now, it has become clear that our young Palestinian men and women have learned a
lot from the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.
"intifada" that some Palestinians are now waging
against Israel should be seen in the context of the wider jihad that
is being waged by the Islamic State, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda
against the "infidels, Zionists, apostates, Crusaders" and against
tactics employed by Palestinian youths over the past two weeks show that they
are doing their utmost to copy the crimes and atrocities committed by the
Islamic State in Syria, Iraq, Libya and other Arab countries.
the Islamic State is not physically present in the West Bank or Jerusalem
(largely thanks to the efforts of the Israel Defense Forces and other Israeli
security agencies), there is no denying that its spirit and ideology are
hovering over the heads of many of our young men and women.
of stabbings of Jews in Israel and the West Bank is an attempt
to imitate Islamic State terrorists who have been using knives to behead many
Muslims and non-Muslims during the past two years.
the Islamic State, many of the Palestinian terrorists who recently stabbed Jews
saw themselves as jihadis acting in the name of Allah, the Quran and the Prophet
Mohammed. This was evident by the Palestinian terrorists' cries of "Allahu
Akbar!" ["Allah is Greater!"] as they pounced on their victims.
Our young men and women must have been watching too many videos of Islamic State
jihadis shouting "Allahu Akbar!" as they beheaded or burned their
stabbing attacks that were carried out in the past two weeks were actually
attempts to slit the throats of Jews, regardless of their age and gender. In
most instances, the terrorists were aiming for the upper part of the body,
focusing on the victims' throats and necks. The Palestinian terrorists are now
trying to replace Islamic State jihadis as the chief "butchers" of
human beings in the Middle East. For now, they seem to be partially successful
in their mission.
young men and women have learned from the Islamic State not only the practice of
stabbing the "infidels," but also how to destroy religious sites. On
Thursday night, scores of Palestinians attacked and torched
Joseph's Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus, in scenes
reminiscent of the Islamic State's destruction of ancient and holy sites in
Syria and Iraq.
shrine was set on fire for no reason other than that it is revered as the tomb
of a Jewish biblical figure. This is a site frequented by Jewish worshippers,
although it is under the control of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its
security forces in Nablus. It is worth noting that agreements signed between
Israel and the Palestinians guarantee access for Jewish worshippers to Joseph's
Tomb, and there were assurances to the Israelis that the PA could be trusted to
safeguard the site.
the Palestinians did to Joseph's Tomb is no different from what the Islamic
State and other terrorist groups have been doing to holy sites and
archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq. The Palestinians who attacked Joseph's
Tomb were obviously influenced by the crimes of the Islamic State against
religious and ancient sites.
is still not clear is why the Palestinian Authority security forces, which
maintain a tight grip on Nablus, did nothing to prevent the arson attack.
can our leaders in Ramallah accuse
Jews of "contaminating" the Aqsa Mosque with their
"filthy feet" at a time when our youths burn a religious site such as
is not the only Jewish holy site that has been targeted by Palestinians in
recent years. While our leaders are screaming day and night about Jews
"invading" and "desecrating" the Aqsa Mosque, Palestinians
from Bethlehem have been throwing stones, petrol bombs and explosive devices at
Rachel's Tomb near the city. This has been going on for several
years now, in an attempt to kill Jewish worshippers and the Israeli soldiers
guarding Rachel's Tomb.
attacks on Joseph's and Rachel's Tombs in Nablus and Bethlehem are part of a
Palestinian-Islamic campaign to destroy Jewish holy sites and deny any Jewish
link to the land. The attacks are an attempt to rewrite history so that Jews
will not be able to claim any religious ties to the land. This is exactly what
the Islamic State is doing these days in Syria and Iraq: "erasing history that
lets us to learn from the past."
terror campaign that we have been waging against Israel in the past few weeks
shows that the Islamic State and Islamic fundamentalism and fascism have invaded
the minds and hearts of many of our young men and women. We have turned the
conflict with Israel into a jihadi war, the goal of which is to slaughter Jews,
erase their history and expel them from this part of the world. This is not an
intifada. This is brutal killing spree targeting Jews of all ages, including a
13-year-old boy, a 72-year-old woman and a 78-year-old man.
Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian leaders are lying
to us -- and the rest of the world -- when they describe the
stabbing attacks against Jews as a "peaceful popular resistance." This
is not a struggle against "occupation" or a wall or a checkpoint. It
is time to recognize that this is an Islamic State-inspired jihad to slaughter
as many Jews as possible and wipe Israel off the face of the earth. When and if
the Islamic State is finally eliminated or disappears, the Palestinians will
emerge as the successors of one of the most brutal and murderous Islamic gangs
that has surfaced in modern history.