Surrounded by sickness.

Lion cubs or martyr fodder?

On November 23 host Abu Shamsiya said on air, in comments translated Thursday by the Middle East Media Research Institute: “We say about the Palestinian martyr from Jerusalem Abdul Rahman Abu Jamal: ‘I am a Palestinian lion cub, planted in my land like the olive and fig trees. I have solid roots that go back to the Canaanites. The blood of the martyrs flows through my veins. I am like a lion in the battlefield. ‘When the drums of war are beaten, I harvest souls in the battlefield. I am the guard of the Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and of the [Dome of the] Rock. I never close my eyes or bow my head. I am a Palestinian lion cub and I am feared by the armies of betrayal. I am desired by the black-eyed virgins [of Paradise]. I have not sold out my country, nor have I surrendered my machine gun. Today, I carry my shrouds as the faith grows stronger in my heart that victory and liberation shall come at the hands of the lion cubs.”

Strong stuff! “Harvest souls, desired by the black-eyed virgins…..” You will have to pry his machine gun from his cold, dead hands. Obviously pro second amendment? Nope, Abdul Rahman Abu Jamal is the Palestinian 17 year old youth who stabbed four Israeli policemen in their own police station, after climbing a fence to get in. Not exactly a case of police brutality. What did he accomplish?

According to International Middle East Media Center, “An Israeli policewoman shot Jamal multiple times at the police station, which was built on Palestinian lands in Jabal al-Mokabber, seriously wounding him, and causing minor injuries to another police officer. Abu Jamal was moved to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, in Jerusalem, and remained in a critical condition until he succumbed to his wounds. Israeli sources claimed that three officers were lightly wounded in the same incident, and added that the medics “gave them first aid and took them to the hospital, fully conscious and in stable condition, and released them shortly after being admitted.”

Conflicting reports of what happened after the incident included arrests of some of his family, police chasing family members back to their home, plans to demolish their home. His list of accomplishments, for which the virgins will open their beds to him: “lightly wounding three police, losing his life, to a woman, getting family arrested, possibly demolition of his family’s home. This is a praiseworthy day for a martyr?

According to the Washington Post, no friend of Israel, “in the Palestinian Authority’s budget, one can find $350 million in annual payments to Palestinian prisoners, “martyrs’ and injured, but can one with certainty say they are all terrorists?” Do you have to? What will this “lion cub’s” family get paid? Hakim Awad, a notably more successful lion cub, or maybe a full grown lion, who is serving a life term in prison after killing five members of an Israeli family, gets $14,000/year, but since payments increase with length of incarceration, he could receive $1.9 million over his lifetime. Martyrdom could have saved the P.A. a lot of money, though the P.A. leadership already has more $$$ than they can spend, in Swiss bank accounts. I am not even counting money Hamas spends on killing and maiming non-combatants.

I’ve heard all the justifications, and so have you. Could the vast amount of money that the governing bodies of the Palestinians spend on destruction and themselves not be put to better use for their people living in squalor? Instead of a martyrs fund, how about a prosperity fund? Or at least a reasonable standard of living fund? The ordinary Palestinian is a victim…. of their own “leaders”.

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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