Here we go again. Yet another story that shows that Islamic jihad terrorists do not consider Israelis (and, in many cases, Americans, Britons, and other Westerners) to be innocent civilians, and thereby demonstrating the vacuity of condemnations of attacks on innocent people. Note also Umm Nidal’s emphasis on the sacrednes of the duty of jihad killing. She even quotes a Qur’anic verse and says: “I am happy to implement this Koranic verse myself, and to be a terrorist for the sake of Allah” — which sets up the familiar old round:
Umm Nidal: “We rely on Islamic religious law when we say there is no prohibition on killing these people.”
Spencer: “Umm Nidal says that Islamic religious law does not prohibit killing those considered kafir harbi — infidels at war with Islam. This is indeed in accord with traditional Islamic religious law (cf. Al-Mawardi, etc.). Any sincere Muslim reformer will have to face that fact honestly.”
CAIR et al: “Spencer is a wicked Islamophobe who says that Islamic religious law places no prohibition on killing people. In fact Islam teaches peace.”
But CAIR et al never seem to address the question of where Umm Nidal picked up her ideas, and what they propose to do about it. All their energy is focused on shooting the messenger — me. And meanwhile the Umm Nidals of the world spread their poison more or less unhindered.
“Palestinian Legislative Council Candidate and Mother of Three Hamas Terrorists Umm Nidal Farhat: Israelis are Not Civilians and There are No Prohibitions on Killing Them; I Am Willing to Sacrifice My Ten Sons,” from MEMRITV:
The following are excerpts from an interview with Umm Nidal , Palestinian Legislative Council Candidate and the mother of three Hamas terrorists who were killed while taking part in “martyrdom” operations. Dream2 TV aired this interview on December 21, 2005.
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Interviewer: “Umm Nidal is a woman who voluntarily sacrificed her sons for the sake of resisting the occupiers. This woman always declared loud and clear: ‘My sons did not commit suicide. My sons went and fought. None of them intended – even accidentally – to kill civilians, children or the elderly. They all resisted and confronted the enemy. They had achievements and they were martyred.’
“Umm Nidal is with us today, because she is presenting herself to the world in a new capacity, as a candidate for the Palestinian Legislative Council.”
Umm Nidal: “I protect my sons from defying Allah, or from choosing a path that would not please Allah. This is what I fear, when it comes to my sons. But as for sacrifice, Jihad for the sake of Allah, or performing the duty they were charged with – this makes me happy.”
Interviewer: “What duty is this?”
Umm Nidal: “The sacred duty, Jihad for the sake of Allah. It is a sacred duty – one of the duties of Islam, which cannot be abandoned. We would be sinners if we did.”
“I prepared all my sons for Jihad for the sake of Allah, whether by carrying out an attack, or by any other form of Jihad. I prepared myself for this. He who chooses a difficult road must be ready to bear the consequences.”
“Some people may consider this a tragedy, but by Allah, it is a blessing.
“Allah be praised, there were many casualties. About ten soldiers [were killed], but Israeli radio always conceals the [true number of] casualties.
“The operation was very successful, Allah be praised. Ten soldiers were killed and 23 injured.”
Interviewer: “The fatalities of the occupying enemy are more important to you than your own loss – and I don’t mean this negatively. But you focus on the operation’s outcome, not on your son’s life.”
Umm Nidal: “Of course. I was hoping he would be martyred. If he had come back… True, there was no coming back from this operation. Martyrdom was inevitable in this operation. He entered the settlement, and there was no way he could have come out. His martyrdom was inevitable….
“When I heard the outcome of the operation… True… True, I was sad about my son. This is something that cannot be ignored.”
Umm Nidal: I Consider the Death of My Son a Blessing, Not a Tragedy
Interviewer: “Did you cry?”
Umm Nidal: “At first I did not cry. I said ‘Allah Akbar’ and bowed in gratitude. The truth is I was ashamed to say: ‘Allah, help me in my tragedy,’ because I consider this a blessing, not a tragedy. I prepared boxes of halva and chocolates, and handed them out to his friends.”
Interviewer: “Excuse me, Umm Nidal, but in the West, this scene… it’s not just that they do not understand this. They don’t understand how a Palestinian mother can rejoice at her son’s funeral, and can say ‘Allah Akbar’ when she hears that he was martyred. Not only do they consider this peculiar, but they also criticize it. They say these Palestinian women obviously have no human feelings. In other words, no mother in the world – no matter how noble the cause or how successful the outcome – would react in such a way. Much has been written about you and all the Palestinian mothers. They cannot understand such emotions.”
