Arafat Is Headmaster
For Suicide Bombers
3/27/02 New York Daily Editorial
September 11th awakened Americans to the anti-American vitriol in the state-controlled media of such apparently friendly states as Egypt and Saudi Arabia. We are just beginning to understand how a daily diet of hatred found its most perfect expression in the slaughter of Sept.11th.
We have failed, however, to see how a similar campaign of hate has laid the groundwork for the orgy of murder-suicide the Palestinians are now engaged in. A mother appears on videotape proudly sending her 18-year-old to his death just so he can kill as many Jews as possible.
This is unprecedented. Before the Oslo peace accords of 1993, suicide bombing was almost unheard of among Palestinians. The advent of suicide bombing coincides precisely with the era of Israeli conciliation and attempts at peacemaking. It is precisely in the context of the most accommodating, most conciliatory, most dovish Israeli policy in history that the suicide bombings took hold.
It takes an unspeakable hatred for people to send their children to commit Columbine-like murder-suicide. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat taught it. His television, his newspapers, his clerics have inculcated an anti-Semitism unmatched in virulence since Nazi Germany.
When U.S. peace negotiator Dennis Ross stepped down last year, he acknowledged, to his credit, that a major error of diplomacy in the Clinton years was turning a diplomatic blind eye to the poisonous incitement in Palestinian media. Just as terror mastermind Osama Bin Laden spent the 1990s in preparation for murder, Arafat raised an entire generation schooled in hatred of the "Judeo-Nazis."
This indoctrination consists of the rawest incitement to murder, as in this sermon by Arafat-appointed and Arafat-funded Ahmad Abu Halabiya broadcast live on official Palestinian Authority television early in the Intifada. The subject is "the Jews." (Note: not the Israelis, but the Jews.) "They must be butchered and killed, as Allah the Almighty said: 'Fight them: Allah will torture them at your hands.' ... Have no mercy on the Jews. ... Wherever you meet them, kill them."
The rationale for such murderous behavior is taught not just in Palestine, but throughout the Arab world. On March 10, an article in the Saudi newspaper al-Riyadh described in rich detail how the Jews ritually slaughter Christian and Muslim children to use their blood in their holiday foods. It explained that for one holiday (Purim), the Jew must kill an adolescent, but for Passover, the victim must be 10 years or younger.
A precondition for peace is to prepare your people for peace. Egypt's Anwar Sadat did that after signing his peace treaty with Israel. The Israelis did that after signing Oslo. They changed their textbooks and altered their civic culture to recognize and accept the Palestinians.But while Israeli leaders, both political and intellectual, were preparing their people for peace, Arafat was preparing his people for war. And he has succeeded.
We now see its fruits in the streets of Jerusalem, where the blood from the latest suicide bombings graces the floors of surrounding buildings.
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