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    Abbas Refers to Deadly Terrorist’s “Pure Soul”

    Abbas Refers to Deadly Terrorist’s “Pure Soul”

    Mideast Media Sampler 7-21-2013

    No peace, No justice

    A decade ago Ahmed Jubarah walked out of jail a free man. Twenty eight years after he killed 13 people and wounded dozens more detonating an explosive laden refrigerator on a crowded Jerusalem street, Israel released Jubarah and others in order to restart peace talks with the Palestinians in 2003.

    The New York Times reported in 2003, Palestinian Bomber, Freed After 28 Years, Talks of Peace:

    “We are not murderers. We are not criminals. We are people who seek peace and freedom,” Mr. Jubarah, 68, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner, said.

    He was freed as an Israeli good-will gesture on the eve of a summit meeting in neighboring Jordan that will include Israeli and Palestinian leaders, as well as President Bush. …

    Israel freed nearly 100 prisoners today and has been slightly easing punitive measures imposed on the Palestinians. The other detainees released today were arrested in the period since the fighting began in September 2000, and most had been held without charges, according to Israeli officials.

    Notice the way this is framed. Israeli efforts to defend its citizens is termed “punitive” not “defensive.” Worse than that, Jubarah’s first mention of peace is included with a lie about his causing death and destruction nearly thirty years earlier. Of course he was a criminal and murderer. Denying it doesn’t make him any less culpable. But to have his use of the “peace” in this context characterized as “[t]alk[ing] of peace” denudes the word “peace” of any meaning.

    (A few weeks later, the New York Times profiled Jubarah again, with a nearly identically titled, Arab Bomber, Freed After 27 Years, Longs for Peace but Has No Regrets. One theme that’s common in both articles is a sense that the reporters consider it more significant that Jubarah was a “prisoner,” than that he was a mass murderer.)

    If reporters showed an implicit grudging respect to Jubarah, after he died early last week, others, notably Mahmoud Abbas, were quite explicit in their praise for the deceased terrorist.

    The presidential eulogy stated: ‘His pure soul passed on to the kingdom of Heaven during these blessed days in this honored month [Ramadan] after a journey of struggle full of exceptional giving and devoted activity for Palestine and for the freedom and honor of our people.’

    The President said in the eulogy: ‘With the death of this fighter, Palestine and its people have lost a righteous son and loyal fighter, devoted wholeheartedly to protecting our people’s rights. He dedicated most of his life to this people’s independence and paid with many years of his life in the occupation’s prisons so that the dawn of freedom will break over the pure land of Palestine.’

    Even as Secretary of State John Kerry has been working furiously to restart the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians – in part by calling for a prisoner release – the honor accorded Ahmed Jubarah shows that prisoner releases do more to excuse terror than they do to promote peace.


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    GrumpyOne | July 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    All of these accommodations simply delay the inevitable. It’s simply kicking the can down the street hoping something will come of it when the outcome has already been determined and that outcome will bear nothing positive.

    The diplomatic two step doesn’t succeed when the players are not honest especially when one of them is a habitual liar. The mediates such as Kerry only complicate things as they have nothing substantial or positive to contribute.

    The only resolution here is one of utterly total domination…

      mzk in reply to GrumpyOne. | July 22, 2013 at 5:56 am

      Let’s compare it to the Zimmerman trial. The race-baiters won; one guy was fired, one guy was demoted, one couple’s life was destroyed. Oh, and one guy was re-elected.

      So here, the terrorists get a few murderers released, to encourage the next set.

      Evil wins, no matter what.

    Alex Bensky | July 22, 2013 at 7:32 am

    If releasing several hundred terrorists didn’t do the trick, and another thousand for Gil Shalit also didn’t do it, the solution is obvious–more Israeli prisoner releases, more Israeli concessions, more Israeli confidence building measures.

    Besides, all this about the “pure soul” of a mass murderers and all…just that colorful Arab rhetoric. If it were not for Israeli intransigence they’d be talking peace right now.

    Olinser | July 22, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.

    If Palestinians put down their weapons there would be no more war.

    If Israelis put down their weapons there would be no more Israel.

    It gets more and more pathetic every time a President or Secretary of State goes over there and tries to ‘make peace’. (That applies to both Democrats AND Republicans).

    Palestinians don’t want peace. They want Israel gone.

    Phillep Harding | July 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    So far as I am concerned, Islam is a satanic type religion.

    Christopher Stasheff had a few things to say about evil, and how it is ultimately self defeating as it relies on the good and the productive (basically evil is parasitic) for it’s existence.

    Eh, well. Evil cannot destroy itself until after it has destroyed good. This does not make me feel better, for some reason.

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