Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Ignoring Syrian Holocaust, Palestinian Ethnic
Cleansing, the Zionist-Controlled Media and Politicians Still Complain About
By Khalid Amayreh
in occupied Palestine
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July
The recent acts of terror in Kuwait, Tunisia and elsewhere must be
condemned in the strongest terms. In the final analysis, killing innocent
human beings, regardless of their race or creed, is totally unacceptable.
This is stated rather plainly and unequivocally in the Holy Quran,
Islam's Holy Scriptures, in Suratul Maeda, verse 18:
“Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone
killed a person not in retaliation of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in
the land - it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a
But condemnation alone is not enough.
understand the terror phenomenon objectively, irrespective of parochial
political calculations. Otherwise, terror will continue to ruin nations and
claim more and more innocent lives.
First of all, we must fully
understand the motives and incentives that make the terrorists do what they
Moreover, we must never flinch from asking the "unpopular" and
"politically incorrect" questions because otherwise we would continue to
revolve in an empty circle.
In occupied Palestine, it took Israeli
security experts many years to realize that the Nazi-like treatment meted
out to innocent Palestinians was first and foremost responsible for the
appearance of the so-called "suicide-bomber" phenomenon which many
Palestinians and their supporters refer to as Martyrdom operations.
About two decades ago, the news anchorman of the Israeli state-run TV asked
me how Palestinians would explain this suicide bomber phenomenon to the
I remember my answer sounded like this: "Israel is
offering Palestinian youngsters either of two choices, death at the Jewish
slaughterhouse, or blowing up their bodies into bits and pieces in the
streets of Israeli towns. Many young Palestinians are going for the second
The prominent journalist, who died several years ago, said
initially that my answer was too shocking and too brazen for most Israeli
Jews to digest but later readily acknowledged that what I said represented
the "harsh truth" and contained elements of truth.
treatment meted out to innocent Palestinians often defied linguistic
It included manifestly barbarian acts of pornographic
violence targeting basically innocent people such as demolishing homes,
throwing innocent occupants onto the street, murdering people, including
children, without charge and trial and barring badly ill people from
In many respects, the repression was reminiscent
of the repression experienced by European Jewry during the Nazi era.
Predictably, this dark evilness on the part of the Israeli
political-military establishment drew an unexpected reaction, forcing many
Palestinians, mostly in the prime of their lives, to turn themselves into
Today, we are watching a similar phenomenon unfold in
many parts of the world, especially in the Middle East.
Unfortunately, many politicians and commentators choose the easy but
erroneous rationale to explain the terror phenomenon such as claiming that
the terrorists do what they do because they have been indoctrinated to be
violent. Others, especially those harboring an anti-Islamic agenda,
unhesitatingly point an accusing finger toward Islam itself, although any
cool and fair analysis of Islam will show that it is totally and absolutely
innocent of all insinuations in this regard.
Today, as hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world gather together
each evening to break their day-long fast, they can't help being affronted
with the phantasmagoric images of Muslim civilians being massacred en mass
in Syria in full view of the world.
So far, as many as 250,000
Syrians have been killed at the hands of their sadistic regime of Bashar el-Asad
which is openly backed and actively supported by Russia, Iran, Hizbullah and
sectarian gangs from many parts of the world.
Just two days ago, a
regime helicopter gunship dropped a huge barrel bomb on an Aleppo home where
eight members of a local family were breaking their fast.
family was annihilated.
This is not an isolated example. Crimes of
this nature occur nearly every day as the world watches passively.
According to human rights observers, more than 30,000 people in Syria have
been tortured to death at the hands of Nazi-like regime.
one would exaggerate little by comparing the regime of Bashar el-Assad to
the worst criminal regimes in human history.
Now, doesn't the
continuation of this thunderous genocide give the terrorists, e.g. IS a
point? Doesn't it help them recruit thousands of additional frustrated
youths to their cause? What would the leaders of US, UK, France and other
western countries suggest these frustrated Muslim youngsters do under these
circumstances? Pretend these genocidal atrocities are occurring in distant
The Palestinian plight has been
going on since the creation of the criminal state of Israel in 1948. Since
then Israel has been murdering, maiming and tormenting Palestinians nonstop
in an effort to force them to leave their ancestral homeland.
year, Israel wantonly used its American-supplied death machine against the
thoroughly starved and hermetically blockaded people of Gaza.
Nazi-like blitz, which lasted for 51 days, destroyed as many as 100,000
homes and killed as many as 2100 Palestinians, the vast bulk of whom were
innocent civilians, including more than 550 children.
The world, the
so-called civilized world, contented with watching American-supplied war
planes, such as F-15s and F-16s, drop one-ton bombs on multi-story apartment
buildings packed with terrified men, women and children, transforming these
buildings into rubble in a matter of seconds and exterminating every human
Interestingly, this pornographic crime against
humanity occurred as world leaders and diplomats snidely urged "both sides
to exercise restraint"? This was more than just adding insult to injury. It
was complicity to a crime against humanity in broad daylight.
doesn't this gigantic moral failure on the part of the world community give
presumed terrorist groups a real justification for committing their own
crimes for a hundred years to come?
Moderate Islamists who
consistently rejected violence tried to walk in the democratic path in
Algeria and recently in Egypt. But when they won elections, they were
brutally massacred, tortured to death, ruthlessly repressed and eventually
declared "terrorist groups."
Needless to say, this happened in full
view of western democracies which instead of isolating and boycotting the
murderous tyrannical regimes; effectively encouraged them to strangle every
democratic voice and every expression of political freedom in their
To be sure terror is not our destiny as
However, we have to make a clear distinction between
"cause" and "effect, "because in the final analysis we cannot eradicate the
"effect" if we leave the "cause" intact.
Khalid Amayreh is a
veteran Palestinian journalist and current affairs commentator living in the
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