Many try to define the recent
wave of terror attacks as "not Islam". That would demand classifying the
Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Shabab, Boko Haram,
Al Qaida, Taliban, ISIS and the Ayatollahs as "not Islam". Almost all
the terror attacks have been accompanied by shouts of "Allah Akhbar".
One could say that there is a difference between "moderate" Islam and
"extremist" Islam. That is a legitimate discussion. There are certainly
different streams within Christianity and Judaism. Some would say that
moderate Islam is the "real" Islam with the extremists as a perversion;
others would say just the opposite, that the extremists are the "real"
Islam with the moderates a watered-down version.
In any case, a moderate Muslim community is necessary in most situations
in order for the extremist elements to take root. The pattern is
Moderate Islamic community, then
Extremist Islamic indoctrination, then
Terrorism must be preceded by extremist indoctrination; extremist
indoctrination must be preceded by a moderate community.
Some moderate Muslims fiercely oppose Islamic radicalism. Let's call
Some moderate Muslims openly favor Islamic radicalism. Let's call
Many moderates are being used and abused by Islamic radicalism.
Let's call them Victims.
All three types of moderates, Adversaries, Advocates and Victims, whether
they mean to or not, will end up being manipulated by the radicals;
unless strong educational, legal and security measures are taken.
The measures against terror must be the same for groups from any
background. There are a few small Jewish groups in Israel that advocate
terror activity; they must be and are treated as illegal by the Israeli
government. Any group advocating terror is criminal. However, were we to
count all the terrorist activity from Buddhist, Hindu, Christian or
Jewish groups in the last ten years, I doubt we would arrive at 1% of
what is perpetrated by Islamic extremists.
Some have said that the problem with the terror attacks is the lack of
gun control. Gun control may be a factor, but if that were the
root of the problem, then the Twin Towers attack would have been a
problem of pilot licensing; and the current wave of knife attacks
and beheadings would be a problem of kitchen utensils.
A video clip filmed during a recent Jerusalem attack, showing two teenage
girls trying to become Shaheed-martyrs, highlights the dilemma for
security forces. The policy is simple: an attacker should be killed only
when representing a threat to other lives. The application of that rule
can be complicated.
In Israel we have terrorist attacks every single day. Last week there was
an attack 100 meters from our grandchildren's kindergarten; then
within one hour at the highway junction leading to one of our
children's homes. The girls mentioned in the video above had just
moments before they stabbed an innocent Arab man in the neck. One of the
two was killed and the other only injured before being taken into
Many videos show seemingly normal people, including women and teenagers,
pulling out knives suddenly and stabbing security guards without any
immediate provocation. The point of the video about the young girls was
that they had only one goal: to become martyrs. In another recent
incident, a terrorist killed three people and then was captured alive.
He wept because he had failed to cause himself to be killed as a martyr.
Therewas no remorse for murder; just remorse that he didn't
achieve Jihad paradise!
A common theme behind all Jihad and terror activity is the hatred of
Israel. It may well be that the California attack was prompted by the
arguments of a Christian "Messianic Jew" who defended both his faith in
Yeshua (Jesus) as Messiah and his support of the nation of Israel. If so,
he was the real martyr.
This article was previously published on 11Dec15
on the Revive Israel website
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This article was previously published on 25Dec15
on the Revive Israel website