A Society Mired in Psychosis

The Jerusalem Media and Communication Center (JMCC), a Palestinian Arab polling and media group, just released the results of their latest poll taken among the Palestinian Arab population. Like any good poll, it merely shows statistical answers to questions; the conclusions are left to be drawn by others. And if one reads the latest poll released by the JMCC, it is abundantly clear that Palestinia

Beth Goodtree,

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The Jerusalem Media and Communication Center (JMCC), a Palestinian Arab polling and media group, just released the results of their latest poll taken among the Palestinian Arab population. Like any good poll, it merely shows statistical answers to questions; the conclusions are left to be drawn by others. And if one reads the latest poll released by the JMCC, it is abundantly clear that Palestinian Arab society suffers from psychotic thinking most closely resembling schizophrenia.

Before you see the poll results that lead to the above conclusion, a few definitions are in order. According to The World Book Online, the term ?psychosis? is defined thus: "...a term used to describe a severe mental illness.... The most common psychosis is schizophrenia." Meanwhile, the same reference defines schizophrenia as "... a splitting of the mind. It refers to the characteristic schizophrenic behavior of withdrawing from reality and thinking in illogical, confused patterns."

The JMCC poll questioned the Arab Palestinians in several areas of interest, including what they thought of the ?Roadmap?, the Intifada, suicide bombings, and what result they wanted to see come of their latest actions and behaviors.

Here are some of the poll?s results, which show a duality of thinking comparable to schizophrenia plaguing the Palestinian Arab thought processes:

In the Introduction on the JMCC ?Latest Poll? page, one of the points made is, "Most Palestinians believe in achieving their national goals through both negotiations and armed struggle..."

Here is the proof of illogical and even delusional thinking. The ?Roadmap? clearly states, as does Israel, that there will be no negotiations or progress as long as there is what the Palestinian Arabs call ?armed struggle? and what the civilized world terms terrorism. Even Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir, in his infamous speech recently, stated, "For well over half a century we have fought over Palestine. What have we achieved? Nothing. We are worse off than before. If we had paused to think then we could have devised a plan, a strategy that can win us final victory."

The JMCC poll clearly shows that Palestinian Arabs believe that meaningful negotiations can exist alongside ?armed struggle?, despite concrete and continuing evidence to the contrary.

Results of the same poll stated that 75 percent of the Palestinian Arab population endorsed the October 3rd suicide/genocide bombing in the Maxim restaurant in Haifa, in which 21 Israeli men, women and children were murdered.

Further proof of this is the following statement from that poll: "The majority of Palestinians believe military operations (including suicide bombings) against Israeli targets (including Israeli civilians) are a suitable response to Israeli occupation within the current political situation. Most Palestinians support military operations both inside Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory."

?Suitable response? implies that a certain behavior will generate a certain outcome. Time and again, without fail, the outcome of Palestinian aggression has been loss of political ground, as well as economic, territorial and human losses. Yet, unlike any thinking and reasoning creatures, they illogically continue along the same self-destructive path. Even lab rats in a maze learn that if they touch an electrified portion of said maze, they must alter their path. Illogical and confused thinking, unchanged by repeated negative results, fits the aforementioned definition of the psychosis of schizophrenia.

However, this societal schizophrenia did not develop overnight, or in a vacuum. It took years and years, over an entire generation, to become a full-blown psychosis. It was not merely nurtured, but force-fed to an entire society, through disinformation, outright lies, and unrelenting propaganda from cradle to grave. The main proponents of this mass psychosis have been not merely Yasser Arafat, but the entire Arab/Muslim world.

When one hears in their places of worship, on television, and in their schools such confabulations as Jews use Arab children?s blood to make food, and Jews are the descendants of apes and pigs, one?s whole view of reality becomes not merely distorted but delusional. And according to the definition of a psychosis, delusional thinking is a key symptom.

When one is taught to revere and aspire to committing mass murder of non-combatants as a way to achieve holiness, that person is doomed to become psychotic within a larger society that views mass murder (as opposed to fighting and/or killing military personnel in a legitimate war) as either evil or evidence of mental defect.

Yet, in spite of this mass indoctrination of the Palestinian Arab society with a distorted view of reality, it might still have emerged mentally sound if not for the behavioral reinforcement of merely the Arab/Muslim world, but also the UN, America and Israel. The UN, as well as varying administrations in both countries have repeatedly failed to punish bad behavior in a consistent manner. At various times, both governments have rewarded such bad behavior as suicide/genocide bombings with concessions like prisoner releases shortly afterwards. Such inconsistent behavioral reinforcement is a key cause of mental illness.

Left alone, the prognosis for the Palestinian Arab society is poor. Their delusions will only get worse and their prospects for their own country will diminish in proportion to said delusions along with the accompanying behavior. What is needed is not some other ?peace process? but a total re-indoctrination of a generation of people. They must unlearn the lies they have been raised on and must be taught what is acceptable and healthy behavior. Then, and only then, can talk of peace be fruitful.





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