Umm Nidal: “They are completely detached from Islam and its concepts. But we, Allah be praised, are devout Muslims. In these matters, there is a big difference between us and them. They do not understand what Islam is…”
Interviewer: “But human beings are all the same. Our Lord created one kind of Man.”
Umm Nidal: “Of course, and as a human being, I feel these emotions very deeply. Believe me, when it comes to my sons, I am one of the most compassionate mothers. But this is a sacred duty, which no emotion whatsoever can supersede.”
Interviewer: “Is it true that during the withdrawal…”
Umm Nidal: “We cannot stop sacrificing just because we feel pain. What is the meaning of sacrifice? One sacrifices what is precious, not what is of little value. My children are the most precious thing in my life. That is why I sacrificed them for a greater cause – for Allah, who is more precious than them. My son is not more precious than his God, he is not more precious than the places holy to Islam, and he is not more precious than his homeland or his Islam. Not at all.”
Interviewer: “Some people say: Why do you prepare your sons for death, when you could be preparing them for life? I don’t mean life in the sense of pleasure, but perhaps they could do more in their lives than in their deaths. When these people see these young men, they say they might have been great military commanders or… they might have become great minds that could cause many more casualties than were caused by throwing their lives to perdition.”
Umm Nidal: “But he is not throwing himself to death or to perdition. This is not death. This is not called death. It is called martyrdom.”
Interviewer: “Recently, many operations have been carried out in restaurants and commercial centers. The world regards them very differently than operations against the military. When a bombing takes place in one of those places, the Palestinian cause is damaged worldwide.
“In Palestine itself – in Gaza and in the West Bank – people are divided over these operations.”
Umm Nidal: “All the Palestinians share the same view. They are not divided. The only ones who disagree and think otherwise are, of course, the foreigners, who have no sympathy for us or for our cause, and who know nothing about us. They are the ones who think that this man has come to kill innocent people. This is what they think. But we, as Muslims, think differently. We are familiar with the Koranic verse: ‘One who attacks you, attack him in like manner.’
“These are war necessities. How can we win otherwise? It’s true we carry out operations against the military and its soldiers, but [killing civilians] is a war necessity. They are all occupiers to begin with. Whoever comes from abroad and lives on the land of Palestine is considered an occupier, even if they are women or old people. They are all occupiers. Besides, don’t forget that they all serve in the army. They are all considered soldiers. They are all reserve soldiers.
“In addition, these people… You know this land belongs to someone else, so how can you come and live on it? Therefore, all Israelis are considered occupiers of our land. There is no difference between men and women…”
Interviewer: “But Umm Nidal, there are many…”
Umm Nidal: “They are all occupiers, and we must fight them by any legitimate means.”
Interviewer: “‘Legitimate’ is the word I was looking for…”
Umm Nidal: “All means are legitimate as long as the occupation continues.”
Interviewer: “Can’t you distinguish between operations against civilians and against soldiers, even from a psychological point of view?”
Umm Nidal: “There is no difference. This is Islamic religious law. I don’t invent anything. I follow Islamic religious law in this. A Muslim is very careful not to kill an innocent person, because he knows he would be destined to eternal Hell. So the issue is not at all simple. We rely on Islamic religious law when we say there is no prohibition on killing these people.”
“Peace Means the Liberation of All of Palestine, From the [Jordan] to the [Mediterranean] Sea”
Interviewer: “What does the word ‘peace’ mean to you?”
Umm Nidal: “The word ‘peace’ does not mean the kind of peace we are experiencing. This peace is, in fact, surrender and a shameful disgrace. Peace means the liberation of all of Palestine, from the [Jordan] to the [Mediterranean] Sea. When this is accomplished – if they want peace, we will be ready. They may live under the banner of the Islamic state. That is the future of Palestine that we are striving towards.”
Interviewer: “Some say this kind of reasoning is the obstacle to peace, because the Israelis will never agree to be banished…”
Umm Nidal: “Let them refuse. We do not expect them to accept this. These people are occupiers, and we want to banish them from our land.”
Interviewer: “Umm Nidal, who sits here in front of me, is classified as a terrorist throughout the world. Not just a terrorist, but also as a producer of terrorists…”
Umm Nidal: “They can classify as much as they like. I am proud and honored to be a terrorist for the sake of Allah. ‘Prepare for them whatever force and steeds of war you can, in order to strike terror in the hearts of the enemy of Allah and of your own.’ I am happy to implement this Koranic verse myself, and to be a terrorist for the sake of Allah.”