John R. Houk
© November 21, 2014
On Tuesday November 18, 2014 a couple Muslim Arabs that call themselves Palestinians entered a Synagogue in Jerusalem murdering FOUR Rabbis and wounding a Police Officer (Druze by faith) he died shortly after the attack.
Two Palestinian cousins wielding axes, meat cleavers and guns turned morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue into a bloodbath …The terrorists, screaming, “Allahu akbar” — God is great — stormed the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Har Nof just before 7 a.m., attacking roughly two dozen prayer-shawl-clad worshippers.
The Rabbis had dual Israel citizenship – 3 USA and 1 UK:
Moshe Twersky, 59
Rabbi Moshe Twersky, the dean of an Israeli religious school who was murdered by terrorists while praying at a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday, grew up in Boston, the descendant of one of the most prominent rabbinical families in the United States.“All religions have first families. This is like a Kennedy for the Jewish community. This is royalty,” said Professor Jonathan Sarna, professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University and chief historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. (Rabbi Moshe Twersky, murdered in terror attack in Jerusalem, was scion of prominent Boston rabbinical family; By Shira Schoenberg; MassLive.com; 11/18/14 3:45 PM – Updated 11/19/14 8:08 PM)
Arieh (Aryeh) Kopinsky, 43
Rabbi Aryeh Kopinsky HY”D, 43, was a US citizen. He was a regular at the minyan where the attack occurred. The family has known tragedy as Rav Aryeh’s 13-year-old daughter, Chaya Chana was niftar 3 years ago in her sleep. Rav Aryeh was known as a man of chessed and ran a gemach. He was known to never refuse anyone seeking assistance in any form, always seeking ways to assist others. His oldest son learns in Yeshiva Gaon Yaakov in Bnei Brak, headed by Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita. (Terror Victims US, British Citizens; By Yeshiva World News [as found at Jerusalem Post – JEREMY SHARON and TOVAH LAZAROFF ]; ColLIVE.com; 11/18/14)
Calman Levine, 55
Rabbi Kalman Ze’ev Levine HY”D, 55, was born in the United States. After getting married he devoted his time to kollel in Har Nof. Relatives describe him as one who was always happy and upbeat. He was makpid to be mesamayach chosson and kallah when he attended weddings. His family was dear to his heart and he made a point of participating in all family events. (Ibid.)Growing up in Kansas City, Levine was known as Cary Levine, a 1976 graduate of Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy in Overland Park.…“He was very, very special,” Edelman said of Levine, a father of nine children and grandfather to five. “He was just a gentle soul with a kind heart.”Levine studied the Talmud and Torah at the University of Southern California before leaving for Israel in his 20s. Part of his life’s work was putting Orthodox Judaism in a positive light. (Two rabbis killed in Jerusalem attack have Kansas City ties; By ERIC ADLER; Kansas City Star; 11/18/14 12:09 PM – Updated 10:49 PM)
Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, 68
The man, who has been named as Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, came from Golders Green in north London. He died when two Palestinians armed with axes and a handgun burst inside a synagogue in the Har Nof area of West Jerusalem. …… Goldberg … is believed to have worked as a publisher in London before emigrating to Israel in the early 1990s. He is understood to leave a wife and six children along with grandchildren. (Jerusalem axe attack: Briton among four killed; By Robert Tait and David Blair; The Telegraph; 11/18/14 1:32PM GMT)“Avraham prayed there most days for the last ten years or so, he was a devout Jew with no political agenda. All he wanted was to live a peaceful life. His family are the nicest people you could meet. They had lots of children and several grandchildren.” (SYNAGOGUE SLAUGHTER: British-born rabbi and grandfather among Jerusalem shul dead; JewishNews.co.uk; 11/18/14)
These Arabs who insist on calling themselves Palestinians and playing the global victims as if they were a people who actually suffered persecution for over two millennia – or for that matter – even existed with the name Palestinian people prior to the 1960s are ABSOLUTELY undeserving of nationhood. These people support Muslim organizations whose raison d’être is not only to destroy Israel but to kill Jews.
Jewish persecution – if one begins with the twelve sons of Jacob/Israel – has been going on for about three millennia (See HERE and HERE). When the British Mandate for Palestine was created after WWI in 1922 a significant amount of the Arab population were immigrants (See HERE and HERE) looking for jobs created by returning Jews with European-Western know-how who began to immigrate to the area even when the Ottomans governed.
When an Arab believing he is a Palestinian tells you his (bogus) people have occupied the Holy Land area for over a 1000 years (or perhaps longer since Muslims foolishly believe the Old Testament Prophets were really Muslims) they are either overtly lying or completely deceived by their own propaganda.
AND yet our very own American President Barack Hussein Obama tells Israel to respond to crazy murdering Muslims with calm restraint EVEN THOUGH the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians went dancing and celebrating in their streets at the butchery of Jewish Rabbis praying in a Synagogue. How in the World do we Americans put up with a President and elected officials that call for calm from an Israeli government that knows full well the Muslim terrorists will kill and terrorizes Jews over and over and over again and again and again?
