The  ‘Palestinian Cause’ is a criminal enterprise

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

The narrative of the ‘Palestinian Cause’ suggests that Muslims kill Jews in Israel for, mostly, one reason. They’re ‘frustrated’ (Michael Jansen, “Palestinian violence fuelled by frustration”, Irish Times, November 21, 2014).

Many say they understand this ‘frustration’. But few agree what it is.

Some say it comes from a presumed on-going Israeli oppression (ibid). Some say it comes because of an unending string of broken US promises (Zack beauchamp, “It’s over”, Vox, January 22, 2015). US Secretary of State John Kerry believes it comes from Israeli ‘settlements’ (Lee Smith, “John Kerry Blames Israel For Palestinian Terror”, The Tablet, October 15, 2015).

Certainly, ‘Palestinians’ are ‘frustrated’ over the Temple Mount (Smith, ibid). But this ‘frustration’ provokes a peculiar response: because ‘Palestinians’ were ‘frustrated’, they committed 778 attacks against Jews in 34 days between September-October, 2015 (“By the numbers: 778 terror attacks since Rosh Hashanah”, Arutz Sheva, October 27, 2015).

How would you like your child to behave like that in response to ‘frustration’? Would you honour him? Would you ennoble him?

The ’Palestinian Cause’ identifies the Temple Mount as a central symbol of its statehood (“Q and A: is a new Palestinian intifada at hand?”, AFP, October 5, 2015). They claim their ‘Palestine’ cannot be born if the Temple Mount isn’t ‘free’.

To the ‘Palestinian’, the Temple Mount isn’t free. The Jews have it.

The argument is, since these Jews won’t give the Temple Mount to ‘Palestinians’, the ‘Palestinians’ are frustrated. As a result of that frustration, they resort to violence, killing sprees and rabid Jew-hate.

Can you blame them? John Kerry can’t (Daniel Greenfield, “'Frustrated' Muslims Can’t Stop Killing Jews… and Everyone Else”, FrontPageMag, October 19, 2015).

Wait a minute. Do you see what the ‘Palestinian Cause’ is doing here? It’s creating an extortion racket. It makes the creation of their Muslim state of ‘Palestine’ absolutely require that another religion (Judaism) must forfeit forever its religion’s center-piece. Furthermore, current terror attacks by ‘Palestinians’ make it crystal clear that, if that centrepiece is not forfeited, Muslims will kill.

John Kerry condones this?

If you’ve been raised in a Western culture, and maintain Western values, how can you support an extortion designed to deny another’s religion? Moreover, how would you react if your neighbour attempted to kill your children because you refused to give him a property you owned?

The ‘Palestinian’ message is simple. If the nations of the world want peace in this Region, they’d better start pressuring Israel. They’d better start making Israel give up its rights to Judaism’s holiest site on earth.

That’s not just ‘extortion’. It’s a crime.

The ‘Palestinian Cause’ asserts that if Jews walk on the Temple Mount, ‘Palestine’ cannot be born. That ‘frustrates’ them.

Do you know how Muslims have behaved when they’re frustrated? According to at least one opinion, they murder.

Essayist Greenfield (ibid) says followers of Islam have expressed their ‘frustration’ as murder around the world and across centuries (ibid). They’ve murdered because of ‘frustration’ in Israel, India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan (Greenfield, ibid). They’ve murdered because of ‘frustration’ in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries (Greenfield, ibid).

This isn’t to say that all Muslims do this. It does suggest, however, that Islamic followers have repeatedly over time gone on killing rampages in the name of Islam (ibid).

The ‘Palestinian Cause’ says that if Israel doesn’t accommodate ‘Palestinian’ frustration, Jews will be murdered. Then, when ‘Palestinians’ murder Jews, ‘Palestinian’ official behaviour suggests that Israel has no one but itself to blame for those murders.

That’s what John Kerry believes (Greenfield, ibid). It’s also what the US State Department believes (Adam Kredo, “[US] State Department Cracks Down on Israel Travel Amid Violence”, Washington Free Beacon, October 26, 2015).

The ‘Palestinian Cause’ is not a ‘movement’. It’s a criminal enterprise. Its main ‘representative’, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is no different from thugs in your city who demand property from you—or else.

A criminal enterprise is an organization that commits acts that can be characterized as ‘racketeering’. Racketeering is the act of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses. These offenses include activities known to be committed by members, followers or supporters of the Palestinian Authority: murder, kidnapping, arson, obstruction of justice, obstruction of law enforcement, filing false statements, abuse of children and unlawful receipt of public funds (“Organized Crime”, legaldictionary. com, no date).

The PA wants the Temple Mount for itself exclusively. Like thugs, it commits a criminal act by attempting to acquire the Temple Mount—the very heart of Judaism—through the use of threats and force (ibid). Like criminals, it unleashes a murderous rampage in Israel to demonstrate what will happen if Israel doesn’t pony up.

Like many other criminal enterprises, The PA uses violence. Like other criminal organizations, the PA uses murder, torture, assault, and terrorism to achieve its goals.

That’s how a criminal enterprise works. It’s how the Palestinian Authority works. That’s why the entire ‘Palestinian Cause’ is a criminal enterprise.

Why would you support a criminal enterprise?