Op-Ed: Jihad Cheers While Mothers Weep
Ari LiebermanThe writer is an attorney and former prosecutor who writes on Israel military matters
On April 16, some Palestinian Arabs in Gaza cheered. They reportedly danced in the streets and handed out candy and sweets to motorists and pedestrians alike. They were not celebrating the inauguration of a new school or the completion of a hospital. Instead, they were celebrating death.
On April 16, some of the Palestinian Arabs of Gaza celebrated the Boston marathon atrocity. While our first responders were picking up severed limbs and tending to the wounded, these Palestinian Arabs, members of Hamas and Hizbullah, reveled in Boston’s misery.
That reaction to the horrific events in Boston was unsurprising. After the 9-11 attacks that killed 3,000 people, the Palestinian Arab response was quite similar. Old women were seen shrieking in jubilation while children passed out sweets and men cheered approvingly.
These are Israel’s so-called “peace partners.” These are the people who are demanding that Israel relinquish all the land liberated during the Six-Day War of 1967. And these are the people who want to establish a twenty-third dysfunctional Arab state called “Palestine” alongside Israel’s most vulnerable and populated areas.
April 17, 2013 marks the seventh anniversary of the Rosh Ha'ir suicide bombing in Tel-Aviv that claimed the lives of 11 civilians including Florida resident, 16-year-old Daniel Wultz. Then as now, civilians were targeted and murdered simply because they were there. Then as now, those who prepared the bombs made sure to pack them with an assortment of shrapnel to inflict maximum bloodletting.
And then as now, some Palestinian Arabs cheered as they witnessed mothers looking for their missing children and men unable to get up off the floor because of severed limbs. An Islamist jihadist culture – a culture that revels in death and destruction – encourages this type of aberrant reaction to the sufferings of others.
The Boston massacre and Rosh Ha’ir Arab homicide attack underscore the fact that the U.S. and Israel are inexorably bound by shared moral values and principles and it is precisely these principles – those which extol freedom and democracy – that infuriate our enemies. The Arab world, deeply suspicious, distrustful, misogynistic and xenophobic, is mired in hatred of the West. Judging by their deviant reaction to the killing of innocents in Boston, New York and Tel-Aviv, that hatred is palpable.
It is time for those in the West who sanctimoniously clamor for the creation of a Palestinian state, to take a closer look at the people they are advocating for. People who cheer when civilians are butchered deserve their own asylum, not statehood.