Published by MEMRITVVideosPublished: Nov 19, 2014On November 18, 2014, Al-Jadeed TV reported on celebrations in the streets of the Gaza Strip and the refugee camps in Lebanon, following the terror attack carried out earlier that day in a Jerusalem synagogue. People distributed sweets in the streets, raised axes, knives, and pictures of the two perpetrators, and praised the “heroic” and “high-profile operation.”
TruthRevolt.org provides an accurate description of the MEMRI video above.
I don’t care how politically incorrect this next statement sounds: I believe it is time for a good old fashion population transfer of the Jew-Hating Arabs calling themselves Palestinians to other Jew-Hating Arab nations.
That is a much better paradigm than the Radical Muslim agenda of allowing Arabs that call themselves Palestinians to perpetuate their design of destroying Israel and killing Jews.
In the mean time you really need to read Caroline Glick’s essay on the slaughter of Rabbis which inspired my thoughts (I am uncertain if Carolyn Glick would agree with my conclusion – at least not openly).
Responding to the slaughter
By Caroline Glick
November 20, 2014
What we are seeing in Jerusalem today is not simply Palestinian terrorism. It is Islamic jihad. No one likes to admit it. The television reporters insist that this is the worst possible scenario because there is no way to placate it. There is no way to reason with it.
So what else is new?
The horrible truth is that all of the anti-Jewish slaughters perpetrated by our Arab neighbors have been motivated to greater or lesser degrees by Islamic Jew-hatred. The only difference between the past hundred years and now is that today our appeasement-oriented elite is finding it harder to pretend away the obvious fact that we cannot placate our enemies.
No “provocation” by Jews drove two Jerusalem Arabs to pick up meat cleavers and a rifle and slaughter rabbis in worship like sheep and then mutilate their bodies.
No “frustration” with a “lack of progress” in the “peace process,” can motivate people to run over Jewish babies or attempt to assassinate a Jewish civil rights activist.
The reason that these terrorists have decided to kill Jews is that they take offense at the fact that in Israel, Jews are free. They take offense because all their lives they have been taught that Jews should live at their mercy, or die by their sword.
They do so because they believe, as former Jordanian MP Ya’qub Qarash said on Palestinian television last week, that Christians and Muslims should work together to forbid the presence of Jews in “Palestine” and guarantee that “not a single Jew will remain in Jerusalem.”
Our neighbors are taught that Muhammad, the founder of Islam, signed the treaty of Hudaybiyah in 628 as a ploy to buy time during which he would change the balance of power between his army and the Jews of Kuraish. And 10 years later, once his army gained the upper hand, he annihilated the Jews.
Throughout the 130-year history of modern Zionism, Islamic Jew-hatred has been restrained by two forces: the desire of many Arabs to live at peace with their Jewish neighbors; and the ability of Israeli authorities and before them, British authorities, to deter the local Arab Muslims from attacking.
The monopoly on Arab Muslim leadership has always belonged to the intolerant bigots. Support for coexistence has always been the choice of individuals.
Haj Amin el-Husseini’s first act as the founder of the Palestinian Arab identity was to translate The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and serialize them in the local press.
During the Arab jihad of 1936-1939, Husseini’s gangs of murderers killed more Arabs than the British did. He targeted those who sought peaceful coexistence with the Jews.
His successor Yasser Arafat followed his example.
During the 1988-1991 Palestinian uprising, the PLO killed more Palestinians than the IDF did. Like Husseini, Arafat targeted Palestinians who worked with Israel.
Since Israel imprudently embraced Arafat and the PLO in 1993 and permitted them to govern the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and exert direct influence and coercive power over the Arabs of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority’s governing institutions have used all the tools at their disposal to silence those who support peaceful coexistence with Israel, and indoctrinate the general public in Islamic and racial Jew-hatred.
Much has been made of the recent spike in incitement of violence by Palestinian leaders led by Arafat’s successor Mahmoud Abbas. But the flames Abbas and his comrades are throwing would not cause such conflagrations if they hadn’t already indoctrinated their audience to desire the destruction of the Jews.
You cannot solicit murder among those who haven’t been taught that committing murder is an act of heroism.
Today Israel must take swift, effective action to stop the slaughter. The damage that has been done to the psyches of the Arabs of Jerusalem and their brethren in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, cannot be repaired in a timeline relevant to the task of preventing the next massacre.
This means that for the time being, on the tactical level, Israel’s only play is strengthening its deterrence.
Israel faces two major constraints in meeting this challenge.
First, the European Union and the Obama administration, as well as the US foreign policy elite, are obsessively committed to a policy of empowering the Palestinians against Israel.
The Spanish parliament’s decision to go ahead with its planned vote to recognize the “State of Palestine,” just hours after the massacre at the Bnei Torah Kehillat Yaakov synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood shows that the EU’s dedication to strengthening the Palestinians against Israel is entirely unrelated to events on the ground.
They don’t care who the Palestinians are or what they do. For their own reasons they have made supporting the Palestinians at Israel’s expense their top foreign policy priority.
Similarly, US President Barack Obama couldn’t contain his compulsion to pressure Israel even in his statement condemning the massacre. Even there, Obama called on Israelis and Palestinians equally to restrain themselves.
