After the carnage yesterday in Jerusalem, which followed the carnage in Jerusalem last month, I am proposing we once and for all address the source of the inflammatory remarks which spur the violence against our citizens. In addition to the standard fare of insults, threats and subsequent violence that characterize our neighbors in the Palestinian areas governed by Fatah and Hamas—for they are one and the same—it is high time one person accepts that he is part of the problem and not the solution to peaceful co-existence. It is also time that he be held accountable for his crimes against Jews everywhere. He should no longer be involved in anything related to the governing of his people.

For someone whose “Master’s thesis” stated that the Holocaust was fictional and accused Zionists of being Nazis, anything that emanates from his mouth should be rightfully shunned. For someone to inflame the situation on the ground in Jerusalem by making up tales of “violating” holy sites and calling for a “jihad” against the Israeli police and military is incitement and it is illegal. It is one thing for a four-year-old child who commits acts that cause harm to others to not realize that they have done anything wrong and another thing entirely for someone approaching 80 years of age who intentionally commits wrongs and does it repeatedly, and what is worse, with impunity.

I believe it is high time that politicians who incite violence be held to account for their crimes. If insulting soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces with the “Nazi” slur is illegal, then why are the people who call IDF soldiers this perjorative not behind bars? If someone kills Israeli citizens and officers of the law in cold blood, then why are their families regaled with letters extolling the virtures of their murderous relatives? Hiding behind one’s political office should not be tolerated; in fact, it is because those individuals represent their people that they should be held to a higher standard, not a lower one.

There is a very good reason why there are laws in place against incitement. Often people with low mentalities heed those inflammatory words and act upon them. I am not discussing desperate people who have nothing and are starving in the streets–not that this would ever justify violence.  At least in that context, we would understand to some degree their frustration at a system which has left them behind.  What I am talking about are people who have homes and jobs and livelihoods who go out and commit acts of wanton terror regardless of their economic status. They deserve scorn and they deserve a jail cell. At least, this is how civilized people handle racist incitement masquerading as dissent.

Mahmoud Abbas, Hanin Zoabi, Recept Tayyip Erdogan, Hassan Nasrallah, Ali Khamenei and others of their ilk instigate terror. They have a hand in terror attacks and they hide behind their political or governmental positions to commit mayhem and murder. Why do people allow it to continue unanswered and unabated? Mahmoud Abbas isn’t even the legal representative of the Palestinian people since he has “extended” his presidency without any elections being held since 2009. Even Wikipedia doesn’t know what to call him since one of the images posted on his profile refers to Abbas as a “military commander.” If he truly is the “military commander” of the Palestinian people, then shouldn’t he be arrested and charged with war crimes against Israeli citizens just as any captured member of Islamic Jihad would be? Just because someone wears a business suit and not a military uniform does not absolve them of guilt for instigating acts of violence.  His hateful anti-Semitic smirk should be wiped off his face. Then we might have a chance to create a peaceful co-existence between our peoples.

About the Author
Rachel Grenadier was an olah from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2003 who returned to the United States in 2015. She really wanted to stay in Israel, but decided that having family members nearby was better for her health than a bunch of devoted, but crazed, Israeli friends who kept telling her hummous would cure her terminal heart condition. She has her B.A. and M.A. from George Mason University in Virginia and is the author of two books: the autobiographical "Israeli Men and Other Disasters" and "Kishon: The Story of Israel's Naval Commandoes and their Fight for Justice". She is now living in Virginia with her three Israeli psychologically-challenged cats and yet, denies being a "hoarder".