Palestinians Attack Their Supporters
by Daniel Pipes
Apr 15, 2011
updated Jan 21, 2014
Cross-posted from National Review Online: The Corner
Translations of this item:
A pattern exists in which Palestinians attack and even murder the foreign groupies and apologists who join them in their dream of eliminating Israel, or at least of building an independent Palestinian state.
In addition to the specific examples that follow, verbal and physical abuse of women, including rape, has emerged as an "ongoing and widespread" problem whenever Israeli and foreign females volunteer in the West Bank, as revealed in a mid-2010 series of articles in Ha'aretz, News1.co.il, and Zionism-Israel.com.
Comments: (1) These murders neatly sum up the frenzy and depravity within Palestinian society, surely the sickest on earth, what with its suicide factory, its celebration of terrorists, and its cult of death. (2) Consistent with this morbidity, it also devours its admirers.
For a complementary weblog entry, dealing with the same topic but concerning non-Palestinians in the region, see my "Middle East Extremists Attack Their Supporters." (April 15, 2011)
- Ziva Goldovsky, an 18-year-old Israeli "peace activist" was strangled and her body set on fire in August 1988 by a friend of her Palestinian boyfriend.
- Ian Sean Feinberg, 30, a South African who made aliyah and provided legal help to the Palestinians, was murdered in 1993 when attending a business meeting in Gaza; terrorists broke in, announced that they had "come to kill the Jew," and murdered him with gunshots and an axe.
- Angelo Frammartino, an Italian, was killed by stabbing in eastern Jerusalem in August 2006 by someone affiliated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
- Juliano Mer-Khamis, an Israeli citizen of mixed Jewish-Arab parentage, killed in early April 2011 in Jenin by persons unknown. Nov. 21, 2013 update: According to Adam Shatz, the author of a long piece on Mer-Khamis, "The investigation of Juliano's murder has been fruitless."
- Vittorio Arrigoni, another Italian, killed in recent days in Gaza by a Salafi group holding him hostage. Apr. 16, 2011 update: The New York Times story on the assassination of Arrigoni, by Fares Akram & Isabel Kershner and datelined Gaza, wrongly states that he "appears to be the first pro-Palestinian activist in memory to have been killed here by Palestinians." Apr. 15, 2012 update: The "Elder of Ziyon" blog notes that "the Fatah-leaning Palestine Press Agency and the independent Ma'an News Agency are reporting today that the group that killed Arrigoni was 'working for the occupation'," i.e., for Israel. Comment: Can the Palestinians not be honest about anything? Sep. 17, 2012 update: A Hamas court found four men guilty of Arrigoni's murder and imposed very slight sentences - two of 35 years, one of 10, one of 1 - suggesting that Hamas does not find his death all that disturbing. Feb. 19, 2013 update: The Los Angeles Times reports that a Hamas court reduced the life sentences of two of Arrigoni's killers, Mahmoud Salfiti and Tamer Husasna, to 15 years. That does not quite jibe with the ABC News report cited above from Sep. 17, 2012, but does it confirm the general point that Hamas is not too upset about the murder of its Italian groupie.
Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian would-be Palestinian.
The tattoo on Arrigoni's arm says "Resistance" in Arabic, the war-slogan of the Iranian regime.
- Three young Italian women of an anti-Israel disposition run for their lives in the West Bank to avoid rape by some of the Palestinian men they want to help in the opening of Claudia Radici's novel, Love Beyond the Fence (in Italian: Marina e Yaròn. E se una ragazza no global e un soldato israeliano...?). (May 25, 2013)
- Josef Antebi, a Dutch anti-Zionist haredi rabbi was assaulted in the Hague by a young man who "had relatively dark skin and didn't look very Dutch, or at least didn't look like his family has been living in Holland for centuries." Antebi could understand his attackers motives: "I'm not surprised he did what he did, it's human behavior. The one to blame is the Zionist state, which is doing a lot of bad things to people." (June 25, 2013)
- Daniel Seideman, an extreme anti-Zionist Israeli, was struck by a rock thrown at his car on Nov. 23 while driving through Sur Bahir, an Arab area of Jerusalem. The deep gash on the back of his head required stitches. Seideman wrote his conclusions from the incident on his Facebook page: "For me this changes nothing. … As long as the occupation exists, events like this will happen and no one is exempt from them." (November 25, 2013)
- Fifteen Israeli "peace activists" traveled to Ramallah on Jan. 8 for a "Ordinary People Make Peace" event with Palestinian counterparts. But then scores of violent protesters, screaming "Normalization is an act of treason" and other slogans, smashing windows, and trying to enter the meeting, forced its cancellation and the hasty exit of the Israelis under heavy police escort. (January 9, 2014) Jan. 21, 2014 update: Reflecting on this incident, Khaled Abu Toameh notes that the protesters "are acting against Israelis who openly support the Palestinian issue and are completely opposed to the policies of the current Israeli government. In other words, the Palestinians are "spitting in the face" of those Israelis who support their demands and are prepared to put their lives at risk by entering Ramallah to talk peace."
Related Topics: Palestinians
receive the latest by email: subscribe to daniel pipes' free mailing list
This text may be reposted or forwarded so long as it is presented as an integral whole with complete and accurate information provided about its author, date, place of publication, and original URL.
Comment on this item
See recent outstanding comments.