TERRORISTS MURDER ISRAELI WOMAN
terrorism has claimed over 260 Israeli lives
and injured over 2,712 since last Rosh Hashanah (updated
20......Arab terrorists ambushed and murdered a 26 year-old
Israeli mother of three this morning and seriously wounded
her husband in a drive-by shooting. The Arab terror attack
took place only hours after Yassar Arafat agreed to a cease-fire
with Israeli authorities. It is becoming more established
with every passing hour that Yassar Arafat's promises and
action are not synchronized. Arafat either wants these senseless
Arab terror attacks to continue (i.e.- by not arresting the
terrorists) or has no control over Arab terrorism in Israel.
were traveling in a truck around 7:30 a.m. and shot at the
couple's vehicle from close range, and at least 12 bullets
penetrated the car and killed Amrani, who sat in the back
seat with her children, the youngest of whom is three months
old. None of the children was hurt.
The Arab terrorists
fled in the direction of Palestinian-controlled Beit Sahur
and are believed to have continued to Bethlehem.
Shai Amrani, 32,
was transferred to Hadassah-University Hospital at Ein Kerem
suffering from gunshot wounds to the neck and chest. He remained
in serious condition last night after 12 hours of surgery.
The army subsequently
closed the road to Palestinians. In recent months it has become
the main route used by Palestinian vehicles after they were
barred from using Jerusalem-Hebron Highway 60 following a
number of fatal shootings in the area.
Fatah faction Al-Aksa Brigade, a group well-known for it's
many barbaric acts of Arab terrorism has claimed responsibility
for the terror attack. Amrani was buried this evening in Jerusalem's
Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Givat Shaul.
that the PA immediately arrest the Arab terrorists responsible
for the shooting.
have blood on their hands... The car is broken...
Abba [Daddy] drove a little fast... Bar's father [name
of a friend] took me to nursery school. My Ima [Mommy]
isn't smiling and isn't happy because it hurts her...
They took my Abba and Ima in an ambulance."
4 year-old Zohar Amrani describing his mother's last
Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is also a Nokdim resident,
drove on the road 10 minutes before the fatal shooting attack.
"The road is problematic," he said. "Only several
months ago we were shocked by the horrific murders and lynch
of the two young boys from Tekoa...it is obvious to all that
there is no real intention to make peace with Israel or uphold
any cease-fire, it is a clear attempt by Arafat to evade responsibility.
We must today assess the situation not according to the results
on the ground, but Arafat's true intention."
Islamic Jihad, and the Fatah declared they would continue
to oppose the cease-fire.
The Fatah Al-Aksa
Brigade claimed responsibility for the wounding of two Israeli
security guards patrolling the perimeter of Oranit, located
partially inside Israel, after a bomb exploded underneath
the jeep they were traveling in Wednesday night. Following
the incident the IDF imposed a curfew on four Palestinian
villages near Oranit.
Elsewhere in the
region, five soldiers were lightly wounded yesterday afternoon
from shrapnel after Palestinians in Dir El Ballah fired anti-tank
grenades at an IDF post located in the hothouse area at Kfar
one Palestinian and wounded a second, and the wounded soldiers
were taken to Beersheba's Soroka Hospital after being treated
at the local clinic. Shortly afterwards Palestinians fired
at the Israeli side of the Karni crossing, wounding an Airports
Authority worker in the shoulder and hand. He was also transferred
to Soroka, where his condition was described as moderate.
terrorism is Arab terrorism - there is no distinction.
Arab states throughout the Middle East such as Iraq, Iran,
Syria and Saudi Arabia provide money and weapons to the Palestinians.
The use of the words Palestinian terrorism is misleading,
for it is the ignorant, poorly educated and brainwashed Palestinian
who pulls the trigger of the gun or bomb supplied by Islamic
extremists who live hundreds if not thousands of miles away.
Friedman of the New York Times has articulated what
Arab terrorism is in it's most vivid form:
9/11 was indeed the onset of World War III, we have to understand
what this war is about. We're not fighting to eradicate "terrorism."
Terrorism is just a tool. We're fighting to defeat an ideology:
religious totalitarianism. World War II and the cold war were
fought to defeat secular totalitarianism Nazism and
Communism and World War III is a battle against religious
totalitarianism, a view of the world that my faith must reign
supreme and can be affirmed and held passionately only if
all others are negated. That's bin Ladenism. But unlike Nazism,
religious totalitarianism can't be fought by armies alone.
It has to be fought in schools, mosques, churches and synagogues,
and can be defeated only with the help of imams, rabbis and
we need to fight this war are people like Rabbi David Hartman,
from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. What first
attracted me to Rabbi Hartman when I reported from Jerusalem
was his contention that unless Jews reinterpreted their faith
in a way that embraced modernity, without weakening religious
passion, and in a way that affirmed that God speaks multiple
languages and is not exhausted by just one faith, they would
have no future in the land of Israel. And what also impressed
me was that he knew where the battlefield was. He set up his
own schools in Israel to compete with fundamentalist Jews,
Muslims and Christians, who used their schools to preach exclusivist
recently visiting the Islamic madrasa in Pakistan where many
Taliban leaders were educated, and seeing the fundamentalist
religious education the young boys there were being given,
I telephoned Rabbi Hartman and asked: How do we battle religious
"All faiths that come out of the biblical tradition
Judaism, Christianity and Islam have the tendency to
believe that they have the exclusive truth. When the Taliban
wiped out the Buddhist statues, that's what they were saying.
But others have said it too. The opposite of religious totalitarianism
is an ideology of pluralism an ideology that embraces
religious diversity and the idea that my faith can be nurtured
without claiming exclusive truth. America is the Mecca of
that ideology, and that is what bin Laden hates and that is
why America had to be destroyed."
of the world may well be decided by how we fight this war.
Can Islam, Christianity and Judaism know that God speaks Arabic
on Fridays, Hebrew on Saturdays and Latin on Sundays, and
that he welcomes different human beings approaching him through
their own history, out of their language and cultural heritage?
"Is single-minded fanaticism a necessity for passion
and religious survival, or can we have a multilingual view
of God a notion that God is not exhausted by just one
religious path?" asked Rabbi Hartman.
and Christians have already argued that the answer to that
question is yes, and some have gone back to their sacred texts
to reinterpret their traditions to embrace modernity and pluralism,
and to create space for secularism and alternative faiths.
Others Christian and Jewish fundamentalists
have rejected this notion, and that is what the battle is
about within their faiths.
different about Islam is that while there have been a few
attempts at such a reformation, none have flowered or found
the support of a Muslim state. We patronize Islam, and mislead
ourselves, by repeating the mantra that Islam is a faith with
no serious problems accepting the secular West, modernity
and pluralism, and the only problem is a few bin Ladens. Although
there is a deep moral impulse in Islam for justice, charity
and compassion, Islam has not developed a dominant religious
philosophy that allows equal recognition of alternative faith
communities. Bin Laden reflects the most extreme version of
that exclusivity, and he hit us in the face with it on 9/11.
and Judaism struggled with this issue for centuries, but a
similar internal struggle within Islam to re-examine its texts
and articulate a path for how one can accept pluralism and
modernity and still be a passionate, devout Muslim
has not surfaced in any serious way. One hopes that
now that the world spotlight has been put on this issue, mainstream
Muslims too will realize that their future in this integrated,
globalized world depends on their ability to reinterpret their
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