA keeps them penned as “refugees.”

It no longer is rare for an Arab with Israeli citizenship to act alone or in cooperation with Hamas and the Palestinian Authority to attack Jews simply because they are Jews.

There is no universal definition of the term.

The dictionary meaning of “terror” the “use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.”

Here is the FBI defines “international terrorism”:

[They are] acts that appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.

It has been trendy among the liberal media to call Israeli vandalism against Arabs as “price tag terrorism,” while almost every foreign and even some Israeli news outlets always refer to Hamas murders as “militants” and not “terrorists.”

Counter-terror expert Dr. Bruce Hoffman has succinctly stated the political overtones of the use of the word terror. In short, it all depends on whose ox is terrorizing and whose ox is being terrorized.

He has written:

Terrorism is a pejorative term. It is a word with intrinsically negative connotations that is generally applied to one’s enemies and opponents, or to those with whom one disagrees and would otherwise prefer to ignore…

Hence the decision to call someone or label some organization ‘terrorist’ becomes almost unavoidably subjective, depending largely on whether one sympathizes with or opposes the person/group/cause concerned.

If one identifies with the victim of the violence, for example, then the act is terrorism. If, however, one identifies with the perpetrator, the violent act is regarded in a more sympathetic, if not positive (or, at the worst, an ambivalent) light; and it is not terrorism.

Arab terrorists, or call them what you will, almost always have been members of an organization until recent years, when the phrase “lone terrorist” cropped up.

Jewish “terrorists” almost always have been lone rangers. Occasionally, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) exposes a cell, but there never has been any large-scale Jewish terror organization.



  1. Yes in some ways this is a good thing -it shows we have a moral.compass and denounce terror even if it was Jew vs Arab. Those men did a terrible thing to a young boy. The did they stop a would be terrorist ??? But still -he didn’t deserve to die that way. I think it speaks highly of our society !!

  2. That this courageous but totally appropriate decision was made to add his mane to the Victims of Terrorism Memorial has been commepted upon positively by Jews as well as non-Jews as, for lack of another expression, an indication of the maturity and sensitivity of at least part of Israeli society. . It is just counterintuitive to be a curmudgeon on this. Good men and women, wherevery they live, can and should add their comments, too!

  3. No, he’s a victim of murder, whose attackers have already been arrested and charged by the legal authorities of the civilised country they come from. A terrorist is someone who makes his own rules and says Islam is reason enough to back him up in committing his crimes, for which his people present no charge.


  5. He was assaulted for no other reason than his religion. We can’t say Muslims who burn people alive for their religious beliefs are terrorists and not hold people of other religious groups up to the same standard. The three Jews who killed him were committing an act of terror in that it was designed to send a message to other Muslim teens not to mess with the Jews or they will die, too. We expect that sort of behavior from the Muslims because that is what the Qur’an tells them to do, but the Torah and the Bible don’t.

  6. What was done to him was horrific, there is no doubt about that. But his murder was about revenge and rage, not terror. Technically, acts of terror are designed to instill fear, and this act doesn’t appear to have been of that nature. The people who did it were screwed up and saw it as a way to purge their rage and frustration. That’s not terror, it’s opportunism and disordered thinking.

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