When I was a kid in Pittsburgh, there was a local newscaster who signed off his broadcasts with the advice: “Go to church on Sunday. You’ll feel good all week long.”
Turns out members of the Palestinian Al-Ahrar movement in Gaza, a pro-Hamas group that split from Fatah, have their own variation of that message. It goes: “Praise be to you, our Lord. You have made our killing of the Jews an act of worship, through which we come closer to you.” Granted, it’s not nearly as pithy, but the message is crystal clear.
This charming dictate from the religion of peace was delivered on Al-Aqsa TV on November 3, 2011. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has a transcript of excerpts from the speech, originally in Arabic, which is reproduced below (h/t Weasel Zippers):
Allah’s prayers upon you, our beloved Prophet [Muhammad]. You have made your teachings into constitutions for us—the light with which we dissipate the darkness of the occupation, and the fire with which we harvest the skulls of the Jews.
Yes, our beloved brothers, even though the entire world moves closer to Allah through fasting, through hunger, and through tears, we are a people that moves closer to Allah through blood, through body parts, and through martyrs.
Oh sons of Palestine, oh sons of the Gaza Strip, oh mujahideen—wage Jihad, wreak destruction, blow up and harvest the heads of the Zionists. Words are useless by now. The lie of peace is gone. Only weapons are of any use—the path of [recently killed] Yousuf and Ali, the path of martyrdom and Jihad. Only our wounds talk on our behalf. We speak nothing but the language of struggle, of Jihad, or rockets, of bombs, of cannons and of martyrdom-seekers. This is the language in which we talk and negotiate with the Zionist enemy.
We say to the Zionists: Like a bad seed, we shall uproot you from our land, so that it can blossom in the light of the everlasting sun of our Jihad, and of our invincible religion. Jerusalem is not yours—get out of it! Haifa is not yours—get out of it! Tel Aviv is not yours—get out of it! Oh Zionists, get out before we expel you. these are the words of the mujahideen.
Last September, President Obama told the U.N. General Assembly:
I am convinced that there is no short cut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades….
Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians who must live side by side. Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians—not us—who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them….
Obviously, the president was mistaken. One of the two sides has a solution to the conflict that is not only simple but final.
by Howard Portney for Hot Air