The tragedy in London has forced us to emerge at least temporarily from the usual cocoon of euphemisms and lies. Yes, it’s terrorism; yes, it’s Islamic; yes, it’s an illness against which it’s time to wake up because ISIS fighters eventually return to the home that has fed them, and there they become lone wolves, or they indoctrinate others before they do. This much we have understood in these days, as we can read in many European newspapers.
However, where the analysis becomes rather incomplete and therefore useless when it comes to fully understanding where terrorism was born and how it has evolved into becoming a global phenomenon. This terrorism of ramming cars against innocent pedestrians, of wielding knives and immediately soaking them with the blood of women and children… This has happened not only in all the towns mentioned by every television network that you respect, which has dedicated hours, rightly, to the attack in London, and in all the newspapers of which the list isn’t missing: Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Nice… But, alas, what is incredibly missing in these lists? It has happened again and again, and there it was even invented: it was in Jerusalem, but this name is missing, these slathers are missing, this innocent dead are missing in the lists of the places that claim solidarity against terror.
And this censorship is something really sick if you think that car-ramming attacks in Israel’s capital and other cities have been 55 since the start of this Intifada in September 2015, and171 stabbings, 620 overall. Did someone forget the last one, last December? It was against a group of soldiers, young men and women aged 18 on the sidewalk in front of the panorama of Jerusalem while they were on an excursion: the truck killed four soldiers and injured 20, driving back and forth over their bodies…
Was it a terrorist attack? Or not? And why doesn’t anyone mention the boys and girls killed with sympathy as the victims of the other attacks? Some claim that the attacks in Israel are not like those that occur elsewhere: they weren’t perpetrated by Islamists, but motivated by territorial demands. It’s not true.
Since before the partition the Palestinians have consistently rejected every territorial solution. They want to eliminate the “Jewish enemy” because he occupies land considered part of the “Islamic Ummah.” There’s nothing to negotiate: “Jews are dirty, profane and defile Jerusalem,” said Abu Mazen, although the lectio vulgaris suggests that there exists the possibility of an agreement, which nonetheless is rejected on every occasion.
As Arafat refused any agreement with Ehud Barak at Camp David, so too did Abu Mazen at Annapolis with Ehud Olmert. As for Hamas, their intent is genocidal as it is written in their “Charter,”. Terrorism against Jews is the textbook for all forms of world terror. The economic management that pays any family of a “martyr” a monthly pension shows its strategic genesis, the deep engrailment of terrorism in the Palestinian psychology of terror. It consists in bewildering, shaking the society at the basic foundation of civilized coexistence, and attempting to spread panic in order to defeat an enemy who is militarily stronger.
Contemporary terror is inspired by mass murder and suicide terrorism that sees life not as a value, but as a tool to use toward the holy death in the name of Allah: the path is atrocious us, 25killed in the attack to a school in Ma’alot (1974), the massacre of the athletes in Monaco (1972),the hijacking of many planes like that of Air France in 1976, and with the Entebbe follow up, the attacks at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport in 1973 and 1985, the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit and others, infants stabbed to death in their beds, the Second Intifada with almost 2000killed by suicide bombers, and now the attacks with trucks and kitchen knives… the list is very long, adding up to thousands of deaths and tens of thousands of people who have been wounded while terrorism grows, changes, adjusts itself… and Israel, in fact, has become the role model in the ability of to dealing with it. There’s no territorial claim that can be negotiated with these terrorists since Haj Amin al-Husseini.
Already in the 1930s, he opened the great school of international Islamist terrorism, which sought the annihilation and cancellation of the non-Muslim enemy. It excluded any negotiation with the latter (after the Israeli disengagement from Gaza Hamas immediately turned it into a base for launching missiles and attacks), while affiliating itself with terrorism and the totalitarian policies of persecution against women, homosexuals, and dissidents. It really makes one wonder whether even nowadays the world sees Jewish blood as less red than that of others. The Pope, the UN Secretary-General, along with European heads of state and journalists prove this with their cynical and ruthless attitude. It’s called anti-Semitism, my friends.
Translation by Amy K. Rosenthal
This article originally appeared in slightly different form in Italian in Il Giornale (March 24, 2017)