Aspiring to Martyrdom


At the start of September, 2017, Israel’s Shin Bet security service director reported the agency had foiled about 200 terror attacks in the previous nine months and broke up approximately 70 terrorist cells in the previous two months alone.

Despite Israel being a liberal democracy like New Zealand, these attacks are seldom reported in the New Zealand news. There is also a distinct lack of public condemnation from New Zealand leaders, especially when compared to terror attacks in Europe or elsewhere. The latest murder of three Israelis at Har Adar is a good example of this. There has been no public statement from any leader and the NZ mainstream media has not reported on the story.

Some reports of Palestinian terror attacks minimise the nature of the incident, question whether it was really terror, or remove responsibility from the terrorist. Again, the latest attack is another example of this – as highlighted by HonestReporting.

In the spirit of the old adage “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”, some people have even sympathised with Palestinian terrorists – as they are perceived to be fighting against an evil Israel. However, simply feeling oppressed cannot explain terrorism, otherwise Tibetans and Cypriots would be murdering Chinese and Turks.

The argument that Palestinians have no options other than murder also belies the fact that many of the Palestinian terrorists have been well educated and wealthy individuals. A 2007 study found that the more educated and better off Palestinians were more likely to join a terror organisation or commit a suicide attack.

The sad reality is that Palestinians believe that killing Israelis or Jews is honourable – just like Islamic State terrorists consider murdering infidels to be honourable. This might seem extreme but not when one considers the culture within which young Palestinians are raised. The incentivisation towards terrorism is seen across Palestinian society, from the encouragement of children to seek martyrdom, the naming of sports clubs after terrorists, the celebrations in streets following terror attacks, and the praise of martyrs by politicians. Rather than peace and respect, Palestinian children are being taught that murder and death are aspirational.

However, even if we remove the ideological reasons for committing terror attacks, there remains a financial reward – the Palestinian Authority pays salaries to terrorists based on the number of Jews murdered and have recently refused to put this practise to an end.

A change of culture is needed, and this starts with education. A new study on the attitude to the Jews, to Israel and to Peace in the schoolbooks of the Palestinian Authority reveals disturbing results. Commissioned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Center for Near East Policy Research and Middle East Forum, it revealed

PA schoolbooks’ attitude to Jews, Israel and peace is based on three fundamentals: De-legitimization, demonization and indoctrination to violent struggle instead of peace. Based on these fundamentals, a narrative has been built that presents the conflict in a distorted manner historically, and does not leave any hope for ending it in a peaceful coexistence of the two parties involved, with grave implications as far as their future, and their children’s future, is concerned.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean and director of global social action at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, has described the findings as “a war curriculum, not a peace curriculum.” Cooper further commented, “This is not a right or left issue…This is a study that everybody, across the full political and social spectrum, everywhere, needs to read.”

The report also implicated UNRWA in perpetuating a culture of martyrdom and inciting terror – as previously also exposed by UNWatch. New Zealand has privately raised some of these issues with the organisation but continues to voluntarily fund UNRWA and praise their work. One million New Zealand dollars in untagged core funding is provided by our government each year. As long as this funding continues, New Zealand is part of the problem.

The much needed cultural change in Palestinian society may be expedited if it is acknowledged and challenged. Media and leaders in liberal democracies should accurately report the terror attacks in Israel and condemn them publicly. The money that is sent to the Palestinian Authority should also be closely scrutinised so that Israeli blood is not on the hands of the generous aid donors. The United States has taken a lead in acting to stop the “pay to slay” policy – the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently passed the Taylor Force Act with bipartisan support. The legislation effectively cuts off all U.S. economic aid that “directly benefits” the P.A. until they cease payments to families of terrorists.

Unless there is understanding of the context and culture of Palestinian terrorism, and concrete efforts to speak out and act against it, martyrdom will continue to be the ultimate aspiration for Palestinian children and many more innocent people will needlessly die.


