In the Name of Allah

Paula R. Stern,

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Paula R. Stern
Paula R. Stern is CEO and founder of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company offering documentation services and training seminars. She made aliyah in 1993 when her oldest son was 6 years old. In March 2007, Elie entered the Artillery Division of the Israeli army and Paula began writing about her experiences as A Soldier"s Mother. The blog continues as Elie moved on to Reserve Duty, her second son, Shmuel served in Kfir and continues as her youngest son David now serves in Givati. She recently opened a publishing house, helping other authors fulfill their dream to publish. Links to the Author's blogs: * A Soldier"s MotherPaulaSays Israel Blogger...

This post was first submitted to The Times of Israel two days ago. A bit over four hours later, they responded with the following:

toi_editor said on June 30, 2015 at 1:51 pm
This post is not approved for publication as it breaches Times of Israel editorial guidelines against offensive speech.

Two days later, they have still not answered as to exactly what they find so offensive. Since they won't share it - I ask that you consider sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, and with your friends.

In the Name of Allah

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, Palestinians stoned a bus filled with children yesterday.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, a Palestinian woman approached a young Israeli woman and stabbed her in the neck. (Full disclosure, the young woman, aged 19 was wearing a uniform showing that she was serving her nation by protecting a holy site that is often attacked by neighboring Arabs with rocks, firebombs, etc.).

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, four Israeli young men on their way home from a soccer game in Jerusalem were attacked. One is fighting for his life, three others were also injured but expected to recover.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, dozens have been murdered in Tunis and Yemen.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, a man was beheaded in Paris, and the murdered took a selfie with the body to show his pride in his actions.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, an ambulance was attacked, the driver barely surviving at least 19 gunshots fired at, around, and into the vehicle which was thankfully not carrying a patient at the time.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, my son's yeshiva in Ramle was attacked at least three times last week.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, firebombs were thrown this morning at a Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem.

In the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful, Muslims around the world are showing neither graciousness nor mercy this holy month of Ramadan.

And what infuriates me most of all is two things.

The first is that no one is surprised. It's this way every Ramadan, I am told. Every Ramadan, I tell new immigrants to Israel who are shocked by the sudden spike in attacks, this is Ramadan.

The second is the absolute irony that during this same month, the Pope rushes to recognize a Palestinian state, where none exists, where there are no borders, no responsibility, no elections, nothing.

The United Nations rushes to condemn Israel, ignoring life saving measures we took during last year's Operation Protective Edge. Israel, who has never threatened to use nuclear weapons is betrayed by the Obama administration while the US negotiations with Iran and pushes for a deal that will almost secure their getting a bomb...which even without having, they have already threatened to use.

We saved lives by warning citizens in Gaza with leaflets, announcements, and text messages. All but ignoring these measures, the idiotic UN Human Rights report suggests that Hamas' threats to wipe out Tel Aviv constitute "warnings" and thus credit THEM and not us.

A flotilla sails right past Egypt, holder of the keys to one side of Gaza, demanding that Israel stop the blockade. And on the ship - cameras and cellular phones...that constitutes humanitarian aid?

In a world that has turned upside down and almost insane, can it be any wonder that Muslims are rushing to murder and main to honor the name of allah, the most gracious, the most merciful?

This morning, still angry and agonizing over the attack last night, enlightenment dawned. It isn't what I've been thinking - that the world simply hates us - as Israelis, as Jews. Clearly, the 27% hike in anti-Semitic attacks in New Jersey, 21% in the US in general, 23% in the Netherlands, with even worse numbers coming from several other European countries, has been misunderstood.

What changed it? I saw a Facebook post from my younger adopted son, who is vacationing in Italy. He wrote that he went to a concert in "a friggin ancient coliseum in Verona. Sickest two and a half hours of my life!!"

Sickest two and a half hours... now, my Chaim loves several things...he loves to travel, he loves the finer wines and beers (and loves how much I am so not a drinker), and he loves music. Not the kind of music I like, but music just the same. So sick here means good...Sort of like once bad meant bad and changed to good.

The Hebrew phrase, "chaval al ha'zman" used to mean something was a waste of time and now means it's amazing and really worth your time. Apparently, one of the highlights of a trip is to go to a concert that makes you sick!

So maybe it isn't the world that is so misunderstood but rather our interpretation. Maybe merciful doesn't really mean one who offers mercy and gracious doesn't mean kind and giving.

Perhaps the UN is not praising Hamas; and perhaps Islam recognizes that a god that gives honor to those who murder, behead, explode, shoot, stab and stone isn't really God at all.

Too much to contemplate when I am so filled with anger. I prefer using English as it was meant to be used. At least when I am tired and upset.

The UN is hypocritical and biased. Allah is neither merciful nor gracious. To stab a woman in the throat is barbaric; to behead a man is terrorism. To shoot at an ambulance is cruel; to shoot four young men is cowardly and criminal.

And, hopefully, the concert was awesome.

The names of the wounded for prayers are:

  • Chananya ben Shula   חנניה בן שולה
  • Shai ben Nili   שי בן נילי
  • Yair ben Shoshana   יאיר בן שושנה

Please God, send comfort and love to the family of Malachi Moshe ben Eliezer who was murdered. He is an angel now, as his name always implied. May he watch over his family and all of Israel.

Please God, watch over them, heal them, comfort their families as they sit beside their sons. May these young men be granted a full and speedy recovery and may those who have perpetrated all of the above attacks speedily and fully be brought to the Highest Judge of all.

May the God of Israel continue to show His mercy in these trying days of Ramadan.