In 2006 the Palestinian people elected Hamas -- an Islamo-Fascist organization that openly calls for the obliteration of the Jewish state, the mass murder of Jews, and a global jihad against the United States and the West -- to lead their government. With this vote, the Palestinians showed themselves to be the self-declared enemies of Jews, of America, and of all efforts to secure peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims.
The father of Palestinian nationalism was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammad Amin al-Husseini, a fanatical devotee of Adolf Hitler who served the Nazi cause in Berlin during the Second World War and infused Palestinian nationalism with the Jew-hatred that has dominated it ever since.
The Palestinians embrace terror and genocide as a way of life. Palestinian schools train kindergarteners and first-graders to aspire to murder innocent Jews by means of suicide bombings, always with the promise of a blissful reward in Paradise. Palestinian parents are complicit in this arrangement.
Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby offers this assessment of the Palestinian culture and character:
"The wonder is not that the Palestinians, who receive copious amounts of international aid ... channel so much of their resources and energy into weapons and warfare. The wonder is that so many voices still push for a Palestinian state.
"But has any population ever been less suited for statehood than the Palestinians? From the terrorists they choose as leaders to the jihad promoted in their schools, their culture is drenched in violence and hatred. Each time the world has offered them sovereignty ... the Palestinians have opted instead for bloodshed and rejectionism....
"The very essence of Palestinian national identity is a hunger for Israel's destruction. Both the Fatah and Hamas charters call for the obliteration of the Jewish state through bloodshed. A two-state solution — Israel and Palestine living peacefully side-by-side — is emphatically not what the Palestinians seek."
Adapted from: "The First Terrorist People" (David Horowitz,
January 26, 2006), and "Has Any Population Ever Been Less Suited for Statehood than the Palestinians?" (Jeff Jacoby, February 15, 2007).