Arabs do – and that is the symbol of the unbridgeable gap between us.
The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.
“If you want to destroy everything, do not save their legs”, professes Bazarov, the nihilist character of Turgenev. It seems a perfect description of the Palestinian Arab society, which sanctifies death and self immolation.
Palestinian children are not innocent, their parents are not, their political leaders are not. Their school teachers are not and their religious imams are not. Their street friends are not, their doctors are not.
Of the approximately 4,000 Palestinians currently in Israeli custody, 193 are children. According to a Shabak report, about 292 Palestinian children have been involved in terrorism, that just less than 8% of all Palestinians children, yes almost eight percent!!One of these youngsters made global headlines last week when the IDF arrested him in Hevron. Then the IDF’s legal adviser found that the Israel Defense Forces’ detention of a 5-year-old Palestinian boy in Hevron was a legitimate step in order to “thwart the threat posed by the activities of a minor”.
The Palestinian Arab children are not as innocent as the West would like to believe. 29 suicide attacks were carried out by youth under the age of 18 in 2000-2003, the bloody peak of the Second Intifada.
A compelling reason that PA Arab parents encourage their children to get involved is the financial incentive offered to families of terrorists. The PA furnishes a cash payment -$2,000 per child killed and $300 per child wounded. But it is more than money, it is ideology, culture, religion.