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Palestinian Statehood Revisited

The mother of Amer Abu Aysha, one of the accused kidnapper/murderers of the Israeli teens, told Israel’s Channel 10 news: “If he did the kidnapping, I’ll be proud of him until my final day. I raised my children on the knees of the [Islamic] religion. They are religious guys, honest and clean-handed, and their goal is to bring the victory of Islam.”

In Palestinian society, attitudes such as this are commonplace.

For 20 years, Abbas and his colleagues in the PA have encouraged a toxic Palestinian culture that glorifies terror and terrorists, indoctrinates the Palestinians through a culture of hatred and violence against Israel and Jews, describes them as human scum, and seeks their annihilation. The Hamas Charter also makes it clear that the murder of Jews is not only defensible but necessary.

This message is communicated through nursery schools, universities, books, magazines, in their mosques, in summer camps, on television, radio and the Internet. Palestinians of all ages are taught that Jews have no right to live. In fact, they are encouraged to murder them and to view contributing to their death as their highest goal in life.

The results are predictable. Nearly 2,000 Israelis have been murdered in Palestinian terror attacks since the PA was established. Hostage taking – a recognized war crime – is presented as one of the highest achievements in Palestinian culture. This is why the overwhelming majority of Palestinians applauded and celebrated the kidnapping and subsequent murder of the three Israeli teens.

What kind of society names kindergartens, schools, summer camps, sports tournaments and other institutions after terrorists and uses young suicide bombers as pedagogic role models? In a particularly striking case, at the end of 2012, the Fatah Facebook page posted an image of Dalal Mughrabi, a female terrorist who participated in the deadliest attack in Israel’s history — the killing of 37 civilians in the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre. The image was posted with the declaration: ‘On this day in 1959 Martyr (Shahida) Dalal Mughrabi was born, hero of the ‘Martyr Kamal Adwan’ mission, bride of Jaffa and the gentle energizing force of Fatah.’

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