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The story of Massoud Mahlouf Allon, who was mutilated and beaten to death while distributing blankets he collected from Israelis to poor Palestinians, is my pick for story of the week.


To me, this was the most astounding story of the past week:

Fatah Terrorists Kill Elderly Israeli in Jordan Valley

The body of Massoud Mahlouf Allon, 72, of Moshav Menahemya, was found Thursday in a burned-out car in the northern Jordan Valley following a wide scale police search. Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for the murder. Members of his family told police that Moroccan-born Allon used to collect used clothing and blankets to give to Bedouin and Palestinians in the Arab villages in the Jordan Valley.

North Korea? Don't be fooled by their bellicose announcements. They're not interested in being obliterated by a pre-emptive US blow. Kim is just grandstanding for a big US financial bailout. Sadaam? He's only continuing to try to get us to hang ourselves with more Iraqi "rope-a-dope" tactics than Muhammad Ali can shake a glove at.

No. The story of Massoud Mahlouf Allon, an observant Jewish immigrant from Morocco, who was mutilated, bludgeoned and beaten to death while in the process of distributing blankets he collected from Israelis to poor Palestinians, is my pick for story of the week.

He refused the donated blood of Israelis because it was "Jewish blood."

A while back, when the Israelis were fighting for their lives in Jenin, it emerged that an injured Palestinian Authority fighter was evacuated to an Israeli hospital for life-saving care. In the course of his treatment he required several pints of blood. He refused the donated blood of Israelis because it was "Jewish blood." What did the Israelis do? They flew in some "Moslem blood" from Muksaad Hospital in Jordan.

Imagine this story being played out in a different location and with a different cast of characters. Substitute an Al Qaida regular soldier named Shahid for the Palestinian. Substitute the field hospital at Camp X-ray at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba for the Israeli hospital. We'll call the South Carolina native, regular US Army soldier standing guard over him Luke.

Luke: "I heard the doctors say that you need a couple of pints of blood to get you through the night.

Shahid: "Whose blood are they going to give me?"

Luke: "Probably some sweet, kind volunteer who thinks it's going to be given to a young, rosy cheeked, American GI injured in Afghanistan."

Shahid: "I cannot accept such blood."

Luke: "Why?"

Shahid: "Because it is the contaminated, tainted blood of, barbarian, infidel crusaders."

Luke: "So what are you gonna do?"

Shahid: "I will become a martyr and hero to my religion and my people."

Luke: "Like they say at Burger King, ‘Have it your way.'"

What is it with these Israelis anyway? Bringing blankets to people who want to kill you? Flying in Moslem blood for the guy who's going try to finish the job he failed to do the first time around and kill you just as soon as you have fixed him up?

Maybe the amazing value that the Torah places upon human life has affected the Jewish nation. Maybe teaching and practicing the fine art of charity has impacted the Jewish nation where we not only sport the highest per-capita rates of charitable giving of any nation or culture, but we lavish kindness upon those even bent on destroying us.

However, it's not like this is something the Torah requires us to do. In fact, the Talmud admonishes us, "He who comes to kill you, rise up to kill him first."

But if killing your own benefactor is an extreme statement of hatred on the part of the Palestinians, bringing the killer the comfort and warmth of blankets in winter might just be an expression of the opposite extreme.

Rabbi Yekusiel Halberstam, known to the Chassidic world as the Klauzenberger Rebbe, was singled out for special beatings as a concentration camp inmate due to his distinguished lineage and leadership. During a particularly violent beating, the SS officer delivering the blows placed his boot on the saintly rabbi's neck and mockingly asked, "Do you still think that you are God's chosen people?"

The rabbi is said to have responded, "Since it is your boot on my neck, it would seem that I belong to the more Godly of our two peoples."

Who would I rather be: Massoud Mahlouf Allon, or his killer?

January 4, 2003

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(20) Jon D White, January 9, 2003 12:00 AM

Blessed Massoud was killed because of his kindness.

Massoud, a blessed man from what I have read here, was killed because of the kindnesses and good deeds he performed on behalf of the Palestinians. Had he not exposed himself by doing the kind deeds he performed, his murderers would not have been interested in him and would not have had him conveniently in their midst. We must remember that Fatah is not all Palestinians, no more than the Mafia is all Italians. But they do have the guns, and the dominant society does in itself, for many reasons, represent oppression. We must also remember that Massoud understood and accepted the risk he took in doing good, and that the Palestinians he helped understood it, too. Those Palestinians will remember the goodness of this man, this Jew, Massoud, who risked and lost his life FOR THEM, and will tell their loved ones of him and those other good people like him who, more bravely than the gun-carriers of this world, work to build a kinder, more just existence for all of us. Let us all pray for the courage and faith, displayed by Massoud, to be loving always, regardless of the hatred shown by those who oppose our existence.

(19) David, January 8, 2003 12:00 AM

A word from the cruel oppressors in the US...

I think I like Luke's approach better than that of the Israeli hospital. But I am an American and such barbarism is only to be expected from the likes of us.

Although disparaging American compassion and benevolence has replaced soccer as the world's most popular sport, I would think that the Jewish world would be more charitable. During the war for the liberation of Afghanistan, millions of dollars was expended by the US government to air lift food to the Afghanis. This is perfectly in keeping with the policies of the nation that contributes more than 60% of all foreign aid that is given out world wide. And name one other country anywhere in the world that has devoted itself to the wellbeing of world Jewry and the nation of Israel. I am proud to say that my nation has served as the arm of HaShem, preserving Zion from destruction at the hand of her enemies.

I agree that Israel is a kind and benevolent nation and I'm sorry that you cannot recognize the same qualities in the United States.

(18) Anonymous, January 7, 2003 12:00 AM


(17) guy, January 6, 2003 12:00 AM


Sorry, I don't like Palestinian terror. However, as you say about soldier's boot on the rabbi's neck, please consider, that Palestinians always talk about "Jewish boot" on their neck. To them, they right to kill Jews is justified by their feeling of the boot on their neck (which they feel always even though there is no boot at all). With your article, the problem is that THEIR criteria what is right are different from OUR criteria, and that's why we are unable to understand each other. Their duty is to kill Jews, no matter how evil is killing itself for us.

(16) Rob Mahaffy, January 6, 2003 12:00 AM

When will we learn?

How many more innocents will have to die before the leaders involved realize that when they're talking to Palestinians, they aren't talking to human beings, but animals. I know this sounds hateful and I guess it is, but when confronted with an enemy that shows no mercy, breaks every agreement, holds a gun to the heads of 5 year old girls and elderly men who are trying to help them,.... You can't negotiate with a rabid dog and the world should stop calling on Israel to negotialte with the so called Palestinians.

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