By the way, if you think the newly elected Hamas government is a source of concern, consider that this happened under the outgoing “modertate” Fatah government:
The outgoing Fatah regime in the Palestinian Authority voted on March 5th to grant honorary citizenship to Lebanese terrorist Samir Quntar who murdered a 4-year-old Israeli girl and her father.
According to a report from Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), Jordanian terrorist Sultan Al-Ajaluni also received honorary citizenship in the same vote. Both terrorists are serving life sentences in Israeli jails.
In 1979 in the coastal town of Nahariya, Lebanese terrorist Samir Quntar [pictured above] murdered Danny Haran and his four-year-old daughter, Einat. Danny’s daughter Yael, just two-years-old, suffocated to death while hiding in a crawl space with her mother. Quntar is serving multiple life sentences totaling 542 years in Israeli prison.
Smadar Haran, wife and mother of the murder victims, described the murder in the Washington Post in 2003:
“It was a murder of unimaginable crueltyâ€¦ It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband Danny and I had picnicked with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach. Around midnight â€¦ the terrorists burst into our building. Danny helped our neighbor climb into a crawl space above our bedroom; I went in behind her with Yael in my arms. Danny grabbed Einat and was dashing out the front door when the terrorists came crashing into our flat.
“I will never forget the joy and the hatred in the terrorists voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. â€¦ As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust. “This is just like what happened to my mother,” I thought. ..
“The terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, according to eyewitnesses, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl’s skull against a rock with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Quntar.”
Various organizations in the Palestinian Authority responded with applause to the announcement of granting honorary citizenship to the two terrorists.
“The Palestinian Liberation Front, through general secretariat member, Dr. Wasil Abu Yusuf, praised the government’s decisionâ€¦ to award the imprisoned fighters Samir Quntar and Sultan Al-Ajaluni honorary citizenship as an act of dedication to their struggle and their heroic suffering in the occupation’s prisons.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 8, 2006]
In an August 15th, 2004 TV broadcast, PA Minister of Prisoners, Hisham Abdul Razeq, defined Quntar as the leader of the prisoners: “The torch of freedom [that] was lifted by our heroic prisoners and headed by the great warrior Samir Quntar… our thanks to you.”
Oh yes — he is a “great warrior” because he can shoot and kill an unarmed man in front of his four-year-old daughter, and then kill the little girl by smashing her head against a rock.
How brave. I’m sure that little girl was really a threat to peace.
Of course, according to the Palestinian ideology, she actually is a threat, because if he didn’t kill her, she might have grown up and had babies, who might have grown up and fought in the Israeli army. According to the Palestinian ideology, even a 4-year-old girls is a “military target.”
But of course, everyone on the left in the U.S. and the E.U. will tell us that “both sides” are “equally responsible” for the problems over there, unless they tell you that Sharon is Hitler and Jews are Nazis. Even though no Israeli in history has ever attacked an unarmed, four-year-old Palestinian girl — much less been honored by the Israeli parliament for doing so!
Then again: These are the same people who encourage their own girls to commit suicide attacks to kill “Zionistsâ€:
The Hamas-run web site promoting suicide terrorism to children has been updated with a new illustrated story glorifying a young girlâ€™s suicide attack on the â€œZionists.â€
“One day while Suad was walking, she heard a voice from the trees. She turned and saw three men planting land-mines on the road leading to the Zionist camp.
“Suad kept on walking. After a while, she saw a car with some Zionists and an idea popped into her mind. She walked to the officer who was in the car, and told him: â€˜I’ll lead you to Palestinian Fida’yon (literally: self sacrificing fighters) in return for food, because I am hungry.â€™
“On the way, Suad got ready to carry out her plan. She decided to cause the car to ride over the land-mines, so that all of the soldiers would die.
“Suad sat next to the driver, to direct him, and she led him to the land-mines. Then the [car] blew-up and all of the soldiers were killed. As for Suad, well she became a Shahida (Martyr for Allah) on the grass, while smiling, because she died as a Shahida for Palestine.”
[Al-Fateh - Hamas Website, March 15, 2006].
It is no surprise that Palestinians who glorify the death of their own little girls will make a hero out of those who kill our little girls.