Op-Ed: The Malaysian Flight Co-Pilot Knew the Quran by Heart
Trooper Amy BarathThe writer is a retired NYS Trooper presently working with therapy dogs
“It was a Purim Plan” she contends.
My grandmother believes that everything is about Israel.
She enlightened me about the heritage of John Kerry, which you can read about here. She also voted for Anthony Weiner when he was running for Mayor of New York City because amid all the hoopla (her word) she was confident that he was the best choice for Israel.
This time there is an airplane missing and she is certain that the reason it is missing has everything to do with Israel; a failed Purim Plan, she claims.
She believes the plane was hijacked and the hijackers planned for it to crash into a site in Israel.
Perhaps she used deductive reasoning to arrive at this conclusion?
In the year 2000, the Kuala Lumpur al-Qaeda Summit was held in Malaysia. Its purpose was to plan future attacks, which included the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
In May of 2013, two Malaysians, one a biochemist and former Army Captain, were arrested in Kuala Lumpur for inciting terrorist acts. This former Army Captain, Yazid Suffat, had previously been imprisoned on suspicion of being a part of the Jemaah Islamiah militant network. He was also suspected of providing lodging for two of the September 11 hijackers as well as providing money and references to September 11 co- conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.
MH370 disappeared from flight radar on March 8, 2014. Purim began the evening of March 15, 2014.
If the disappearance of flight MH370 is linked to Purim, it wouldn’t be the first time Haman’s anti-Semitism appeared in recent history.
Adolph Hitler banned the observance of Purim in Germany. Ten Jews were hanged in Zdunska Wola, Poland on Purim of 1942, to "avenge" the hanging of Haman’s ten sons.
Many Nazi attacks against Jews occurred on Purim, including Purim eve of 1943, where over 100 Jewish doctors and their families were shot by Nazis in Czestochowa, Poland. The day after Purim in 1943, Jewish doctors were taken and shot in Szydlowiec, Poland, a town which boasted a majority Jewish population and the hometown of Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchok Rabinowicz, known as the Yid Hakodosh ("The Holy Jew").
Several months ago an Iranian video surfaced, showing a plane crashing kamikaze-style into Tel Aviv.
Following the disappearance of flight MH370, Israel immediately put new security measures into effect.
Perhaps my grandmother depended on some of the above information to form her opinion of what happened to flight MH370?
My grandmother has her own method—she hears between the lines.
She was staring at the television set when she declared what had definitively happened to MH370.
As a matter of fact, she was puzzled that nobody else saw and heard what she had seen and heard.
It was shortly before Shabbat on March 28, 2014. My grandmother was watching CNN.
Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman, the former managing director and chief executive officer had some telling words to say about the Malaysian airlines captain and co-captain of flight MA370.
“…he was an excellent pilot and a gentleman,” he said of Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah.
When describing the co-pilot, Fariq Abdul Hamid, Mr. Raman said, “his father knew the Quran by heart and he (Fariq) also knew the Quran by heart.”
From those statements my grandmother concluded the following:
“You see, that plane was going to crash in Israel. Raman just said so.”
“That’s actually not what I heard him say,” I replied.
“That’s because you listen and look but you do not see,” she said.
We lit the Shabbos candles.