The Bitter End That Israel Has to Offer the Weak

We don’t need to waste any more time trying to profile the ‘lone-wolf terrorists,’ when the thing they have in common is so blindingly obvious.

Kobi Niv
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A Palestinian posing as a journalist runs after a wounded Israeli soldier to continue stabbing him before being shot dead near West Bank city of Hebron, October 16, 2015.
A Palestinian posing as a journalist runs after a wounded Israeli soldier to continue stabbing him before being shot dead near the West Bank city of Hebron, October 16, 2015.Credit: Reuters
Kobi Niv
Kobi Niv

Throughout the current “terror wave,” the “security services” and their spokesmen in the media have made great efforts to sketch a profile of the “lone-wolf terrorist” – for themselves and for us. But why? What does that give us? And if, let’s say, an Israeli officer and a journalist succeed in determining that “all lone-wolf terrorists have a father with a mustache,” then so what? Will it help prevent the next attack?

This almost Sisyphean search for a ridiculous answer that has no reason nor foundation, and won’t give anyone anything, patently has just one purpose: to hide the clear and obvious answer from ourselves. The common profile of all the lone-wolf attackers is that they come from the lowest socioeconomic stratum of the Palestinian nation, which is oppressed and kept down, in all its communities and tribes, under Zionist rule. And they have reached a point of such deep distress, depression and despair that it drives them to death – both the deaths of those they view as being to blame for their situation, and their own.

Take, for example, the two female cousins, aged 14 and 16, who tried to carry out an “attack” two weeks ago with a pair of scissors they pulled out of their schoolbags at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market. What do we know about them? That they are “terrorists” who deserved to die, and that’s all.

Their names are Hadil Wajia Awad (the 14-year-old, who died) and Nurhan Awad (the 16-year-old, who was wounded), and they are from the Qalandiyah refugee camp. Have you ever been there? Do you know how people live there? A brother of the girl who died, Mohammed Awad, “died of his wounds two years ago, some seven months after he was wounded in clashes with the Israel Defense Forces.” Does that satisfy you, that he “was wounded in clashes with the IDF?” Do you care, for instance, that he was shot in the back? Do all these “irrelevant” details interest you at all?

Footage from the security cameras that filmed the “attack” and “neutralization” of the young female “terrorists” can be seen anywhere. From it, you can clearly see that there was no reason to shoot, and certainly not to kill, either of these two girls. At the moment they were shot, they didn’t constitute a danger to anyone.

Moreover, one of the girls was subdued with the help of a chair, by a passerby, before she was shot. And she was shot by a policeman who happened to be on the scene when she was already lying on the ground. That isn’t “neutralization.” That’s murder, with no quotation marks required. As if that interested anyone here. After all, they deserved to die, right?

The following day, a 13-year-old Jewish girl of Ethiopian origin committed suicide in Kfar Sava. She hanged herself with a belt after she too – like her cousins, the cousins from Qalandiyah – fell into such deep distress, depression and despair that it drove her to death.

This is the moment for you, dear reader, to begin emitting steam from your ears and foaming at the mouth and shouting, “How can he even dare to compare the two?” After all, we’re talking about two completely different news stories that have no connection to each other: The girl cousins from Qalandiyah are from the “terror against Jews” division, and the girl who killed herself in Kfar Sava is from the “distress of the Ethiopian community” division. What’s the connection?

So here it is: The Palestinian girls from Qalandiyah and the Ethiopian-Israeli girl from Kfar Sava arrived at their death wish – they almost like her, and she almost like them – from the very bottom of the human-social-gender-economic-class ladder of the State of Israel, which grinds them into the dust and makes them despair, to the point where the only hope they have left is to kill and to die.

Because that’s the only choice we have to offer the weakest among us, those who are below us – death or death.

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