Monday, May 05, 2014

5-May-14: The making of a martyr: it takes more than a village

Source: YouTube
"The funeral of the remains of the martyr who gave his soul for the struggle of a nation that strives for freedom" (that's a direct quote) received significant coverage on the government-controlled official Palestinian Authority news outlet, PA Television, this past Wednesday, April 30, 2014. 

It was a gala event, a celebration, a triumphal flag-waving, incitement-to-fresh-murder-filled festive tribute to the uplifting power of murdering your enemy's children in cold blood by means of a weapon of mass destruction. 

If this is what you think about when the subject is a funeral, then you might be living in a society that embraces terror, terrorists and the bombing of fast-food places.

The savagery celebrated by the whooping Palestinian Arab crowd cost 15 human lives, 8 of them children, all of them Jews. One was our daughter Malki, 15.

The ceremony and the events leading up to it received wide media coverage in the Arabic-speaking world

We found brief video extracts [UPDATE: YouTube has removed some of these] here and here as well as an official Hamas-authorized video "invitation" here to encourage people to attend. Longer videos of the live coverage are here [from which the screen shot above was taken] and here with notably solemn and respectful interviews of the dead man's family here.

More photographs from a large collection are at the bottom of this post.

The event itself was made possible by Israel's incomprehensible handing over last week of the decomposed remains of Izz Al-Din Al-Masri. He was the human bomb whose explosion caused a massacre in the center of Jerusalem on August 9, 2001.

The woman who set up the massacre and selected the site - the Sbarro pizzeria at the corner of Jaffa Road and King George Avenue in the commercial heart of Jerusalem - has gone on record proudly asserting that she sought a target where she and the human bomb could murder a large number of (a) religious Jews and (b) religious Jewish children. (A sixteenth victim, a young mother, has been left in a comatose state for more than a dozen years.)

Wednesday's funeral celebration took place in the northern Samarian town of Tubas. Personages representing both the Mahmoud Abbas-controlled PA and the Hamas terror organization took part. A PA National Security Forces military vehicle provided transport for the human bomb's remains. The PA military adorned the funeral procession, and the PA-appointed governor of Tubas, Rabih Al-Khandaqji, took part and eulogized al-Masri and his barbarism. So did the PA-appointed mayor of the human bomb's town.

Palestinian Media Watch, an indispensable source for anyone wanting to know what the Palestinian Arabs hear from their leaders when they think no one else is listening, this afternoon published a summary of the media coverage.

Some key statements:
  • “The popular gathering around the blood of Izz Al-Din Al-Masri is an honest and true expression of our people’s yearning for national unity and unity of action.” [Jamal Abu Ara, the mayor of Aqqaba, a village where the human bomb had lived]
  • “The flags of the political parties were raised at this national wedding...” [Government-controlled PATV reporter] [Wedding, according to PMW's analysts, is a reference to the disintegrated body being united with his 72 heavenly virgins.]
  • The "victorious" "martyr" "has returned to make those who loved him happy, just as he made them happy on the day he carried out his operation 13 years ago... [that] gave the Zionists a taste of humiliation" [Hamas-controlled Al-Aqsa TV News]
  • "The citizens expressed their pride in Izz Al-Din's heroism, along with the thousands who gathered to accompany him on his final journey, and they did not forget all those who played a role in this operation." [Hamas-controlled Al-Aqsa TV News]
  • "Congratulations, my son, on your Martyrdom, praise Allah. You obtained what you sought, praise Allah..." [Mrs al-Masri, the human bomb's mother]
  • "I salute Ahlam Tamimi who brought Izz Al-Din to his battlefield (she was released in the Shalit transaction despite having been sentenced to 16 life terms and lives today free as a bird in Jordan); I salute Qais Adwan (responsible for 77 acts of murder); I salute Abdullah Barghouti (maker of the Sbarro bomb apparatus; now serving 67 life sentences); I salute Ahmed Al-Ja'abari (a blood-drenched Hamas chief; his homicidal career ended in explosive circumstances in 2012); I salute Muhammad Deif (another blood-drenched Hamas chief and arch terrorist), and first and foremost, I salute prisoner Jamal Abu Al-Hija (now serving 9 life sentences for multiple murders)." [Hamas leader Ahmad Nimr Abu Ara on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV]
  • "Our Martyrs are not [mere] numbers in the occupation's cemeteries, but heroes who watered the pure land of Palestine with their blood..." [from the supposedly secular PA governor of Tubas Rabih Al-Khandaqji]
Photos from various Palestinian Arab online publications show that the dominant visual effect of the grand celebration was the color green. In their culture, green means Islamism and Hamas. Hamas flags were everywhere, and bear in mind that this is the heartland of the PA-controlled West Bank.

As an aside: 

Back in August 2001, starting just a day or two after the Sbarro massacre, al-Masri's father was 'marketed' to both the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corp as a lover of peace and as a worthy interview subject. We know this because both the ABC and the BBC approached us, astoundingly asking that we take part in double-headed interviews: on one side, the freshly-bereaved father of a child blown up just a few days earlier by a human bomb; on the other, the parent of the human bomb himself. 

We declined both invitations with considerable puzzlement and anger. We soon had cause (as we wrote here) to wonder what kind of soul-less reporter thinks that sort of proposal is moral and professional. Are you reading this, Tim Palmer?

The al-Masri funeral received significant coverage in the Arabic media. But it got virtually none in the mainstream news channels of the non-Arabic-speaking world. The fact that most of our readers don't know about it does not mean it has negligible significance.

Quite the contrary: if you look at depressing reports like today's PMW article about official Hamas TV running programs that persuade little children to become gunmen and killers ["Hamas to kids: Shoot all the Jews"], you see that making al-Masri a martyr and a figure to emulate is part of a deeply dismaying, ongoing strategy that continues to drag Palestinian Arab society - along with those who give such pathological forms of education their passive or active support - down into the gutter of human society and history

Strong words? What else to call a process in which the leadership of an entire society - Abbas and his PA; Hamas; the Palestinian Islamic Jihad - seeks to turn its pre-teen children into human bombs?

1 comment:

Richard-Rafael Joachim said...

Dear Arnold and Frimat,
My wife and I were so saddened to read of your beautiful daughter's murder and so angry about the media treatment of you. The ABC couldn't care less about compassion, they follow or create a story about tragic circumstances and try to blame the victims as they have in your case. You are helping people to understand what Israel and Jewish people are going through at all times. We only wish we could help. all I've done is make a complaint to the Press Council concerning the pro-Palestine and anti-Jewish bias of the stations reporting.
we are an older couple who live in Cairns and are blessed with 5 adult children and 10 grandchildren none of whom live in Australia. If you ever want a break and come to Oz our home is yours. Yes we are Jewish but this is not written by a Jew to a Jew but from one parent to another.
Your strength is amazing, G-D Bless you and yours,
Richard-Rafael & Jennifer-Ruth Joachim