Oct. 23, 2015
Blame “Desperation” – Rationalize Murder – Gilead Ini
As a wave of Palestinian violence continues, some Palestinian advocates and sympathetic journalists have promoted the narrative that the violence against Jews should be blamed on Jews. What underlies the “uprising,” New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren wrote, is “frustration and alienation.”
Palestinian author Sayed Kashua told NPR on Oct. 19, twice, that life is “not worth living” for Arabs in Jerusalem. Yet a 2015 poll found that Arabs in Jerusalem would prefer to be citizens of Israel rather than citizens of a future Palestinian state.
Kashua concluded: “It’s just a very slow, and a very good, ethnic cleansing. Unfortunately that’s the only words that I can use when I see the reality of Palestine and the reality of east Jerusalem.” In fact, the Arab population of Jerusalem has grown 330% since 1967 when Israel took over the eastern sector of the city, while the Jewish population grew 160%.
The root causes of the current violence cannot be understood without first understanding the Palestinian worldview. Even among Jerusalemites who indicated in the 2015 poll that they prefer Israeli citizenship, in that same poll, a majority of Jerusalem Arabs said that Jews have no right to any of Israel. A majority also agreed that “the struggle is not over and the resistance should continue until all of historic Palestine is liberated.” It is this same worldview that inspires fathers to teach their young children to “want to stab a Jew,” as a little girl said in a chilling video posted on Facebook. (CAMERA)