Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When a Palestinian mom goes off script - by Stephen Flatow

...Muhannad Halabi’s village of Surda, like other villages under PA control, is saturated with glorification of violence and hatred of Jews. The schools teach it, the imams preach it, and the PA-sponsored news media promote it. And Muhannad’s parents, like so many other Palestinian parents, echo and reinforce those attitudes everyday—and sometimes even broadcast their feelings on Facebook. Unscripted, uninterested in PR, raw and honest for the world to see. When will the world start paying attention?

Stephen M. Flatow..
16 June '16..

Suhair Halabi is very proud of her son, Muhannad. Mrs. Halabi is so proud, in fact, that she recently displayed her pride by visiting the site where Muhannad became famous. We know about her visit because she posted, on Facebook, a photo of herself at the site, flashing “V” for “Victory” signs with both hands.

But Muhannad’s “accomplishment” was not a 4.0 grade point average in school or a game-winning goal in a soccer field. It was the cold-blooded murder of an Israeli rabbi on the streets of Jerusalem, the slashing of the rabbi’s wife and 2-year-old child, and the fatal stabbing of a bystander who tried to assist the victims.

At a press conference on May 7, 2002, president George W. Bush said, “I deeply hurt when there is a lack of hope for moms and dads of anybody—Palestinian moms and dads—it bothers me.” President Barack Obama has made similar statements about “Palestinian moms and dads.” It’s a bipartisan myth—the notion that “Palestinian moms and dads” are just like moms and dads anywhere, that they have the same hopes as anybody else.

Not Mrs. Suhair Halabi. She has made very clear what her hope is. Flashing a V-for-Victory sign at the blood-drenched spot on Haggai Street where Muhannad committed his atrocity was a statement that she hopes for many more murders of Jews.

Her husband has made it very clear that he feels the same way. In the aftermath of the murders, Mr. Shafiq Halabi told reporters, “Muhannad has led the way and I feel that all those young people rising up are joining him. His attack was the wake-up call that Palestinians needed to act and break the current deadlock.”

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Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.

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