  1. kabelka nobo nbag b茅啪ov谩

    fashion for women over 60 what are the most comfortable travel shoes for older womenwomens extra wide brim ladies summer gold leopard bow straw floppylyst waldl盲ufer kansas womens wide fit leather sandals in graysan diego chargers historic the team fli…

  2. yellow checkered vans men

    black fedora hat with metallic band by eugenia kimsupreme scarface beanie black free shipping sold outcoupon code for hot pink new york yankees hat linux versionmaison mayle lucila dress cinnamon style dresses

  3. royal blue sea wave bikini top

    hermes orange alligator bearn gusset walletvintage rei hiking boots mountaineering boots double tongue display piecetiny purse trend the micro bag thats here to stay when iculinary tours of paris a montmartre moveable feast

  4. akcija 15 electrolux bela tehnika

    zagreb ima novi studentski dom momax future membrane case 0.3mm iphone xs max crna izrada bo啪i膰nih 膷estitki i ukrasa dje膷ji vrti膰 plo膷e brez strehe 14 tiso膷 ljudi velika gospodarska 拧koda converse tenisice s motivima zimska guma 13 starfire 175 70 r13…

  5. superhero t shirt tee superman spiderman batman avengers captain america ironman t shirts brand clothing l 4xl

    wysy艂ka towaru logistyka fulfillment ecommerce szczypce do 艂膮czenia profili 350 mm topex prosto zobacz najnowsz膮 kolekcj臋 na wiosenno letni sezon kamizelka ratunkowa asekuracyjna w臋dkarska xl zdj臋cie na imged roxy komplet damski str贸j k膮pielowy na pla偶…

  6. legea giubbotto

    eastpak 枚vt谩ska rendel茅s nike f茅rfi baseball sapka szamos gyerek supin谩lt cip艖 20709 m茅ret 26 ren谩ta esk眉v艖i menyasszonyi ruha sell艖 hatalmas vad谩sz 谩ruh谩z decathlon mozg贸 doboz kutya stock fot贸 campbell marson napszem眉veg cm 115 ws lizzie feh茅r fekete…

  7. nibco pex tubing

    craftsman 6pc socket rack rail set 1 4 3 8 1 2 drive metric sae usa made beta 65 l14 65mm oil filter wrench 1 2 drive symmons plumbing specialty tools grainger industrial supply simonds canada saw co. limited cross cut automotive repair tool what exact…

  8. crivit diev膷ensk谩 flau拧ov谩 mikina lidl

    loira de vestido para uma festa stock photo maior de praia 2015 bolsa feminina mickey mouse al莽a transversal forrada couro colorida mochila trade mark mormaii 20 litros mormaiishop biqu铆ni tomara que caia passarinho coroa imperial gg aprenda a maneira…

  9. flo bayan beyaz spor ayakkab谋

    锝岋綏 锛戯紪 銉曘儵銈兗銉?姘寸潃銈汇儍銉?銉偒銇°們銈?鍟嗗搧鎯呭牨 銉堛儸銉冦偔銉炽偘銈枫儱銉笺偤 銉儑銈c兗銈?闃叉按 閫氳博 銉°兂銈?銈搞儱銉嬨偄 鐧诲北闈?銉忋偆銈兂銈般偡銉ャ兗銈?灞辩櫥銈?銉偢銉c兗 銈偊銉堛儔銈?灏忓鐢?銈儍銈?au wowma 銉偊銉?/a> amazon 銈炽兗銉?闀疯病甯?銈广優銉涘弾绱嶅彲 銉儑銈c兗銈?coach f32484 nike air max 闄愬畾 銈广儗銉笺償銉?璨″竷 銉°兂銈?銉儑銈c兗銈?闀疯病甯?銈广儗銉笺償銉…

  10. lentes de sol online chile

    organizador de armarios e gavetas relogio emporio armani ar5905 desconto smartphone ponto frio bikini cintura subida caminha de cachorro mdf cru qual o melhor mouse para notebook balao batizado colch茫o magn茅tico kenko pre莽o

  11. mejores tiendas vestidos fiesta

    melhor carregador de celular chapeu fedora feminino ferramentas para marcenaria makita perfume importado top masculino pets para vender roupinha para lulu da pomerania compra e venda de cachorros fueltech race pro 1fi usada

  12. chiffon bolero silber

    massageador de madeira sapatos da shoes seresto gato escova de dente com capinha cal莽a com elastico na cintura iglu de cachorro sandalias personalizadas medicina fazer estampa de camiseta

  13. botas de piel outlet

    knit moto jacket buy football jersey with your name alpha industries ma 1 vf nasa bomber jacket olive green official yes i am old but i saw depeche mode on stage shirt by tshirtat store custom arm sleeves extra stretchy basketball sleeves churchs engli…

  14. sports bh tilbud

    size 2 crib shoes vans sk8 hi suede trainers in black shoe carnival work shoes vans moccasins pyjamas online uk hats with cc logo batterie agli ioni di litio costumi okeo bambina

  15. manteau napapijri fille

    sudaderas de chica carrefour gucci evening vestidos 2017 kit para preparar tu propia cerveza moda terra otoño invierno 2016 faldas ajustadas cortas pinterest marcas deportivas mujer audifonos amazon huawei p smart bikinis online push up

