Who finances those savage acts of terror? And why is this so poorly understood?
|King of the pile: Abdullah Barghouti.|
Protestors like these call this murderer of 67 people
a political prisoner. His monthly pay check from the PA is 400%
of the average salary of a Palestinian Arab civil servant [source]
As if it were not a sufficiently bitter experience to lose a greatly-loved daughter to a cold-blooded act of triumphal terrorist homicide, we and many other Israeli parents of murdered children or partners or parents or siblings have had to cope with an ongoing succession of stinging slaps to the face. Some have been delivered by the political leadership of the Palestinian Arabs. Others have come from much closer to home.
Explaining what this does to an ordinary family like ours has never come easily to us. We write and speak. We make more than average effort to be heard. At a succession of important junctures, we have felt it was terribly important to persuade people that something terrible was happening and needed to be stopped before it was too late, and we have spoken up. But as regular readers of these posts know, it is hard to do, and we have generally failed. We are not alone in this, but that makes it no easier to bear.
One of the exceptionally painful dimensions of the experience we share with thousands of other Israelis is thethrough-the-looking-glass manner in which the lives of Palestinian Arab prisoners are presented to the outside world. Out there, beyond Israel's borders but also incredibly within them, there is a legion of individuals and political groupings making passionate efforts to have the world buy a bogus argument that says the Palestinian Arab prisoners held by Israel's military and criminal justice system are freedom fighters, noble heroes, held behind bars for lowly political reasons.
This is not one of those posts in which we focus on the hateful evil which those men and women and the psychopathic society that spawned them in fact embody.
Instead, because of the publication of an important new book, we want to share what its author has written about how this sickening charade - in which savage killers of unarmed Israelis and Jews are acclaimed as heroes - works in the Palestinian Arab world. The following are verbatim quotes.
Black is an award-winning, New York Times investigative reporter, and a best-selling author. Among the best-known of his works: IBM and the Holocaust (2001). His newest book, "Financing the Flames: How Tax-Exempt and Public Money Fuel a Culture of Confrontation and Terrorism in Israel", is the source from which the article we just mentioned was drawn.
It seeks to shock Western readers into understanding how their personal pocket-books have been instrumental in funding horrifying acts of terror.
Black expands more articulately than we ever could on issues about which we nevertheless have written in our blog. Because we are deeply and personally invested in this explosive issue, we hope readers will help us get Black's message, and our own, out into the world. It is way past time that decent people understood better how their naivete and passivity are exploited.
Just four examples now from among many on our site: