Palestine's culture of hate is at root of the conflict

The horrific glorification of the Israel synagogue killers reminds us there is no real-world path to peace until the hatred is expunged from Palestinian culture. It has been there from the start, and there will be no end to this conflict until it is gone

by MidEast watcher on 5 December 2014 11:20

There are few more tragic sights to witness in this world than that of a mother mourning the loss of her children. There can be few more shocking sights to witness than that of a mother glorying in their deaths after they have committed mass murder.

Yet, that is what we have been witness to in recent weeks in relation to the appalling slaughter of five in and around an Israeli synagogue by Palestinian terrorists, and it tells you far more about the nature of the Israel-Palestine conflict than you will ever be informed of on mainstream Western media outlets such as the BBC and CNN.

Watchdog group, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) alerted an (uninterested) world this week to the blood-curdling spectacle of the mother of one of the terrorists (she is the aunt of the second terrorist) saying the following about the murderers:

"How beautiful is your Martyrdom.

You have placed a crown [upon my head]...

O Ghassan and Uday,  

who carried out the operation [i.e., murder of 5],

blessed be your hands and the tips of your fingers.

Blessed be the womb that bore you...

Yesterday [I gave] the most beautiful gift.

The Martyrs' blood was not spilled in vain. I am a Palestinian." **

Unfortunately, that is exactly what she is, for that is what the archetypal Palestinian has become. Obviously, there are many Palestinians who would be as appalled as the rest of us are at glorying in the slaughter of innocents.

Yet, it is the Palestinian mainstream that she represents. Why should we surprised by her remarks (unless we rely on mainstream media for our information about the conflict)?

The "moderate" Palestinian leadership led by Mahmoud Abbas routinely praises and incites terrorism, naming public squares after mass killers and welcoming murderers released from prison as heroes of the Palestinian nation.

You can blame Israel all you like for this or that error of judgment, for this or that tactical mistake. But the central problem that Israel faces is that Palestinian culture is saturated in hate for the Jewish people and their state.

We all want to believe that there are serious players on the Palestinian side who Israel can do business with. We've all had enough of conflict and senseless deaths.

But with the best will in the world, what is Israel supposed to do when it is faced with this reality? Ignore it? Pretend that it doesn't exist?

There is no real-world path to peace until the hatred is expunged from Palestinian culture. It has been there from the start, and there will be no end to this conflict until it is gone.

**[PMW sourced the quotation to Al-Hayat.com, Nov. 19, 2014]

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