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A Wave of Terror in Jerusalem Inspired by Religious Fervor by The Elephant's Child


Sheikh Muhammad Salah “Abu Rajab” during a sermon at Al-Abrar Mosque on Friday directed his listeners to take kitchen knives and attack Jewish Israelis in groups and”cut them into body parts,” according to a video obtained by MEMRI.

Brothers, we must constantly remind the world and everyone who has forgotten … This is Gaza! This is the place of trenches and guns! This is the West Bank! This is the place of bombs and daggers!” Salah told his audience.

“Today, we realize why the [Jews] build walls. They do not do this to stop missiles, but to prevent the slitting of their throats.” A few minutes into the sermon, he began wielding a knife.

My brother in the West Bank: Stab! My brother in the West Bank: Stab the myths of the Talmud in their minds! My brother in the West Bank: Stab the myths about the temple in their hearts!” Salah said.

“You will get nothing in our land except for slaughtering or stabbing. Why? The world will say that we are terrorists, that we incite. Yes!” Salah shouted.

“‘Oh Prophet, sufficient for you and for whoever follows you of the believers is Allah. Oh Prophet of Allah, incite the believers to fight.’ Why? Oh America, oh Crusader aggressors, oh Arab Zionists, oh Zionists from among the criminal Jews: Are we aggressors? You have come of your own volition to be slaughtered on our land.”

He encouraged young Palestinian men to “form stabbing quads” and attack victims with “axes and butcher knives.”

The attacks have been spreading for two weeks. Individuals and whole groups on a bus are being attacked, police units are attacked and individuals anywhere.  Hamas killed a Jewish couple as they were driving with their four children in the northern West Bank. A Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israelis to death in Jerusalem’s Old City, also slashed a woman and a two year old boy. Several attacks  have been carried out by women.

A Palestinian terrorist drove his vehicle into a group of several people waiting at a bus stop. He got out of his car with a meat cleaver and began attacking the wounded and others with his implement.

The Israeli security cabinet has sent troops in to bolster police units in Israeli cities that have been stretched particularly thin, especially in Jerusalem. Raanana, an upscale suburb, had never before seen attacks, yet there were two this morning . Five Israelis were wounded, one seriously. Both attackers were residents of East Jerusalem.

The attackers are not frustrated with the peace process. What is reported is “Muslim religious fervor that is drenched in the fever of martyrdom and faith-based hate.”

The conventional narrative is about the sins of the “occupation” and Israel denying hope to the Palestinians, what we hear from them is a very different story. This is not a story of the failure of Israel to make enough concessions in negotiations to bring peace.

If Palestinians are engaged in an intifada that is, at its core, a religious war rather than a protest movement about Israeli policies or a desire for a Palestinian state, then everything that the Obama administration and even many of Israel’s American supporters think they know about the conflict is just plain wrong.

The president and his foreign policy team have been consistent in refusing to admit that there is any conflict with the form of Islam that has produced these enemies.

Pretending that those people that we are fighting have nothing to do with Islam is stupid. They may not represent all Muslims, but backers of ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other terror groups are not a tiny minority in the Middle East. In fact, though the number of active fighters is relatively small, those who sympathize with them make up a significant proportion of the Muslim population. The reason for that is that, although President Obama poses at times as an expert about what is and is not Islam, large numbers of Muslims disagree with his rulings on that question. …

Protests about land and negotiations can be met with diplomacy. Religious wars that seek to spill the blood of infidel Jews must be with decisive force, not talk. Those Americans who don’t understand this are part of Israel’s problems, not advocates for a viable solution.

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