  16. occhiale completo

    ultra trail gaiters adidas adios boost 2 josh allen jersey bills movado museum black dial black leather nike presto on sale finish line nike snapback for girls ua coldgear infrared 4 season hiking boots

  17. 2020 lacoste megamall

    nike d谩msk茅 free running motion flyknit obuv air huarache drift 2020 new balance 600 burnt oran啪ov媒 puffer bunda v拧echny b铆l茅 nike air vapormax plus adidas boost obuv d谩msk茅 navy a zlat茅 flannel shirt 2020 puma muse pink

  18. lularoe elegant debbie

    topshop rosso velvet vestito unicorn vestiti asda vintage 90s hip hop abbigliamento stores in linea moda store floral vestiti uk first communion attire childrens sparkly vestiti vikings plus size abbigliamento

  19. bianco company abbigliamento

    mens fall abiti da sposa guest attire vestito da sposa for my body type second hand 賲鬲噩乇 亘丕賱賯乇亘 賲賳賷 blu scuro blu tailored vestito radha krishna lehenga cotton tie back midi vestito traditional shweshwe vestiti 2018 cycling wear

  20. mens smart casual camicie

    newborn bambini boy vestiti sale house of sparkle vestiti lungo bianco gauze vestito bianco estivo vestito da sposa short adidas tropical vestito strapless chiffon gown oui leopard print vestito trina turk strapless vestito

  21. viola abiti da sposa guest abiti

    veste homme les blousons teddy sont de retour ce printemps chemise col mao coupe slim nike air max 95 chaussures noir continental 80 trainers maroon atwood w rouge vans femme loisir d茅tente styl茅 baskets nike femme nike nu et neutres baskets zoom chaus…

  22. 魏位蠅蟽蟿蔚蟽

    渭蟺慰蠀蠁蔚未蔚蟽 蔚蟺喂蟺位伪 蠁慰蟻蔚渭伪蟿伪 伪蟺位伪 渭伪魏蟻喂伪 memory card ps2 蟺位伪喂蟽喂慰 未蠅蟻伪 喂未蔚蔚蟽 伪蟿蟻伪蟿喂尾慰 蠁慰蟻蔚渭伪蟿伪 伪谓慰喂尉畏 2018 prenatal 蟻慰蠀蠂伪 蔚纬魏蠀渭慰蟽蠀谓畏蟽 2016 蟺苇蟿蟻蔚蟽 蟽蟿畏 蠂慰位萎 未喂伪蟿蟻慰蠁萎 蟺伪喂蠂谓喂未喂伪 纬喂伪 蟺伪喂未喂伪 6 蠂蟻慰谓蠅谓

  23. chris long jersey eagles

    puma soft foam black tvorba webu cena p谩nsk茅 polobotky lakers jersey 2015 laptop notebook puma evospeed sl pink 3t cowboys jersey reebok workout club pijama para perros peque帽os sandalias espa帽olas mujer

  24. adidas x 16.2 gold

    mochilas elegantes femininas talega uzturre vestidos de fiesta por internet bra拧na na notebook 17.3 adidas boty levne mochilas escolares de moda 2019 botines clarys ni帽a dog chow cachorro razas peque帽as

  25. festina hodinky d谩msk茅

    tenisov谩 obuv d谩msk谩 sand谩ly steve madden platform dsw dodavatel hra膷ek boxerky nike vapormax nike orange puma black and blue sneakers adidas db1982 sueter tejido para dama bling my converse uk adidas swift run black

  26. dermacol baza pod make up

    diar rok podla dary 2019 running shoes puma womens tazon printed training tights nike acg x stussy trainerendor el temor cul茅 thegoodlife. 毓賱賶 鬲賵賷鬲乇 bienvenidas a hilos hilanderas mercer铆a online hilos hilanderas pedir en l铆nea tren gorros de invierno…

  27. ru啪ov茅 svadobn茅 拧aty

    madrid se pliega ante fito y los suyos gorro under armour masculino ref 1300153 035 nas lojas gorra trucker para ni帽os o de acr铆lico zebra print leggings black v媒sledky hokej online kamera klucenka eshop adidas gorras new era basquetbol mitchell ness s…

  28. versus versace beach swim shorts in black

    coral blue color block swim trunks ruggedbutts onzie onzie gypsy yoga pants denim supply ralph lauren womens stretch hem cargo jogger pants black xs asterisk cell motocross knee brace youtube sheinside belted ruffle waist striped shorts 2018 summer ela…

Comments are closed.