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An Insane, Terrorist, Suicidal Society

An Insane, Terrorist, Suicidal Society

The entire Palestinian society is responsible for the brutal, suicidal onslaught because those who do not agree lack the integrity and courage to rise up, condemn, and do something about it.

by Amnon Dankner
Translated by Asher Tarmon

What sort of human beings are you, you Palestinians, that you initiate, support, applaud and revel in these brutal, inhuman, suicidal attacks? What kind of society is yours that breeds this phenomenon and what kind of entity do you have that embraces this feature with such revolting delight and adoration? What kind of people are you who feed themselves on unbridled, exulting, sobbing, stuttering, hysterical and venomous hate?

The suicide bombers, which you produce from among you in such numbers, are the example and the moral lesson. He is you, all of you as a society. You are a suicidal, hate-crazed society with a self-destructive dark-mindedness and a revulsion for compromise. A suicidal society with an urge for the absolute, wanting to get it all or nothing at all -- existence, life, everything. A society ready to take down with it to destruction everything that stands in its way, trumpeting maniacally all the way to its violent doom.

The suicidal bombers are the example and you, all of you, as a society, are the moral. A suicidal society that wants to embrace and explode itself upon us in order to destroy itself and us together. But although there is an alternative between life and death, between hope and despair, between construction and ruin, you have chosen ruin in despair and death and you want to take us there with you.

You, as a society, as an entity, are all responsible. Not only because most of you aid, support and identify with every diabolical deed of this kind, but because those of you who do not agree and do not identify, lack the integrity and courage to rise up, to condemn, to denounce and even do something about it: to castigate these evil beings from among you, to persecute them, jail them and indeed dispose of them.

How can it be that until this very day, after so many lives destroyed, not one moral cry has ever gone up from among you?

Even the few of you who yesterday dared to publish a reservation regarding these attacks, did not reprimand them morally, but merely expressed the opinion that the attacks are not helpful to Palestinian interests at this stage. How can it be that until this very day, after so many suicide attacks, so many lives destroyed, so many scenes of atrocities, not one moral cry has ever gone up from among you, just a moral and crystal clear one, representing the many, which would declare -- our friends did not spill this blood, it was done only by the hands of the reprehensible, inhuman few. How can it be that a whole society of millions cannot mobilize from among itself, even though suffering the conditions of occupation, deprivation and struggle -- half a million, a hundred thousand, fifty thousand men and women who would march, demonstrate, proclaim, write, do interviews in order to state: we are not partners to this immoral atrocity.

The test of a society is not to abandon dignity especially under trying conditions and all of you have resoundingly failed this test.

Yes, it is not easy being a Palestinian, it is even very difficult and at times very harassing, but the test of a human being, the test of a society, is not to abandon dignity especially under trying conditions and you, all of you, have failed this test -- a resounding, scorching failure.

This debased barbarity, for the type of which you are all responsible, must not be justified or excused because of reasons of despair, hopelessness, land quarrel and dispute over several kilometers. The moment a person or society loses its human spark, the background and causes are totally erased and what is forever left, naked and ugly, is the deed itself with all its horror.

Indeed, you are a suicidal-terrorist society. And from now on, when we need to defend ourselves by major actions against you, no one can complain about us from any moral standpoint, if we take special care to protect ourselves and less caution about your human dignity and lives, which you yourselves have been eliminating for such a long time.

No, even now we won't be emulating your example, we won't go after the innocent citizens, the aged, the women and the infants to attack them in broad daylight and murder them with a cruel madness. Yes, it seems that even if we again must return to your cities and villages and battle there. We shall not seek the easy way, killing the righteous together with the criminal, but again apparently our soldiers will be forfeiting their lives in order not to carry out mass attacks, and will be singling out the actual terrorists so as to target them only. But if the worst happens, the blood of the innocent is upon your heads, on the heads of all of you, because you are all to blame as a society.

June 29, 2002

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Visitor Comments: 14

(14) miked, October 10, 2006 3:26 PM


If you are so resolute to condemn an entire society who is rightly afraid angry why don't you condemn all of the world. You do nothing but hate and pat yourself on the back for expressing your opinion. Who taught you to think that way?
This is good that you express yourself but come on, you cannot condemn a whole society for not doing anything when you know damn well there are people on all sides trying to work it out. They are just failing and afraid. Hatred and violence seems to be an easier way to solve a problem than dealing with the root issues. Blowing up the problem along with ones self is easier than trying to work out a peaceful solution. But lets have options and positivity. Lets have ideas instead of sterile debate.

(13) Rex Rambo, July 5, 2002 12:00 AM

In the silence of dissent, the Palestainian society is responsible for these evil suicidal attacks.

No cause justifies these evil attacks. It takes courage to stand up to evil, but the rewards are infinate. I strongly recommend that they speak out forcefully now against these sick haters.

(12) Anonymous, July 3, 2002 12:00 AM

hard but true...

really hard position... really ethic position...
Ethic do not know compromise...
politics is made for, with compromise.
we need voices to tell clearly the truth, the reality... and we already know that politics will act differently... renouncing to something and conceeding something more... but we know politics and ethic will never go together... not even in Israel.

(11) Anonymous, July 3, 2002 12:00 AM

Answer for "Palestinian civilians must be targeted to stop the suicide bombers"

You are no better than what you are denouncing.
In keeping with this article, I will not let your evil, inhumane and stupid comment pass without my saying that not only I disagree, I stand up to all of you who think that turning ourselves into what we are fighting (senseless killers) or eternalizing our rule over such people, will bring us salvation and redemption.
Your views expressed here are nothing but every bit as immoral as the last (hopefully not the next) suicide attack.
I'm disgusted and hurt and as far as I'm concerned, you are not part of my society, but of the reprehensible morally blind few.

(10) Anonymous, July 2, 2002 12:00 AM

Never heard it put so clear.

To hear it translated from someone who lives it. If only the whole world could read and comprehend this article, there would be no more belly-aching over supporting Isreal.
The killing will stop when the Palestinians can learn to love their own children and themselves more than they hate Jews. The devil is at work in their hearts.

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