By Giulio Meotti
Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheba….All southern Israel cities are again under a heavy rocket war from Hamas-controlled Gaza.
There are Israelis traumatized and injured, schools and houses destroyed, cities and towns terrorized. 15,000 Gazan rockets have fallen on Sderot and Ashkelon since Israel tragically uprooted Gush Katif in 2005. The sense of possible death has pervaded the streets, the houses and Sderot’s local clinic, where a brave Romanian-born psychiatrist, Adriana Katz, takes care of these victims.
Contrary to the claptrap of the Western media, Hamas is not a fanatical sect of Islam; it is Islam, authentic and resurgent. Benighted humanists in Israel and in the West believe that Hamas’ terrorists are brainwashed, poor or illiterate, when in fact the best minds of Palestinian society are at the top of Islamic terrorism.
Is it unconceivable that people who have the holy mission of returning to Jaffa on a carpet of Jewish bodies are also well educated surgeons, academics and writers? Ask Hamas about the paradox of Josef Mengele, a doctor of philosophy, a medical doctor, a refined man who enjoyed music and poetry, but didn’t hesitate to experiment on an dorder the death of a million of Jews.
Nizar Rayan was not only a Hamas’ terrorist leader. He was a fine historian, academic and intellectual. Author of more than ten books on Islam, Rayan was killed in Jabaliya along with his wife and three children. They remained in the house even after the Israelis had warned them of the raid. Rayan had sent a son on a suicide mission against a Jewish town in northern Gaza and had taken part in an attack on the Israeli port of Ashdod, which killed ten “sons of pigs and monkeys”, as Rayan call the Jews.
Rayan was a gem of the Islamic University of Gaza, he had studied at the prestigious faculty of Um Dorman and had written an essay on the life of the Prophet, entitled “Medina becomes Dark,” a best seller in Saudi Arabia. His library, destroyed in the Israeli raid, contained ten thousand books.
Palestinian terrorism is led by academics, surgeons, scientists, scholars, intellectuals, people with an enviable curriculum vitae. Their biographies are the Palestinian version of al Qaeda. They are like Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda mastermind and a surgeon; Omar Sheikh, the mastermind in the execution of Daniel Pearl, who had studied at the London School of Economics; the planner of September 11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who went to US universities, the head of the July 7 suicide bombers, Mohammed Siddique Khan, who taught in Leeds, while the English doctor Bilal Abdullah, who participated in the failed attacks in London and Glasgow in June 2007, was born into one of the richest families in Baghdad.
The Hamas leadership is the most educated in the Arab world with 500 high level degrees between them.
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Giulio Meotti, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.