Posted by Orit Arfa
The Middle Eastern Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has assembled a shocking report on the indoctrination of Palestinian children in Gaza kindergartens, and how teachers inspire children to become jihad terrorists when they grow up.
An article on the website of the Al-Quds Brigades—founded as the military wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a designated U.S. terrorist organization—records that in their graduations ceremony, pre-schoolers dressed in uniforms of both “martyrs” and IDF soldiers to act out scenes of fighting the “Zionist” enemy. Click here to see the disturbing photos, which portray the kids performing military drills, holding a funeral for “martyrs,” and saluting the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.
The esteemed “educators” and adorable pre-schoolers are recorded saying things like:
A kindergarten teacher says that her aim is to raise the kids to be “jihad fighters and commanders who will defend the soil of Palestine and Jerusalem.”
“The culture of resistance has been instilled in the minds and hearts of the children of the Gaza Strip, who do not enjoy freedom like the other children in the world, due to the crimes that are perpetrated by the Zionists against them and the rest of the Palestinians, from 1948 until today….”
“[The children] have undertaken to carry on the legacy of their fathers who have been honored with martyrdom [and are now] in the highest levels [of Paradise], or who are hidden in the darkness of [Israeli] prisons.”
A boy named Hamza, son of a slain terrorist, dressed in an army uniform and bearing a wooden rifle, says, “When I grow up, I will [join] the ranks of the Islamic Jihad, and resist the Zionist enemy and fire rockets at him until I die as a martyr and join my father in Paradise…..When I grow up, I want to blow myself up among the Zionists on a bus and kill them in a martyrdom operation….(‘Indoctrination To Jihad And Resistance In Gaza Kindergartens,’ MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 4786, June 12, 2012.)
These are extraordinary examples of the culture of hatred and incitement to violence being fostered in Palestinian society, with little outcry among Muslims, or for that matter, Jews and humanitarians the world over. These are Nazi-like efforts to dehumanize the Jewish people. One must ask: who really bars the freedom of the Palestinian people—and their children? Teaching children their lives belong to a hateful cause they can barely understand, shoving guns in their hands, inspiring them towards suicide are such heinous crimes that I’m surprised there is so much silence. Then again, when one looks at the record of outcry before World War II, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised by the silence. As long as Palestinian children are raised this way, there is no chance for peace.
To learn more about the Islamic tradition of Jew-hatred as the real cause for failure to achieve peace in the Middle East, come to the talk the ZOA is hosting with author, blogger, and activist, Pamela Geller, on June 24, Sunday, 11 am at the Jewish Federation building on Wilshire. Click here for more information about the event.
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Posted by Orit Arfa
This month, 45 years ago, the Jewish people’s wildest dreams came true. Jews valiantly, independently and courageously defended themselves from an all too familiar threat of annihilation. They conquered, in a war of self-defense, the Sinai Peninsula; the Biblical heartland, Judea and Samaria; and, of course, the Temple Mount, the focal point of Jewish longing for centuries in the capital of Jerusalem, the city of peace.
But not long after, Israeli leaders and citizens began to doubt their moral and legal right to this incredible victory. Perhaps the dream was so great and awe-inspiring, that this formerly beaten-up, victimized people weren’t prepared for its realization, which would place them in a new position of independence, power, self-reliance and strength. Jews, after all, had never sought to realize this dream through the belligerency employed by their enemies.
Fortunately, there were also brave Jews who proudly seized the victory and began to rebuild the great, lost land—the “Atlantis” of ancient Israel—under international law and the sanction of successive Israeli governments (despite allegations to the contrary). Non-dreamers maligned these Zionist pioneers as messianic extremists as they lovingly built beautiful communities in a land Israelis liberated from the iron rule of Jordan, and also Egypt, bringing to the region commerce, education, sophisticated infrastructure, and civil society. Unlike their oppressors, Jews didn’t drive the “other”—Arabs—out, but shared their blessings.
Alas, the Jewish dream contradicted the pan-Arab, religiously and culturally inspired “dream” of a Middle East free of Jewish sovereignty. Despising the realization of Greater Israel, Arabs recast the formerly Jordanian and Egyptian Arabs into dispossessed “Palestinians” living under Israeli “Occupation.” It was an insidious ploy to kill the Jewish dream and bring Israel back to the suicidal pre-1967 borders. Dreams are never morally valid if, at their heart, they seek destruction and murder of another people. One only needs to read Palestinian textbooks to understand the “dream of Palestine” is an Arab state from the Jordan River to the sea.
No sooner did many Israelis backtrack from the 1967 victory, buying into the lie that the great Jewish dream was founded upon the backs of another “people’s” national aspirations. Afraid the Jewish state would crumble if it absorbed a size-able Arab population, it shied away from continuing to install civil rule over a people accustomed to despots. Instead of annexing the territory and creating a strong, democratic, inspiring super-power in the Middle East, Israeli leaders successively created the conditions to reverse its victory, thereby desecrating the sacrifice of the thousand Israelis who died fighting for Jerusalem. Essentially, the Two-State “Solution,” as it came to be called, only propped up a mini-terrorist entity and wrought more terror, fear, bloodshed as well as the de-legitimization of Jewish national aspirations.
Those who accuse the brave Jews of Judea and Samaria, and those expelled from Gaza, of being messianists are not entirely incorrect, but it is a high compliment when viewed through a rational prism. Isaiah’s messianic vision is one of true world peace, not a peace that involves the unfair trade of land for the cessation of violence; a tenuous cease-fire, at best; or a Jewish ghetto living alongside an Arab one. True peace would demand and ensure that Arabs reform their generations-long, religiously inspired hatred of Jews and instead accept, whether happily or not, proud Jewish dreamers living in their midst.
Should Israel hold onto the Temple Mount and its Biblical heartland, it would not only accept its own victory but give hope to dreamers worldwide—not to “dreamers” of negative values—hatred, murder, and dictatorship—but dreamers of the great virtues underlying the Hebrew bible: the sanctity of life, a government based on moral absolutes, and true freedom. Embracing the Jewish dream and relinquishing the fantasy of the Two-State “solution” would establish Jerusalem as the city of peace where belligerent nations turn their swords into plowshares.
Orit Arfa is the Executive Director of Zionist Organization of America, Western Region. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.