Obama’s unabated hostility toward Israel was brought to bear on Tuesday afternoon when the State Department restated its rejection of Jewish property rights in Jerusalem and its desire to see the homes of terrorist murderers left intact for the welfare of their terror-supporting families.
On Tuesday, Israel’s social media outlets were filled with angry rebukes of Western media outlets from CNN to MSNBC to CBS, to the BBC. All these networks, and many others, did everything in their power to explain away the synagogue slaughter as just another instance of a cycle of violence. That is, they all sought to frame the discussion in a way that would lead their viewers to the conclusion that the slaughter of praying rabbis was justified.
While appalling, the coverage was not the least surprising. The Western elite media’s devotion to their false narrative of Israeli culpability for all the problems in the region is absolute. Networks would rather wreck their professional reputations than tell the truth.
Together with the EU, the American policy elite and the Obama administration, the media place Israel’s leaders in a bind. Every step they take to defend the country and protect the rights of Jews meets with automatic and libelous condemnation.
The other impediment Israel faces in deterring anti-Jewish violence against its citizenry is its own weakness. Since the inception of the phony peace process, Israel has continuously rewarded the Palestinians for their murderous violence against its citizenry.
From Israel’s transfer of control over all the Palestinian population centers in Judea and Samaria, to its forcible expulsion of its own people from Gaza, to its repeated releases of terrorists from prison, to its continued transfer of hundreds of millions of shekels in tax revenues to the PA, Israel has showed the Palestinians at every turn that far from being punished for murdering Jews, they will be rewarded for doing so.
Given the US and European support for the Palestinians, Israeli declarations that there will be no future releases of terrorists have no credibility. If terrorists aren’t killed on the spot, they can assume that they will eventually be released; if not in exchange for an Israeli hostage, Israel will release them in an attempt to placate the White House.
But even with these constraints on its actions, Israel can take steps to deter its hate-filled enemies from attacking.
Since the current campaign of murder is being carried out by terrorists largely acting on their own accord, the measures Israel adopts to stop the attacks should be directed primarily against individual terrorists. As for action against the PA, it needs to be credible, consistent and directed to where it will hurt Palestinian leaders the most: their wallets.
With regard to the individual terrorists, the government has made much of its intention to destroy the homes of terrorists. While it sounds good, there is limited evidence of the effectiveness of this punitive measure, which is a relic of the British Mandate.
Rather than destroy their homes, Israel should adopt the US anti-narcotics policy of asset seizure.
All assets directly or indirectly tied to terrorists, including their homes and any other structure where they planned their crimes, and all remittances to them, should be seized and transferred to their victims, to do with what they will.
If Israel hands over the homes of the synagogue butchers to the 24 orphans of Rabbi Moshe Twersky, Rabbi Kalman Levine, Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky and Rabbi Avraham Goldberg, not only will justice be served. The children’s inheritance of the homes of their fathers’ killers will send a clear and demoralizing message to other would-be killers.
Not only will their atrocities fail to remove the Jews from Israel. Every terrorist will contribute to the Zionist project by donating his home to the Jewish settlement enterprise.
Just as Israel has repeatedly buckled under US pressure to release terrorists from jail, so it has bowed to US pressure to continue to fund the PA by transferring the tax revenues it collects on goods imported to the PA.
Assuming that the government is too weak to stand up to the Americans, at a minimum it can see that the money is properly used.
To that end, the Knesset should pass a law permitting Israeli terror victims to sue the PA for actual and punitive damages in Israel courts. The sums awarded to the victims should be taken from the tax revenues Israel collects for the PA. The law should apply retroactively to all victims of Palestinian terror carried out since the establishment of the PA in May 1994.
Not only should the law permit Israeli terror victims to sue the PA. It should dictate actions the Justice Ministry must take to assist them in bringing suit.
Israel should also revoke citizenship and residency rights not only from terrorists themselves, but from those who enjoy citizenship and residency rights by dint of their relationship with the terrorists.
Wives who received Israeli residency or citizenship rights though marriage to terrorists should have their rights revoked, as should the children of the terrorists.
Since Tuesday’s massacre, aside from Abbas’s phony condemnation, the Palestinian leadership and public from Fatah to Hamas have been unanimous in their praise for the atrocity.
Today Israel is powerless to influence the hearts of our Arab neighbors. But we can influence their minds. We can deter them from attacking us.
The actions set forth above: asset seizure, revenue seizure and citizenship/residency abrogation for terrorists and their dependents are steps that Israel can take today, despite the hostile international climate.
If the government and Knesset adopt these measures, they will rectify some of the damage Israel has inflicted on itself by showing the Palestinians over two decades that they will be rewarded for their aggression.
If our leaders fail to take these or similar actions, and suffice with complaining about incitement, their condemnations of the murder of Jews will ring as hollow as those sounded by the BBC, Obama and Abbas.
Rabbis Slaughtered by Muslims – Is it a Surprise?
John R. Houk
© November 21, 2014
Responding to the slaughter
All right reserved, Caroline Glick. 2013 [I’m guessing hasn’t updated website details since 2015 is around the corner]