One interesting aspect of the Palestine-Israel conflict is how alike some of the more vitriolic commentary originating from the supporters of Israel is when compared to the output of the extremist ideologues that populate the Jihadist sphere. These ideologues’ views on Israel are well known. Their rather, shall we say, selective interpretation of the Qur’an and hadith are tailored in such a way as to justify not just attacking Israeli combatants but also civilians. Take for example the thoughts a senior ideologue of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s - Sulayman b. Nasir al-Ulwan and what he has decreed about the permissibility of attacking Israeli civilians. Bin Laden’s justification for attacking non-combatants is well known too.
Now how about this…
On some basic level, you forfeit your right to be called civilians when you freely elect members of a terrorist organization as statesmen, invite them to dinner with blood on their hands and allow them to set up shop in your living room as their base of operations. At that point you begin to look a lot more like conscripted soldiers than innocent civilians. And you have wittingly made yourself targets.
Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.”
And just today…
You probably have two questions now. First, why should Gaza’s residents suffer? Well, they are to blame for this situation just like Germany’s residents were to blame for electing Hitler as their leader and paid a heavy price for that, and rightfully so.
The only difference between these examples and the Jihadist rhetoric extorting similar attacks on civilians is that the former is not couched in religious trappings. Yet that doesn’t make it any less obscene. Also, it’s not hard to find justifications for such brutal violence against the Palestinians given the veneer of religious legitimacy.
That said, one further issue which has arisen with this most recent escalation of violence in Gaza is the issue of foreign fighters. There have been several recent articles looking at this phenomenon within the jewish community. The world is awash with literature examining the issue of foreign fighters from Muslim backgrounds and rightly so. Anything that motivates young men or women to leave their own countries and take up arms, should be examined. Questions should be asked. But for some people, asking it in relation to young Jewish boys and girls, is not something we should concern ourselves with.